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Indigenous Gift Guide

Indigenous Gift Guide

November is Native American Heritage Month! Throughout the month, we honour the deep roots, the incredible Innovation and wisdom of Indigenous people for a sustainable future.

Shop the Cheekbone Beauty Indigenous Gift Guide! Support Indigenous businesses and learn more about the importance of storytelling in Indigenous cultures. Throughout the month we will be sharing stories from these makers, founders, and brands! Follow @cheekbonebeauty to learn more on our socials. Then be ready for our giant Indigenous Giveaway on November 25th 2022!!!!

Beauty & Skincare

Nuez Acres

 Nuez Acres is a female-led, indigenous-owned business that spans generations and connects the entire back of Turtle Island. Founded by husband and wife team Anthony & Nancy on a simple idea: to bring the power of pure pecan oil to your skin. We use only the finest ingredients – sustainably sourced and harvested from our family farm in Mexico – to nourish and strengthen hair, nails, and skin. Above all, we are committed to making a positive, healing impact in your life and our local communities.

Nuez Acres’ luxurious Pecan Skin Repair Serum will pamper your skin with four all-natural, deeply nourishing ingredients. Pecan oil is the main ingredient providing a high amount of vitamins and antioxidants that will rescue and reset your skin for a more youthful glow. The Zinc in the pecan oil will balance and neutralize your skin ensuring a 24/hr hydration and is perfect for all types of skin.

 

Cheekbone Beauty

Founded and owned by Jenn Harper, an Anishinaabe woman from Northwest Angle #33 First Nation, in 2016. Cheekbone Beauty is a Vegan, Clean and Sustainable beauty brand with a mission to help every Indigenous person see themselves in a beauty brand while crafting sustainable colour cosmetics that don’t end up in a landfill. The Cheekbone Limited Edition Winter Stories Gift Set includes two brand new Cheekbone Beauty products: the Illuminating Primer Stick in the shade Starlight and Lip Shimmer in the shade Moonlight, all wrapped up in a beautiful Winter Stories inspired box.  

 

Satya Organics

So much more than a moisturizer, Satya is a natural skin balm providing instant relief from skin irritations, redness and itching from dry skin and eczema. Created by Ojibwe founder Patrice Mousseau for her baby girl Esme, Satya Ecema Easy Stick is gentle enough for use on the entire face and body, including around the eyes and on the lips. Dermatologist tested and certified organic with no added fillers or fragrance, you’ll want Satya on your list for the whole family.

 

Sequoia Soaps

Sequoia Soaps has been in business for nearly 20 years, created by Michaelee Lazore, who is Paiute (Nevada) and Mohawk (NY). Sequoia Soaps operates out of Kahnawake (Canada) and features soaps, candles, mists, lotions and other products inspired by Michaelee’s culture and combines her passions for art and science.   

The 2022 Sequoia Sweetgrass Boxed Gift Set is coming soon! It features a custom limited edition handmade Sweetgrass pendant, 4 oz Sweetgrass soap, XL 16 oz Sweetgrass Lotion, 4 oz Sweetgrass Mist, a 60 hr Sweetgrass candle, and 5 oz Sweetgrass Scrub. Sweetgrass has been Sequoia's signature scent for nearly 20 years. Perfect for gifting.

 

Skwalwen Botanicals

Skwalwen Botanicals is an Indigenous skincare brand that honours cultural knowledge, Indigenous plant science and self care. The Skwalwen Botanicals Self Care Set brings together three Skwálwen products for a deeply nurturing self-care experience. The Kalkáy Wild Rose Facial Oil gently moisturizes with a blend of sustainably-harvested rose hips and organic sweet almond and jojoba oils. The Mimts' Hand Balm is made with hand-harvested Usnea lichen and shea butter to soften and nourish hands. The Nekwentsut Rose+Nettle+Mint Tea has a delicious balanced flavour and is high in vitamin C. Give the gift of a little luxury for a loved one - or two - this season.

Prados Beauty

Prados Beauty ECO Face Pads are made of recycled bamboo and hemp materials. The bamboo holder, 16 face pads and wash bag all come included in this beautifully curated package. The luxe bamboo holder creates the perfect aesthetic in your skincare space. Wash and dry your face pads, then simply restock them in your holder. The bamboo washbag is washer and dryer safe, tumble dry on low. Iron your face pads for a crisp and clean finish. 

