10 Gifts by Indigenous Peoples That Add Extra Meaning This Holiday Season
From a pillow to a very chic lipstick.
Published Nov 26, 2021 1:15 AM
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Sometimes it’s easy to get so caught up in what’s new and next that we tend to forget the time-honored, traditional techniques that got us here in the first place. And that’s why we wanted to take the time to recognize the Native makers and creators who are paying tribute to their past—and making the future better. Here are our 10 current favorite products. Some are for the home and some are fashion, but all are made by and support Indigenous peoples.
This one-of-a-kind handmade rug isn’t just a style statement in your entryway or hallway—your purchase supports Adopt-a-Native-Elder, an organization that works to reduce poverty for elders on Navajo reservations.
Made from acrylic and sterling silver, these are the type of earrings meant to be left out on your dresser or in a decorative tray.
Ditch your drugstore options for a calming lotion made from traditional medicinal plants such as devil’s club, stinging nettle, and comfrey. Bonus: The white packaging looks chic, so no worries about leaving it out on the counter.
An ombré throw (made by traditional weaving techniques) perks up even your oldest sofa, and the company responsible for making it gives back to Native people in the U.S. and Canada.
Inspired by her Anishinaabe roots, Jenn Harper launched Cheekbone Beauty, which includes a line of ultra-flattering lipstick shades. The brand also makes donations to support Indigenous youth programs.
So much more than just a soft spot to lay your head: The print on this linen pillow reflects a 3,000-year-old Anishinaabe pottery pattern.
Made from Cone denim and inspired by car clubs, this shacket (that’s shirt + jacket) would look just as good hanging in your front hall as it would on a day spent antiquing.
There’s not a cartoon character to be seen on this merino wool baby blanket—meaning you can keep using it at home long after your little one is out of diapers. In fact, Muckleshoot and Chehalis weaver Gail White Eagle says the pattern symbolizes emanation, illumination, and sharing.
A Native American artisan crafted each pair of these stylish leather mocs—and every sale goes to help address poverty in Indigenous communities.
The zigzag pattern on this handmade cowl scarf stands out against a sea of neutral outwear. Better yet, it was inspired by textile designer Maggie Thompson’s Ojibwe heritage.
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