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Celebrate a joyful Chinese New Year with DBS eGift and DBS QR Gift

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Welcome the Year of the Ox joyfully and safely, amid Covid-19 measures with DBS’ suite of digital offerings this Chinese New Year. The suite comprises of digital gifting alternatives like the DBS eGift and DBS QR Gift, and a line-up of interactive experiences including games and a virtual Chingay event.

The DBS QR Gift aims to replace cash while keeping to the traditional CNY practice of exchanging physical red packets. This year, DBS is introducing a new customisable expiry feature that allows customers to choose their preferred expiry date of up to eight weeks from the date of loading.

Gift cards not redeemed by this date will be refunded to the givers. This new version of the DBS QR Gift has a shelf life of up to three years.

The DBS QR Gift cards come in packs of eight, with each pack featuring two designs: one specifically designed for Chinese New Year festivities, and a generic design suitable for all special occasions such as weddings and birthdays. DBS QR Gift cards can be collected for free at all DBS/POSB full-service branches and DBS Treasures Centres from 11 January, and at POSB new notes pop-up ATMs starting 25 January.

To use a DBS QR Gift card, simply scan its QR code via DBS PayLah! to load their desired cash value, then gift it to a recipient for redemption via DBS PayLah! or PayNow. Up to 10 DBS QR Gift cards with the same cash value, message, expiry date and animation can be loaded at once. (Note: this is different from a using a QR Code.)

Flexible expiry for single loading of DBS QR Gift cards

For those who prefer a fully digital option, DBS eGift allows gifting loved ones from the safety and comfort of their homes. Customers simply need to tap the in-app ‘eGift’ icon in DBS PayLah! and indicate their preferred amount, along with a message and animation of their choice. 

Both DBS eGift and DBS QR Gift can be redeemed by users of DBS PayLah! and PayNow.

We may not be able to visit all our family and friends this CNY, and many have loved ones who are overseas. With digital gifting alternatives such as DBS eGift, we can bridge the physical distance and still send them our well-wishes, which are especially precious during these trying times. We also encourage customers to use DBS QR Gift cards instead of cash, to avoid the hassle and risk of travelling to get new notes.

Jeremy Soo, Managing Director and Head of Consumer Banking Group (Singapore), DBS Bank

DBS has also lined up a series of interactive digital games and experiences for families and friends to enjoy this CNY. These include the return of the DBS TapLah! Contest, a scaled-up version of the highly anticipated POSB #HuntYourZodiac virtual game, and virtual showcases at Chingay 2021.

Image credit: DBS Bank