Wondering how you can give your support (from home) this International Women's Day? You have landed in just the right place. Because International Women's Day is all about supporting women, and if the last year has taught us anything it's to spend more of our money at small businesses. And, to invest in our homes – especially after spending so much time in them over the last 12 months. So, with this in mind, we've done some shopping – for female-owned small business buys (we are talking homewares) to shop year-round, but especially before or on the 8th March 2021. Some of these home finds are International Women's Day themed, while others are just lovely home additions – and some make brilliant gifts...
From candles to wall prints and vases, here's everything you can buy online in support of this special day. All of which has been made by female-owned businesses – and perfectly, may we add. We are proud to say that we already own some of the buys below, and other items we are lusting after in our shopping basket. Get involved...
Searching for gift-spiration for an important woman in your life? See our Mother's Day gift guide for 2021, for lovely suggestions she will adore.
15 female-owned homewares to buy in support of International Women's Day 2021
1. An IWD special print – by Monica at MJCanvasStudio
A lovely gift to send to a friend, sister, mum, nan or whoever else you fancy treating this International Women's Day, this print comes in a range of sizes and quite frankly, we love it. For anywhere in the home – from a hallway to a dining room or a home office. It reads the popular quote from Gone With The Wind – "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn". And we like to think we live our lives by this motto.
2. A body appreciation planter – by Nadira Samat at FrecklePot
These ceramic pots are perfect for holding flowers or plants, and they come in three sizes and shapes. Pamela – the standing vase – Penny, who is sitting, and Flat Pat who is flat. Handmade by Nadira herself, we love them.
3. Ceramic planters – by Megan Cartwright at MeganLouiseCeramics
These made to order plant labels are great for indoor or outdoor use. A creation by MeganLouiseCeramics, these ceramic labels are durable and pretty – and they would make a great gift for anyone who loves their garden. We're imagining them in a kitchen, popped in a window planter that's bursting with herbs.
4. Dried flowers bunch – from Lisa Angel
Your search for a lovely bunch of dried flowers ends here – this affordable bouquet is letterbox friendly so it also makes the perfect gift, while it comes in a range of colours from brights to naturals and pastels. It goes without saying that this bunch will last longer than fresh flowers, but you can also style the stems together, or separately, for a lovely-looking display.
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5. Naked body candles – by Nicola B at NixWixCandleCo
We have two of these lovely candles in our home, and they certainly catch your eye. A creation by NixWix Candle Company, these candles are definitely too pretty to light. What says International Women's Day more than a candle of the female body in all its glory, especially when it's made by a small, female-run business. Win-win-win!
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6. An empowerment mug – by Amanda at SaffronDesignsGB
If you ever needed an excuse to buy a new mug, this is it. This International Women's Day mug reads "Empowered women empower women" and it's eco-friendly. It makes a fab gift, and it'll look great on display in your kitchen.
7. Unique pub drawings – by Hayley Smith at PeckhamPubs
If you are searching for a gift for someone who is missing the pub, then look no further than these unique prints. Hayley spends her spare time drawing Peckham pubs – with the occasional East Dulwich brewery – and she takes commissions. Pretty pub memorabilia? We're sold.
8. A hand-shaped porcelain vase – by Belgin Bozsahin at BelginBozsahinArt
This lovely vase is handmade in London by Belgin, using the highest quality porcelain, and then fired at 1,260ºC. They are then handpainted and brushed with oxides or glazed. We love these vases when holding flowers – dried or fresh – and we see it as a lovely addition to a bedroom, living room, hallway or even a kitchen.
9. An engraved Champagne coupe – from Jessica Bartlett at The Corbeau Press
If you want something to drink your champers (or prosecco) out of that's fancy and personalised, then this glass features an engraved flower design, and you can personalise it with a name. It's a creation of The Corbeau Express – a business owned by Jessica Bartlett in which each piece is handmade in her Bristol-based studio.
10. A blooming lovely print – by Catherine Colebrook
Add this to your gallery wall to brighten up your space – whether that be in your kitchen, hallway or living room. A lovely buy for International Women's Day 2021 as this framed print is part of an exclusive collection designed by female-led businesses, in which 10 per cent of every sale will be donated to The Prince's Trust ‘Women Supporting Women’ initiative.
11. Women's Day treat box – by Lucinda Hutchings at EliteTreatKitchen
Okay, so we know these are technically not for your home, but they will look lovely in your kitchen inside a cake dome – and on your Instagram feed, of course. Send these cookies to a woman you love this IWD and she will more than enjoy them. Five different cookies come included per box, reading 'Strong & Powerful' and 'Happy Women's Day'.
12. Personalised wire wall art – by Rebecca Winnington at Greyfox Design
Bespoke wire word art that can be personalised to say whatever you like? Sounds lovely to us! Greyfox Design work with a range of colours and they can create your word (or saying) in several fonts. Whether it's a quote, a name, or song lyrics, we think this would be a lovely addition to your home...
13. A wooden candle holder – by Rachel at Sunday's Daughter
Check out this lovely small business – Sunday's Daughter sell on Amazon Handmade. This wooden candle holder is a lovely personalised item, and it would make a lovely gift for anyone you know who has just moved home. Alternatively, it looks lovely in a hallway, atop a radiator, on a shelf...
14. An aromatherapy gift box – by Siobhan from The Little Lakeland Soap Company
Treat yourself to this lovely aromatherapy gift box for some well-deserved R&R from home while the spas are closed. This box is handmade by small, female-owned business The Little Lakeland Company, and it includes their most relaxing products.
15. A knit your own chunky blanket kit – by Lauren Aston from Lauren Aston Designs
If you've always wanted one of those Instagrammable chunky knit blankets, then Lauren Aston Designs is here to inspire you to get your knitting needles out (or in this case, your giant knitting needles). A great lockdown project and there are 32 colours to choose from. Support this female-owned business and have a little fun at the same time.