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With Chinese New Year just around the corner, it is a annual event for families to get together and catch up / play mahjong&cards and mingle around (so keep the handphone away and start talking to each other!).

Are you just married? Some families have the practice that for the 1st year, you do not need to give Hong Bao (still probation), but in case you need to give, you will be asking yourself, how much is enough or too much?

Here are some market rate that you might consider, but do note that different families has their own practice.

WhoHow MuchWhy
Parents or in-laws$300 - $500Needless to ask right? They raised you
Siblings$20 - $50Depending on the relationship
Own Children$28 - $88It does not really matter, since the money still go back to you. Oops! Nah, remember to save up for them
Cousin$12 - $20Depending on how close you are with them
Nieces/ Nephews$10 - $20Depending on the age
Grandchildren$28 - $68They carry your genes, that is why
Random Kids$6 - $10You don't even know their name
Maid / Others$6Do you give? It is a blessing for good luck.

Lastly, giving Hong Bao is to bless the other party with good luck, so it is the thought that count and not the monetary value.