 

 

Home Goods

Indigo Arrows

Indigo Arrows, founded by designer Destiny Seymour, celebrates generations of beautiful patterns used to adorn pottery by Indigenous peoples in Manitoba. Niizh, two in Anishinaabemowin, is the second pattern in Indigo Arrows’ Heritage collection. This design was inspired by local pottery pieces uncovered in Southern Manitoba and dated to be over 3,000 years old. Their Niizh pattern comes in 2 colours - boreal and red earth. Made from 100% linen, their napkins, table runners, and throw pillows are sewn in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Indigo Arrows’ collection makes the perfect gift for anyone looking to add an element of high design to their home.

Mini Tipi

MINI TIPI is a women-owned manufacturing company that designs, creates and sells beautiful products that are made for everyone. MINI TIPI uses authentic indigenous designs to celebrate and reclaim Indigenous art and culture. We support artists and give back to our community.   Our exclusive designs are woven on beautiful, high-quality, eco-friendly fabric in Italy. We design, cut and sew all our products in Gatineau, Quebec, with our amazing team.

The Harvesters blanket is designed by the artist Tsista Kennedy and is made from sustainable fabric. It’s the perfect gift for family picnics, camping or getting cozy around the campfire. 

 

Bison Star Naturals

Bison Star Naturals is a family-owned body care company located at Taos Pueblo, NM.  All products are vegan and free of animal ingredients and perfumes. Husband and wife team Angelo (Taos Pueblo) and Jacquelene McHorse built the #BisonStarBuild from the ground up where they make products in small batches. 

For the holidays, shop Bison Star Naturals "Sage Pine Lotion", a light, moisturizing, and non-greasy lotion that will leave your skin feeling soft & silky. Bison Star Naturals use some of nature’s finest oils: coconut, jojoba, castor & argan plus pure essential oils of sage and pine needle. There are no animal products or perfumes, just pure goodness!

The Yukon Soaps Company

The Yukon Soaps Company is Indigenous-owned and operated. Handcrafted by Joella Hogan and her team in Mayo, Yukon, Canada - The Yukon Soaps Company offers natural & handcrafted soaps, essential oil blends, bath salts, body oils, and more. Inspired by Yukon land, these products are imbued with the spirit, culture, and traditions from the North.

The Yukon Soaps Company Grandmother Collection of Indigenous soaps were crafted with plants our grandmothers once harvested following cultural teachings. Wherever our grandmothers walk, there is brightness. Our language and culture is shared through our packaging. Named after the word for Grandmother in four languages, choose from Ihtsu, Tłitłk’w, Shëtso, and Essu for a beautiful gift for any loved one.

Great Bear Essential Oils

 

Great Bear Essential Oils is founded on powerful stewardship responsibilities, which extend beyond the Great Bear Rainforest to the well being of our people. These oils enable Great Bear Essential Oils to strike a crucial balance between economic prosperity and environmental protection, while supporting our Nations and ensuring our diverse people culture and languages continue to thrive. This season, lift spirits around you with the Stormy Days diffuser oil. This diffuser blend, with Douglas Fir, Rosemary, Lavender, Orange and Vetiver, will move the clouds and brighten your day!

LODGE Soy Candles


The longest night of the year reminds us that all was birthed from the dark. Great power and medicine comes out of this hibernation season where snow blankets the Earth. In the quiet, we return to the knowing that like all of Creation, we too carry a divine spark of light that is meant to illuminate the world. Through the beauty of the Winter, our brilliance is birthed. Made in collaboration with Healer Asha Frost, this sacred blend of frankincense, balsam fir, and cedarwood essential oils creates a warm, woodsy and spicy scent that inspires peace, grounding, protection, and wellbeing. Using this collection during your meditation and personal rituals will assist in the connecting of your mind, body, and spirit.

Dancing Butterfly Naturals

Dancing Butterfly Naturals is a Taos Pueblo woman owned all natural skincare & haircare lndigenous plant-based brand. We formulate spa quality products with the health of our costumer and mother earth in mind.

