Sunday, January 5, 2020

Cash Preferred

The Lunar New Year is just around the corner. 

And “angpaus” are part of the Chinese tradition. Handing out money in red packets – also referred to as hóng bāo (红包) – is expected to bestow good fortune and blessings on the receivers.  

Westerners don’t follow this practice – instead it is gift giving. During Christmas. 

But I came across this story about a Donnachaidha O’Chionnaigh who did something different. He said his nephews and nieces didn’t want presents this year – and they had indicated they preferred cash! 

He understood their request – but he thought cash as a gift, while practical, always felt impersonal. So, he decided to create a special packaging to put the money in. 

He shared: “[I] found pics of 80s action figure packages on Google (the old ones with the figures in plastic bubbles glued onto cardboard) and recreated them or heavily modified them in Photoshop”. 

He then printed them on card stock and cut them to shape. “[I] used plastic boxes to put the cash in [and] glued them on”.

In fact, his “money” gifts were very well-received. It was not only because of the $50 notes – but also the creative manner in which they were packaged. 

O’Chionnaigh had put all of his heart into creating something special for the children. And when he tweeted photos of the presents, he received over 534 thousand likes in just one day!

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