Giving and receiving red packets (also known as ‘lai see’) is an age-old Chinese New Year tradition. With the holiday less than a week away, it’s time for the married folks among us to start filling these packets with money to give away, while the rest of us wait gleefully to receive them. If you want to dole out the most special lai see to all your friends and family, these unique designs will definitely do the trick. From the elegant to the downright adorable, here are some of our favourite designs on offer this year.
1. Windsor House
As we welcome the Year of the Pig, an animal that represents wealth in Chinese culture, Windsor House in Causeway Bay is offering two sets of American cartoon Elephant & Piggie lai see packets to anyone who spends over $500 in electronic payment at any of Windsor’s merchants (with a maximum of two machine-printed receipts). Limited stocks are available from now until February 4, and don’t forget to check out the official website for more information on other festive activities.
Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2864 4270
2. Langham Place
Langham Place is giving the traditional Chinese New Year game, ‘Fish, Shrimp, and Crab’, a pink makeover. Offering the game in a box set with four lai see in different colours, and with metallic embossing that resemble a pig’s snout, this is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Shoppers can redeem a set by spending $1,500 at the mall from now until February 4.
Langham Place, 4/F, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mongkok, (+852) 3520 2888
3. Harbour City
Harbour City‘s wallet-shaped ‘Prosperous HAPPIG’ red packets come in five auspicious themes including cherry blossom, mandarin, and koi fish. The bold colours give a contemporary feel to the traditional patterns, while the embossed gold prints give the packets an embroidered texture. These unique red packets even have special openings that mimic the clasp of a coin purse. A limited edition set includes 10 big and 10 small packets, and you can redeem them by spending $1,500 or more with electronic payment as well as donating $50 to the Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation. Click here for more details.
Harbour City, 3 – 27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2118 8666
4. Fashion Walk
In celebration of Sesame Street‘s 50th anniversary, Fashion Walk is collaborating with the timeless children’s show to offer us Sesame Street themed red packets. If you want to become the favourite parent, aunt, or uncle, you can head over to Fashion Walk and spend $1,000 to $3,999 in the shopping mall to redeem these limited edition packets which feature Elmo, the Cookie Monster, and other characters from the beloved show.
Fashion Walk, Great George Street, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2833 0935
5. Olympian City
Sporting traditional red envelopes embossed with gold Chinese New Year greetings, Olympian City‘s lai see are the most traditional looking ones out of the bunch. They come in a DIY box set which includes eight red envelopes, four Fai Chuns (traditional greeting banners), and four Peppa Pig stickers that you can stick onto the packets for kids. You can redeem a Peppa Pig DIY Red Packet box set by spending $800 or above on the same day with electronic payment at one or two different Olympian City merchants.
Olympian City, 18 Hoi Ting Road, West Kowloon, (+852) 2740 4108