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The holidays are here, and with that comes gift guides! Eighth Generation is sharing three gift guides this year to help you find great gifts and perfect presents from Native and BIPOC small businesses this season. We want to be clear that Eighth Generation rejects the colonial notion of a gender binary as the only way to express one's self, and recognizes a full spectrum of genders, identities, and expressions. Calling this gift guide "Gifts for Him" is purely for SEO (Search Engine Optimization): the more buzz words we can use that Google likes, the more likely this gift guide is to be shown to a wide audience...and the more likely a wide variety of people are to find incredible Native artists and brands to shop from! This gift guide features food and coffee, skincare, clothing, and accessories for the holly-est, jolly-est on your list.
Blog post by Eighth Generation Textile Specialist and Social Media Assistant Francesca Robello (Karuk); gift suggestions sourced from Eighth Generation staff
Thunder Voice Eagle (Diné) is the Founder, Creator, and President of Thunder Voice Hat Co., an authentic, sustainable, Native company that carries on the lineage of the iconic Navajo Brim hat. Thunder Voice Hat Co. celebrates and honors the artistry of past generations, while creatively envisioning and building a sustainable future for Native communities. Shop their hand-sourced and creatively crafted hat collection, reworked apparel, art prints, bags, and accessories all at their online store.
Find one-of-a-kind hats and more on Thunder Voice Hat Company's website
From scarves to earrings, to socks and pins, Eighth Generation has the perfect presents for patriarchs covered. Our top picks this holiday season would be our Grand Blessings Scarf designed by Colleen Echohawk (Pawnee, Athabascan) or New Phase Throw Blanket designed by Jared Yazzie (Diné/Navajo) from our Gold Label Collection, made of 100% Merino wool and made right here in our Seattle studio. Our Gold Label Collection items are incredibly special heirloom-quality wool textiles, and will last through the ages with proper care!
Our Crew Socks are tops, and make great stocking stuffers
Lakota Made specializes in small-batch, sustainably-harvested personal care products and herbal remedies crafted by Traditional Indigenous Herbalist Megan L. Schnitker (Lakota). Her online store, and recently opened brick-and-mortar storefront in Mankato, Minnesota, offers amazing products like the Rosemary & Peppermint Shampoo/Body Soap bar, Tatanka salve, cologne balms, and beard oils. So many options that every man in your life will love.
Lakota Made has tonics, beard balms, soaps, teas, hair products, bodycare, and more
OXDX is the fashion label of Jared Kee Yazzie (Diné/Navajo), one of Eighth Generation's Inspired Natives® Artist Collaborators. Through OXDX, Jared sells his digital art prints, cut-and-sew apparel, stickers, and more, bringing Indigenous issues and challenges to light through his bold artistic style. With both an online and brick-and-mortar store, OXDX's line includes a wide array of graphic T-shirts, art prints, stickers, and caps, which would all make amazing gifts for this year.
As the first Native-owned denim brand, Ginew fuses contemporary Native American style with traditional Ojibwe, Oneida, and Stockbridge-Munsee design by creating heirloom-quality garments and accessories. Shop for lined wax vests, durable denim and khakis, natural fibered button-ups and t-shirts, and endless accessories like beanies and bandanas for him to feel his best. Founded and operated by husband and wife power couple Amanda Bruegl (Oneida, Stockbridge-Munsee) and Erik Brodt (Ojibwe).
Jackets, jeans, shackets, shirts, beanies, bandanas...and more at Ginew
For those that love to be in the kitchen, Indigenous-owned Sweetgrass Trading Company offers amazing gift boxes full of traditional food essentials like Wild Rice Pancake mix, Red Lake Chokecherry Syrup, and Ioway Farm Honey. Plus, their pre-made giftboxes are a great alternative to the predictable Hickory Farms or Harry & David corporate-feeling food baskets you get when you're not quite sure what to gift. Yum!
Speaking of food, Indigenous and women-owned Sakari Farms located in Bend, Oregon, places an emphasis on growing Native American First foods, like specialty tribal peppers, potatoes, garlic, and herbs. Their vast online marketplace offers everything from loose leaf teas and healing oils, to salsas, garlic jam, hot sauces, and seasonings all with a traditional flair. So many choices and we want them all! (Owner/ Principal Ecologist-Indigenous Agriculturalist of Sakari Farms is Spring Schreiner, an enrolled member and shareholder of the Chugach Alaska Native Corporation and Valdez Native Tribe.)
Tudor Montague (Quechan) is the Founder and Head Roaster of Spirit Mountain Roasting Company headquartered in Winterhaven, California, but has since sprawled out to coffeehouses in Arizona and North Dakota. Using 100% Arabica beans, roasting every batch to order, and shipping the next day, you can guarantee a high-quality freshness with each cup of coffee. Their online store offers 12 oz bags of blends and single origin beans, and can specify your preferred grind size.
Spirit Mountain Roasting has several different roasts to try, plus apparel and stickers
Native-made coffee tastes even better in a Native-designed mug: it's just science! Fortunately Eighth Generation has four big-bellied new ceramic mugs sure to make your beverage its best.
Eighth Generation's Native-designed mugs include our Octopus Mug by David Robert Boxley (Ts'msyen/Tsimshian), Pony Express Mug by John Isaiah Pepion (Piikani/Blackfeet), Rice Blossoms Mug by Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe/Ojibwe), and Cedar Mug by Louie Gong (Nooksack)