Native American Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Native American Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown April 5th, 2015 Blog

Motherhood, one of the toughest, most important jobs out there. Long hours, no pay, and no vacation but I know moms wouldn't trade it for the world! That's why we owe it to all the mother's out there to show our appreciation for their unconditional love and support.

Here are some gift ideas to honor Mom on her special day.

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Hózhó necklace – $75 at Beyond Buckskin



These necklaces are made by Navajo artist Nanibaa Beck and features Navajo words hand-sawn in sterling silver. Hózhó is the concept of balance and harmony in Diné Bizaad (the Navajo language). Something I know a lot of moms bring into our lives!

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Ahééh necklace – $75 at Beyond Buckskin

I also loved the Ahééh necklace! Ahééh means “to be grateful” in Diné Bizaad (the Navajo language). What a great a message for mom.

And if Navajo isn't your language, you can order a custom language necklace directly from the artist. Just head on over to NotAbove.com and see how you can create your own.

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Storyteller – $270 at Shumakolowa Native Arts

One of the most iconic images in my mind when I think of family is the storyteller figurine. This Storyteller is handcrafted by Acoma Pueblo potter Judy Lewis. Storytellers celebrate the Pueblo tradition of passing down stories orally and usually depict an elder surrounded by children, all with open mouths to represent the act of storytelling. I would love to buy one for my grandmother!

As a kid I spent many hours traveling back and forth between Arizona and Oklahoma and we would always stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico to see all the beautiful pottery and jewelry. So its nice to see that Shumakolowa Native Arts, owned and operated by the 19 Pueblo Indian Tribes of New Mexico, is able to bring these gorgeous pieces to the world.

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Percy & Charlotte Reano Multi-Gemstone Feather Mosaic Inlay Earrings – $75 at Shumakolowa Native Arts

Shumakolowa Native Arts also has a wonderful gift guide for Mom on their website. These Multi-Gemstone Feather Mosaic Inlay Earrings were calling my name!

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Beaded Purse with Red & Purple Flowers – $94.87 at Kitigan

Sure, flowers are nice but they eventually wilt. How about getting mom some flowers that will last a lot longer? Check out this cute beaded purse available at Kitigan.

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The Fierce Heart Earrings – $32 at Eighth Generation

Anishinaabe artist Sarah Agaton Howes is the latest artist to join up with Eighth Generation's Inspired Native Project. The design was inspired by the inside of a strawberry – revealed when the berry is sliced in half – and the idea that having a fierce heart beating on the inside is a more significant key to happiness than even the most beautiful exterior. Perfect for all those fierce moms out there!

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Heart Berry Earrings – $32 at Eighth Generation

These 2-sided earrings are also designed by Sarah Agaton Howes. It features her signature strawberry sharing a vine with a tulip. So hard to choose which one I like more!

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VO Silk Chiffon Scarf | V MAZE II – $89 at Virgil Ortiz

Virgil Ortiz comes from a family of talented Pueblo potters and you can see that talent come across in this beautiful scarf. The maze pattern will definitely make any outfit pop.

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Chilkat Reading Glasses By Corey Moraes – $21.95 at Native Northwest Select

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Raven Reading Glasses By Trevor Angus – $21.95 at Native Northwest Select

Just because mom needs reading glasses doesn't mean she has to have the boring ones from the pharmacy. These cute reading glasses will have her finding excuses to buy new books.

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Sacred Wilderness by Susan Power – $19.95 at Birchbark Books

Speaking of new books, there are so many available at Birchbark Books! They are a Native owned bookstore and carry a great selection of literature by Native authors. This book Sacred Wilderness looked like a great read. I might have to pick up a copy for myself!

From the synopsis: Sacred Wilderness explores the lives of four women of different eras and backgrounds who come together to restore foundation to a mixed-up, mixed-blood woman—a woman who had been living the American dream, and found it a great maw of emptiness. These Clan Mothers may be wisdom-keepers, but they are anything but stern and aloof—they are women of joy and grief, risking their hearts and sometimes their lives for those they love.

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Hoka Coffee Lovers Deal – $33 at Hoka! Coffee Company

And what else goes with a good book but a great cup of coffee? I know I savor the first cup of coffee on a lazy Sunday morning while everyone else is still sleeping. The Coffee Lovers Deal comes with 2 bags of 12 oz. Hoka Coffee in a specialized Tote bag. You can choose between Hoka Bolivian Organic Coffee, Hoka Sumatran Organic Coffee or one of each.

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Sweet Lavender Gift Set – $12 at Sister Sky

You may or may not be the reason for your mom's grey hair. So let's help mom de-stress by giving her a mini spa day. This gift set from Sister Sky includes: 1 oz Sweet Grass Body Wash, 1 oz Sweet Grass Body Lotion, 1 oz Sweet Grass Soap, Lavender Herbal Sachet, Lavender votive candle in a gift box.

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Meltaways – $23.95 at Bedré Fine Chocolate Factory

Last but not least, a sweet treat for mom. These chocolates come straight from the Chickasaw Nation. Many flavors are available in dark, milk and sugar-free chocolates, but these raspberry chocolates looked especially decadent.

I hope this guide was helpful! And if you can’t get it in time for Mother’s Day, there are plenty of other occasions to give a gift. Keep these businesses in mind throughout the year as a lot of them are Native-owned. Just click on the bold links below each photo to be taken to the website to purchase. Happy Mother's Day!


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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