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Chinese New Year 2021: Where to Get Free Red Packets & More this CNY!

Find out where to get Free Angbao Packets to Welcome the Prosperous Year of the Ox!

Editor’s Note: All content and information in this article are accurate as of published time. Please check with the respective merchants and banks on availability before you make any redemption. 


🐭 With Chinese New Year 2021 just around the corner, it is time to start the preparations – spring cleaning, getting ready a new set of clothing, making a list of your favourite Chinese New Year goodies to buy or bake and more. If you are married or a newly-wed, the other task on your list would be to get ready to give out red packets or angbaos to the seniors, youngsters and little ones in the family and to the young singles and kids that you meet during the festive house visiting.

With the additional CNY measures due to Covid-19, there is a cap of up to 8 unique persons for social gatherings and household visitors (source). Although we might not meet as many family and friends during this year’s annual visits, you can opt to give an e-hongbao via PayNow as advised by MAS this CNY or if you prefer to stick to the traditional ways, read on. 

The amount packed is usually an even number and is dependent on how close you are to the recipient. The Chinese are usually big on 心意 (heartfelt) , so do give an amount that you are comfortable with instead of going all out to impress. It doesn’t need to be a huge amount as long as it is given meaningfully from the heart. 

TIP: Use different red packet designs as an easy way for you to differentiate the different denominations that are packed into each red packet and bundle them separately. 

So where do we get our hands on these red packets? Although one can easily buy them from stationery shop or online from Qoo10 or Lazada, why not get these CNY red packets free and save your money instead? πŸ˜ 

Here’s our handpicked list of where you can get free red packets for Chinese New Year 2021!  But of course, do just get what you need to minimise waste and conserve resources. If you have leftover red packets from previous years, do try to reuse them or share them with your friends! Here we go: 

1. Local Banks 

Synonymous with red packets will be the crispy new money notes packed neatly inside each angbao. DBS/POSB, OCBC and UOB have started issuing new and good-as-new-notes from 25 January 2021. The respective banks’ red packets would also be available to their customers at the same time so do head down to your nearest bank to check it out!

Be sure to pre-book an appointment with DBS/POSB, OCBC, UOB, Maybank and Standard Chartered online from 18 January 2021. Walk-ins at the bank for the withdrawal or exchange of new notes are only available to the elderly aged 60 and above and those with disabilities. With Covid-19 safety measures in mind, banks will also be dispensing new notes. 

To do their part for the environment, these local banks’ red packets are made of environmentally friendly paper derived from sustainable sources. If you do not know what to do with your used red packets after CNY, you can place them in recycling bins at all UOB branches across Singapore from 1 February 2021 until the end of the year. These bins are specially for recycling used red packets. Do remember to empty them out first! 

DBS/POSB

If you are a DBS/POSB customer, you have the option of collecting and withdrawing your CNY notes at the pop-up ATMS located island-wide or at the respective DBS/POSB branches. Get more details here

DBS/POSB Red Packet 2021
Credit: DBS/POSB

In previous years, the red packets for DBS have featured Xing and Jaan, the two children that we are all familar with, having received angbaos with their smiley faces over the years! This year’s red packet design seeks to inspire all to look forward with hope and optimism for a brighter year ahead and highlights the Chinese word β€˜ζ–°β€™ (new) in representation of the new possibilities to come.

Each red packet contains an inspirational quote and can be upcycled into a gift card. Starting 25 January 2021, customers can obtain DBS/POSB red packets at DBS/POSB branches or POSB new notes pop-up ATMs.

Alternatively, to further encourage the use of digital payments, and preserve the tradition of giving and receiving red packets, DBS also has an option where you can choose to get the DBS CNY QR Gift Cards straight to your doorstep – for free! Read more here

UOB

For UOB customers, you can select the denomination of the notes that you need through your UOB Personal Internet Banking and collect them at your selected branch from 25 January 2021. Get more details here

OCBC

Chinese New Year New Notes Exchange 2021 | OCBC SingaporeFor OCBC customers, you can reserve your new notes on 23 January 2021 where new slots will be released. Check out the detailed instructions here.

There is also an option to exchange angbaos with your loved ones in line with tradition but digitally through the OCBC Pay Anyoneℒ️ app. This is great as you can keep track of all your angbaos in one app and great for preparing last minute angbaos on the go! 

