Chinese New Year is fast approaching in all its celebratory glory, which also means it’s time to shop for gifts. Bringing a gift is customary (and just plain good manners) when you turn up at your host’s CNY do, but more than that, it is an expression of sincerity and affection and a wonderful way of expressing gratitude to the people nearest and dearest to you.
But the period preceding CNY brings with it its own set of problems – queues, crowds, traffic and worst of all, everything being sold out when you get there. This is aside from the fact that you’re probably already bogged down with your own work commitments and all the regular chores that still have to get done.
With so many things on your plate, just how do you find the time to go gift-shopping at all? Well, welcome to the world of online shopping, or as we like to call it, stress-free shopping!
If you’re new to online shopping, here are four reasons that could potentially convert you into an online shopping addict this CNY.
Online shopping is just a couple of clicks away
So long as you have Internet connection, a credit card and a personal desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone in your possession, you’re good to go. Online shopping can be done anytime and anywhere – early in the morning, during a meal, at home in your comfy pajamas or even surreptitiously as your boss drones on at some boring meeting. With a couple of stabs of your keypad, you’ve done all the hard work of ordering CNY pressies without the heavy lifting.
You don’t have to deal with queues, crowds and traffic
The period leading up to CNY is notorious for many things: crazy queues, crazy crowds and crazy traffic. In terms of social interactions with other members of the public, this represents the worst possible trifecta. So in lieu of chanting calming mantras to yourself after spending hours in traffic, looking for parking and queueing up to get your hands on your favourite goodies, only to have someone’s kid/elbow/shopping bag make contact with your face/stomach/leg in a crowded shop, just shop online already!
Your orders are delivered to your doorstep
Need we say more? Not only do you get out of that whole crazy traffic/crowds/queues situation, you can just chill out at home and wait for your delivery to arrive (although it probably would be wise to order it a tad earlier, so that it arrives before CNY). Other than that, no perspiration is necessary in this transaction!
You can personalise your presents
A personalised gift shows thought and it will make you stand out from everyone else. Your gift will prompt mothers of unmarried sons/daughters to whisper in their ears – “Ah-boy/Ah-girl, look at that guy/girl. Want me to introduce or not? He/she looks like a good catch! After all, look what an effort he/she made with his/her CNY gift – personalised some more wan!”
Best of all? You can easily get your hands on personalised gifts online, like Oloiya’s gorgeous new range of personalised engraved bakwa (dried meat) boxes, which can be ordered online at their website.
The nearly 50-year-old home-grown brand is incredibly popular in Malaysia for its bakwa, with a market share that is somewhere in the region of 50%.
And few things say CNY more appealingly than bakwa – that delicious sweet-savoury barbequed dried meat whose smoky allure and firm yet tender bite is enough to cause mile-long queues everywhere.
So go against the traffic (quite literally, in this sense) and buy personalised CNY bakwa gifts online instead. The beautiful red and gold foil Oloiya boxes allow the name of the sender to be engraved on each box, imbuing it with a sincerity and originality that takes it to the next level.
This also lets the sender be creative and write engaging messages like "From your No 1 fan" or "From a bakwa-lover" or just suggestive, anonymous tributes like "From a sexy lady/lad" (if they want to do that whole secret admirer thing).
You can get the personalised engraved bakwa boxes with a minimum online order of 600g of dried meat (chicken or pork). Prices start at RM62.40 and delivery charges vary according to the area you live in – the bottom line being it gets sent to your doorstep, so you don’t have to move an inch.
Oloiya also does corporate orders, and offers the added bonus of incorporating logos as well as engraving the sender’s name. As these orders tend to be larger, corporate customers will need to call the brand’s HQ at 03 2078 2536 to place orders. Someone within the organisation will then be assigned to personally look after their needs.
For more information, go to oloiya.com.
This article is brought to you by Oloiya.