Dress your apartment up in hues of red for the Lunar New Year and prepare for a year of wealth and good luck without forking out a fortune on decorations.
After all, they’ll only be up for about a month for the house visits and reunion dinners. There’s no point blowing your budget on big ticket purchases unless they’re going to be permanent fixtures in your apartment.
We’ve done the legwork for you and dug up the best boutiques for traditional, contemporary and quirky Chinese New Year accessories, the majority of which hover around the $5 range. Here is the essential guide to shopping for affordable CNY ornaments, figurines, couplets and wall hangings in Singapore for 2021.
Where to get cheap CNY decorations in Singapore
|Masons Home Decor||5 Pereira Rd, #04-01, Asiawide Industrial Building, Singapore 368025||From $2.40 (for small decorations)|
|Shevron||Block 5 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2A #06-17, Singapore 567760||From $9.90 (for small hanging decorations with Swarovski crystals)|
|Naiise||Multiple outlets islandwide||From $4.25 (for small decorations), and $26.90 (for large decorations)|
|FairPrice||Multiple outlets islandwide||From $3.90 (for small decorations)|
|Lazada||Online only||From $2 (for small decorations)|
A home accessories boutique where most items come with a 10% to 30% discount, Masons Home Decor features a catalogue of Chinese New Year decorations alongside its regular offerings of furniture, lights, and objets d’art. Its festive curios include traditional scarlet knots priced at $1.80 each and gold ingots for you to store your assortment of CNY candies.
Price: From $2.40 (for small decorations)
Address: 5 Pereira Rd, #04-01, Asiawide Industrial Building, Singapore 368025
Opening hours: 12pm to 8pm (daily)
Contact: 9618 3746
Delivery: Free delivery for orders above $200.
This online retailer sits on the pricier side of this list. Specialising in bespoke embroidery and corporate gifts, the one-time recipient of the Spirit of Enterprise award also stocks a variety of CNY-themed hanging decorations depicting zodiac animals and other lucky items with Swarovski crystals (starting at $9.90 each), premium satin embroidery cushion covers (starting from $48 each), and CNY couplets (priced from $12).
Price: From $9.90 (for small hanging decorations)
Contact: 6483 1726
Address: Block 5 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2A #06-17, Singapore 567760
Delivery: Free delivery for orders above $88. Orders under $88 will be subject to weight-based delivery charges that start from $5.
Embellish your abode with contemporary renditions of the usual CNY decals from Naiise. Going at $4.25 each are Lettereka’s calligraphy characters, printed onto pieces of red paper that’s been hand-marbled for a personal, one-of-a-kind touch. Soft bolsters in the shape of giant love letter snacks ($26.90 each) also serve as quirky, whimsical, yet unexpected additions to an ordinary living room.
Price: From $4.25 (for small decorations), and $26.90 (for large decorations)
Contact: +65 6266 8418
Address: Multiple outlets
Delivery: Delivery fees start from $3.50 and are subject to changes depending on size and total weight of order
Besides all your essential CNY snacks, Fairprice also stocks decorative items such as mini fortune cat and fortune god figurines at $3.90 each. Gather a bunch to form an inviting centrepiece at the table or use them individually to embellish the small barren corners of your home.
Price: From $3.90 (for small decorations)
Contact: 3138 9191
Delivery: Free delivery orders above $79. Orders under $79 but above $59 will incur a delivery charge of $3. Orders under $59 will incur a delivery charge of $5.
Not only is Lazada home to some of the best deals on the Internet, you can be sure the goods available are all up to standard too. The cheapest find on the site is a pair of zodiac wall stickers at $2, followed by paper cut-outs in both contemporary and traditional styles. You’ll also find a diversity of stylish ang bao designs and, as always, items from every other shopping category imaginable.
Price: From $2 (for small decorations)
Contact: 3157 1774
Delivery: Varies depending on seller
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By Marie Cheng
Marie is a self-diagnosed cheapskate, who once went dumpster diving and returned with a luggage of free loot. Nothing excites her more than stumbling upon vintage gems with wholesale price tags at the flea market.