12 Indigenous-Owned Businesses To Support When You Hit The Shops

By Morgan Reardon
23rd Nov 2020

The stress of finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can sometimes send you into panic mode. The good news is we’ve got you covered with an absolutely banging gift guide that will delight even the toughest member of your family.

Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to support local, First Nations-owned businesses. Not sure where to start? No worries, keep scrolling to uncover a literal treasure trove of gift ideas that are sustainable, unique and best of all, Indigenous-owned and operated. 

Jarin Street Gliding StingRays Yoga Mat

Price: $110

For the sporty person in your life, you can’t get much better than a yoga mat from the legends at Jarin Street. Founded by Wiradjuri woman Jarin Baigent, this yoga mat and activewear label supports and promotes Aboriginal artists by splashing their incredible designs on Jarin Street products. Our fave right now is the Gliding Stingrays yoga mat which features artwork from young creative Ella Gillespie. It was inspired by the stingrays gliding beneath her whilst paddle boarding in the Evans River. Grab one for a loved one (or yourself) right here.

a colourful yoga mat

Lindara Swim Jirra Top And MaryAnn Bottoms

Price: Top—$110  Bottoms—$90

Designed by Liandra Gaykamangu, a Yolngu woman from North-East Arnhem Land, this collection of swimwear has sustainability at its heart. Using fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles, the mix-and-match styles feature signature prints that are inspired by Aboriginal culture. We’re obsessed with Lindara’s latest range, the Interwoven Collection. Both the top and bottoms are reversible featuring two bold prints and each piece is named after Indigenous trailblazers. Read their stories and grab a gift for your loved ones here.

a young woman in a colourful pink bikini sits on white sand.

Earth Blended Bath Soak Salts

Price: $22

You literally can’t go wrong gifting someone luxury bath products, because who doesn’t like a good soak? At Earth Blended you can choose between two bath salt options, sleep and calm. The calm mix is a dreamy concoction of pink Himalayan rock salt, coriander, geranium, ylang-ylang, bergamot, jasmine, and frankincense. While the sleep soak is made up of epsom salt, pink Himalayan rock salt, lavender and Roman chamomile. All of these delicious-smelling remedies are created by aromatherapist Jame, a Gumbaynggirr Nyami woman, who mixes together traditional and alternative healing. Grab one of her luxe bath soaks here.

a glass jar of pink bath salts

K.Rae Check Yo’Self Diary

Price: $34.95

After the rollercoaster of 2020, just about everyone in your life could do with this Check Yo’Self Diary, a rad creativity book for grownups. Helping you uncover your inner creativity, this diary is filled with 66 hand-lettered pages by Bundjalung and South Sea Islander artist Kimberley, who is slinging thought-provoking prompts designed to unlock your hidden talents. There are places to doodle, reflect and journal, as well as custom art to colour in and inspiring quotes that you’re encouraged to rip out and pimp your home or work space with. Grab a copy of this awesome diary right here.

a black and white notebook next to a cup of coffee

MAARA Collective Kirra Wrap Top

Price: $245

For the style guru in your life, look no further than a piece from achingly cool MAARA Collective. Made from 100% silk, this ochre yellow ombre print features split sleeve detail which can be tied or worn loose. Perfect for all those upcoming summer soirées, MAARA Collective is a luxury resortwear line created by Yuwaalaraay woman, Julie Shaw. Launching the business just last year to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and fashion, MAARA, which refers to ‘hands’ in the Yuwaalaraay and Gamilaraay language groups, has already bagged a number of awards and it’s not hard to see why. Made right here in Australia, treat someone to a MAARA piece this Christmas.

a young woman wears a yellow silk top.

