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Here’s How You Can Celebrate The Women In Your Life On International Women’s Day

Being a woman can be hard, but it can be a damn beautiful thing, too. Women are strong, powerful, smart, and capable, and we’re changing the world every. day. 

March is Female Empowerment Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate the women in your life, spend some time with them, send them a heartfelt message, or gift them something they’ll appreciate:

If they’re into beauty and skincare…

Embracing natural beauty is a huge trend, and Glossier is the reason behind it. Glossier is a brand that is big on skincare and makeup products that are safe, easy-to-use, super reliable and super likable. Glossier knows about natural beauty and their Balm Dot Coms are a huge hit. There are various flavors to choose from, including Mango (great for summertime), Birthday Cake, Mint, and Berry. If you want to give the gift of Glossier but aren’t sure about preferences or makeup routines, the Balm Dot Com Trio is a safe bet. 

If they love to wear jewelry… 

Personalization is key to a great gift. Mejuri is a super popular jewelry brand–they offer rings, bracelets, anklets, earrings, and necklaces, and all the pieces are made from safe, reliable materials. They also offer personalized pieces too, like this Engraveable Bar Bracelet. Mejuri’s pieces are sleek, minimal, and offered in sterling silver or 14k yellow gold finishes. It’s like a friendship bracelet, but better. 

If they’re an avid coffee or tea drinker… 

If the woman in your life is an avid coffee or tea drinker, consider gifting a cute mug. You Are The Hero Of Your Own Life is a mug exclusively from Thought Catalog with a quote from poet Brianna Wiest. No matter if the drink in your mug is a homemade iced coffee or a hot cup of tea, the press-on lid and double wall vacuum will keep the drink exactly how you like it (hot or cold). If this mug doesn’t tickle your fancy, consider gifting a Mug Set so that you and your friends can sit around, drink tea, and share hot gossip. 

If they’re an artist…

Giving a gift to an artist can sometimes be hard, just because you don’t know if you really know their tastes and preferences. Personally, as a writer, I’m very specific about the pens I write with, and if someone gifts me a pen I don’t like, although I’ll be grateful, I’ll also be weird about it just because I have my preferences. So if you want to play it safe, get the poet or writer in your life a personalized message notebook or a framed poetry print. Not only will they be inspired to create, but they’ll also receive something they didn’t know they needed because sometimes people don’t know what they need to hear until they hear it.

If the woman in your life is a music lover, gift them their favorite vinyl, or if they’re into drawing or painting, gift them a new sketchbook. If they’re a photographer, gift them some film (if that’s their style) or a book of photos to inspire them. Show them that you appreciate their talents and art and inspire them to keep creating. 

If you don’t want to give them anything physical, just take the time to appreciate them. Whether if it’s sending a simple, yet inspirational, “you’re a boss and I love you!” text or spending time with them, just show them that you’re on their side. Spend time with them, if you can. Go out for brunch or dinner. Take a trip to the spa together. Go to the movies or have a movie night at home. 

Celebrate the women in your life on International Women’s Day, and every day, too. If you identify as a woman, I applaud you. Embrace who you are. Love yourself, love the other women in your life. Keep them close to you–all the friends, sisters, cousins, mother figures, girlfriends–they can completely change your life. 

Brooklyn-based poet, writer, avid coffee drinker, and music lover.

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