The Best Gifts to Buy From These Indigenous Australian-Owned Brands
These Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander-owned businesses have an awesome range of products that will take your gifting to the next level.
Had your fill of the same old shopping routine with fast fashion and international conglomerates? Let's mix it up and give a nod to our homegrown heroes. Scroll through this article and unearth some fantastic Indigenous Australian-owned brands. They may not be shouting from the rooftops, but they're quietly changing the game, bringing you unique products while giving back to their communities.
When you embrace these local gems, you're not just getting quality; you're investing in a piece of Australia's rich cultural tapestry. These Indigenous brands bring a refreshing twist to your shopping experience, where every purchase carries a story, a connection, and a sense of purpose. So, next time you're on the hunt for something special, consider these brands – they're the embodiment of stylish authenticity and community spirit, all rolled into one.
Samantha Reversible Top, Liandra Swim
The Samantha Reversible Top by Liandra Swimwear will easily be your go-to bikini as an eco-conscious beach lover. Crafted with love and care, it boasts thick straps, a tie-up front, and ruching at the back. But what makes it truly special is its reversible feature, showcasing captivating prints inspired by Aboriginal Australian culture. Liandra Swimwear, led by Yolngu woman Liandra Gaykamangu, is all about sustainable luxury, creating quality pieces while being eco-conscious. It's swimwear with heart and soul that you'll surely love for a long time.
Crystal Barbie Heart Earrings, Haus of Dizzy
Haus of Dizzy's Crystal Barbie Heart Earrings fuse style and culture. Featuring titanium studs with stainless steel pads and a hypoallergenic comfort clutch, these earrings redefine your accessory game. Owned by Wiradjuri woman Kristy Dickinson, this Melbourne-based studio creates empowering jewellery, offering a unique take on the Indigenous pride collection. Through mirrored acrylic, glitter, and dynamic patterns, Kristy's pieces bring social, political, and environmental issues to the forefront. Available in prominent retailers and museums, Haus of Dizzy's striking designs have been worn by celebs like Drew Barrymore, making a statement while supporting Indigenous culture.
Wild Rosella Tea Loose Leaf Tea 50g
Wild Rosella Tea, inspired by the vibrant hibiscus family flower, packs a punch with its high antioxidant content. A source of Vitamin C, it's more than just a cuppa; it's an homage to Australia's rich culture. Founded by Ngemba Weilwan woman Sharon Winsor from Western NSW, Indigiearth is all about ethical sourcing and sharing Indigenous heritage through native foods. Sharon's childhood adventures with bush fruits and yabbies come full circle in these authentic, sustainably harvested teas and ingredients, blending tradition with modern expertise.
Sit in the Sun, Emro Designs
Heading to the beach? Be sure to carry with you the Sit in the Sun picnic rug by Emro Designs, featuring a breathtaking design from Bidjara artist Sheri Skele. Measuring a generous 2m by 1.5m, these rugs are not just visually striking but also practical, with double-sided prints, UV protection, water resistance, and a handy leather carry handle. Founded in 2020 by Minjungbal woman Emma Rolls, Emro Designs is all about bringing authentic First Nations resources into homes, offices, and schools, allowing you to connect with rich cultural stories. Plus, every purchase helps support the artists and their storytelling tradition.
Sleep Well Gift Bag, Bush Medijina
For a thoughtful gift that brings tranquillity to bedtime routines, look no further than the Sleep Well Gift Bag by Bush Medijina, a brand led by strong Indigenous women. This unique set includes a 40g Sleep Balm, featuring calming lavender oil, the Mamarra Soapa crafted from Small Leaved Paperbark leaves, and a Lip Balm tube made from beeswax and Broad Leaved Wattle extract infused with organic essential oils.
Bush Medijina, rooted in Indigenous culture and wisdom, has a mission to uplift their people and address various social challenges. Their products, handcrafted in shipping containers in Angurugu on a remote island in the Northern Territory, reflect their deep connection to the land and their ancestors. Through your support, you become part of a shared journey to heal not only physically but through relationships, making a significant impact in their community and beyond.
Grevillea Oversized Ladies Blazer, Kirrikin
Step out in style with the Grevillea Oversized Ladies Blazer, a chic and versatile piece you’ll want as a closet staple. Crafted from a comfortable blend of 70% linen and 30% cotton, this Kirrikin blazer offers breathability and easy maintenance and adds a nice pop of colour to your summer wardrobe.
This blazer isn't just fashion-forward; it features the heritage of Jessica Tedim, a young Gamilaroi Ularoi/Yuwaalaraay woman whose artwork vividly captures the beauty of the land and her deep connection to Country. She often features earthy and contemporary colour palettes in her work, along with curved lines inspired by carved trees, elements from the rivers and native flora and fauna on her ancestral lands.
Long Sleeve 'Always Was, Always Will Be' Tee
The 'Always Was, Always Will Be' Tee by Clothing The Gaps is a wardrobe essential, showcasing Carla Scotto's art and acknowledging 65,000 years of First Nation custodianship. This dynamic fashion label—co-founded by Laura Thompson, a Gunditjmara woman and Sarah Sheridan—was named Business of the Year at the 2020 Dreamtime Awards. Beyond fashion, they're a force for unity, advocating for Aboriginal communities, employing 81% mob, and creating over 9000 hours of employment in 2020 to 2021.
My Healing Paradise Designer Clutch Purse, Mulganai
This purse is a sleek, practical companion. Crafted with a convenient loop handle, it holds your daily must-haves securely while the Saffiano patterned vegan leather adds a touch of luxury to any outfit. Created by Emma Hollingsworth, a Kaanju, Kuku Ya’u, Girramay artist, her work is an amalgamation of her heritage and vibrant modern flair, telling a unique story of Indigenous youth growing up in today's world. See more of her design collaborations here.
Sylvia Leggings in Coral, Jarin Street
You’ll want to live in the Sylvia Leggings, what with its high waistband and chic matte finish. What’s more, they also showcase the "Follow Your Dreams" design, brought to life by Gamilaroi artist Liz Maloney. Her artwork embodies the mantra of reaching for the stars while staying grounded.
Jarin Street is your ticket to elevating your activewear game and deepening your commitment to supporting and honouring Aboriginal artists and businesses. Founded by Jarin Baigent, a Wiradjuri woman, the brand paves the way for cultural connection through art and well-being practices.
Hand Painted Jarin Street Designers Yoga Mat, Kakadu Tiny Tots
Elevate your yoga practice with Kakadu Tiny Tots' Hand-painted Jarin street designers yoga mat. This Australian-owned company champions authentic Aboriginal clothing, accessories, and artwork. Handcrafted in remote indigenous communities, each mat showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Northern Territory.