Wondering what Teachers’ Day gifts to get to wish that special educator or classroom assistant a Happy Teachers’ Day? Consult our handy list for awesome gift ideas to celebrate Teachers’ Day 2023 in Singapore!
We totally understand how difficult it can be to find the perfect Teachers’ Day gift in Singapore. Part of choosing a great gift is to first find out what the teacher likes. Do they have hobbies? Do they like to wear jewellery? All of these can be good indicators to help your family express gratitude for teaching your munchkin! Often the class parents will all get together and put money towards a bigger teacher’s gift but if you prefer to show your appreciation with your own gift that is always welcome too. All you’ll then need is a fun Happy Teachers’ Day card and gift wrap and you’re all set. If you are stuck for ideas for the perfect Teachers’ Day present, we’ve put together an accessible list of gift ideas – some even have input from teachers themselves – so your child can put a smile on their teacher’s face this upcoming Teachers’ Day in Singapore!
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Teachers’ Day in Singapore: Monday 11, September 2023
To recognise the contributions and dedication of our teachers, MOE typically celebrates Teachers’ Day on the last Friday of Term 3 before the September school holiday. This year Teachers’ Day was due to take place on Friday 1 September 2023 however as Polling Day for the Presidential Election will fall on Friday, 1 September 2023 if there is a contest, MOE will move this year’s Teachers’ Day (which is a local school holiday) to Monday, 11 September 2023, i.e. the first Monday after the September school holidays.
10 Best Teachers’ Day Gift Ideas
1. Scented Candles for Teachers’ Day
Scented candles are the perfect Teachers’ Day gift for when you don’t really know your teacher’s preferences but want to gift something that can soothe the senses, boost moods and help with destressing! Hush is a homegrown artisanal candle brand with candles made from organic soy wax and essential oils. They have a Teachers Day Gift section affordably priced from $10-$25. To Be Calm stock a luxurious collection of fragrant candles (from $18) and there’s a whole Singapore collection with fab local designs on the gift boxes. Or try Maison 21G (from $50) or Innerfyre Co (from $32) — we adore the messaging on inner worth and each candle comes with raw crystals to bring positive energy.
2. Teachers’ Day Bakes: Homebaked or Bought Cookies
A good teacher nourishes our little one’s soul, so what better gift than delicious handmade cookies that will nourish your teacher’s heart and tummy? Show your heartfelt appreciation for your own classroom superhero with homebaked cookies or a cake — all the better if you bake them with your child! We know, we know, busy parents don’t always have time for this so you can always grab some artisan cookies online — The Frosted Chick has Teachers Day cookies from $25 or try brands like Whiskdom, Spatula & Whisk’ Nasty Cookie, and Ben’s Cookies. All the better if you can ask for little packs labelled ‘Happy Teachers’ Day!
3. Teacher’s Notebook or Journal
Teachers always have use for notebooks. The colourful, stylish options from somewhere like Typo are sure to put a smile on your teacher’s face. Bynd Artisan even makes personalised notebooks, which make a gorgeous gift for a teacher or classroom assistant. Or you can help the teacher stay organised with a diary or planner. Alternatively, check out Etsy for heaps of teacher-inspired gifts. A few favourites that we found: personalised coffee mugs and tumblers, a pen and pencil holder, and personalised stationery.
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4. Teachers’ Day Gifts with a Local Flavour
If your little one goes to an international school, their teacher might also be a foreigner, and would certainly love a memento of Singapore – think Singapore-inspired decorative elephants ($65-150) from The Cinnamon Room or a gorgeous Singapore poster from eck&art ($79)! Need more inspo? We’ve got a great selection of Singapore-inspired gifts to get you started.
5. Teachers’ Day Gift Cards & Vouchers
If you can’t decide what Teachers’ Day gift is best, then eliminate all the fuss with a gift card! Not only do these offer flexibility and convenience, but you’ll also have plenty of great places to choose from, with all the great shopping malls in Singapore. Plus we love that you can put whatever domination you fancy from around $15 all the way up to the big bucks if you are sharing the Teachers’ Day gift with your class. Some great Teachers’ Day gift options include Capitaland mall vouchers or Takashima gift vouchers should you want to keep things generic, BooksActually or Kinokuniya for bookworms, the Lululemon store for yoga and exercise apparel, FairPrice or Sephora for cosmetics or even nifty e-gift cards from Amazon!
6. Flower Bouquets for Teacher Appreciation
Flowers are one of the most versatile gifts and are appropriate for any occasion. Pick up gorgeous bouquets from some of the best florists around the island, or DIY your own Teacher’s Day flower bouquet!
7. Teacher’s Gift of Jewellery
Jewellery is always a great Teachers’ Day gift if you’d like to get a little more personal. We know a teacher who received a Tree of Life necklace for Teacher’s Day – a fitting present since it symbolises knowledge! She loved it so much that she wore it every day. Jewellery is a great option if the whole class is pitching in, and there are lots of unique options from local brands that won’t break the bank. Not sure where to start? We’ve got 14 great jewellery brands for you to consider!
8. Fail-safe Teacher’s Gift: Chocolates
Chocolates are an obvious go-to when it comes to shopping for your 2023 Teachers’ Day gift! Singapore is home to plenty of chocolate stores and brands, where you can find loads of unique flavours, ethical chocs, artisanal creations and more, all in prettily wrapped packaging, too! Check out The Cocoa Trees or Candy Empire if you’d like to put a Teacher’s Gift pack together with mix-and-match candies from popular brands such as Lindt and Ritter Sport and The Belgian – all at pocket-friendly prices. Alternatively, consult our list of luxury chocolate brands for bean-to-bar creations, limited-edition bonbons and more.
9. Teacher Self-care Kits
Self-care is the best Teachers’ Day gift ever, and it’s easy to put together a simple kit filled with little must-haves like flavoured tea, sheet face masks (get quality, affordable ones at Watson’s or Guardian!) or even mini hand creams from The Body Shop. Alternatively, pick up a cute, handmade self-care kit on Etsy or sign your child’s teacher up for an affordable self-care kit from Teacher Care Crate – the latter includes inspirational art, bath & body items, trendy accessories and delicious treats.
10. Personalised Gift Ideas for Teachers’ Day
Getting a personalised Teachers’ Day gift is always memorable because it’s a chance to really show your appreciation and care for your child’s teacher. In fact, many teachers have said that personalised or handmade gifts were some of their favourite presents received on Teachers’ Day or at the end of term. Need some ideas to create a personalised Teachers’ Day gift? Preschool teacher Amy said her favourite Teachers’ Day Gifts were homemade art projects, including a canvas from the entire class with each child’s handprint and the words ‘love, teach, inspire’ over it! Teacher Mr Tan shared with us that his favourite Teachers’ Day gift was a handwritten letter from his students sharing their memorable moments — he said it rekindled his passion for teaching. While for science teacher Mr Hadyu it was a handmade quilt featuring the periodic table of elements with the stitching ‘To Mr. Haydu. A teacher as good as Au. Love, Wyatt.” Sweet!
Here’s wishing a Happy Teachers’ Day to all the amazing educators out there!
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