It’s Black Friday, which means just about every retailer on planet Earth is offering crazy discounts on a bunch of things that you probably don’t even need. But if you’re planning on dropping a small fortune on retail therapy today, might I suggest checking out the Meeanjin Online Markets?

The markets aim to showcase and celebrate 18 different Indigenous small businesses that have been hit hard by COVID, allowing you not only to buy their products, but also hear their stories.

“We’ve had more time to gather the stories of 18 Indigenous businesses. You will feel like you’re chatting to them. Hearing about them, their products, their creativity, how they connect and continue culture through their businesses,” Charlie Jia from the South-East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce said of the event.

“What’s also exciting is that 16 of the 18 First Nations’ businesses featuring at Meeanjin Online are run by Indigenous women. Our project manager, Matrisse, Communications and Media person Kerry and presenter Mikki are Murri women, and filmmaker Merryn is a Koori woman. Many are juggling other jobs, children, families and life.”

Usually, the markets take place IRL, but thanks to COVID, that wasn’t exactly an option this year, which means that no matter where you live, you can take part.

The markets have been running for three years now, with a number of different stallholders taking part to showcase their products and services.

Honestly, if you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet, this is the perfect opportunity to stock up on a heap of cool stuff that your friends and family will love.

There’s earrings, woven baskets, skincare, artwork and basically everything else you’d want to purchase for the festive season, but instead of making huge international companies even richer, you’re also supporting small, Indigenous-owned businesses.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already eyeing off about 47 different pairs of cute earrings that simply must be added to my collection.

It’s truly a win-win situation.

You can check out all of the stallholders, and everrything else that’s happening at the markets on their website here.