‘Tis the season for giving! The busiest shopping season of the year is among us, and we know how stressful this season can be when you’re trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. We also know how great it feels to shop small and support local businesses. That’s why we put together a curated list of some of our favourite items from Indigenous-owned, small businesses to help you find everything you need and (hopefully) take a little stress off of your shoulders!
For the cozy vibes fan - mini.tipi
MINI TIPI is a Canadian, women-owned company that creates small batch quality goods for your home and family. One of our favourite products are their blankets! Made from a mix of acrylic and wool, and finished with yarn details, these luxurious blankets are perfect for family picnics, camping or getting cozy around a campfire. All blanket designs are inspired by traditional Indigenous patterns and artworks.
For the beauty lover - Cheekbone Beauty
Where do we start? Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned and founded, digitally-native, Canadian cosmetics company. They are known for creating high quality, cruelty-free beauty products including their signature SUSTAIN line of lipsticks and eye pencils, their Warrior Women liquid lipsticks, and a variety of other cosmetics all designed for low environmental impact and maximum wearability. Check them out below. Also, be sure to take a look at their short film Right the Story.
For the bag fanatic - SheNative
SheNative exists to instill inner strength and unwavering confidence in all women, using teachings that come from Indigenous Nationhood. They create inspiring leather handbags and apparel that share cultural teachings embedded with positive values passed down by their ancestors. Medicine bags, cosmetic bags, and purses - they have your beautifully crafted, leather bag needs met.
For the art enthusiast - Spirit Works
From their respective lines of bentwood boxes to their beautifully crafted wooden jewelry, Spirit Works is an Indigenous owned, operated, and staffed company focused on the creation and distribution of authentic Indigenous products.
For the surprise seekers - Indigenous box
While Indigenous Box does a number of amazing things, their key reason for existing is to support Indigenous entrepreneurs. They are a subscription box service that promote and elevate the work being done by Indigenous entrepreneurs.
You can choose from one of two subscription options - a single box, to try it out, OR purchase the subscription and your gift recipient will receive one box each quarter! Whichever you choose, you can expect 5-7 unique, beautiful, fun, useful, delicious, and delightful products from Indigenous small businesses all over North America.
For the hair admirer - Jack59
We’re all about spreading the love, but you know we couldn't do a full gift guide without including something for the hair lovers in your life! Our complete Holiday Package is on sale right now for $110 and includes:
- Shampoo + conditioner bar of your choice
- Shower container
- Liquid gold serum
- Leave in conditioner
- Hair towel
- Scalp massager
A complete hair care package for the holidays!
(Please note, contents may not look exactly as pictured)
The holiday season is for giving, spreading kindness, and spending time with those you love. We hope this little gift guide helps take some of the stress out of shopping so you can spend more time focusing on those around you, and less time worrying about what to give them. ❤️