StanChart

If you are a StanChart customer, you can also make a booking via StanChart’s online reservation system to exchange the new banknotes from 18 to 24 January 2021. Please note that StanChart customers aged 60 and above or clients with special needs can visit the branch for new bank notes exchange without prior reservation from 25 January to 10 February 2021. Read more here


2. FairPrice Online 

Be greeted by CNY goodies galore when you step into FairPrice but be prepared to spend a while in the queue (while listening to your mom nag at the same time?). Well, do your mom a favour this CNY and tell her all about FairPrice Online! 

Not only can you skip the queue and save your back from carrying all the heavy groceries home, shopping at FairPrice is as good as shopping at the supermarket itself, or even better! You get access to the same deals as the retail stores, AND to exclusive online promotions with, free delivery right to your doorstep with a minimum spend of S$59, as well as a pack of FairPrice angbao packets with every S$50 spend! [Note: FairPrice angbao packets are fully redeemed, but check out the ones that are also available from selected brands!]

CNY FairPrice On angbaos
Credit: FairPrice On

FairPrice’s festive packets giveaway comes in a pack of 5 different floral designs. Every S$50 spend gets you one pack free, limited to 2 redemptions per transaction. Do remember to key in the promo code “HUAT” before you check out in order to receive these!  

🧧 Free FairPrice Red Packets with min. spend of S$50 [Fully redeemed]

  • Promo Code: CNY2021
  • Available while stocks last
  • Valid with every S$50 spend, 2 packets per transaction
  • T&Cs apply

Start your FairPrice Online shopping here 

Credit: FairPrice On

🧧 Free Lay’s Festive Packets with purchase of any 2 participating products

  • Valid will 1 February, available while stocks last
  • Limited to 2 per transaction
  • T&Cs apply

Start your FairPrice Online shopping here 

FairPrice Free Yusheng Plate
Credit: FairPrice On

🧧 Free Yusheng Plate with S$45 purchase of participating F&N products

  • Valid will 18 February, available while stocks last
  • Limited to 2 per transaction
  • T&Cs apply

Start your FairPrice Online shopping here 

3. Guardian Online

Whether you are getting new skincare, beauty products or some hair dye for your mom for CNY, Guardian Online is a good place to start. Up your immunity with some Blackmores supplements and vitamins and get to enjoy the online exclusive of a Blackmores collectible Ang Bao set FREE! πŸ˜‰ Simply add at least S$38 worth of Blackmores products to your cart to get the gift in your cart! 

Credit: Guardian

 

🧧 Blackmore CNY Ang Pow Free Gift with a min. spend of S$38 on Blackmores

  • Expires 5 February 2020, or when fully redeemed
  • While stocks last
  • T&Cs apply

Get Blackmores Red Packet here

4. Eu Yan Sang

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the elders and family this CNY, check out the range of hampers and more at Eu Yan Sang Online! With a min. spend of S$38, you’ll get to receive limited edition EYS red packets (6 in a pack). With a min. spend of S$128, you’ll get to receive a limited edition prosperity gift set! Enjoy free delivery with a min. order of S$120. 

Limited Edition Collectible Ang PowsLimited Edition Prosperity Gift Set - Choose from Five Designs

 

 

 

 

 

🧧 Free 1 x limited edition EYS ang pows with a min. spend of S$38

  • Available while stocks last  
  • Details here

🧧 Free limited edition Prosperity Gift SEt (Choose from five designs!) with a min. spend of S$128

  • Available while stocks last  
  • Details here

Shop now!

5. Uniqlo

Shop at Uniqlo for your favourite fuss-free work-from-home or weekend outfit this CNY and receive free angbaos and AIRism masks! 

Uniqlo CNY
Credit: Uniqlo

🧧 Free pack of Uniqlo Angbaos (pack of 8) + White AIRism masks (pack of 3) with a min. spend of S$88

  • Expires 11 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • Online customers would need to head to their nearest UNIQLO store to redeem their free pack of AIRism masks from 15 to 28 February 2021
  • T&Cs apply

🧧 [Online Exclusive] Free T-shirt Design Kit (includes 3 patches, 1 handheld sewing machine and batteries) with a min. spend of S$88 on a single transaction

  • Expires 11 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • T&Cs apply

Shop now!

