Are you unsure what to buy for your friends and family this year? Ditch the big corporations and shop at these amazing Native American-owned businesses this holiday season.
Do you have a chocolate lover in the family? The Chickasaw Nation, the only Native American tribe to create its own brand of fine chocolate, owns Bedré Fine Chocolate, a specialty chocolatier. Check out their Christmas Collection 22, which features lots of different chocolate bars. There are also specially shaped chocolates based on southern themes, like the Meltaway Boot Gift, which features a ceramic cowboy boot filled with 25 different chocolates.
These candles are too cute to handle, the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska uses native medicinal plants and wildflowers in the region that their bees feast on to make honey, beautiful beeswax candles, cream and other products. IOWAY bee farm is proud to have products that are 100% beeswax and hypoallergenic.
Do you love jewelry? Ahlazua-Indigenous Woman Made, an artist-owned business from the Mvskoke Creek Nation has lots of amazing different types of jewelry, ranging from rings to necklaces. Her works are made with materials and techniques from her tribe and others that she has studied, according to her store’s website. Ahlazua is a great place to shop to support an independent artist.
Do you love sustainable fashion and supporting native creators? Check out Faherty, where 77% of its apparel contains sustainable fibers. According to their website, they have “ongoing collaborations with Doug Good Feather (Lakota) and Bethany Yellowtail (Crow/Cheyenne) to help support their work and their communities.”
Are your hands always cold in this Bowling Green wind? Check out Manitobah Mukluks, which has lots of great clothing options, including mittens beaded by an Ojibwe artist, Shannon Gustafson, who uses real glass crystals.
Do you shop on Etsy often? Search “native-owned” to find lots of amazing handmade items made by Native artists.