After a challenging period of navigating through all the pandemic restrictions, Singapore is finally on the road to endemic living.
As a business owner, you may wish to show your appreciation to employees who have been riding through the ups and downs with you thus far. Besides looking into larger-scale team retreats and events, there are also many creative ways to surprise your employees in the office or at their doorstep such as sending them a personalised corporate care pack with practical items or sweet treats. Who says no to gifts?
#1 Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH)
Welcome your employees with a nice cup of coffee, something which they may or may not be able to enjoy while working from home. Not only is it a comforting morning routine that kicks off the work day, the aromatic brew provides an energising boost that can improve one’s productivity.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware is the home and flagship store of PPP Coffee that’s situated along Tyrwhitt Road. Consider sending them a box of PPP Coffee ($24 on average) together with a pack of Marou Chocolate ($16 on average), and top it off with a gift card priced at $20 for a little surprise. Alternatively, you can reach out to them directly to send a customized care pack. Your employees will appreciate you as much as you do.
#2 Amazin’ Graze
Healthy snacks like nuts and fruit are always a better option to satisfy mid-day cravings. They keep you energised unlike empty calorie-laden chips and sweets that may give you a quick sugar boost but only cause you to crash shortly after.
Specialising in healthy, tropical-inspired snacks, Amazin’ Graze’s offerings such as granolas and nut butters are made from 100 per cent natural ingredients and free of artificial additives. They are packed with fibre and protein – just what we need in a healthy diet.
Amazin’ Graze offers a range of bundle packs from $14.85 to $49, including Mini Granola And Nut Starter Bunder, Granola Variety Box and Nuts Variety Box to serve as a nutritious breakfast option or energy-boosting snack.
A Singaporean social entreprise, Boxgreen offers healthier alternatives to the typical unhealthy snacks. Not only do their snacks taste good, they also focus on doing good. They are B Corp Certified and work with groups like Open Door Policy and Yellow Ribbon Project to offer training and employment opportunities.
Whether your giftee is a chocolate lover, nut lover, vegan or gluten-free, Boxgreen has something for them. Some great gifting options include their Happy Gift Box ($32.90), Build Your Own Gift Box (Premium) with 12 snacks and one nut butter ($42.90), and Crunchies Variety Bundle ($49.90)
They also offer options for customised corporate care packages, and even healthy snack options for the office pantry, catering and a healthy snack and beverage vending machine.
#4 Fossa Chocolate
No one ever said they wanted fewer chocolates. Fossa Chocolate has just the thing to cheer up your staff and clients. This homegrown chocolate brand, which specialises in bean-to-bar chocolate, has curated Chocolate Gift Set (from $70). You can choose from a single origin set (dark chocolate bars), artisan set (artisan flavoured chocolate bars), tea set (tea chocolates) or mixed set for the Chocolate kit.
The Vacation Kit comes in a vintage rattan picnic basket and contains a selection of award-winning artisan and tea-flavoured chocolates, make-your-own drinking chocolate made from directly imported cacao beans and granola bites by Amazin’ Graze, coffee sachets, and gourmet Mackerel Pâté and Stickleback in Pickled Sauce to make your picnic dreams come true.
The Warmest Wishes Kit includes their signature chocolates, including festival special ones, make-your-own drinking chocolate, Roes of Mackerel in Olive Oil, granola bites by Amazin’ Graze and a Christmas Sock.
#5 The Golden Duck Co.
All made in Singapore, The Golden Duck Co.’s has branched out to offer other flavours besides its signature Salted Egg Fish Skin snack. Satisfy any midday cravings at home with the Snackbox Medley – Five Flavours ($39), containing Salted Egg Crab Seaweed Tempura, Salted Egg Yolk Potato Ridges, Bangkok Tom Yum Goong Gourmet Mix, Salted Egg Fish Skin Crunchy Crisps and Singapore Chilli Crab Seaweed Tempura.
There is also a Singapore-exclusive Gryphon Tea x TGD Snackbox ($42) that comes with botanically cold brewed sparkling tea that is suitable for fellow tea-lovers
#6 Snack Guru
As Singapore’s first and only paleo-inspired snack company, expect only ‘clean’ snacks with no refined sugar, cheap white flour, preservatives or additives. Perfect if you have gym rats in your company, or just to send a healthier version of cookies and cakes to your employees.
There are cakes, bread rolls and cookies to choose from. The signature dark chocolate loaf cake ($17.90) is gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free (with vegan options available). Its grass-fed beef, pork, chicken and turkey jerky retails between $5.90 and $13 – and comes in various flavours such as Garlic Jalapeno, Rosemary Citrus, Grilled Island Teriyaki and others.
#7 Bob the Baker Boy
Cakes are not only limited to special occasions. You can enjoy low-sugar diabetic friendly bespoke cakes with over 500 unique designs and other sweet treats including tarts, brownies, cupcakes and macarons. They have also launched a series of Kit Kat-infused bakes dedicated to chocolate lovers.
