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12 Unique Teachers’ Day Gifts under $12 that Support Local (2023 Edition)
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 self-care treats and nifty accessories to yummy snacks to fuel hours of marking, here are 12 unique Teachers’ Day gifts under $12 they’ll appreciate. You also get to #supportlocal at the same time!
P.S. Quick reminder that MOE has postponed this year’s Teachers’ Day school holiday to 11 September as Polling Day for the Presidential Election 2023 may take place on 1 September.
SELF-CARE TEACHERS’ DAY GIFTS
1. Shower Steamers
Teachers could always do with a relaxing or uplifting shower after a long day at the ‘office’. Savan Bath’s shower steamers dissolve like a bath bomb, releasing pure essential oil blends under the shower. Perfect for flat-dwellers who rarely own a bathtub! Each Teachers’ Day gift set contains one, two or four shower steamers, complete with a greeting card.
From $6, www.savanbaths.com
2. Natural Handcrafted Soap
Alternatively, give your teachers a practical, sustainable bar of soap for face and body. Soap Craft Singapore makes these by hand, using natural ingredients that are moisturising and gentle on the skin. Weighing 60 g each, choose from Pumpkin Moringa Rosemary and Hibiscus Pink Clay for all skin types. Each comes in an eco-friendly paper gift box proclaiming your thanks.
3. Mini Candle Kit
Exclusively for Teachers’ Day, local boutique fragrance studio Hush offers this Mini Candle Kit. It comes with a 2 oz soy wax candle in a pink or brown organic cotton zipper pouch. Pick from this season’s top three candle scents: Lavender, Lemongrass Rosemary, and Palo Santo to help induce relaxation, concentration, and mindfulness respectively.
4. Toilet Seat Sanitiser
Homegrown home and personal care brand Ollie prides itself on using only ethically sourced, chemical-free essential oils in its products. Your teachers will love this thoughtful On The Go Toilet Seat Sanitiser. You spray it on public toilet seats to sanitise and deodorise them before sitting down. Yes, even male teachers have to sit down too, sometimes!
USEFUL TEACHERS’ DAY GIFTS
5. Plantable Seed Pens
Not just any old pen, the EcoGrow Pen from Purple & Pure is a plant-in-waiting. After it runs out of ink, simply sow it in a pot and reap herbs or veggies! This set comes with five individually packaged pens, with coriander, brinjal, mustard, basil, and tomato seeds embedded within. It not only helps reduce plastic (pen) waste, but 1% of sales goes towards Daughters of Tomorrow.
6. Personalised Canvas Pouch
Teachers can always use another pouch to carry bits of stationery. How about getting them one that doesn’t just express your Teachers’ Day wishes, but also has their name on it? We love these cheerful personalised canvas pouches from LIMTEH Project, which a husband-and-wife team founded during the pandemic. Check out the whole range for more potential Teachers’ Day gifts.
7. Handmade Crochet Tape Measure
Potentially the cutest measuring tapes ever, these are individually handmade by a talented local artisan. GOGIVES crochets a variety of colourful animals, such as tortoises, penguins, or frogs, around a retractable measuring tape. For example, you pull the tail of this sheep to extend the 1.5-metre-long measuring tape, and hold down its underside to retract it.
8. A3 Canvas Tote Bag
Measuring 42 cm high by 38 cm wide, this A3 canvas tote bag is roomy and hardy enough for lugging around workbooks. It features either a dog or a cat, juxtaposed against an illustration of the SPCA premises in Orchard Road from 1965 to 1983. If your teachers are also animal lovers, all the better. Proceeds go towards supporting all of the SPCA’s animal welfare efforts, of course.
YUMMY TEACHERS’ DAY GIFTS
9. All-natural Nut Mixes
Made with love for both people and planet, Re- is a Singaporean startup that believes in snacking with purpose. Almonds and honey come from ethical Australian orchards that use renewable energy and put the bees first. They also work with organic cashew nut farmers in Vietnam. The results? Deliciously addictive, all-natural, additive-free nutty snacks your teachers will love.
From $1.95, www.refoods.com
10. Old School Snack Bags
WAI stands for Wonder and Intention, and this Singaporean brand aims to deliver gifts that intentionally take its recipients down memory lane and evoke the wonder of childhood through nostalgic local treats. Goodie bags and snack boxes containing the likes of iced gem biscuits, baby ball biscuits, and wheel crackers even come in Teachers’ Day-themed packaging for the occasion.
From $3, www.thewaicompany.com
11. Freeze Dried Fruits
For another choice of feel-good fuel, look to PLUCKED. Created by homegrown brand Ooh Mala in conjunction with the TSL start-up fund, PLUCKED uses freeze-dried technology to lock in nutrients at their optimal level. From strawberry and banana to pineapple and even durian, each pack contains 100 per cent real fruit with no added sugars, preservatives or additives.
From $4, www.plucked.sg
12. Loose Leaf Tea Tin
With help from her meow-keting managers, Poody and Bibu, Kittea was born from a Singaporean’s love for tea and cats. Each loose leaf tea tin contains a feline-inspired gourmet blend, with zero preservatives and artificial flavourings. Bestsellers include The Li Hua Mao – Seven Secrets and The Calico – Strawberry Sundae tea tins. Treat your teachers to a purr-fect cuppa!
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