Celebrated in many countries around the world, International Women’s Day was created to recognize women’s achievements and promote gender equity. While you probably already tell the women in your life that you appreciate them, there’s nothing wrong with showing them how much you care about gifts as well. Whether you’re looking for gifts for grandma, your mom, your wife, or another special woman, we’ve got some unique gift ideas that are not only nice but also do good for others, truly capturing the spirit of the day.
Pearls are a classic symbol of femininity and power. Many women wore pearls to the polls this past fall in honor of 100 years of women’s suffrage. A lot of women also care about the environment. In the interest of environmentalism and slow fashion (https://www.thepearlsource.com/blog/slow-fashion/), select a gift that she’ll enjoy again and again. The Pearl Source’s Power Pearls Collection combines enduring beauty with charity. A portion of each purchase goes to Dress for Success, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women around the world.
No woman ever has too many scarves, and a beautiful accessory that also does good for others is a real winner. The Bloom & Give Santorini scarf is made from silk and cotton — and love. Ten percent of each purchase is donated directly to a fund that pays for girls’ schooling in India.
Flowers are always appreciated, but for International Women’s Day, step things up a notch by supporting women in need. When you buy a bouquet from the Bumble x UrbanStems collection, $5 from each purchase goes to Women for Women International, an organization dedicated to helping women affected by violence and war.
Caring Crossbody Bag
A crossbody bag is a wardrobe staple, so why not pick one that also helps others? California-based Parker Clay has partnered with Ellilta International to create handmade products in Ethiopia as a way to provide sustainable job opportunities for women recovering from life in the sex trade.
Do Good Serving Tray
Practical and stylish, a serving tray is something anyone can use, including that special woman in your life. Global Goods Partners offers grants to women artisans to help them build up a sustainable means of supporting themselves, such as by making beautiful serving trays.
This one is perfect for a woman powered by caffeine. The Nziza Collective is made up of more than two hundred women who are the primary breadwinner of their families. Your lovely lady’s morning cup o’ joe will perk her up, along with many others.
Power In Kindness Clothing
Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman is on a mission to share her strength. She collaborated with the tee shirt company Life Is Good to create the Power In Kindness t-shirt, perfect for celebrating Women’s Day. The Life Is Good Kids Foundation impacts over 1 million children each year by providing care and optimism for vulnerable children.
Mindful Beauty Box
Started by two moms who wanted to make more conscious choices about their consumption, Love Goodly offers nontoxic, cruelty-free beauty and skincare products. A subscription will last long past the holiday and make your special lady feel good in multiple ways.
Loving Ring Dish
A charming heart-shaped ring dish will go straight to the heart of any woman who loves jewelry. The Little Market has the mission of supporting Kenyan artisans and their families. This is the kind of gift you feel really good about giving.
Frame Your Love
Ten Thousand Villages puts people and the planet first. Its goal is to break the cycle of poverty by creating social change. The nonprofit offers ethically-sourced products and empowers people by paying fair wages for their work, including things like handmade wooden picture frames. One of Ten Thousand Village’s many partners is Noah’s Ark which provides medical treatment and education for Indian artisans and their families. The geometric wooden frame is a great reminder of the things that matter.
Socks are a practical and comfy staple that she’s sure to enjoy, so why not make them do double duty? For each pair of Bombas socks you buy, the company donates a second pair to the homeless community that is specially engineered with durable, antimicrobial materials.
Jewelry is a top gift choice for many women, and ornaments that support other women only add to their beauty. Sundance bangles are made by artisans in Bali and Uganda and provide much-needed income. The bracelets come in a variety of styles, so you can definitely find one that suits your lady’s unique personality.
Ignite Hope With a Candle
When you’re not sure what to get, a candle is always a safe bet. Prosperity Candle Washi Tea Tins are hand-poured by refugees who are rebuilding their lives in the United States. The candles come in a variety of scents and patterns, the perfect excuse to get more than one.
Purposeful Greeting Cards
A greeting card is a standard for any holiday, so make it count. Good Paper cards are made by female survivors of sex trafficking in the Philippines. To help raise awareness about this meaningful cause, give a card to everyone on your list.