From customisable bento cakes for two from $22.90, you can choose from a wide array of artisanal bakes for your employees. Their flavours include Classic Milo Gao Siew Dai Chocolate, Signature 55% Belgian Chocolate, Signature Ondeh Ondeh, Cookies & Cream Overload, Salted Caramel Choc, and Strawberries and Cream.
The Stay Home bundle includes 25 pieces of assorted mini cupcakes with flavours such as Cookies and Cream, Chunky Oreos, Berries Vanilla and Blueberry Chessecake, and a 4-inch Korean bento cake that will sweeten up the day for your employees and their loved ones.
#8 Handmade Heroes
With so much going on since last year, employees deserve to de-stress and indulge in a little pampering. Ladies would appreciate a care pack from this local beauty brand, Handmade Heroes. Its gift sets are filled with products that are vegan, cruelty-, paraben- and alcohol-free.
There are a variety of Facial Kits, Care Packages and Spa Bundles, including a “You Go Mama Care Package” and “Essential Mama + Baby Care Package” that are perfect for mothers in your team. The former comes with dry shampoo, nursing balm, lip mask and face mask, while the latter comes with dry shampoo, nursing balm, diaper balm, blending brush. Personalise each box with the recipient’s name and leave a message on the card. It also comes with free courier shipping. Prices start from $56.90 to $69.90 for various care packages.
#9 The Verdant Lab
Nothing is more practical and useful than body care products, especially since personal hygiene is all the more important to maintain good immunity. The Verdant Lab features a variety of hand & body wash products, cold process soaps and hand sanitizers that are sourced from nature’s finest. You can choose from their range of gift sets (from $72) to gift your employees.
#10 Artisan of Sense
Just as business owners strive to maintain a fulfilling working environment for employees, Artisan of Sense is started by a mother of two to inspire harmony with a touch of therapeutic fragrance. Made from 100% pure plant-based essential oils and eco-friendly soy wax, the artisanal candles (from $30) contain lead-free cotton wicks, and are free from phathlates, parabens, sulphates, toxins and additives.
Be it working from home or in office, working while enjoying a blissful scent can help employees to destress and stay happy at work.
#11 Left-Hand Design
Play a part in contributing to sustainability efforts even when you are gifting your employees. With a mission to put Nature back into people’s lives, Left-Hand Design curates plantable gift boxes with BĪJ paper products, a Sanskrit word for seed, which are seeded with 13 biodegradable herbs. Their Back to Earth kit comes with BĪJ pen, pencil, notebook and coco pot with coco peat.
You can purchase their gift boxes at scale with the flexibility of customising your company logo with their BĪJ pencils and pens. There is a minimum quantity of 500 pieces required.
#12 WeCare Pack
Care packs here are curated according to worker types so you can pick the most suitable pack for your employees. The “Stay Home Worker” care pack, for example, has work essentials like coffee (of course!), facial masks and eye masks to revitalise your skin, and a hand moisturiser. Its “Protector” care pack celebrates frontline heroes with additional items like Vitamin C Effervescent tablets and Herbal Candy, as well as surgical face masks, hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes.
For employees who enjoy an active lifestyle may like the “Fitspo” pack that comes with healthy snacks such as a pack of dried fruits and nuts, a muesli bar, natural dried fruit chips and Manuka honey. The care packs are priced at $49.90, with no minimum order quantity.
#13 Party Mojo
Care packs do not necessarily have to be fancy, sometimes practical items are exactly what your employees need. Party Mojo offers an affordable range of work from home care packs priced between $8.50 to $50 that comes with everyday essentials such as sweets, chips, cereal, coffee and tea bags.
You can also send an enquiry via their email or sales hotline to customise your own care pack for employees. Delivery is at $5 per location and $35 for bulk delivery.
#14 Kind Makers
Make your employees’ day with Kind Makers standard Care Pack (from $29.90) curated with healthy nuts and granola mix, scented Hush hand sanitizer formulated with pure essential oils and a good-old Tiger Balm sheet for stress relief.
If your employees have been missing their weekly Happy Friday sessions, there is the G & T Happy Hour gift box that comes with Bareksten Botanical Gin Miniature and Fever Tree Tonic to pamper their refined tastebuds. Add a personal touch to your gift set with a customised gift card and thank you message.
Which Care Package You Send Does Not Matter As Much
Sending a care package to your employees show them that you’re thinking about them. This can boost morale and possibly improve productivity. Most of the time, what you send matters less than the fact that you did send them something.
If you’re able to customise a gift pack for them, that speaks volumes of how much you know your people and a personal message written in their cards can also keep them motivated.
This article was first published on 16 November 2020 and has been updated with additional information.
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