Chinese New Year 2019: What to buy with your red packet bounty

Chinese New Year 2019: What to buy with your red packet bounty


Text: Aravin Sandran

The best thing about Chinese New Year is, you guessed it, money — the stomach-churning buffet of kueh and bak wa is in second place obviously. Some might foolishly say it's the thought that counts, but when it comes to red packs, thoughts and love are measured in dollar signs. Times are looking up this season, and we've got our fingers crossed that we'll be able to rake in the kind of dollars worth at least a GST voucher payout. No matter your bounty, we've got you covered with a shopping guide to ease your mind and wallet.


$50: Oh no, you didn't do that well this time around.
You probably didn't make time for your relatives this year because you fell down the rabbit hole of IG's infinity scroll all year. Or, they're just cheap. Either way, fret not, light one of Boy Smells' millennial-pink branded candles and contemplate your existence. Notes of rose, orange blossom and jasmine mingle with smoke, cedar and birch tar to smell like the ashes of your CNY bounty dreams; beautiful yet troubling.


$100: You did alright. It could have been worse.
Keep your chin up and stare into Chen and Kai's mirrored masks. Available in yay, nay and maybe, there's one for every mood. It comes with a keyhole back for easy hanging, but we much prefer holding it in front of our face cause sometimes emoting is the hardest thing to do.


$500: You are loved.
You know that cause you probably received plenty of warm hugs and kisses along with your thick-ass red packets. Keep that winning streak going with Gravity's weighted cooling blanket. Specially created for those who sleep in warmer climates, the duvet is engineered with "deep touch pressure stimulation", which has been shown to increase serotonin and melatonin, the hormones responsible for calming relaxation, while decreasing cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress. Sleeping alone doesn't seem that bad at all.


$1000: You're such a baller, and everyone needs to know that.
Put your lame e-scooter aside and treat yourself to Tokyo Bike's stylish unisex BISOU model because cruising the heartlands need not be a drab affair. The bevelled top tube makes getting on and off the bike a breeze for those who are clumsy AF. Not to mention, it's available in warm hues such as saffron and carrot so you'll definitely be turning heads when you zip around the neighbourhood on a teh-peng run.