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Here at Marie Claire, we are counting down the days until International Women’s Day, with this year’s theme being #BreaktheBias. We love nothing more than celebrating all the special ladies in our life. Whether it’s our mum, sister, friend, girlfriend, manager or whoever else, we believe that being a woman is something to shout about. Go us!
That’s why we’ve put together our edit of the best IWD gifts. Not only have we chosen items from some of our favourite female-owned brands, but we’ve also included lots of brands that are giving back this IWD, alongside sentimental gifts that we think celebrate what it means to be a woman. Have a scroll and treat yourself or your loved one to something special to let them know just how amazing they are.
If you’re looking to educate yourself further on feminism, why not check out our round up of the best feminist books? We’ve included work from Simone de Beauvoir and Gloria Steinem to Charly Cox and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, so there’s no shortage of inspiration. As said by human rights activist Claire Fagin, “Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.” If that doesn’t inspire you, we don’t know what will.
We’ve also put together a guide to the best feminist t-shirts with empowering slogans and fun designs. We’ll be styling ours with jeans and trainers this IWD, letting our tee do all the talking. What better way to show your support than through a fabulous outfit?
Without further ado, check out our guide to the best International Women’s Day gifts. From cards and jewellery to flowers and clothing, there is something for everyone. We will definitely be treating ourselves to some of these special gifts, because we deserve to celebrate ourselves, too.
40 best International Women’s Day gifts to buy now:
How stunning is this sterling silver necklace with a Swarovski stone-embellished kiss? Not only would this make a sentimental gift, but £20 from the sale of each one will go to the #ChangeAGirlsLife Campaign for Women Supporting Women at The Prince’s Trust.
To celebrate IWD, L'Occitane have collaborated with UK charity Women’s Aid. Until the 27th of March, £2 from the sale of every Give Back Hand Cream Trio will be donated to the charity. You can choose three of your favourite hand creams to be included, and they will all come in a handy tin.
Sometimes there is no better gift than a card filled with a heartfelt message. We love this design from Callisto Design Co, a female-owned business available on Etsy.
This meaningful necklace will launch on the 8th of March for IWD, and £25 from the sale of every piece will be donated to the Malala Fund. It is crafted from 100% recycled gold plated sterling silver with deep green enamel detailing.
Jo Malone London have created a limited edition Peony & Blush Suede Cologne decorated with a bespoke illustrated design in honour of IWD. Throughout the months of March and April, £20 from the sale of every bottle will be donated to their charity partner, Phoenix Futures, who provide specialist services for people across the UK.
Celebrate the female form with this beautiful poster from Urban Outfitters. We don't know many friends that wouldn't want this added to their gallery wall.
Brighten someone's day with this stunning bouquet from Arena Flowers. We love this brand as all of their flowers are sourced from ethical suppliers and Fairtrade-certified farms that they've personally approved in-line with their own selection criteria, and all staff are paid at least a real living wage.
We are obsessed with this cool phone case from CASETiFY. The brand has partnered with Equality Now to create an IWD collection, with 10% from every sale going to the global non-profit organisation to help further their mission in creating a just world for women and girls.
For IWD, Annoushka continues to support The Prince’s Trusts Women Supporting Women programs, donating £35 per sale of the 'Helping Hands' pendants for the month of March. The ‘Helping Hands’ pendant is a symbol of peace, alliance, and friendship. How beautiful?
How cute is this 'Love' jumper by Beulah? Not only do we heart the design, but this limited edition sweatshirt was made in aid of Empowerment Collective, in association with Walk Free. 10% of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the charity, and each sweatshirt sold will provide a week of skills training to a woman from a disadvantaged background.
We are always looking to support female-owned brands, and when their skincare is this good, it makes our job easy. Treat someone to this 'Soothe & Nourish Duo' by Kate Somerville, featuring her iconic Goat Milk Moisturising Cleanser and DeliKate® Recovery Cream.
Last year, Net-A-Porter teamed up with New York-based designer Roxanne Assoulin to create this stunning set of bracelets especially for IWD. We are still swooning over them a year later, and the best news is that 100% of the profits from the sale go to Women for Women International.
Give someone the gift of sleep with this Ultimate Sleep Kit by Neom, featuring their Perfect Night’s Sleep Magnesium Body Butter, Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist and Perfect Night’s Sleep Scented Candle. For every Sleep Kit sold, they will be donating £5 to The Prince’s Trust in honour of IWD.
This special mug celebrates all the amazing women who have changed the world. From suffragettes and scientists, politicians and palaeontologists, your cup of tea is about to get a whole lot more inspiring.
Another amazing female-founded beauty brand that we love is Pat McGrath Labs. This limited-edition lip kit makes the perfect gift, and you will feel like you can conquer anything when wearing these products.
Anissa Kermiche's designs are inspired by strong women in her life. We can't get enough of these stylish earthenware jugs, and 100% of the profits will go to Women for Women International.
At Biscuiteers, they are all about celebrating fabulous females this IWD. They have created a new collection of Jolly Gingers celebrating female heroes, past and present, who continue to inspire us every day. The Jolly Gingers all come presented in a beautiful hand illustrated gift box too. If you like tennis, you will love this Emma Raducanu Jolly Ginger.
This IWD, Elizabeth Arden are also supporting the #ChangeAGirlsLife Campaign for Women Supporting Women at The Prince’s Trust, aiming to drive action and raise vital funds to change the lives of young women who are struggling. For the whole of March, the brand will donate £5 from every Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant sold to the charity. This cream is an essential in anyone's makeup bag. It deeply moisturises and protects skin any time, any way you choose.
When it comes to flowers, many relate the mimosa branch with the annual celebration of IWD. An association bought to the occasion by feminists in Italy in the 1940’s, the mimosa flower was chosen as a symbol of female strength and sensibility.
