International Women’s Day rolls around every year, and it’s the perfect time to let the women in your life know how much you love and appreciate them. A good way to do that might be to get them a few meaningful international women’s day gifts. While it’s most important to simply express this and be around for a quality time, a gift or two for your mother, your sister, your wife or your friend can often show a little extra thought and love put into the day of recognizing women’s achievements, importance and perseverance through tough times. If you want to find the perfect gift for grandma or the best book to send to your girlfriend, check out this guide for the best women’s day gifts in 2021.
Before we get into the specifics of the IWD gift guide 2021, let’s talk about what International Women’s day is all about. International women’s day was established and began to be recognized as national women’s day in the United States in the early 1900s. At this time, women were campaigning for shorter hours, better pay, and most memorably the right to vote. Women secured the right to vote in the United States in 1920, but Women’s day continued to be recognized as the fight against oppressive forces continued. The day of recognition was changed from the last week in February to an internationally recognized date of March 8th in 1914. The day has been a testament to the work of women’s rights activists and commemorating women who have worked tirelessly in the name of women’s equality. Today March 8th is recognized globally as a day to celebrate women and the importance of ending gender based discrimination.
If you want to remind your significant other, your mom, your aunts or your close friends how much they inspire you on international women’s day, you might consider getting them a women’s day gift. These women’s day gift ideas show thoughtfulness and the women in your life are bound to love them.
Gifts for Mom and Grandma
When it comes to mom and grandma, gifts for women’s day should be from the heart and show your appreciation for all that they do. It could be something inexpensive and meaningful like fixing that shelf that has been broken at home for some time, or it could be something a little higher priced like a really nice watch with a memo about how appreciative you are for the time spent together. Speaking of time spent, this is one of the best gifts of all, so take your mother or grandmother out for a nice walk in nature, cook a nice meal, or even just watch your old childhood home movies together. You could also get them chocolates, a nice bottle of wine, tickets to see a show (online or live if possible in the future). You could also buy her all the necessary items for an at home spa night which you could spend together. One gift idea that you are going to hear from me a lot is a book by her favorite female author or an autobiographer of an inspiring woman that she looks up to.
Gifts for a Friend
Women’s day gift ideas are bountiful, but be sure to personalize each gift for the individual women in your life. Gifts for a friend could be a giftcard to a restaurant with a female owner or chef, a book written by a feminist philosopher or icon, a trip to a museum showcasing her favorite female artist, a gift basket full of her favorite foods, a nice bottle of wine, a donation to a women’s shelter or charity of her choosing, a face mask or spa night kit, or a poster of her favorite female idol!
Gifts for Your Girlfriend or Wife
A good IWD girlfriend gift should be personally suited for the unique and individual woman your girlfriend is. Know what kind of literature she likes and buy her a book by a female author. Send her flowers at work, or a nice hand written card. The gift doesn’t have to be expensive, it’s the sentiment that is most important. Light some candles, put on some music and cook her her favorite meal especially if you don’t usually cook for her. If you live together you could make the house look really nice for her or if you have children together you could take them off of her hands for an evening to herself to be pampered and relaxed. Jewelry could be nice but it’s even better if you’re supporting local women owned businesses.
Gifts for a Colleague: Corporate Gifts for Women
If you work with some really cool women who you see challenging the corporate culture and rocking it as the boss, you could get them gifts for international women’s day to show how inspiring and wonderful they are. You could get your boss or coworker the memoirs of successful women or famous feminist icons like Ruth Bader Ginsberg or Michelle Obama. Alternatively a donation to a fund or charity that provides access to education to women and girls would be great gift ideas for professional women who want to see education barriers broken for young women. Additionally, a handwritten note telling them how as a woman in the workplace, these ladies have inspired you. Other gifts could include flowers, a mug with writing like “best boss” or “women who kick ass,” stationary or a nice notebook, tickets to see an inspiring woman in business speak, or a gift card to a spa.
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