Beaded Apache-Black fringe boots from The Whetung Ojibwe Centre | Image source: Whetung Ojibwe Centre
The holidays have arrived and 2020 has been an exceptionally tough year for all of us. Despite not being able to gather with our loved ones in large groups, we can still show our affection in the form of a present. In the meantime, don’t forget to treat yo’self! Self-care is just as important. Here are MUSKRAT Magazine’s top holiday gift ideas featuring Indigenous artists, crafts makers, and businesses.
BATH AND BODY OILS AND SALTS THE YUKON SOAP COMPANY
Known primarily for their handcrafted soaps – hence the name. Yukon Soaps offers a variety of bath and body oils and bath salts. Pamper your 2020 woes away with the likes of Wild Rose and Sage Bath Salts, and their Yukon Wild Rose Bath and Body Oil.
MIYONA NIGHT BUNDLE FROM SOHKA LASHES
Who doesn’t love a good lash? These lashes are perfect for a night out on the town – when this is all over. This First Nations owned beauty company markets luxurious mink lashes that are eco-friendly and hypoallergenic while upping your cosmetic beauty game.
SUNHEART RISES DESIGNS
This local jewelry and accessories design company is run by Indigenous artisan Trip Phoenix. They use all-natural materials like leather, bone, glass, and shell. Shipping is also included in the price of all of their items!
‘FRIENDS’ SILK SCARF AT BEADED DREAMS
Open since 2007, this Indigenous owned craft and art store carries a wide selection of handcrafted Indigenous made items. They have a strong online presence with the ability to ship your gift directly to that special someone. This silk scarf was made by Ojibwe artist Benjamin Chee Chee.
WARRIOR DRI-FIT HOODIE FROM WOLFPACK APPAREL
Make a statement while staying warm and comfortable in this Dri-fit hoodie emblazoned with this strong Indigenous warrior design. This hoodie is made with fabric that manages your body’s natural heat to keep you warm. Technology is so good for us.
This popular Indigenous cosmetics company donates 10% of their profits to Shannen’s Dream- an Indigenous youth-driven movement that advocates for equitable education for First Nations children. Also, all of their products are vegan and gluten-free!
UFO BY STEVEN PAUL JUDD
Choctaw/Kiowax Steven Paul Judd showcases his unique work on Pinterest and his very own website: stoodis.com. This is a biased choice on my part because of my love for aliens, but this just goes to show you that this artist has the ability to go places where no man has gone before.
A HISTORY OF MY BRIEF BODY BY BILLY RAY BELCOURT (GOODREADS)
Billy Ray Belcourt is a celebrated writer and academic from Driftpile Cree Nation. His latest release is a meditation that draws upon his “intimate personal experiences” of “grief, joy, love, and sex at the intersection of Indigeneity and queerness.”
BEADED APACHE BLACK FRINGE BOOTS FROM WHETUNG OJIBWE CENTRE
The Whetung Ojibwe Centre is located outside of Toronto by Curve Lake and has a well-organized online shop with free shipping on orders over $150. They showcase Indigenous produced items handcrafted by many local artisans. These Beaded Apache-Black fringe boots will pair nicely with dark skinny jeans or leggings.
PAMPER YOURSELF WITH HAIPAZAZA PHEZUTA
Haipažaža Pȟežuta means medicine soaps in Lakota. It’s a family-owned company from the Northern Plains Lakota/Dakota region. Everything on this website is handmade with organic ingredients that have been harvested in their homelands. From the Sweet Grass Hot Process soap and shampoo bar, Whipped Bear Root body butter, Sap Moss conditioner, and perfume rollers, you’ll have everything you need for an at-home pampering session.
KOKUM SCARVES FROM CAPTURE YOUR DREAMS INDIGENOUS FASHION AND JEWELRY
Need to kokum scarf to keep you warm this winter? Capture Your Dreams Indigenous Fashion and Jewelry specialize in big, warm, and colorful kokum scarves. Check out their Facebook page for more designs!