Wow, Father's Day is just around the corner on June 21st! Have you gotten anything for the big guy yet? Well I'm here to share some ideas in case you haven't found the perfect gift!
Retro Dad – I think any video game nerd will dig this! On the t-shirt you'll find an 8-bit style Native designed by Steven Paul Judd. The t-shirt was released in conjunction with A Tribe Called Red's latest release – Suplex EP. You can either order with or without the MP3 bundle. But really, just a couple more bucks you might as well get the tunes! Available in Grey or White.
Pow Wow Dad – Get Dad a nice box to keep his feathers organized and safe. Artists Cedric Kicknosway and Leroy Riley designed this black wooden feather box with hand painted turtles. Glass detail inside with mirrors lining the inside walls. Other designs available. See Kitigan.com for more details.
Golf Dad – My dad loves golf and I'm sure he'd be styling in one of these Braveheart Golf Polos from Native Threads. The shirt is a moisture-wicking, odor-fighting, breathable Dry Zone® polo. Available in sizes S-4XL!
Hiking Dad – This is one of those times I have to stop myself from buying this for me! This colorful backpack is designed by Ovila Mailhot (Nlaka'pamux). “Thunderbirds represent power and the strength of our people. To destroy and rebuild, I see the thunderbirds as being great liberators.” –Ovila Mailhot. This backpack would also be good for school or travel since the main compartment includes an envelope pocket to keep your laptop in place.
Snacks for Dad! After that long hike or workout, Dad might need to refuel. Tanka Bars are made with tart-sweet cranberries and American Bison. Sounds like a yummy and healthy treat!
The Tanka Healthy Family Gift Basket includes:
- A braid of traditional sweet grass
- 6 Tanka Bars (3 Traditional and 3 Spicy)
- 8 Tanka Wild Sticks (4 Traditional and 4 Spicy)
- 2 Tanka Bites (1 Traditional and 1 Spicy)
Cool Dad – Lakota artist Cheyenne Randall is famous for his tattooed pictures of celebrities, but I love his older stuff which features a more Native aesthetic. This t-shirt is based on a mixed media piece he did titled “His Name is Not Bone Necklace”. Dig around on his website for more original designs.
Business Dad – You need to dress to impress in the business world and these cufflinks are sure to impress! Made by Navajo artist Harris Joe, these cufflinks feature turquoise, coral, and black jet set in sterling silver rectangular blocks. Signed by the artist too!
Sharp Dressed Dad – It's Father Day and the go to gift is always ties. But no one said it had to be a boring tie! This bolo tie made by Lonna Jackson(Chippewa/Dakota) features three rows of quillwork around a center mirror piece. The medallion measures over 3″ wide, and the rope necklace measures almost 40″ long. There are 4 slight variations of this tie so choose carefully from Option A, B, C and D.
Writer Dad – Maybe Dad's a poet, an author or just needs help channeling his inner Sherman Alexie. This Sunset Pass Jacquard Organizer from Pendleton is just the thing he needs to keep all his notes together. And it's currently on sale! One interior zip pocket, several smaller pockets and leather pen holder. Large pocket fits a small tablet or journal.
No Sweat! Dad – If your dad is a fitness junkie or works outdoors a lot, he's going to sweat. Why not keep the sweat out of his eyes with style? Check out these awesome bandanas from Navajo artist David Sloan. These silkscreened bandanas feature cool images paired with their name in the Navajo language – so you can learn the Navajo words for things like bicycle, butterfly, helicopter, and penguin. Neat!
I hope this guide was helpful! And if you can’t get it in time for Father’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 Father’s Day!
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