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10 pretty and unique red packets we want this Chinese New Year

Elegant calligraphy, optical illusions and beguiling mosaics make these red packets stand out

Cheryl Sekkappan
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Cheryl Sekkappan
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It's that time of the year again, when all the calorific snacks come out, red is splashed on every surface, and money falls from the sky. Well, for the unmarried that is. For the rest of us, it's time to spread some of our hard-earned wealth and goodwill around. To make things slightly more interesting, we've rounded up a bunch of red packet designs ranging from pretty to unique that your relatives and friends will remember you for. From spinning red packets to ones that talk, we've got them all down. 

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The Grinny Packs
Photograph: @thegrinnypacks/Instagram

The Grinny Packs

These red packets will put a grin on anyone's face. Bold colours and bubble print cheerfully proclaim quirky messages, wishing wedding luck, lottery luck, loan luck – basically, all the luck you will need for this lunar new year. If you've many relatives to dish out red packets to, you'll be glad to know that you'll save more by buying more of these hongbaosA single red packet goes for $8, 2 packets go for $13, and 5 packets go for $30, and delivery is free too. Just slide into The Grinny Packs' Instagram DMs to get yours. 

Learn more via Instagram

The Paper Bunny
Photograph: The Paper Bunny

The Paper Bunny

We love everything from local lifestyle brand The Paper Bunny, from their sustainability collection and accessories to wear and stationery. This CNY, they've blessed us with their very own red packet design. You can't miss that distinctive The Paper Bunny typography stamped on packets of two distinct colours, periwinkle and tangerine. Relatives will surely be happy with the abundance of auspicious phrases on it too – you can never have too much good fortune, after all. These red packets are now available on The Paper Bunny website, going at a set of eight for every $50 spent. 

Learn more via paperbunny.com

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MINI
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MINI

The MINI thaumatrope red packet puts a literal spin on the traditional hongbao. On first glance, the red packets feature festive scenes of couples, family members and friends socially separated on both sides. But pull on the strings on either end of the hongbao and watch it twirl, causing an optical illusion of the two images merging in joyful reunion. It's a fitting metaphor for these times, when COVID-19 restrictions have put a dampener on Lunar New Year celebrations. Nevertheless, it sends a message of hope to friends and family. These hongbaos are available to all MINI customers, and through an Instagram online giveaway that ends on January 25.

Learn more via Instagram

Li Shan x Wahfong Calligraphy
Photograph: @lishan_y/Instagram

Li Shan x Wahfong Calligraphy

Turns out architect turned software developer Li Shan is also a talented multi-media designer. This year, she and local calligraphy artist Lee Wah Fong have collaborated on a set of vibrant yet elegant red packets, centred around flowing calligraphy script. Spelling out the Chinese characters for 'fortune', 'wish', 'luck' and 'prosperity', these red packets are sure to give anyone who receives them an abundance of good vibes for the new year. 

Learn more via lishan_y and wahfong_calligraphy

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  • Museums

There's more reason to go museum hopping this Lunar New Year. The National Heritage Board's Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign will have you hitting up 32 Museum Roundtable institutions to complete your full set of unique red packet designs from each participating museum and gallery. If that's too much work for you, just collect one red packet and scan the QR code to stand a chance of winning a limited edition boxset. There are also two online giveaways on the I Love Museums Facebook page, which altogether have another 50 boxsets up for grabs. We hear this hongbao collection spree is wildly popular, so better be strategic. 

Learn more museums.com.sg

Z Collectiv
Photograph: @zinnira.bani/Instagram

Z Collectiv

The PHOENIxFISH limited edition red packet by freelance designer Zinnira Bani is surreal and beguiling. The phoenix, signifying prosperity and rebirth, alternates with the goldfish, a symbol of good fortune, forming a mosaic against a pastel pink background. Inspired by the tessellations of Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, they make for a refined gift to friends and family. Order a boxset of 20 or 40 with free standard courier shipping. 

Learn more zinnirabani.zcollectiv.com

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Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Photograph: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Don't know how to say your Chinese New Year greetings in dialect? Let the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre's (SCCC) red packet do the talking. Scan the QR code on the hongbao and watch illustrations by local artist Puffingmuffin come alive, accompanied by Chinese New Year greetings in Mandarin and the five major dialects in Singapore. How to obtain these "talking" red packets? Take a day off to visit SCCC's ongoing Moo Moo PARK drive-through exhibition – an immersive art and cultural experience – or take part in its online giveaway contest.  

Learn more singaporeccc.org.sg

Papercranes Design x Nodspark
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Papercranes Design x Nodspark

When you're passing red packets from hand to hand, you want your nails to look good too. Help that along with this red packet and nail wrap bundle set from Papercranes Design. Made in collaboration with Nodspark, the hongbaos come in two whimsical CNY-inspired prints, set on deep red and lovely peach coloured packets. There are the matchy-matchy nail wraps too of course – just apply the sticker to your nail, file off the excess edge and apply a top coat for an extra shine.

Learn more papercranesdesign.co

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Pawfuration SG
Photograph: @pawfurationsg/Instagram

Pawfuration SG

Look at those sad puppy eyes and tell us that you don't want to shop for a cause this CNY. These red packets are not only adorable, they also pay it forward. Going at $2 per packet, 20 percent of proceeds will be contributed to animal shelters Exclusively Mongrels and Love Kuching Project. 

Learn more at Pawfuration SG

  • Things to do
  • Classes and workshops
  • Tiong Bahru

We all know that red packets symbolise good wishes and good luck for the year ahead. Make the gesture even more heartfelt by designing your own red packet. For just $30, join printmaking studio How To Ink's special CNY classes. Use their ready-made lino patterns in any combination you wish to customise up to ten hongbaos for your family and loved ones. The class is two hours long, red packets and tools all provided. 

Learn more howtoink.org

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