Show the fierce female in your life some support with one of these sustainable empowering gifts for women
Freud famously asked: “what do women want?” And it’s a good question, with many possible answers. But when it comes to gifts, what women want (well, woke women, anyway) is something that’s both inspiring and sustainable.
Something like these tees, jewels and other empowering gifts for women below. No matter what the occasion, be it a birthday, Christmas, or International Women’s Day, they’re all perfect for your favourite riot grrrrl – be she your mom, bestie, sister, gran, or yourself!
15 Ethical Empowering Gifts For Women
1. RBG Cushion
This is one of our favourite empowering gifts for women! Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a feminist icon for so many reasons. But frankly, this minimalist vegan throw cushion is so damn cute, we’d want it even if we didn’t know who she was!
Price: Around $22
Sometimes, even the strongest women have a crap day. But you know what’s empowering? Knowing that whilst we may not be able to change what has happened, we can change our reaction to it.
This carry-around box was designed by artist Jayne Riew to encourage meditation, and to remind us all that thoughts, events and feelings, just like whatever you write in this box, are fleeting. It’s handmade from sustainably sourced birch wood.
Price: Around $80
Sometimes all you need to feel motivated are a few words. This minimalist art print, which reads “Nevertheless, She Persisted,” is an excellent exhortation to never give up, no matter what hardships or hurdles we may encounter. It’s one of the best empowering gifts for women to place prominently in the office. And the best part? 100% of all profits from the sale of this poster go to charity.
Price: Around $15
SeeMe is the NGO that hires battered women in developing countries to make their jewellery with a message of love. For every pendant you buy, you’ll be supporting women from abusive homes, giving them a permanent, stable income and a motivating, pleasant work environment. This brand really is one of the best ‘women helping women’ ones we know of!
Price: Around $150
Even superwomen need a perk-me-up every now and then! And what better way than with fresh ground beans from Kenya?
Of course, this is another of the empowering gifts for women that gives back to other women and girls. Every purchase of this brand will help support women artisans and school children in the region. Grown on a small farm in the Kisii area, this blend has rich burgundy undertones and citrus notes, but you know what’s really cool? Every bag of beans has a removable piece of local art, made using dried bark from banana trees.
Price: Around $20
What gets you through the day? For many of us, it’s basically two things: lashings of mascara, and steaming cups of coffee! This is the perfect gift to celebrate fearless, fierce females who are totally winning at life. Handmade in the USA, this cotton tee comes in a wide variety of inclusive sizes, right up to 2XL.
Price: Around $22
You are enough. She thought she could, so she did. Bad ass bitch. Time’s up! Whatever feminist slogan or inspirational phrase you can think of, small, handmade jewellery brand Wildflower And Co will stamp it on to a pendant for you! Choose from silver or gold plated hearts.
Price: From $38
Powerful women are on the go – whether they’re travelling, running around socially or rushing to work. This travel mug not only helps save the environment by nixing the need for a disposable cup, but also makes a positive statement (in cute colours!) to the user.
Sophia Amoruso shares her truly inspirational story of how she went from being a GenX slacker to the boss of one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world: Nasty Gal. The original #GIRLBOSS’s words will definitely serve as inspo to never give fighting for a better, more empowered life.
Price: From $15
It’s time to realise that you and only you are the keeper and maker of your own time, and how you use it. This wood based clock not only decorates your house nicely, but reminds you you’re nobody’s bitch but your own.
Great for the office, the bedroom, the kitchen…anywhere, really! And we love the bubblegum pink hue, too.
Price: Around $22
This symbol is a powerful one to keep on your desk! Representing how the owner has totally smashed it (it being the proverbial glass ceiling, that is), this is a sweet little reminder that nothing is impossible. And it’s just made of two sustainable materials: wood and glass!
Price: Around $50
If you’re looking for empowering gifts for women that provide a strong message and are budget friendly, look no further. Feminist icons on this sweet little pouch provide a reminder of just how capable women can be! The vegan-friendly pouch comes in three different sizes, allowing you to stuff in anything from lippie and pocket change to your hairbrush and toothpaste.
Price: Around $12
13. Quote Mug
Got a woman in your life who’s a bit of a bookworm, and/or a Ruth Bader Ginsburg fan? Then this mug is for them! They’ll think of you every time they’re sipping on their favourite beverage. And why not pair it with our empowering coffee suggestion above to make a more complete pressie?
Price: Around $10
Whether your special woman is new to yoga and needs some inspo, or just wants some more positive vibes in her life, she’ll love this yoga mat! It’s light, easy to carry, latex-free and free of heavy metals.
Price: Around $44
15. KBH Jewels
What could be more fitting for a strong woman than a piece of empowering jewellery that is inspired by the very spirit of women? Equally as strong and powerful as they are gentle and pretty, KBH jewels allows women to wear their ethics proudly.
The line has a few celebrity fans, such as Elizabeth Banks, Jessica Alba and Ashley Graham, and the collection offers elevated essentials such as necklaces, bracelets and rings that are stackable and standalone, as well as statement pieces. Our pick? The powerful Triple Threat Earrings.