$20 for an acquaintance you see regularly but don’t know well, such as a doorman.
$40 for somebody close to you such as friends’ children or your hairdresser.
$100 as a generous gift to someone you care about and is the minimum a boss gives a subordinate.
$500-plus – this is not unheard of, but it is usually given with a good motive or during birthdays or weddings.[/box]Tip 1: Giving lai see is believed to bring prosperity to both giver and receiver.Tip 2: Red packets can be bought from stationery shops, supermarkets and through redemption systems in most malls.Tip 3: Prepare lai see by placing a single new banknote into each red packet.
Tip 4: Lai see should be distributed in pairs, the saying is “everything comes in two”.
Tip 5: After receiving lai see, reciprocate with a blessing for the giver.
Tip 6: As a rule of thumb, seniors give lai see to juniors: parents give to young family members and perhaps to a security guard as a nice gesture, and married couples give to non-married.
Tip 7: Lai see is handed out in the morning on New Year’s Day. After receiving their red packets, children traditionally give their parents a blessing (bai lin).
Tip 8: It’s considered rude to open lai see immediately after receiving it.