6. Changi Airport T1 & T3

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2021 with Changi Airport’s specially designed tokidoki Red Packets and 2-sided tokidoki drawstring bag – exclusively at Changi Airport T1 and T3 only! The little ones would be super thrilled to receive these adorable red packets this year! 

Credit: Changi Airport

Simply shop and dine at the public areas of Changi Airport Terminal 1 and 3 from now to 21 February to redeem – but be quick! These are popular items that would surely go out-of-stock soon! Here are the details:

🧧 Free 1 x tokidoki Red Packet + get a 2-sided tokidoki Drawstring Bag at S$8.80: Spend a minimum of S$60* (S$90 for supermarkets)* in a single same-day receipt, at participating outlets in the public areas of Terminal 1 and 3.

  • Expires 21 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • Proceed to the redemption counter (T3 B2, Opposite FairPrice Finest) and present your qualifying receipt for redemptions.
  • *Jewel receipts are excluded
  • T&Cs apply 
  • Redemption details here

🧧 Free 3 x tokidoki Red Packets + S$20 Changi Gift Card + Up to four tokidoki drawstring bags at S$8.80/bag + enjoy free 2-hour parking: Spend a minimum of S$180* (S$210 for supermarkets)* in a single same-day receipt, at participating outlets in the public areas of Terminal 1 and 3 | with Mastercard Cards & Changi Rewards members

  • Expires 21 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • Proceed to the redemption counter (T3 B2, Opposite FairPrice Finest) and present your qualifying receipt for redemptions.
  • *Jewel receipts are excluded
  • T&Cs apply 
  • Redemption details here

7. Jewel Changi Airport

While there is the tokidoki promotion running at Changi Airport T1 and T3, Pokemon fans would be thrilled to know that there is a Pokemon red packets promotion running at Jewel! 

Jewel CNY Promo 2021 Pokemon
Credit; Jewel Changi Airport

🧧 Free 1 x original set of Pokemon red packets with a min. spend of S$80 in a single, same-day receipt at any Retail/F&B outlet at Jewel (excludes YOTELAIR Singapore Changi Airport and Jewel Attractions)

  • Expires 21 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • Redemption can be made at the B1 Jewel Concierge (11am-10pm daily) with qualifying receipt
  • Limited redemptions daily, while stocks last
  • T&Cs apply 
  • Redemption details here

🧧 Receive a $10 Jewel voucher when you charge a min. of $80 (max. 2 same-day receipts) to your Citibank Credit Card at any Retail/F&B outlet (excludes YOTELAIR Singapore Changi Airport and Jewel Attractions) | with Citi Credit Card

  • Expires 21 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • Redemption can be made at the B1 Jewel Concierge (11am-10pm daily) with qualifying receipt(s) and credit card charge slip(s)
  • Limited redemptions daily, while stocks last
  • T&Cs apply 
  • Redemption details here 

8. Suntec City 

Kickstart your CNY celebrations with the festivities happening at Suntec City. For a start, you can get a S$3 off your Grab ride to Suntec City with no min. spend and also receive freebies like free red packets, mandarin orange carrier bag and collectible plush! Check out details below: 

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🧧 Get S$3 OFF Grab Ride to Suntec City with no min. spend (10am to 10pm)

  • Promo Code: SUNTEC
  • Limited redemptions, T&Cs apply 
  • Redemption details here

🧧 Receive 1 x festive red packet (pack of 8) with a min. spend of S$68

  • Expires 26 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • T&Cs apply 
  • Redemption details here

🧧 Receive 1 x Mandarin Orange carrier with a min. spend of S$98

  • Expires 26 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • T&Cs apply 
  • Redemption details here

🧧 Receive 1 x CNY Zodiac Ox Plushie with a min. spend of S$168

  • Expires 26 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • T&Cs apply 
  • Redemption details here

 


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9. Fraser Malls 

Go Chinoiserie Chic with this set of gorgeous blossoms that symbolises good fortune for the year to come. Simply spend S$68 to receive two sets of red packets, or increase your spending to $88/$128 ($188 for supermarket transactions) to receive a festive carrier bag.  

[Update:  Pink Festive Carrier Bags are fully redeemed at Causeway Point, Changi City Point, Century Square and Tampines 1.]

