Tis the season to be jolly and give, give, give which leaves some of you feeling anxious and a little overwhelmed as you wrack your brain looking for the perfect gift for that special someone. To make your shopping a little easier this year, Iksokapi Magazine has compiled a top 10 list of Christmas Gift Ideas to meet all budgets. Christmas should not break the bank or stress you out. It is the thought that counts, right? Happy Shopping!!!
1 – Chocolate Brown Buffalo-Skin Weekender Bucket Bag by She Native that can be purchased online or in store. Owned and operated by Devon Fiddler from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, She Native Goods is a socially driven, handbag and accessories brand that aims to empower the Indigenous woman. For more information on the bag or to check out other bags, clothing and jewellery visit the website at – http://www.shenative.com/collections/weekender-bag/products/cream-camel-weekender
2 – Travel, nothing says Merry Christmas than a vacation for two or a family trip to Disneyland. More and more people are spending their hard earned cash on experiences around the globe as opposed to a traditional Christmas that includes presents and turkey. I know what you thinking, too expensive right? but with enough time, research and planning – most vacations can be accomplished to fit most budgets and does to necessarily have to be done by plane. Visit your local travel agent to help get you started.
3 – Wool Okotoks Boots by Manitoba Mukluks, an Aboriginal-owned company whose vision is to build a vibrant, global brand that makes a significant impact in First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities. A company well known for its cozy and comfy footwear, Manitoba Mukluks reaches a growing and diverse audience including Hollywood celebrities. Note to self: Add this to my Santa list. I NEED to have this pair. (HINT)
To purchase a pair or to see a complete list of other products sold by Manitoba Mukluks, check out their website: http://www.manitobah.ca
4 – Pet of your choice. A puppy, kitten, bunny, snake, hamster or all of the above. (My daughter and nieces’ choice.) As adorable as that sounds, I must warn you, be prepared for the commitment that comes with caring for animals. Another option is to find a robotic animal that will jump, bark and flip without the mess. My preference would be a bulldog.
5 – Big Feather Hoodie – Maroon with Beige would be my first choice courtesy of Neechie Gear. Founder and CEO, Kendal Netmaker, grew up on Sweetgrass First Nation in Saskatchewan and has come along way since then. His company carries a number of products including t-shirts and hats and would make great Christmas gifts available online or in store at a few locations across Canada.
6 – Book(s) for the bookworm in the family. My suggestion is a new book written by basketball player and role model Jude Schimmel titled ‘Dreamcatcher’ which shares her story of growing up on a reservation, and what it took to succeed off the rez. She also shares many of the lessons her parents instilled in her, as well as many she learned along the way. It can be purchased online from her website. Click on the following link for more information: http://www.judeschimmel.com/index.html
7 – Pendleton Themed Luggage for that traveller in your life which can be found at White Eagle Native Crafts located in Tsuu T’ina Nation near Calgary, Alberta. In addition to luggage, they provide a variety of products including blankets, clothing, footwear, jewelry and much more. There are gifts for everyone in the family including yourself. Follow White Eagle Native Crafts on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/White-Eagle-Native-Crafts-105584859506358/?fref=photo
8 – Christmas Gift Baskets from the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park (BCHP) Gift shop located in Siksika Nation, Alberta filled with a variety of items. Another idea for those extra crafty people would be to make your own gift baskets filled with that special someones favourite goodies and gifts. This could include chocolates, candies, tea, coffee mugs, and candles.
9 – Jewellery is always a favourite and can be found at your local arts & crafts stores or you can make your own jewellery if you are really creative.
10 – Scrapbook filled with all your family memories with room for more. There are a number of local craft stores like Micheal’s that can help personalize your photographs with scrapbook accessories and stickers.