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Teacher Gifts That Pass the Test

Temps are on the rise, and the countdown to the last day of school is heating up, too! In hopes of simplifying your annual sprint-to-the-finish-line, here is a brief list of locally owned businesses that can help you cross those teacher gifts off your “to do” list. Plus, these businesses are owned by women, so…shop local? Check! Girl power? Check! These gifts are anything but ordinary, just like the teachers and caregivers in your life.

Cake Pops from Cake My Day


photo credit: Baby Meets Bump

If you’ve got an extra sweet teacher to appreciate this year, these apple cake pops from Cake My Day are a great idea. They come in chocolate, vanilla, and lemon and are $30.00 for 12 cake pops. Check out Cake My Day on Facebook to place your order.


photo credit: Baby Meets Bump


Notecards or Jewelry from Dee Ruel

You can practically feel an ocean breeze when you open the door to Dee Ruel’s storefront on Coleman Blvd in Mt. Pleasant. Her nature-inspired jewelry or personalized notecards make for thoughtful and unique gifts. And for a truly breathtaking nod to the teacher who has gone above and beyond, consider a coordinate bracelet, pictured below. (Visit Dee on Facebook, and keep her in mind for your next party invitations, too!)


Personalized Notecards, $12 for 20 cards


Earrings, $25.


Coordinate Bracelet, $50. (Great for graduates, too!)


Island Expressions

Located on Daniel Island next to Publix, Island Expressions is a framing store and gift shop in one. A quick look around the shop and it’s easy to see why Island Expressions has become one of Daniel Island’s signature gift shops. If you’re looking for a gift with a local flair, this is the place for you!


Callie’s Cheese Crisps, $10; Charleston Tea, $8.75; Seahorse coffee scoop, $12, Starfish ornament, $12; Anchor clutch, $8.75



You’ll not find a warmer welcome than from the staff of Raffia, a well-stocked gem of a place located in the Queensboro shopping center in Mt. Pleasant. Not only does Raffia offer a wide array of gifts, they monogram and personalize their items in-house, so turn-around time is quick.


Scarves, $15; Double wall tumbler (for hot or cold bevs), $20; Personalized sand spike drink holder, $13; Monogrammed ball cap, $20 (price includes monogram)


Buy a gift, send an e-mail, jot a quick note, or send a shiny red apple…however you choose to do it, be sure to thank the teachers and caregivers who have helped your family navigate this school year.  After all, it takes a village!

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