Be it that you’re newly married, or you have a newborn, how much angbao to give differs from year to year. Here’s an updated angbao rate list for you to not seem like the “scroogy” aunt/uncle this Chinese New Year.
Remember to NEVER give angbaos in denominations of $4, as it is inauspicious.
(Of course, the amount will vary based on income levels but this will provide a good gauge of how much to give)
> $80, higher, especially if you stayed with your grandparents when you were younger.
$50-$150, you should give your grandchildren more or less the same amount you would give your children.
> $80, to show gratitude for your upbringing.
Children, and their spouses
$20-$100, this amount may vary with different families. I’ve always gotten $20 from my parents, while my peers get between $30-$80. As your child gets older, how much angbao they get may increase.
As for your child’s spouse, it’s safe to give $50 as that is what your in-laws are also likely to give.
Siblings, and their spouses
$10-$50, depending on how close you are. It is also not necessary to give to an older sibling, as it is assumed they are already adults, capable or supporting themselves.
$10-$28, and only to cousins younger than you, as similar to the sibling rule, older cousins are able to support themselves.
Nieces and Nephews
$8-$18, depending on how close you are.
$8, as a small token to wish them a Happy New Year. A good rule of thumb would be to give them the amount they gave your children.
$8-$10, just for face sake.
Office help staff
(eg: cleaners or receptionist)
$2-$38, how much angbao would depend on how reliant you are on their services.
And finally, Happy Chinese New Year from the Diaper Cakes SG team!