Clothing The Gap Empty Flag Tee

Price: $50

More than just a fashion label, Clothing The Gap is a social enterprise that seeks to celebrate and elevate Aboriginal voices through their thought-provoking apparel which includes tees, bags, water bottles and more. While we adore the whole range, right now we’re loving their Empty Flag Tee which is in direct response to their Free The Flag campaign which you can read up on right here. Made from 100% cotton, it was embroidered and screen printed on Wurundjeri Country in Melbourne. Shop the tee here.

two young men sitting down wear bucket hats and black tees/

Mabu Mabu Spice Trio Savoury

Price: $32

Got a mate who fancies themselves a bit of a masterchef? Hook them up with the ultimate kitchen essentials this Christmas with this tasty spice trio. Created by chef Nornie Bero, who hails from Mer Island in the Torres Strait, Mabu Mabu is traditionally known as a banquet or big family meal. Included in the gift pack is pepperberry, a punchy native Tasmanian spice which is perfect in curries and chutneys or to season meats and vegetables. There’s also soft and earthy saltbush and tropical lemon Aspen salt, which Bero promises will transform any dish but pairs particularly well with roast vegetable and seafood. Can you say, Christmas lunch? Shop the trio here.

three jars of spices stacked on top of each other.

Rachael Sarra Notebook

Price: $45

If you can't extend your finances to purchasing an original Rachael Sarra canvas this year, you can still gift your loved ones a piece of her incredible art in the form of these gorge notebooks. Perfect for your younger siblings, university mates or even your mum, this 100-page, 100% recycled paper notebook boasts one of Sarra’s signature, feminine, colourful designs and will put a smile on everyone’s face this christmas. Sarra, a Goreng Goreng woman, uses art as a powerful tool in storytelling to educate and share Aboriginal culture. Grab one of her beautiful notebooks here.

a pink background with colourful notebooks on top.

Gammin Threads Tote

Price: $39

The ultimate summer accessory for the beach to the park has to be a reusable bag. So why not make a statement with this Gammin Threads tote? Made from 100% cotton and featuring the slogan ‘Respect The Blak Matriarchy’ this bag is not only cute, it’s an important conversation-starter. Gammin Threads was created by Tahnee, a proud descendant of the Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, Boonwurrung and Mutti Mutti nations. The business, she says, ‘was born from a love of typography, language and blak pride. It consists of deadly chillwear and accessories for people who believe in living colourfully, paying respect and empowering women.’ Shop the tote here.

a black tote with the text 'respect the blak matriarchy' on it.

The Minority Co. Define Normal Crew

Price: $70

Coming in a range of awesome colours, this crew from The Minority Co. is a total wardrobe staple. The unisex range was designed by young creative Indya Hayes, who hopes to create debates and start conversations through her range of statement jumpers. While we could easily shop the whole range, we’re digging her new ‘Define Normal’ crew which comes in red, gold, Carolina blue, baby pink and grey. The best bit though—10% of each product sold goes towards organisations like The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and The Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Now you can feel extra good about that gift. Shop the ‘Define Normal’ Crew here.

a young man wears a bright yellow jumper with the text 'define normal' on it.

Haus Of Dizzy Butterfly Plaid Earrings

Price: $59

For the loved ones that love a bit of bling in their life, make their Christmas morning by popping some Haus Of Dizzy statement jewellery under the tree. Created by Kristy Dickinson, a proud Wiradjuri woman, all pieces are designed, laser cut, hand painted and assembled in the Haus of Dizzy studio in Fitzroy in Melbourne. Boasting a range of bold designs with empowering messages behind them, we’re loving the butterfly plaid heart earrings which will take any ensemble to the next level. You can choose between hooks, studs or clip ons and add an adorable card too. Can you say, Christmas is sorted? Grab a pair here.

a young wears love heart shaped earrings.

Charlotte Allingham Thrive Print

Price: $80

Charlotte Allingham, a Wiradjuri, Ngiyampaa woman, is known for her signature colourful illustrations that are inspired by her culture and identity as a First Nations woman. In her own words, her work focuses on ‘community love and body positivity, as well as blak strength, self-determination and truth’. Gift a very special loved one her Thrive Print this christmas and you’ll instantly score ‘best gift-giver’ status. Printed on 350gsm Matt paper, this thought-provoking piece is A3 in size. You can shop it right here

a colourful print from Charlotte Allingham

After more gift ideas? Check out this green guide.

Design Credit: Dom Lonsdale

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