Radley have partnered with UK women’s charity Smart Works and will be donating £5 from every full-price online order and store purchase to the charity this IWD. We are loving their new collection, especially this chalk white shoulder bag for Spring and beyond.
Founded by Tanya Burr, Authored is a forward-thinking beauty brand that's been created to help you feel like the very best version of yourself. The Push Kit contains everything you need for a natural makeup look, and all the products are vegan and come in planet friendly packaging. We're big fans.
Celebrate IWD with this meaningful mug. £5 from every Change Our World 1/2 Pint Mug sold will go to Women for Women International, who support the most marginalised woman to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community and connect to networks for support.
Created ethically and sustainably by Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Rose Inc is one of our new favourite beauty brands. This multipurpose, high pigmented cream melts into the skin to create a flush of colour on the lips and cheeks. The nourishing, non-comedogenic formula, which includes skincare ingredients, also helps to improve skin health over time. A win win.
How beautiful is this sky blue bag by Charlotte Elizabeth? It is handcrafted at their factory based in the heart of London, by skilled artisans with decades of experience in the British leather industry. The best news? From 1-8 March, the brand will be donating 10% of all full-price sales to The Prince’s Trust in support of their Women Supporting Women initiative.
This fun jewellery brand was founded by Amelia Hitchcock-Merritt, a teenager with a love for simple splashes of colour. What started as a lockdown project has now grown into a rapidly expanding collection, with her earrings being worn by women all over the world, how cool is that?
UGG slippers are always a good idea when it comes to gifts, and we are swooning over this pair from Shoeaholics. To celebrate IWD, the website continues to help shine the spotlight on unemployed women through its charitable arm ‘Shoe Good’ and partnership with the charity Smart Works. The partnership began at the start of 2021 and to date Shoeaholics have donated over 2,000+ shoes and bags to Smart Works clients.
Content Beauty & Wellbeing support lots of independent and sustainable brands, with over 70% of them being female founded. Founded by Patricia Monney, Aviela uses ethically sourced, 100% pure, unrefined Shea Butter for their body lotion from a cooperative in the village of Gurugu in northern Ghana, supporting 25 women.
If you love working out, then you will definitely want this wet bag from female-founded brand La Pochette. It offers a triple lock system to ensure reliable, leak proof storage of wet swimwear and sports kit so you don't have to worry about your belongings getting damaged. Handy, right?
You can't go wrong with a pair of gold hoop earrings. The Hoop Station are donating 50% of sales of the La ROMA medium hoop in gold and rose gold to Maggie’s charity for the Champion of Women awards this IWD.
This limited edition gift set is full of dreamy bath and body oils for the ultimate pamper session. Between the 7-14 March, Elemental Herbology will donate £1 for each product sold to The Prince’s Trust in support of their campaign, helping young women in the UK facing enormous challenges to have a brighter future.
A Sweaty Betty sports bra would make another amazing gift for any fitness lovers out there. For IWD, the female-founded brand have launched a new initiative, where for every bra purchased from 3-9 March they will donate one of their stamina bras to a young girl in need.
Sarah Chapman's sell-out Glow elixir is back, and would make the perfect gift for skincare enthusiasts. For every Glow sold, Sarah Chapman Ltd. will donate £5 to The Prince’s Trust.
The Boobs charm by Lil Milan is made from 9k gold with two white stones. It can be added to a variety of Lil Milan chains for the cutest accessory. 10% of sales from every charm will be donated to Cerchi d'Acqua, an anti-violence centre based in Italy that has helped almost 12,000 violence-related cases over the past 20 years.
Forget perfume, we're all about giving the gift of fresh smelling laundry. Female-founded brand Kair focuses on buying less and wearing more. That's why their laundry products are designed to help make your clothes last for longer, no matter how many times you wash them. Now that's a gift you can't put a price on. Treat a friend to the Signature Bundle, featuring a clothing wash, fabric conditioner and finishing spray.
This IWD, Superdrug are supporting lots of female-founded brands that are making waves in the industry with revolutionary, diverse and inclusive products. We love this Flora & Curl Mini Essentials Curl Kit, created by founder Rose Ovensehi.
In celebration of IWD, Pandora will be the Official National Jewellery Sponsor for the UEFA Women’s EUROS 2022. To celebrate the sponsorship, they have partnered with England Lionesses, Rachel Daly and Nikita Parris on an eight month campaign to help encourage women and young girls to achieve their dreams. We will be supporting the brand by treating our friends to one of their special charms.
Temperley London have proudly partnered with Women for Women International by adding two new colourways to the classic Clove Tailoring suit, including this golden mustard colour. Between the 8-31 March, 20% from every sale of the full suit will go to the charity. A powerful outfit and a good deed? Sign us up.
Leading British fashion brand Boden is donating £200,000 worth of clothing to Smart Works in support of IWD. Smart Works will join the group of charities Boden supports on an ongoing basis, including mental health charity The Charlie Waller Trust and the HERproject, providing health and financial training to women working in the Boden supply chain. We will be purchasing this beautiful scrunchie to show our support.
Deiji Studios is a luxurious female-founded brand, specialising in natural bedding and effortless loungewear. The label works with two family-run factories which wash the fabric with natural pumice stones for extra softness, then colour it with environmentally friendly azo-free dyes. We are swooning over these super soft socks.
Fossil have collaborated with author, designer and recording artist Cedella Marley this IWD, with a limited-edition collection that pays homage to her Jamaican heritage and her father’s iconic song ‘One Love’. As part of Fossil’s ongoing effort to #MakeTimeForGood, 25% of all proceeds from the collection will be donated to World Pulse, a non-profit organisation that uses social networking to drive social change by empowering women.