Teachers are loving, patient, and smart people who educate, discipline, guide, and inspire our children. They often sacrifice their own time, energy, and sleep to nurture kids they aren’t even related to. The first Friday of every September is your chance to show how much you and your child appreciate them. From nifty gadgets and neat stationery to nom-some snacks to fuel hours of marking, here are 12 unique Teachers’ Day gifts under $12 they’ll appreciate!
NIFTY GADGETS FOR TEACHERS’ DAY GIFTS
1. USB Bladeless Neck Fan
Help your teachers chill out with a portable USB bladeless neck fan. It rests comfortably around the neck, much like those fancy speakers. The 2000 mAh rechargeable battery can last three to six hours, depending on the speed you have it on. There are three speed modes to choose from. As it’s bladeless, it’s also really quiet, so it won’t disturb the user or those around them. Take your pick from white, green, and pink colours.
$11.90 each, www.shopee.sg/the101deals
2. T2 Tea Infuser
If your tea-cher is a tea-lover, then you can’t go wrong with one of these fun tea infusers from T2. Simply fill half the mesh ball with tea leaves, snap it shut, and pop it into your cup. They come with cute-as-a-button animals to hang on to, from Black Lion Cub to Pink Flamingo and Gold Elephant. Or go with the obvious Black Cup & Saucer! While many of the designs are usually $18 to $20 each, they’re now on sale at just $10.
$10 each, at T2 outlets or online at www.t2tea.com
3. Astronaut on the Moon Phone Stand
Give your teachers a good chuckle every time they put their mobile phones down on these unique phone stands. The astronaut figurines are in three different poses that hold up a phone in various ways. For extra variety, they come with either silver or gold face shields. Remind your kid’s teachers that their influence can inspire students to reach for the stars and the moon!
$9.90 each, at www.shopee.sg/fun.765
4. 3-in-1 Retractable Fast Charging Cable
One can never have too many charging cables. Especially when we may have devices that use different charging ports. With this 3-in-1 Retractable Fast Charging Cable, your teacher only ever needs to carry one item and charge them all. One end splits into Lightning, Micro USB, and USB Type C connectors. The retractable feature provides up to 120 cm cable length when fully extended. They also come in several attractive colours.
NEAT STATIONERY FOR TEACHERS’ DAY GIFTS
5. 11 Craft Co Personalised Engraved Pen
Surprise your teacher with a stylish pen with a laser engraving of their name on it. Best of all, you don’t have to pay extra for the personalisation as it’s included in the price. You can even choose the font type — chat 11 Craft Co up for the full list of fonts. To truly impress your teacher, top up $2.99 for a premium faux leather pen pouch. 11 Craft Co also offers marble and wooden coasters, mugs, and travel cutlery sets with the same personalisation service. In double quick time too!
$5.90 each, at www.shopee.sg/11craft.co
6. JOURNEY ‘Heritage Windows’ Fabric Hardcover Notebook
Teachers are aways jotting down notes, so why not gift your teacher a special notebook? These sturdy and vibrant fabric hardcover notebooks from JOURNEY’s Heritage Windows collection are a great choice. Pick from two illustrations by special needs artists Cheng Chiang Yong and Esther Lim, each depicting different heritage shophouse windows. JOURNEY is a Singapore brand that represents artists with intellectual disabilities, so you’d be helping to support them too!
$10.90 each or $19.90 per pair, at www.journeyspecial.com
7. MomLuvDIY Handy Card Pouch
A Singaporean mother-and-grandma pair joined hands to craft gifts by hand using pretty fabrics. Each MomLuvDIY creation and design is available in limited quantities, so each gift is extra special! For Teachers’ Day gifts, pick from a series of handy card pouches featuring cute fabric patterns teacher will appreciate. It comprises a zipper pouch, clear ID card slot, and clasp with charm with an inspirational message for teachers.
$9.50 each, at www.momluvdiy.sg
8. Xiaomi Jumbo Gel Ink Pen
Introduce your teacher to their new favourite red pen. Each box of these Xiaomi Jumbo Gel Ink Pen contains 10 pens, in either black or red. But what’s so special about them? Well, like Xiaomi’s many diverse partnership products, they are not only stylish, but also precisely engineered. Boasting an ultra-large capacity, each pen promises to draw a 1.6 km line or 50,000 words on average, four times as much as ordinary gel pens! It is also leak-proof and uses fast-drying and smooth-writing Japanese MIKUNI INK.
$6.50 per box, at www.shopee.sg/rainieni
NOM-SOME SNACKS FOR TEACHERS’ DAY GIFTS
9. Hey! Chips Fruit and Vegetable Chips
Give your teacher energising fruit chips or brain-boosting vegetable chips for this year’s Teachers’ Day gifts. Singapore’s first award-winning healthy chips brand takes fresh fruit and veggies and makes them fun! A process called vacuum-frying — how NASA prepares space rations — makes each chip deliciously crispy. With no added flour, MSG, sugar, sweeteners, or preservatives for guilt-free snacking. Bestsellers include Broccoli and Banana, while the new Corn Chips are yummy too.
From $4.90 per bag, at NTUC FairPrice & online at sg.heychips.com
10. Melvados Brittles and Biscotti
For a different kind of crunch, go for brittles and biscotti from Melvados. Free from artificial preservatives and chemicals, they offer a unique take on nostalgic Singaporean flavours. Must-tries include Ondeh Ondeh Brittle, Pisang Goreng Brittle, and Gula Melaka Biscotti, which pairs well with a cup of kopi. More classic flavours, such as Almond Biscotti and the original Browney Brittle, are also available. You can mix and match any three varieties for $10 too.
From $3.50 per bag, at Melvados outlets & online at www.melvados.com
11. Cookie Mixx Freshly Baked Cookies
Sometimes all they need is a cookie. Cookie Mixx makes cookies by hand, using quality ingredients like Danish butter, unbleached flour, and Belgian cocoa. The result is scrumptiously crisp and wholesome cookies with reduced sugar and no added preservatives or colouring. You can’t go wrong with crowd-favourite Belgium Chocolate Chunk, but do keep a lookout for weekly specials in-store as well. Cranberry White Chocolate launches today and Espresso Chocolate Chip from 24 August!
From $7.90 per 100g, at Takashimaya B2 Food Hall & online at www.cookiemixx.com.sg
12. 13Honey Butterfly Pea Tea with Honey in a Cap
Teachers have to speak all day. Help soothe their throats — while boosting their immunity — with Butterfly Pea Tea with Honey in a Cap from 13Honey. Halal-certified and 100 per cent natural, all 13Honey products are proudly made in Singapore, using pure honey harvested from their own bee farms in Johor and Melaka. It is preservative-free, as the honey is stored in the specially designed bottle cap to protect it from contamination. Connect it to the bottle and see the magic happen (watch the video above!).
$4.80 per bottle at NTUC FairPrice, or $12.90 for 3 bottles at www.13honey.sg
Whether you’re a teacher, coach, tutor, or instructor, we wish all educators a very Happy Teachers’ Day. We appreciate and thank you for putting up with our kids!
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