Gourmet Foods

Wabanaki Maple

Inspired by our roots, Wabanaki Maple is proud to share a twist on tradition with our signature line of Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup products. Delicately aged to perfection, we offer maple syrup flavours of bourbon, whisky, rum and toasted oak. Wabanaki Maple is a 100% Indigenous female-owned company located in Neqotkuk (Tobique) First Nation, New Brunswick. In efforts to ensure that our culture, communities and Mother Earth will thrive for the next seven generations, we’ve launched our Bareroots Initiative. This initiative helps us support reforestation efforts with each purchase of our Bareroots Revive gift box, a perfect gift for a foodie during the holidays.

 

Gratitude Seafood

Owned and operated by five coastal First Nation communities, Gratitude Seafood is an authentic aboriginal company crafting gourmet seafood products on Vancouver Island. Their raw materials are procured through Indigenous approved sources, adhering to both traditional and contemporary fishery and aquaculture management practices. With every sale, three percent of their profits flow directly back to First Nation communities in support of capacity building, economic development, and Indigenous language revitalization.

 

Tea Horse

Tea Horse is an Indigenous, woman-owned artisanal tea and wild rice company that has created and produces a first-of-its-kind wild rice tea using its proprietary wild rice roasting process. ManoominCha™ wild rice tea, is a full-bodied infusion that blends of the sweet and grassy notes of green tea with the aroma and nutty flavour characteristics of roasted manoomin. Lightly caffeinated.

 

 

Fashion

Section 35

SECTION 35 is an indigenous-owned streetwear brand based on the unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. The fashion-forward in your life will love The Protocol Hoodie, which features a comfortable fit in a clean white cotton blend hoodie with a signature SECTION 35 spin on a fun graphic. Prayers Up, Tobacco Down.

Thunder Voice Hat Co.

Thunder Voice Hat Co. (TVHC) carries on the lineage of Native Fashion that emerged from a collaboration of cultures. Since its inception, TVHC has grown into a family business that focuses on funneling resources back into their home community of Navajo Nation. From re-imagining iconic artwork, to creating sustainable fashion designs and repurposing beautiful materials into timeless pieces harmonizing beauty and functionality, the TVHC team seeks to celebrate generations of creativity while forging a path towards healing the deeply-rooted cultural appropriation in mainstream fashion. The Agate Cap is a 100% recycled material first edition of TVHC caps. It's iconic and minimalist design sold out the first round of launch, and is finally back in stock for the holiday season!

 

Ginew

Ginew (Gih-noo) is Native Americana: Heirloom-quality garments and goods. This family business was founded by Amanda Bruegl (Oneida, Stockbridge-Munsee) and Erik Brodt  (Ojibwe). Ginew offers a wide range of premium items including selvedge denim, wax canvas outerwear, artisan-designed, 100% cotton shirts and more. 

The Thunderbird Jacket is made of luxurious Kurabo Denim and encompasses the emotions of an eleven-day road trip from the co-founder's ancestral homelands of the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest. This beautiful jacket features custom stitching under the corduroy collar. Each left cuff has a hidden Thunderbird chain-stitched into it so over time and with wear, the thunderbird will appear. We think you'll appreciate the beautiful form + function of this jacket!

 

Kokom Scrunchies

The creator behind Kokom Scrunchies, Mya Beaudry is a talented 11 year old Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. Since starting Kokom Scrunchies in the fall of 2019, Mya has always ensured that all Kokom Scrunchies are handmade with love in Canada. 

Mya named each of the original Kokom Scrunchies after Indigenous role models in her life. She hopes to also inspire others in her journey. What started off as an idea, has taken Mya on path of bringing Kokom Scrunchies to everyone, young and old.

 

Jewelry

Lofftan

Pop the fizzy drinks! Lofttan’s 3rd Annual Holiday BlingBOX is here! A thoughtfully curated, layered set of shinies will see you through your busy days and nights, and help you travel light! 

This unique collection saves you 20% with Limited Edition bundled pricing and gives back to Lofttan’s Lydia Ruth Scholarship Fund for Indigenous students pursuing education in the Arts. Lofttan is a Niagara-based Indigenous jewelry company designing and making high-quality convertible travel jewelry; committed to igniting creativity and good vibes everywhere.

 

Blu Hummingbird Beadwork

Available in three different colour ways, these hand beaded, one of a kind cheetah print earrings go from day to night and are the perfect finishing touch to any outfit! All pairs are backed with commercially tanned hyde and finished with sterling silver hardware. Blu Hummingbird Beadwork is a labour of love, hand stitching heirlooms with Indigenous skill and blood memory I’m Tkaronto. 

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