🧧 Free Frasers Red Packets with min. spend of S$68

  • Expires 11 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • Present a maximum of 3 same-day, same-mall transactions (minimum S$10 per transaction) via the FRx App on the day of purchase at Customer Service. Limited to 2 sets of red packets per FRx member per day on a first-come, first-served basis and while stocks last.
  • T&Cs apply 
  • Redemption details here

🧧 Free Frasers Festive Carrier Bag with a min. spend* 

  • Expires 11 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • *Min. spend of S$88 at Anchorpoint, Bedok Point, Robertson Walk or Valley Point
  • * Min. spend of S$128 (S$188 for supermarket transactions) at Causeway Point, Century Square, Changi City Point, Hougang Mall, Northpoint City, Tampines 1, The Centrepoint, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Waterway Point, White Sands and YewTee Point
  • Present a maximum of 3 same-day, same-mall transactions (minimum $10 per transaction) via the FRx App on the day of purchase at Customer Service.
  • Limited to 1 festive carrier bag per FRx member per day on a first-come, first-served basis and while stocks last.
  • T&Cs apply 
  • Redemption details here

🧧 Get a S$10 digital gift card with a min. charge* | with Citibank Cards

  • Expires 11 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • Update: Citi Credit Cardmembers Bonus is fully redeemed at Anchorpoint & Causeway Point
  • *Charge a minimum of S$88 to your Citi Credit Card at Anchorpoint, Bedok Point and Robertson Walk or a minimum of S$128 (S$188 for supermarket transactions) to your Citi Credit Card at Causeway Point, Century Square, Changi City Point, Hougang Mall, Northpoint City, Tampines 1, The Centrepoint, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Waterway Point, White Sands and YewTee Point
  • Present a maximum of 3 same-day, same-mall (min. $10 per transactions) Citi Credit Card charge slips at the respective mall’s Customer Service to redeem.
  • Applicable to in-mall retailers and electronic transactions within retail outlets only.
  • Makan Master and eStore transactions are excluded.
  • Limited to first 100 redemptions each at Anchorpoint, Bedok Point and Robertson Walk and first 600 redemptions each at Causeway Point, Century Square, Changi City Point, Hougang Mall, Northpoint City, Tampines 1, The Centrepoint, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Waterway Point, White Sands and YewTee Point.
  • T&Cs apply
  • Redemption details here

10. VivoCity

Kickstart the festivities with the prosperity gifts available at VivoCity! With a min. spend, you’ll get to receive free red packets or even a free tiffin tin. DBS/POSB cardmembers also get to receive Mapletree vouchers too. Read on for details! 

🧧 Redeem a pack of VivoCity red packets (8pcs) with a min. spend of S$80

  • Expires 11 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • Limited to the first 300 shoppers daily on weekdays and 500 shoppers daily on weekends 
  • T&Cs apply

🧧 Redeem a Decorative Pineapple Tray with a min. spend of S$228

  • Expires 11 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • Limited to the first 120 shoppers daily on weekdays and 250 shoppers daily on weekends 
  • T&Cs apply

🧧 Redeem a Festive Tiffin Tin  with a min. spend of S$388

  • Expires 11 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • Limited to the first 50 shoppers daily on weekdays and 80 shoppers daily on weekends 
  • T&Cs apply

🧧 Get a FREE S$10 Mapletree voucher with a min. spend of S$228 | with DBS/POSB Cards

  • Expires 11 February 2021, or when fully redeemed 
  • Limited to the first 80 shoppers daily on weekdays and 130 shoppers daily on weekends 
  • T&Cs apply

A symbol of happiness and good luck, red packets are traditionally, well, red and also known as ηΊ’εŒ… (hong bao) but in recent years, as companies get more creative with their design of the red packets, it is now common to see a variety of colours – from gold, pink and even blue! Some red packets are beautifully designed and definitely worth keeping – especially if you are an angbao hoarder like me, who can’t resist a beautiful red envelope! But no matter the colour of the envelope or the amount inside, what remains is the well wishes and blessings given. 

πŸ‘ Bear in mind to just get what you need to minimise waste and conserve resources. If you have leftover red packets from previous years – whether used or unused, do try to reuse them or share them with your friends!

Wishing you and your family much happiness, good health and prosperity this Chinese New Year! πŸŠπŸŠ


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