As you’re getting ready to meet up with family for the holidays, we’re sure you’ve been racking your brain for all the best gifts to get your loved ones. If you’re hoping to impress all the aunties and uncles, then look no further than some of Native Max’s recommended brands to shop from this holiday season. Of course, supporting any Indigenous craftsman or brand is a gift within itself, and we hope you’re spreading the love to all your favorite artists!
Starting off with stocking stuffers, we couldn’t recommend a better place to shop than Nativelovenotes. Founded by Amy Jackson (Opaskwayak Cree Nation) in 2021, Nativelovenotes is a brand that’s “designed with rez kids in mind”, and that seeks to spread laughter with Indigenous humor through their graphics, buttons, and stickers. Keep your family warm and laughing with their “Deadly” beanies and “Colonizer Tears” mug, along with a handwritten note on their new line of cards.
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Bizaanide’ewin is an art brand run by mixed-media artist, Caitlin Newago (Bad River Ojibwe), who specializes in blending traditional Ojibwe floral designs with a “contemporary flair”, featuring her art on all sorts of apparel. You can find Caitlin’s empowering work on anywhere from kid’s t-shirts to beanies, duffel bags, and even blankets. If you’re looking for a few extra goodies, you can pick up her “Honor the Treaties” earrings as well as some stickers to decorate all of your stuff with some of her signature panache. Any art-lover in your family is sure to appreciate the stellar floral patterns coming from Caitlin, and with such a wide array of apparel to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong with Bizzanide’ewin.
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Co-founded by sisters Marina and Monica (Spokane, Pauquachin First Nation), Sister Sky is a 100% Indigenous-owned beauty brand that makes a wide variety of skincare, haircare, and physical wellness products. One can so easily get lost scrolling through their shop and falling in love with everything they see, but the sisters made holiday shopping even simpler through their holiday gift sets. You can purchase some of your favorite Sister Sky products, like their Sweegtgrass shampoo + conditioner as well as their bamboo combs, all bundled together with packaging beautiful enough that you don’t even need to wrap it.
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For all the fashion lovers in your family, one of our favorite brands to recommend is none other than Dante Biss-Grayson’s Sky-Eagle Collection. A veteran and member of the Eagle Clan of the Osage Nation, Dante originally started the brand as a way to bring more attention to the MMIW epidemic, aiming to inspire hope and change in others. In the shop is a breathtaking collection of dresses, ribbon pants, and accessories to spice up all your outfits. The mission behind Dante and his brand only add to the beauty of their work, and any of their pieces would make an excellent gift for any relative who loves to dress up and look good.
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Owned by the Chickasaw Nation since 2000, Bedré Chocolate is a luxury chocolate brand that is perfect for all those with a sweet tooth in your life. With so many ways to enjoy their candy, such as in bars, melts, and even chocolate-covered gummy bears, you’re bound to find something to satisfy anyone. Or, you can purchase a variety of their delicious goods in one of their many holiday collections. Not only that, but if you’re in the mood to cook with the family over the holidays, Bedré also has an array of recipes on their site which use their chocolates! However you plan to eat it, it’s always great to support a brand that is proud to produce a product that several Indigenous cultures hold in such high regard.
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