Happy International Women's Day! 5 Empowering Gifts from Women-Owned Businesses (Updated for 2021)

Happy International Women's Day

Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day 2021 is coming up this Monday, March 8. So to all of the world-changing, life-giving, difference-making women out there, DoneGood wants to say thanks for all that you bring to the world.

International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate you, to recognize all the amazing women in our lives, and to consider how we can support and empower women all over the world.

That being said, we’ve got a triple threat of female empowerment today. Empowering gifts for any occasion—products for women, from women-owned businesses, that support fair wages, education, and employment for women around the world. Feeling inspired yet? Read on:


Girls Run the World Coffee — Gorongosa Coffee

I mean, it's true. So why not get coffee that acknowledges it? Give a bag of delicious Gorongosa Coffee (or gift it to yourself), and you're not only getting a delicious cup of liquid sunshine, you're also supporting girls education!

Gorongosa Coffee is on a mission: by 2035 they want to empower 20,000 girls in the Gorongosa area of Mozambique to receive their high school diplomas. Each bag of "Girls Run the World" coffee you buy funds one day of school for a world-changing girl in Africa. 

Give Hope Necklace — Starfish Project

Wear hope, give hope! That's the idea behind the beautiful, classy Give Hope necklace from Starfish Project! Starfish Project founder Jenny created the company to help women in Southeast Asia get out of sex trafficking. By providing these women with living wage jobs making really cool jewelry, Jenny and her team are also able to offer them shelter, healthcare, counseling, education, and vocational training for fulfilling future careers!

These artisans often cite their first birthday with Starfish Project as one of their happiest memories—sometimes it's the first time they've been celebrated or given a gift! The Give Hope necklace was intended to be a gift for these incredible women. Buy one to give to a special female friend, and Starfish Project will gift one to one of their amazing artisans! 

Feminist Coin Purse — Malia Designs

Do you have a Badass Feminist in your life? Most of us do. So take a minute to let her know that she inspires you with this cute and practical coin purse from Malia Designs! Big enough for a card, ID, a key fob, and some money, this 4” coin purse is the perfect companion for a light traveler.

Your feminist friend will also be overjoyed to know that the purse was handmade in Cambodia by women receiving a fair wage, that proceeds go to the fight against human trafficking, and that Malia Designs was founded by another badass woman and activist named Lia Valerio.

Free to Empower Tote — The Tote Project

The Tote Project, founded by female friend power duo Fay Grant and Michelle Chavez, features all sorts of designs with empowering messages for powerful women. If you want to send an everyday reminder to a special woman in your life that she is free to soar, free to explore, or free to empower, check out The Tote Project’s adorable and creative designs. 

All their totes are made ethically in fair trade factories, and 10% of the gross profits are donated to a non-profit in L.A. that empowers survivors of human trafficking.

Who Run the World? (Girls!) Bracelet from Bird + Stone

This whimsical and empowering bracelet is the perfect gift for a birthday, a new job or promotion, or just because. You can thank Bird + Stone, founded by entrepreneur Elana Reinholtz, for this wearable, everyday inspiration.

10% of the proceeds from these bracelets go to Girl Up, a campaign of the UN Foundation, that helps fund access to education for the 130 million girls out of school around the world. And since it’s DoneGood approved, you know that the bracelet itself was made ethically—with processes that do good for people and the planet.




Erin King
DoneGood Contributor

Writer, editor, and all-around language enthusiast who uses her love of words to help others.


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