Here at Marie Claire UK, we are counting down the days until International Women's Day, as 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 perfume 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.
12 best International Women's Day gifts to buy now:
For the fourth year running, Bella Freud has partnered with The Prince’s Trust for their #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign. They are donating 20% of sales from this limited-edition T-shirt to the charity throughout the month of March to help young women in the UK facing enormous challenges to have a much brighter future.
Elizabeth Arden have also partnered with The Prince’s Trust to raise money for their #ChangeAGirlsLife Campaign aiming to raise vital funds to help young women facing disadvantage and adversity. For the month of March, the brand will donate £5 from every sale of the Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant to the charity.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Matilde have designed the Minerva charm, a symbol of female empowerment and beauty. It's made from 100% recycled 14ct gold and is encrusted with lab-grown diamonds. 10% of the proceeds from this piece will go towards the brand's ongoing partnership with Plan International, an organisation that works tirelessly to help the world’s most vulnerable through campaigns against global poverty, hunger and climate change.
This IWD, NAYDAYA is partnering with Bloody Good Period, whose mission is to provide period products to those who can’t afford them and offer reproductive health education to those less likely to access it. On March 8th, the brand will be donating 50% of all profits to this charity in support of women everywhere. We'll be going for this hydrating body oil.
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.
Luxury brand Grace de Monaco has just launched into Harrods, with a stunning range of perfumes and home fragrances. 100% of profits are donated to the Princess Grace Foundation, set up in memory of the incomparable Grace Kelly, which supports emerging performers in theater, dance and film. This fresh, citrusy, floral scent is perfect for everyday.
Hush have created a ‘Women Unite, Unite Women’ tee for IWD, and will be donating £10 from every T-shirt sold between 28th February and 12th March to Women for Women International, to support the programmes they provide to thousands of women each year.
This limited-edition gift set is full of dreamy bath and body oils for the ultimate pamper session. Elemental Herbology will be donating 10% from each sale of the set to The Prince’s Trust in support of their #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign throughout March.
How stunning are these earrings from Orelia? The brand will be donating one item to Smart Works for every item sold between the 6th and the 12th of March for IWD. The Smart Works charity works to give women the confidence they need to reach their full potential and secure employment.
For the third year running, ELEMIS is joining forces with The Prince's Trust for their #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign. From the 1st till the 8th of March, the brand will be donating 10% of sales from the Pro-Collagen Rose Marine Cream to the charity to help support young women.
10% of sales from this beautiful candle by WAT. The Brand will be donated to the Smart Works charity in honour of IWD. Not only does it look great, but it smells great too, with notes of Vanilla, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Bergamot and Orchid.
As part of Estella Bartlett's ongoing partnership with the Young Women's Trust, the brand have designed a new necklace, of which all profits will be donated to the organisation until March. The Power Bolt Necklace features a gold plated lightning bolt charm with the word 'power' engraved on the edge, to help you feel empowered.
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Grace Lindsay is currently Junior Beauty Editor at Who What Wear UK and previously was Marie Claire UK's E-Commerce Writer. With over three years of experience in the fashion and beauty industry, she covers everything from the best make-up and skincare deals to how to shop the stand out trends of the season. When she's not typing away at her laptop, Grace can be found shopping her favourite vintage markets IRL, or catching up on her never-ending list of books to read.
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