Woof! Who & How to Give Red Envelopes in 2018 Chinese New Year
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This Chinese New Year is the year of the dog, and we have so many cute dog-themed New Year’s cards and red envelopes that you’ll want any excuse you can get to send them! Should they be for family, friends, kids or employees? Here’s how and who to give cards and red envelopes this Chinese New Year!
👲 For friends: just to wish them a happy CNY, and for fun
As traditional as red envelopes are, nowadays there are so many cute designs that it’s difficult to reserve them strictly for traditional uses. Who doesn’t like receiving a cute shiba greeting?
✔ What else to give to friends:
Put a symbolic quarter or a dollar bill in a mini red envelope and give to friends who share the Chinese New Year tradition, or people you want to share the holiday spirit with.
Small envelopes are good as symbolic hongbaos.
👲 For family: for elders and kids; for who matters the most!
Whether you’ve started a new job, or had new family additions such as a new niece or nephew, remember that the essence of red envelopes is blessings for elders and youngsters!
✔ How to give to children:
Give to young children in your family to wish them good health and a happy childhood. Giving to a baby (to the parents) is also appropriate. You can even gift one to children of very close friends.
It’s okay to give kids more colorful and fun designs!
Hongbaos with folds and cutouts that kids can play with are very thoughtful. They also help kids learn the words of Chinese New Year greetings.
Stickers also make a nice touch for kids.
✔ How to give to elders:
The significance of hongbao runs deep for elders. Red envelopes for grandparents and parents not only express gratitude for your upbringing, they are also practical funds for healthcare and daily expenses.
Chinese New Year is all about prosperity. This red envelope made from Japanese fabric with a traditional Chinese button knot is a presentable one for elders!
Fabric envelopes double as checkbook holders and the durability give them more meaning.
👲 For work: celebrate your employee’s culture and build good relationships with partners
If your company is Chinese, has many employees who celebrates Chinese New Year, or works with Chinese partners, it’s a good idea to send some form of Chinese New Year greetings.
✔ For employees:
In large corporations, red envelopes area common, expected form of “dividend”. You can even seek out digital red envelopes in apps such as Wechat. For small businesses, giving red envelopes or gifts makes you feel more like a family.
In business contexts, it’s extra important to give things in red for prosperity.
👲 For friends who might not celebrate Chinese New Year—and friends who are dog lovers
If there are friends you’d like to share the CNY spirit with but might be a bit awkward to give money to, give them other forms of greetings instead, such as calendars (a common CNY gift) or pretty cards and couplets for decoration.
Do they love dogs? Make it more about the doggies than about Chinese New Year!
If they take their pup for a walk in this on Chinese New Year’s Day, it’ll certainly be a conversation starter!
These “lightweight” mini couplets are fun for decorating planners, desks and more.
There are so many ways to spread the Chinese New Year holiday cheer. Whether you live close to family or are abroad and spending it with friends, don’t let it stop you from skipping traditions and celebrations that last until spring!
Chinese New Year 2018 is the Year of the Dog!
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