If the grocery store music playlist is any indication, Chinese New Year is soon to be upon us, and with that, it means lots of house visits, gatherings, through-the-night mahjong sessions, pigging out on snacks and candy, as well as laughter/bonding with friends and family.

The only dull aspect of the festivities, some would say, is the rather predictable, traditional CNY decor that comes with the territory.

So we’ve scoured the online shops, and here are ten cool picks that will definitely inject some instant hipster-friendly snazz that’s sure to give guests that festive yet unforgettable urban dweller CNY experience.

1. A SELECTION OF CNY-THEMED CUSHION COVERS

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Make a beeline for the couch, as these CNY-themed cushion covers will immediately add that instant festive touch to your living room. Your friends and family will be hugging and hogging these cushions all day long.

There are three designs to choose from: Happy Chinese New Year, Huat Ah!, and Blessed Lunar New Year.

Price: S$16.90 each

Festive Factor: 8/10

 

2. HUAT CUBE

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Stand out from the rest of the houses on the CNY visiting route. Entertain your guests in a unique yet festive way.

This cool item is actually a Rubik’s Cube, but inspired by the great game of mahjong. Challenging, fun for all ages, and a great item to show off when the table is set and the tiles have been stacked.

Price: S$16.10

Festive Factor: 7/10

 

3. THEMED SOCKS

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Here’s another mahjong-inspired CNY item. With all the CNY visiting where shoes come off in people’s homes, cool socks speak volumes.

Some people wear red underwear for luck, but that’s a little hard to show off to relatives during mahjong. So socks will have to do.

Each pair of these themed socks features a set of mahjong tiles that is bound to strike a little fear into the hearts of fellow players as you sit down to join them for a few rounds of the classic CNY staple.

Price: ¥9.90 each

Festive Factor: 6/10

4. CARVED RED CINNABAR EARRINGS

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Sophisticated & elegant, yet inspired by the traditional, this accessory is stand-out piece to match that new dress, skirt, blouse or cheongsam that you bought specially for this holiday.

Traditional yet stylishly chic, these carved red cinnabar earrings will make you stand out amongst the crowd, at each and every house.

Price: S$36.83 + tax

Festive Factor: 9/10

 

5. THE HONGBAO COLLECTOR ONESIE

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Tiny tots aren’t excluded from Chinese New Year either! This cute Hongbao Collector onesie tells family and friends all they need to know – the money collector is in town, and he/she means business! Guaranteed to make everyone awe and chuckle, this onesie is a must-have for new parents this holiday season.

Price: S$26.70

Festive Factor: 10/10

6. LOVE LETTER PLUSH

 

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A yummylicious baby bolster to give a little TLC for visiting babies or to grown-ups with an enduring love for love letters, this item puts a smile on all faces.

This incredibly real-looking Love Letter Plushie has two functions: (1) a great companion for hugging, or (2) to make you hungry for the actual thing.

Price: S$26.90

Festive Factor: 7/10

7. POLAROID RED INSTANT DIGITAL CAMERA

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Chinese New Year is all about family, friends and memories. And what better way to commemorate the fun times than with a Polaroid Instant Digital Camera, in the lucky colour red? Take instant snaps and hand them out to family and friends, and everyone will remember this occasion for years to come.

Price: US$99.99

Festive Factor: 6/10

8. FESTIVE SMARTPHONE COVERS

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Festive smartphone covers never go out of style – easily changeable and an immediate reflection of the holiday season, this selection features different CNY-inspired designs, including one “Hong Bao” one that makes your phone seem like a red packet itself. How fun is that?

Price: S$12.99 each

Festive Factor: 10/10

9. CNY GIFT WRAPPING & CARRIER

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This festive gift wrapping and carrier is perfect for Mandarin oranges, jars of homemade pineapple tarts, or packets of cookies. Even better – they are all recyclable, so there’s no guilt when you present relatives with gifts in this fancy packaging.

Price: S$16.00

Festive Factor: 9/10

10. FESTIVE WALL DECAL

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Does your wall look too plain? The Spring Chinese New Year calligraphy decal will instantly add flavour and style to an otherwise-boring wall, announcing immediately to entering guests that Chinese New Year has arrived.

Price: S$8.90

Festive Factor: 7/10

 

With the selection of items above, you can be sure to have a wonderful and memorable Chinese New Year! Gong xi fa cai, everyone, and have a great festive season ahead!

 

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