spread the cheer

It’s the sea­son of giv­ing, and LYNN WEE finds out how you can make a dif­fer­ence in some­one’s life while also stock­ing up on presents from Sin­ga­pore com­pa­nies and so­cial en­ter­prises.

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COOK­IES FOR CAUSE

Un­sure of what desserts to serve at your Christ­mas party this year? The Association for Per­sons with Spe­cial Needs sells Mys­ti­cal cook­ies that are baked and packed by its clients – peo­ple with mild in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties.

The cook­ies come in four flavours – choco­late chip, dou­ble choco­late chip, egg­less and short­bread.

This Christ­mas, it’s of­fer­ing star-, heart-, snowflake- and Christ­mas tree-shaped cook­ies, in the egg­less flavour ($5 for a pack of four). All prof­its are ploughed back into the run­ning of the so­cial en­ter­prise, as well as its ben­e­fi­cia­ries’ salaries. Or­der by Dec 16. FIND OUT MORE www.apsn.org.sg

ARTY BUYS

Arts@metta pro­vides vi­su­alarts train­ing to spe­cial-needs youth in Sin­ga­pore, where they learn how to create prod­ucts with batik paint­ing such as book­marks, re­cy­cled car­rier bags and pot­tery. The hand­made items bear each artist’s cre­ative im­print and boosts their self-ex­pres­sion and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment. Prices start from $1 for a book­mark.

Sales also help fund sup­ported em­ploy­ment, which the so­cial en­ter­prise be­lieves will em­power these youth with hope and dig­nity, as well as pro­mote in­te­gra­tion and in­de­pen­dence. There are spe­cial items for sale this fes­tive sea­son, which in­cludes

Christ­mas batik paint­ing, cards, coast­ers and tum­blers. FIND OUT MORE www.metta.org.sg

ONE OF A KIND

Look­ing for unique gifts? Bi­zlink’s web­site is al­ways worth a visit.

It sells an array of items made and de­signed by peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to help them earn a liv­ing through the Shel­tered Work­shop pro­gramme.

These in­clude sta­tionery, ap­parel, mugs and bot­tles – per­fect for cor­po­rate gifts – or hand­crafted ones such as batik crafts, ham­pers and fes­tive cards. Prices start from $1.10 for a card. De­tails of its Christ­mas pro­mo­tion were not avail­able at press time; check the web­site for up­dates. FIND OUT MORE www.bi­zlink.org.sg

SNACK AWAY

Healthy snack­ing is just a click away with Box­green, which de­liv­ers nat­u­ral treats straight to your doorstep. There are over 50 va­ri­eties to choose from, and it prides it­self on us­ing whole­some in­gre­di­ents with no added articial sweet­en­ers, avours or colours.

Its kid’s box in­cludes stick­ers for the lit­tle ones to dec­o­rate their boxes with, or you can per­son­alise one your­self.

For ev­ery box de­liv­ered, a meal is do­nated through Will­ing Hearts soup kitchen (www.will­ing­hearts.org.sg) to help the underprivileged and the needy in Sin­ga­pore.

The on­line store’s Christ­mas Box, which fea­tures four ex­clu­sive snack choices – the Xmas fruit cake, Ginger­fruit muesli munch, Herb gar­den mix and Choco twilight bis­cotti – is priced at $15, in­clu­sive of de­liv­ery. FIND OUT MORE www.box­green.co

MADE WITH LOVE

Give the kids some­thing mean­ing­ful from Ted­dythotz – it has quirky teddy bears, stuffed cush­ions and cro­chet an­i­mals made by tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als among the el­derly and dis­ad­van­taged, who de­rive an in­come from the sales.

There are also other un­usual gifts like tra­di­tional patch­work blan­kets, beansprout husk pil­lows, table mats and even hand-painted ear­rings – which make great gifts for adults, too. Prices start from $6 for a tra­di­tional cup coaster. Ted­dythotz does not have an on­line shop, but it sets up shop at pop-up mar­kets. FIND OUT MORE www.fb.com/Ted­dythotz.SG

AR­TI­SAN AC­CES­SORIES

If you have a long list of presents to get, Acts­mar­ket is your one-stop des­ti­na­tion. This on­line bazaar sells prod­ucts from dif­fer­ent so­cial en­ter­prises; for ev­ery dol­lar spent, 88 cents are given back to help the needy.

You’ll nd ar­ti­sanal crafts such as ac­ces­sories, baby blan­kets and tis­sue­box hold­ers, to per­son­alised soft toys, all of which are hand­made by the underprivileged or dis­abled.

Prices start from $5 for a fab­ric tis­sue holder. En­joy 10 to 20 per cent off se­lected prod­ucts this sea­son. FIND OUT MORE www.acts­mar­ket.com

ONE-STOP SHOP­PING

Like Acts­mar­ket, Cartse is an on­line mar­ket­place for lo­cal so­cial en­ter­prises.

It was cre­ated by the En­ac­tus group from the Na­tional Univer­sity of Sin­ga­pore, which aims to use the power of en­tre­pre­neur­ial ac­tion to trans­form lives. The stu­dents con­trib­ute ex­per­tise in prod­uct mar­ket­ing, or­der pro­cess­ing and cus­tomer feed­back, to help vol­un­tary wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions with fundrais­ing.

Prod­ucts range from ac­ces­sories and ap­parel to sta­tionery and toys, with prices start­ing from $9.90 for a bean-sprout husk pil­low.

All sales pro­ceeds go to the so­cial en­ter­prises. It has a 10 per cent dis­count on se­lected items, such as the bean-sprout husk pil­lows, tis­sue-box cov­ers, an­tique pot­tery and neck­laces, this Christ­mas. FIND OUT MORE www.cartse.com

SWEET TREATS AND MORE

The wide range of gifts from the Move­ment for the In­tel­lec­tu­ally Dis­abled of Sin­ga­pore (Minds) don’t just look pretty. Made by adults with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties, the note­books, fridge mag­nets and photo frames serve as ther­apy to de­velop self-condence and ne mo­tor skills.

Minds also sells cook­ies that are baked, packed and la­belled by its benecia­ries. Sig­na­ture avours in­clude dark choco­late oat­meal, cus­tard but­ter, and rain­bow.

Prices start from $3 for a fridge mag­net, and $2.50 for a pack of three cook­ies. All sales pro­ceeds are given back to the benecia­ries as an al­lowance. Its fes­tive items could not be conrmed by press time, but check the web­site for up­dates. FIND OUT MORE www.minds.org.sg

Box­green

Ted­dythotz

Minds

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