Essential Extra is a little shop filled with love for design. We embrace wholesome designs, supporting makers and designers, regardless of their country of origin. Every design at our shop is a result of thought and hard work.

 

We value slowmade. When we pace ourselves, we open our minds to new ways to share, delight and inspire.

Come feel our designs up close and personal. We love our little space and we hope you will love it too.

 

 

"My favorite things often have a story behind them

and are usually handmade or discovered ..."

Amy Sedaris

1. 

BYOB.

Please?

Bring your own bag. We strive to do good to our environment in every little way we can.

If you were given a kraft paperbag for gifting purposes, please bring it back. Help us give it a second life and more.

We practise wabi sabi - the acceptance of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. We recycle whatever we have - storage shelves, display tools, carton boxes, tissue wrappers, plastic bags - with the intent of extending the lifespan of everything we touch.

2.

We Minimize 

Gift Wrap.

Most of our designs come with packaging. However, we do not gift wrap on top of that.

 

We go against the culture of excessive packaging. We do provide recycled kraft paperbags for gifting purposes and this is as far as we go.

 

At e.e. we believe less is more. Less packaging, less wastage.

 

Packaging is important, but not at the expense of our environment. Afterall, what matters is the content of the gift and not the wrapping of gift.

3. 

We Do Not Sell Cheap Goods. 

We sell good design and good design only.

 

"Cheap" comes at a very high price for all internal stakeholders we work with, and this is unsustainable. There is a snowball effect when we squeeze our designers. They in turn, squeeze their suppliers and makers. It is a vicious cycle we wish to avoid.

 

Good designs cost. Design is an arduous process that takes time to hone a craft. We empathise, value and support designers and makers. In other words, we believe in doing unto others as we would have them do unto us.

4.

We Collect & Donate Unused Stationary.

This is an ongoing donation drive for Anecito Panolino Elementary School in Passi, Iloilo, Philippines.

 

THERE IS NO DATELINE.

 

If you have any unused stationary, please drop them at our shop.

 

We need mainly writing materials e.g. pens, pencils, colour pencils, markers, notebooks and paper.

 

95% of the stationary used by the students at APES are donations from our little shop. We would like to continue this effort. And we thank you for your generosity.

Essential Extra Gift Shop

OUE Downtown Gallery

#01- 39/40, 6A Shenton Way 

Singapore 068815

5-minute walk from Exit B, 

Tanjong Pagar MRT Station

7-minite walk from Exit E,

Downtown MRT Station

OUE Downtown Gallery is opposite

UIC Building Bus Stop #03129

Business Hours:

Mon to Fri  :  11am to 8pm

Sat  :  11am to 4pm

Sun + PH  :  Closed

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Essential Extra Gift Shop

Ready for Set-up | May 2018