November 26, 2021

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22 Best Gifts From Indigenous-Owned Brands 2021

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Retailers

Whether you’re holiday shopping for a hard-to-please friend or trendy teen, gifts don’t need to cost a fortune to be delightful. To help out, we put together a wide range of thoughtful gifts under $50 for all sorts of folks. Even better: With each purchase, you’ll be supporting an Indigenous-owned brand (and here are more ways to support Indigenous communities directly). And if you’re looking for even more gift options, we have gift guides from Black-owned brands, Hispanic-owned brands, and AAPI-owned brands, too.

‘The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen,’ by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley

Last year, our friends at Eater said Sean Sherman is “​​one of North America’s loudest voices speaking to the challenges and opportunities within Indigenous food systems.” This James Beard Award–winning book would make an excellent addition to anyone’s growing cookbook collection.

Native Coffee Traders Sunrise Warrior

For the co-worker who’s never without a cup of coffee, here’s a light and French roast blend of beans from Native Coffee Traders. Based on the Poospatuck Indian Reservation in Long Island, New York, the family-owned and -operated roasting facility sells organic and fair-trade-certified coffee beans.

Ah-Shí Ultimate Liner

Cosmopolitan’s beauty director Julee Wilson told the Cut that this eyeliner is a part of her own beauty stash because it “doesn’t move and it goes on really smoothly.” Gift it to any friend who’s a fan of a bold cat eye.

Indigo Arrows Asin Placemats

Indigo Arrows makes home goods with patterns found on ancient Indigenous pottery and bone tools in Manitoba, including this set of two handmade, 100 percent linen placemats. It would make the perfect gift for the person who just got into tablescaping.

[Editor’s note: Indigo Arrows lists all prices in Canadian dollars, so the price shown is an approximate conversion in U.S. dollars.]

Séka Hills Arbequina Olive Oil, 500ml

Séka Hills, owned and operated by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation in Northern California’s Capay Valley, sustainably produces wine, snacks, and other specialty foods. The home chef in your life will love this olive oil for everything from sautéing and baking to drizzling and dipping.

8th Gen Reflection Beach Towel

This beach towel, from the Seattle-based art and lifestyle brand owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe, will be a nice gift for anyone with a sunny vacation already planned. The design represents the prayer for rain.

There There: A Novel

We think the bookworm in your life will enjoy Tommy Orange’s novel, which tells the story of Indigenous people living in the Oakland, California, area. When we talked to book editors about their summer reads back in 2018, the debut novel was brought up twice.

Wahpepah’s Kitchen Chocolate Rose Hips Bars

If your recipient is a fan of Chopped, they might recognize Crystal Wahpepah, the first Indigenous chef on the show. She runs Wahpepah’s Kitchen in Oakland, California, which also sells vegan and gluten-free snack bars.

Indi City Lightning Earrings

A pair of darling acrylic earrings to match any cool teen’s strawberry Crocs.

[Editor’s note: Indi City lists all prices in Canadian dollars, so the price shown is an approximate conversion in U.S. dollars.]

Beyond Buckskin Exquisite Birch Pendant Earrings

And here’s a more subtle (but just as delightful) pair handmade by Ojibwe artist Tashina Lee Emery, featuring natural birch bark encased in acrylic.

Sḵwálwen Kalkay Wild Rose Facial Oil

For the skin-care obsessive in your life, here’s a face oil that’s made from sustainably harvested ingredients including rose hips and organic sweet almond and jojoba oils. It reduces inflammation and redness and is deeply hydrating while being light on the skin.

Sequoia Soaps Sweetgrass Body Scrub

Made with 99 percent natural ingredients, this Sequoia body scrub does double duty exfoliating and moisturizing skin. When combined with water, the scrub turns into a light, nongreasy lotion.

Cheekbone Beauty Mini Sustain Starter Kit

Consider this three-piece makeup kit from Cheekbone Beauty for the person in your life with the minimalist makeup routine. It comes with a lip gloss, eyeliner pencil, and eye-shadow pencil for a full-face look.

[Editor’s note: Indi City lists all prices in Canadian dollars, so the price shown is an approximate conversion in U.S. dollars.]

Prados Beauty The Matriarch Palette

If bold is more their thing, here’s a highly pigmented eye-shadow palette complete with 30 mattes and shimmers.

EMME Studio Raw Obsidian Ring

A cheap-but-expensive-looking ring made with raw obsidian and brass from the New York–based clothing and accessory brand founded by Korina Emmerich.

Thunderbird Designs Fall Harvest Beadlock Keychain

Founded on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Long Island, Thunderbird Designs sells handmade jewelry by Indigenous artists, including this beaded keychain that would make an excellent housewarming gift.

Lauren Good Day Cowrie Crop Tank

Zhuzh up your sporty friend’s wardrobe with this bright, cropped racer-back tank. It features a pattern created with cowrie-shell and brass-sequin prints.

Ginew Medel Bandana Indigo + Cream

Ginew, which is the only Indigenous-owned denim line, also sells a wide range of accessories, including this understated bandana. Hand-printed in Nashville, Tennessee, it features a design inspired by Ojibwe and Oneida symbols, line art, and sculpture.

Warren Steven Scott Ovoid Trio Earrings

A fun addition to anyone’s jewelry arsenal, designed by fashion designer Warren Steven Scott of the Nlaka’pamux Nation.

[Editor’s note: Warren Steven Scott lists all prices in Canadian dollars, so the price shown is an approximate conversion in U.S. dollars.]

For the budding environmentalist, here’s an expert-recommended book by Carole Lindstrom, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe Indians. It’s written through the eyes of a young girl who’s a part of a protest that’s inspired by the Sioux Tribe’s protest at Standing Rock.

Urban Native Era Hummingbird Beanie

This beanie, featuring a hummingbird design, is a more interesting alternative to the ubiquitous Carhartt beanies. It’s from Urban Native Era, a Los Angeles–based streetwear brand.

ThunderVoice Hat Co. Strong Like Mountain Onesie

ThunderVoice Hat Co. makes sustainably sourced goods, like covetable hats, accessories, and clothing. Gift the little one in your life this adorable onesie.

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