Matchboxes from Taos Indian Trading Co.

Matchboxes from Taos Indian Trading Co.

Urban Native Girl’s Hostess Gifts on the Cheap

Dinner parties and cocktail parties held at someone’s home have become de rigeur lately. I mean who doesn’t like bringing over a seven layer bean dip or a bottle of wine as the price of admission for a good time with friends? Well that’s not the only price of admission, you must remember to honour your host with a small token of appreciation. My general rule is that the more intimate the party, the larger the gift. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Matchboxes from Taos Indian Trading Co.

Mix and Match

Earlier this week while wandering around Santa Monica, I discovered this store Taos Indian Trading Co. Of course I had to enter and find out what exactly they sold in here and besides the usual art and jewelry I discovered these delightful matchboxes. They are created by Chumash artist Ruby and they can be ordered directly from the store by calling (310) 395-3652 or at

Get it @: Taos Indian Trading Co., $4 USD.

Tea towel, apron and pot holder by Tsimshian artist Bill Helin

Tea for Two

Tea towels are a classic hostess gift that will never go out of style. Try one on in a North West Coast design for size. Your host will be sure to appreciate the aesthetic value of this functional gift. This collection of kitchen accessories is designed by Tsimshian artist Bill Helin. The pot holder and apron are excellent choices for the host who loves to keep the party in the kitchen.

Get it @: Cowichan Trading. $12 CAD.

Shaman Chocolates to benefit Huichol Indians

Kookoo for Cocoa

Chocolate is always a welcome addition in anyone’s household. Why not bring a little Indigenous flavour for your next chocolate gift? I found these chocolate bars while perusing Whole Foods in Los Angeles, and immediately had to buy them. All of the profits from these bars go directly to the Huichol Indians who have used the cacao seed in ceremony and leave offerings of chocolate to show their love for Mother Earth. Now you can leave it for your host to show them your love.

Get it @: EcoExpress. 5 for $20 USD.

Lisa Charleyboy is Urban Native Girl — visit her at


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Urban Native Girl’s Hostess Gifts on the Cheap