1. Dey & Nite CD. $8.
It’s actually shocking that this ‘Twin Pop Sensation’ hasn’t been signed yet. These Mexican American/Spanish Arapapho twins have a whole lot of voice and an uber-fun pop sound that will get the girl in your life dancing in the kitchen.
2. ‘Pueblo Trival Cloud’ Earrings by GrayFox Creations. $15.
These bright and colourful earrings are sure to cheer up the fashionista chica in your life. The earrings design is Pueblo (Cochiti) Tribal design that symbolizes the oncoming rain clouds followed by a downpour or trail of rain to nourish “The People” and Mother Earth. GrayFox Creations is a Native American (women) owned entrepreneurship that has been donning the flyest Native lobes since 2008.
3. The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. $23.
If the leading lady in your life loves to spend her spare time experimenting and coming up with new recipes, perhaps she could use a little extra inspiration from this cookbook. This coobook draws upon the tribal culinary traditions of five regions – Northeast Woodlands and Great Lakes, Great Plains, North Pacific Coast, Mesoamerica, and South America.
4. Althea Sunglasses by Aya Fashion of Claudia Alan. $35.
Chic sunglasses with a Northwest Coast design twist are in style all year round. The designs are by Corrine Hunt, the same Kwatiukl and Tlingit artist who created the medal designs from the 2010 Winter Olympics. This style is flattering for most face shapes and the added bonus is that part of the proceeds go to ONEXONE First Nations Nutritious Breakfast Program.
There is nothing like suede and fur to warm a girl’s foot during the holiday chill. These cozy slippers are made by a company that is Aboriginally owned and made in Canada. The added bonus is that the holiday pictures will all look extra chic with a pair of these warm fuzzies in the mix.
6. Sportiva Feastwear Scarf by Dorothy Grant. $60.
Wool scarves are always welcome, especially when they have a beautiful Haida design printed on it. This accessory is sure to be cherished by both the young professional and for those who are more established in their careers. It’s sure to be a wonderful addition to brighten up the basic black wool coat.
7. Silver and Turqoise Earrings by Martha Jackson via the Heard Museum. $77.
Most Native girls dream in turquoise and these earrings would be a great add to her jewelry wardrobe. They are silver silver and co-created by the well-known silversmith Tommy Jackson. This Navajo woman clearly knows her way to a woman’s heart with this clean and simple earring that is meant to stand the test of time.
8. Eagle Silver Spoon by Corrine Hunt. $200.
Nothing but the best for the woman who loves to entertain. Why not offer her a beautiful silver spoon that she wishes she was born with? This elegant spoon is sure to dazzle both the hostess with the mostest and her guests for years to come.
9. ‘Identity by Design’ Pendleton Blanket by the National Museum for the American Indian. $220
Some ladies just like to nest. And this gorgeous Pendleton blanket is the perfect way to get cozy. This design is a limited edition inspired by a dress that was in the ‘Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women’s Dresses’ exhibit. This is a timeless nod to her feminine beauty.
10. 18 Kt Gold Earrings by Steve LaRance via the Heard Museum. $850.
Nothing says I love you like 18 K gold. Well platinum works as well but these earrings would not have the same appeal in platinum. Designed by Hopi-Assiniboine LaRance along with his wife Marian Denipah (Navajo), they are a perfect addition under any tree. Both modern and classic designs will make these earrings cherished for decades.
P.S. Also check out the Gift Guide for Her from 2009 if you want more ideas!