17 best-looking hongbaos of 2017 and how to get your hands on them

17 best-looking hongbaos of 2017 and how to get your hands on them
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It's the season of red packets again, but before you decide on how much money to give to the children of relatives you haven't seen in a year, you have to pick out the best hong bao to put your (monetary) blessings in.

Although they say it's what's inside that counts, these hongbao designs will make sure it's the packaging that leaves the most lasting impressions on your friends and family.

Here are our top 17 picks in random order (see our top 41 list in the gallery below):

 
United Square

The design: Home to many education and learning centres, United Square's adorable felt-textured chicks were designed with kids in mind. When you open the packet, a pull-out insert reads "100 marks for every subject" in Chinese. A perfect way for a child to start the year!

How to get them: Free with $88 purchase at United Square from Jan 6 to 27.

 

HuatAllready by Zinkie Aw

The design: Local artist Zinkie Aw's hongbaos, which are handmade by folks at the Lions Befrienders Senior Activity Centre, are full of "huat" (local slang for "prosper"). These packets are both uniquely Singaporean and extremely auspicious at the same time.

How to get them: Available for $6 a pack from the artist's Facebook page ishoothabits. Large hongbaos come in packs of three while the regular sized hongbaos come in packs of five.

 

McDonald's

The design: The fast food chain's hongbaos are a feast for the eyes, with its most famous food featured in eye-catching colours.

How to get them: A set of six hongbaos comes free with every purchase of the Golden Prosperity Burger Extra Value Meal. Mandarin orange carriers are available for purchase at $5 each with any order made via McDelivery and over the McCafe counters.

 

Wildlife Reserves Singapore

The design: Another hongbao set perfect for children, the WRS set features icons from its four parks - Singapore Zoo (Ah Meng the Sumatran orangutan), River Safari (Canola the manatee), Night Safari (Chawang the Asian elephant) and Jurong Bird Park (Sunny the hornbill).

How to get them: A set of eight hongbaos comes free with a minimum spend of $50 at WRS parks' retail stores.

 

Changi Airport

The design: The Pokemon craze is not over, not with these hongbaos being given out at Chinese New Year dinners.

How to get them: From Jan 12 to Feb 11, shoppers who spend $128 (or $108 for Changi Rewards members, and $208 for supermarket purchases) in a single receipt at Changi Airport Public areas can redeem a pack of six Pokemon red packets.

 

Kikki.K

The design: Who says hongbaos are not trendy? This stationery shop's rooster hongbaos are stylish and pretty. Perfect for that fashionista teen in your family.

How to get them: Sold in packs of eight at $12.90, or free with every $40 spent in store.

 

Schroders

The design: The multinational asset management company took the rooster up a level in its red packets this year. After careful research, their agency antics@play came up with a design that centred around bird feathers. Sprinkled with a touch of holographic gold or silver, the packets look sophisticated and artsy. The limited edition gold packets even come with a bottle of marjoram essential oil.

How to get them: Given to Schroders clients.

 

UOB

The design: UOB's red packets this year come with special greetings composed by the bank to express well-wishes for customers of different segments. The brush stroke design is meant to signify a "stroke of good luck" while the packets' measurements are kept at 168mm by 88mm, as the number "8" is considered auspicious in the Chinese culture.

How to get them: Red with rainbow roosters - for personal banking customers.

Plum - for corporate and affluent customers.

Red and yellow with felt feathers - for Private Banking customers.

 

Swarovski

The design: The geometric design of Swarovski's red packets give it an extra 'lucky' vibe. And besides, who doesn't love hongbaos with a little extra bling?

How to get them: Swarovski red packets come free with $128 purchase of regular-priced products from now till Feb 5. Atelier Swarovski red packets are not given out to the public.

 

Courts

The design: Golden, shiny and new - what's not to love about these adorable rooster-themed packets?

How to get them: Packet of six comes free with minimum spending of $50 at any Courts store or on the Courts' website.

 

OCBC

The design: OCBC's hongbaos for the year of the rooster are great because they look exquisite and can be re-used on other occasions where roosters are not really the main focus.

How to get them: For OCBC customers, with the plain red designs going to premier and premier private clients, and the Chinese character designs going to corporate customers.

 

Royal Plaza on Scotts

The design: The hotel's hongbaos are pretty in pink and feature a Peranakan-style repeated pattern design.

How to get them: To be given away in the hotel's Facebook giveaway contest. The last giveaway is scheduled for Jan 25.

 

Shangri-la Hotel

The design: These gold-coloured packets are eye-catching yet tastefully designed, just like the iconic Shangri-la Hotel itself.

How to get them: Red packet sets are given out to guests who hold events during the Lunar New Year period.

 

Fullerton Hotels

The design: Clean and to-the-point, these hongbaos remind us of product designs from the 1960s. The rooster motif featured was inspired by Jade's Chef de Cuisine Leong Chee Yeng's special rooster-themed Yusheng plating.

How to get them: Given out to guests at Fulleron Bay Hotel and The Fullerton Hotel.

 

Scotts Square

The design: The Scotts Square hongbao resembles a quilt, with different textures and patterns placed side by side on both sides of the packet.

How to get them: The limited edition Fortune Pack consisting of a carrier and eight hongbaos is given out to guests who spend a minimum of $280 in three same-day receipts.

 

Ikea

The design: If you're looking for something really different, why not give your relatives a real red packet - like these minimalistic ones sold by Swedish company Ikea.

How to get them: $1.90 for a pack of six, this is the first time that Ikea is selling red packets in its LYCKSALIG collection.

 

Robinsons

The design: Know a shopaholic in the family? This hongbao featuring a lantern made up of shopping goods is the best gift for CNY.

How to get them: For shoppers when they spend a minimum of $80 at any Robinsons store at Robinsons The Heeren, Raffles City or JEM.

 

on SPH Brightcove

ljessica@sph.com.sg

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