Urban Native Girl's Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Lisa Charleyboy
2/11/12

Valentine's Day is upon us, and ICTMN's fashion maven Lisa Charleyboy (also known as Urban Native Girl) has some tips on what to get your boy or girl at any price points: "cheap and cheerful," "hipster at heart," "arm candy," and "bling it on."

So you’re coupled up and ready to celebrate the big day with a bang, but you’re still wondering what you are going to get for your significant other. You want to get something with impact, which will let your lover know that you are the only one for him or her.

Check out the list below to get a few ideas to get your lover’s eyes sparkling this Valentine’s Day.

For Your Beloved Beauty

Cheap and cheerful

Home is where the heart is map by Lily Gene

Put a clever spin on the “home is where the heart is” by placing a heart on your reservation. Take any old Canadian map (find them at vintage stores, used book stores, or print up your own downloaded version) and paint a heart over your reservation. You can even do two hearts on both of your reservations and connect the dots. Frame it. She will always have your heart. Now that’s sweet.

[This will also work with a map of a state or province, or all of Turtle Island. Not that you didn't already know. --Ed.]

This example/inspiration comes from Lily Gene's Etsy Store ($25).

Hipster at Heart

Beaded sunglasses by by SheLah Nanabah Designs

Remember those beaded Ray Bans that sold out before anyone even knew they were a thing? Well they're back but in a ladies style, made by SheLah Nanabah from Salt Lake City. Make her a princess at the next pow wow by gifting her these styling beaded sunglasses. She will be the envy of every girl all across Indian Country.

Native American Beaded Sunglasses by SheLah Nanabah ($50).

Arm Candy

House of Harlow 1960 Antler Bangle

You don’t need to be Richie Rich to dazzle her with some serious arm candy. For just under $100 you can pick up this 14k yellow gold plated bangle. It is guaranteed to be loved by your Native goddess as it has antler shapes. Who doesn’t want a little more antler in their life?

House of Harlow 1960 Antler Bangle ($95) at Ron Robinson.

Bling it On

Olanna Fossilized Walrus Ivory Diamond Earrings

Who says you can’t dream big? Just imagine the look on her face if she was presented with these fossilized walrus ivory and diamond earrings. That is about as Inuit chic as you can get. But don’t get too excited, the price on these Monique Péan beauties is up in the engagement-ring stratosphere.

Olanna Fossilized Walrus Ivory & Diamond Earrings by Monique Pean ($6,885) at Barney's.

For Your Marvelous Man

Cheap and cheerful

Indian boy and girl cookies

That old adage about food being the way to a man’s heart has lots of merit. If you have more time than cash this year, try showing off some of your feminine wiles by baking up some sweet treats for him. These cookies are amazing because you can customize them to look like you two. He'll be nibbling at your neck after a few bites of these babies.

Baking instructions at The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.

Hipster at Heart

Sho Sho Esquiro Pendleton jacket

For that hipster in your life, custom order a Sho Sho Esquiro Pendleton jacket to show him exactly how much you love him and care about his style. This Dene designer can take any hoodie or jacket that your man loves and put an entirely new NDN spin to it. This is for the Native man with swagger.

Custom Pendleton jacket, prices upon request at shoshoesquiro.com

(Photo by Thoshography.)

Arm Candy

Raven cufflinks by Alano Edzerza

Who says boys don’t need a little bling on their wrist? These ravishing raven cufflinks will look swank the next time you both go out for a big night on the town. They are hand-finished cast silver and made by the one and only Alano Edzerza, of Tahltan descent. They are sure to bring rave reviews.

Raven cufflinks ($165 CAD) from Edzerza Gallery.

Bling it On

Native American Chief in solid yellow by avedissianjeweler

If you love your man solid gold, why not go all in and get him a ring? This Native man silhouette stamped ring is sure to garner lots of attention everywhere he goes. It is 14k stamped yellow gold and the finish is satin and brushed. It is a serious piece of business right there.

Native American Chief in Solid Yellow Gold ($978) from Avedissian Jeweler.

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