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MUST HAVE HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS BY INDIGENOUS TALENT

MUST HAVE HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS BY INDIGENOUS TALENT

The 2021 holiday season has arrived! This year there’s more opportunities to give than last, as pandemic restrictions lift, more retailers are opening up shop. Online businesses are revving up to make your holidays full of cheer. With more people vaccinated and larger gatherings happening, this year you can double your love from last. Make your in-person gathering more meaningful by including talented Indigenous businesses, artists and craft makers on your gift list. Here are MUSKRAT Magazine’s top holiday Gift Ideas:

Assinewe Jewelry

Clay or beaded earrings? It can be hard to choose when it comes to purchasing from Assinewe Jewelry. All earrings are beautifully handmade. Any purchases from here will be a perfect gift for anyone this holiday. There is also a custom option for those that want to bring an idea to life. Check out their beautiful candles as well!

Hand beaded moccasins | Image credit: marissagroulx.com

Marissa Groulx Bawaajigan

This talented Indigenous designer creates one-of-a-kind pieces for your jewelry boxes or wardrobes. It’s always a surprise to see what creations are shaped by Marissa. Custom orders are also taken when spots come available.

Clan Mother

Enjoy a hot cup of tea or hot coco this holiday with Clan Mother. Mugs are inspired through culture and “brilliance that is Indigenous people”. They’re a perfect gift for any tea, and coffee drinker. Hurry and catch the holiday set! Items go quickly. You will also find apparel and other small pieces on the website.

Mugs from clan-mother.com| Image credit: Clan Mother
Mugs from clan-mother.com| Image credit: Clan Mother

Mini Tipi

These Quebec made products are here to keep you warm this winter. Stay warm with a wool blanket for the holiday. Other items such as mittens, bags or ponchos are also available. The blankets carry an Indigenous accent and are full of color. Mini Tipi is also known for collaborating with Indigenous Artists across Canada. Blankets can be used throughout the year for other adventures. Snuggle up with Mini Tipi!

Tribal Lands Shop

A Streetwear brand which helps youth with entrepreneurships skills. All items are designed and created by youth. The Tribal land gives the youth the opportunity to learn and apply skills to their own businesses. All aspects of Tribal Lands are youth handled, right down to social media! Keep your eyes open for new collections and limited-edition items.

Tribal Lands Snapback Hat | Image credit: Triballands.shop

Jamie Okuma

This California based designer has an abundance of style for anyone. Whether it’s her flicker dresser or butterfly leggings. Jamie Okuma carries a variety of styles in sizes from extra small to five/extra-large. Jamie Okuma brings styles through beaded prints and Indigenous items wearable for everyone. New holiday pieces are available. Don’t wait too long; feature pieces are limited.

Pow Wow Jackets

Made for any occasion, holidays, birthdays, even Weddings. Jackets can be requested and made to your liking. Your ribbons can be shades of reds, blues, pinks or the rainbow if you like. This is an item to wear if you want to turn heads! Pow Wow Jackets additionally carries beaded earrings in many styles.

Justice for MMIWG2S+ Crewneck | Image source: powwowjackets.com
Justice for MMIWG2S+ Crewneck | Image source: powwowjackets.com

Scott Wabano

Styles made for anyone. This unisex designer carries styles that keep you up to date and fashionable. Any piece will be a statement piece to own.

Kokom Scrunchie

Tired of your hair ties going missing? These scrunchies will have you remembering you haveone to show off. The scrunchies are designed and created with various patterns and styles. Purchase one or the whole collection!

Scrunchies from Kokom Scrunchies | Image source: kokomscrunchies.com
Scrunchies from Kokom Scrunchies | Image source: kokomscrunchies.com
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About The Author

Marissa Groulx

Marissa Groulx is a member of the Sagamok Anishnawbek Nation, a part of the Three Fires Confederacy. She has a strong love for the creative arts, which has led her to study Fashion Design and get her Bachelors of Commerce Degree so she can specialize her career in fashion, fine arts, and sustainability. This year, Marissa has opened the doors to her own business for design, workshops, and space to grow as an Indigenous businesswoman and artist. What sets her apart from the rest is her ability to customize. Marissa believes handmade goods are more valuable than today's mass-produced fast fashion and disposable items.

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