International Women's Day on March 8 is a reminder of the obstacles women throughout the world and throughout history have faced, fought and overcome. Whether you're rallying for equal rights daily, supporting causes that will benefit generations to come or lifting up your community, it takes a village. And sometimes the village needs a celebration. So don't forget to take the opportunity to honor the remarkable women in your life. Here, a collection of gifts for everyone from your mother to your stylist. (If the transformation she's done to your hair isn't hero's work, we don't know what is.)

For Everyone

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Before you begin, add this compliment postcard book from Ban.do to your cart. Slip it in with the gifts below, or write a heartfelt note to your best gals. With compliments like, “You’re so cool and I’m not even mad about it,” and “First of all, you’re really pretty,” they’re guaranteed to make any woman crack a smile.
 
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For Your Mom

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How do you honor the woman who carried you in her womb for nearly a year, then spent the better part of the next 18 years teaching you to eat, tie your shoelaces, brush your teeth and tell a great joke? That’s not a rhetorical question, I’m really asking. In the absence of giving her the world, pick an audio course from The Great Courses. From history to science, fine arts, music and better living, you’re sure to find one that will lift her out of the day-to-day and reignite her passion for learning. 
 

For Your Grandma

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Whether your grandmother survived World War II or survived childbirth at a time when women were given twilight sleep and restrained, she is a hero. Recognize her journey with this hand-stamped “Fearless” identity bracelet from Nashelle. For each piece sold, the company donates a plate of food for someone in need. Nan is fierce. 
 
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For Your Sister

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Sisters: can’t share a room with them, can’t live without them. They’re either stealing your clothes or holding you up when you’re too tired to fall. Elevate her sense of worth with Bad Girls Throughout History by illustrator and writer Ann Shen. It's packed with watercolor portraits and illuminating short essays about some of the most fascinating women in world history, from Cleopatra to Marie Curie to Sojourner Truth. She can dip into it when she needs some of that ancestral XX power. 

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For Your BFF

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For some, Princess Leia is one of the most iconic female role models of all time. Strong, smart, brave, intelligent and compassionate  it’s not hard to see why her popularity endures. And where else does your BFF need that kind of ferocity more than on the beach? (Yes, it’s 2017 and we’re still dealing with unachievable beauty standards every summer 🙄.) Arm her rebellion against the evil “beach body” empire with this Princess Leia beach towel. 

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For Your Girlfriend

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Anytime you see her from across a crowded room, you’re in complete awe of your boo. She’s a charmer, a hustler and a pavement pounder making her dreams come true. If she insists on doing it all in heels, give her feet some rest with a pair of Butterfly Twists. These babies are foldable and fit into any bag. They’re easy to whip out and change into while on the go, especially when she needs to walk faster than those stilettos allow. Choose a neutral shade like this nude crocodile pair and you’ll be in the running for partner of the year.
 
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For Your Vet/Stylist/Dentist/Barista

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If you think about your life, there are many women who make it run as smoothly as possible. Your vet, for diagnosing your cat’s chlamydia without judgment (long story); your stylist, who knows exactly what you like without you having to say a word; your dentist for rubbing your nose when you get scared; and numerous other women who go that extra mile for you. Thank them for their kindness with this Ban.do tumbler. It’s a compliment that will keep on complimenting all year. 
 
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For Your Boss

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Fun fact: No matter your mood, a swipe of the right red lipstick will make you feel like you can take on the world. And your boss needs that kind of positivity in her life. We love Guerlain’s Complete Lip Colour in Gilda for its creamy texture, high pigmentation and that sleek packaging. For a drugstore find, you can never go wrong with Revlon's Fire and Ice  it’s a classic. 

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For Your Niece/Godchild/Other Little Women

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Pass on the princess stories (she’ll get plenty of those!) and start your favorite mini-me's female empowerment early with the children’s book Fantastically Great Women Who Changed History. It covers a diverse range of women, from Jane Austen and Frida Kahlo to Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, Anne Frank and more, allowing her to discover the women and girls who have shaped our world. Packed with charming illustrations, this book by Kate Pankhurst (who includes her relative Emmeline Pankhurst, leading British suffragette, in the lineup) is the perfect introduction to what women can do.  
 
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By Eleni Zoe

Jo'burg born, London-educated, Athens-based. Eleni Zoe is a copywriter, daily chai drinker and the curator of Cats & Greece