Whether you are a small business or a large company, gifts are one of the best ways to value and show appreciation for employees, leadership, clients, or colleagues.
There are plenty of common, standard gifts that are given in the workplace all the time and hundreds of lists exist suggesting gifts from plants to fruit baskets to photo frames and other desk decorations. You’ve probably seen them all.
All of those usual things have been done before. What if you want to go beyond the norm and give gifts that not only hold meaning, but perpetuate and honour indigenous culture? Especially if you are an indigenous owned or operated business, it can be especially meaningful to give corporate gifts that demonstrate your heritage and honour sacred indigenous teachings.
If you are not an indigenous company, you can still give indigenous gifts! There is a respectful way to participate in indigenous gift giving that actually honours and helps teach others about indigenous culture. You will be supporting indigenous businesses and you will have given not only a lovely, thoughtful gift, but a gift that inspires and teaches along the way.
So, we’re here to suggest that you can do corporate gift baskets or corporate gift ideas in a whole new way.
To get started, let’s talk just a little bit about the history of some indigenous gifts and the protocols for indigenous gift giving.