Killer t-shirts, statement earrings, digital prints and spicy pantry fillers.
There’s no better time than now to support local First Nations-owned businesses. Filled with empowering messages and lots of truth, these companies will absolutely have you covered the next time a friend’s birthday (or yours) rolls around.
If you don’t know where to start, no worries. Keep scrolling to discover a treasure trove of sustainable, unique, and most importantly, Indigenous-owned gift ideas.
Deadly, bold and in love with all the warm language and blak pride, Gammin Threads is the brainchild of Tahnee Edwards, a scion of the Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, Boonwurrung and Mutti Mutti nations. Alongside her full-time job at an Indigenous family violence and prevention service, Gammin Threads is dedicated to living colorfully, respecting and empowering women. There’s everything from t-shirts and sweaters to backpacks, socks, stickers and car accessories like keychains and air fresheners. Be sure to check which parts are suitable for allies and the mob. Buy it here.
If you’re unfamiliar, Clothing The Gap is an Indigenous owned and operated social enterprise and fashion brand. In addition to launching groundbreaking campaigns like the Free The Flag movement, raising First Nations voices and selling sweet products, the team dedicates 100% of its profits to support health promotion activities in communities. indigenous.
Lately, the crew recently collaborated with Our Islands Our Homes to raise awareness of sea level rise and its impact on the Torres Strait Islands. This means you will find an “Island Luv Reservoir” where all proceeds from this reservoir support the Our Island Our Homes campaign led by Torres Strait Islanders to protect their island homes from climate change. As part of the campaign, eight claimants from Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait), also known as Torres Strait 8, have filed a human rights complaint against the Australian Federal Government for failing to protect the Torres Strait of climate change. Buy it here.
Nicknamed the “Queen of Bling”, proud Wiradjuri Kristy Dickenson is the truly talented human behind Haus Of Dizzy. Seeking playful jewellery, Dickenson designs, manufactures, laser cuts and assembles each piece in the company’s workshop located in Fitzroy, Narm/Melbourne. While most of you know the Haus Of Dizzy rep for his big political and social messages, you might not know that the label has partnered with a range of nonprofits like SEED MOB (Water Is Life), NAIDOC, Djirra, AYCC (Stop Adani Movement) and Sydney Mardi Gras. There are lots of cool things going around here like jewelry displays, charm necklaces, earrings, bracelets, bags, socks, and wall art. Buy it here.
Take the Pride Movement
With tie-dye t-shirts and Heal Country patches, the idea behind Take Pride Movement is to express First Nations Australians through epic wardrobe essentials that anyone can wear. This one comes straight from Sydney from Benjamin Thomson, a Wiradjuri man who grew up in western Sydney. Buy it here.
House of Darwin is a for-profit clothing company that reinvests its profits into social programs in remote Indigenous communities. Launched by Larrakia man Shaun Edwards, the label has also launched a collaboration with Yeo Haus, a bona fide ‘softness’ boutique from South Australia, with proceeds going directly to Hoop Dreams in the Territory of North to renovate a basketball court in Minmarama, an indigenous community in Darwin. The designs here look like retro baggy tees, bucket hats and tea towels, and believe us, you’ll want to order just about anything. Buy it here.
You’ve no doubt seen Nungala Creative going through your Instagram feed with amazing prints, graphics and animations. Founded by Jessica Johnson, a woman from Warumngu/Wombaya, Nungala Creative is a 100% Indigenous owned and operated communications agency and you can purchase a range of Indigenous design items such as t-shirts, jewelry, swimsuits, digital art and gift cards. . Buy it here.
Charlotte Allingham rose to fame when her ‘Always Was, Always Will Be Aboriginal Land’ went viral on January 26, 2018. The artist, a Wiradjuri and Ngiyampaa woman, is an absolute design force, a quick scroll through her Instagram will show you Why. The good thing is that you can actually buy a bunch of his work online from his website, with his art brought to life through art prints, mugs, and calendars. Buy it here.
Art by Tylah Saunders
We are big fans of every amazing piece from Tylah Saunders, a Gunditjmara man from Victoria. Keep your eyes peeled for jaw-dropping acrylic pieces on her Instagram or wait until Tylah is open for orders. Buy it here.
Welcome to the country
If you haven’t yet explored our beautiful backyard with a First Nations tour guide or travel agency, you are seriously missing something. Sometimes the hardest part is knowing which tour operators are genuinely owned and operated by Australia’s First Nations people, but not anymore. Launching this Wednesday, December 2, is Welcome to Country, Australia’s first not-for-profit online marketplace for Indigenous tourism experiences and products. Aimed to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander operators and communities, Welcome to Country will connect holidaymakers with incredible and authentic Aboriginal experiences. Buy it here.
Magabala Books is Australia’s leading Indigenous publishing house dedicated to celebrating the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Based in Broome, Western Australia, this independent non-profit organization publishes up to 15 new titles a year in a range of genres: memoir, fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, social history and poetry. Buy it here.
Food and drink
Proudly owned and run by Aboriginal people, Sobah is Australia’s premier non-alcoholic craft beer company run by husband and wife Clinton and Lozen Schultz. Clinton himself is a Gamilaroi man (yep, Kid Laroi country) and a psychologist, so the concept behind Sobah is deeply rooted in the philosophies of Gamilaraay Lore ‘dhiriya Gamil’. This includes acting from a position of respect for people, place and the environment; understand and work towards the fulfillment of the responsibilities to which people are bound; and, engage in positive reciprocity.
In other words, Sobah is about giving back, social equity, sustainability, positive awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, breaking stereotypes and uniting people. The non-alcoholic cans are also preservative-free, meaning every sip will taste light and crisp. Currently, there are seven flavors on the shelf, including a lemon pilsner, a lime cerveza, a pepperberry IPA and two gluten-free beers, a Davidson plum and an acacia seed gold. . Buy it here.
Those who frequent the South Melbourne Market and Yarraville will know all about Mabu Mabu. The Indigenous owned and operated haven is a Torres Strait saying meaning “help yourself” and has pioneered pineapple hot sauces, green tomato hot sauce, watt seed hot chocolate, black mint tea and all sorts of spices for a couple of years now. You can shop all kinds of gift sets here with “grill master” kits, damper crafting kits, gravy baskets, and other pantry fillers. Buy it here.
Read on to discover the best sustainable gifts you should give this year.
Image credit: son of gammin