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The ‘Seasonal Gifts’ Category

Food is one of the best ways to better understand and appreciate a culture. Food also holds a special symbolic meaning in many cultures, and China is no exception. In the Chinese culture, food culture is believed to have a significant bearing on the progression of life. Hence, the Chinese are very particular about selecting food types for special occasions like CNY 2016.

One of the most significant foods that has Chinese New Year symbolic meaning or symbolize auspicious food in Chinese New Year is the Chun He, or the Tray of Togetherness. This CNY symbol is traditionally made up of eight compartments, arranged in a circular or octagonal shape, as the number 8 symbolizes good fortune. For this reason, it is sometimes called as ‘Ba Bao He’, ‘Ba Bao box’ or ‘Eight Treasures Box’.

Each compartment is completely filled with auspicious goodies of significance to the Chinese New Year season. Some common items are:

  • Candied Winter Melons  – signifies 甜甜蜜蜜 or  ‘a sweet and easy life’
  • Lotus Root – signifies  天成佳偶, ‘marital bliss’ or ‘match made in heaven’
  • Tangerine – signifies 吉祥如意 or ‘auspiciousness’
  • Shredded Coconut Pieces – signifies 永结同心 or ‘everlasting love’
  • Sweetened Ginger – signifies 万寿无疆 or ‘longevity’
  • Carrots – signifies 金银财宝or ‘wealth and precious jewels’
  • Lotus Seeds – signifies 连生贵子or ‘fertility’
  • Dried Red Dates – signifies 鸿运当头 or ‘good luck in every endeavour’
  • Water Chestnut – signifies 东城西就or ‘accomplishment in all activities’
  • Pineapple – signifies 飞黄腾达 or ‘great achievement in career or business’
  • Sweet Potato – signifies 黄金满桶 or ‘overflowing pot of gold’
  • Mandarin Orange – signifies 大吉大利 or ‘auspiciousness’
  • Dried Longans – signifies ‘many good sons’
  • Pistachio Nuts – signifies 开心果 or ‘happiness’
  • Red Melon Seeds – the red colour signifies ‘joy and happiness’

In modern times, sweets such as ‘Rabbit’ candy, chocolate coins or ingots are used to represent a sweet and joyful new year and the abundance of wealth during the spring festival.

Some of the traditional gift items that Qua offers in appreciation of CNY and the Chinese culture is the CNY Round Goodie Box, 6 Compartment Tidbits Box and the Chinese Wedding Box from the various collections. Look no further for a CNY Gift Premium or a Chinese New Year Hamper to give your CNY blessings. These are perfect as an auspicious gift of abundance for a friend or business associate!

 

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A gift during Chinese New Year carries a lot of traditional meanings and values. Chinese New Year is a time where to the giver, it symbolizes appreciation, deep respect, sharing of culture and passing down of tradition. To the receiver, it signifies deep bonding and assurance of mutual obligation.

While you shop for a gift, remember Qua products only promise true craftsmanship, perfect for those who love to live with style. We have a wide range of quality products that are synonymous with the Chinese traditions.

For a discussion on how we can help with your CNY gifting requirements or a full CNY Catalogue, do get in touch with me at:
tel: 62461315 or meng.yee.ho@brexinternational.com.sg

CNY Corporate Hampers

CNY Corporate Hampers

 

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From Incentive & promotional gifts to gifts with Singapore heritage

From Incentive & promotional gifts to gifts with Singapore heritage

Many marketing experts tell me that it is most important to stay on top of your customer’s mind all the time.  Qua is excited to bring unique promotional and gift ideas that are featured in the Office and Home.  So, where ever the customers are, they are reminded of your organisation, product or service. Click on each gift category for more details:

1  Singapore Gifts for the overseas guests and to celebrate our Singapore’s Golden Jubilee
2  Festive Gifts for the Christmas and CNY giveaway
3  Incentive & Promotional Gifts that propogate any brand or message and will reach your target segment on every level
4  Eco Friendly Gifts that sends the message the organisation is environmentally responsible, care for the community, AND innovative too!

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Gifts with a Heart

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Qua is privileged to partner Pathlight School to introduce the Pathlight Artist Showcase – a collection of gifts featuring the designs from Pathlight students and associates.  Pathlight School is the first autism-focused school in Singapore that offers a unique blend of mainstream academics and life readiness skills and this collection’s unique design captures these special people who are quaint, insightful and fun.
Our newest addition to this collection is a business card holder, with the artwork of Glenn Phua.  Glenn Phua’s keen attention to detail alludes to that of Mr Stephen Wiltshire, the renowned British artist with autism.  Yet, Glenn exudes his own unique style with high stamina ink work.

For preorders with this email, price at $25 for 50 pieces (usual: $29 each).   Receive the products by first week August.

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Wedding Collection

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We listened and here it is –  Introducing our wedding collection.

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Check out a very elegant office all done up with Qua’s collections.  Inspired yet?  Be it a treat for yourself, or a gift for your business associate, there is something in the Qua family that will make a statement in the office.

By the way, the peranakan inspired cushion covers are our latest add-ons to the Qua family.   All products shown come in a multitude of designs – so do get in touch with us for the full catalogue or the website:

Uniquely Singapore Gifts to celebrate SG50

Elegant Festive Premiums for the year end

Be excited by how Qua collections can really accessorize your office

Be excited by how Qua collections can really accessorize your office

I am dropping by Paragon tomorrow to see the Big Picture by Stephen Wiltshire – what about you?

Check out Glenn Phua’s interpretation of our Singapore skyline. His biggest inspiration: Stephen Wiltshire.

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Artwork by Glenn Phua from Pathlight School, inspired by Stephen Wiltshire

 

High-end CNY Horse Premium & Corporate Gift

One special product to be highlighted in our unique Horse collection to celebrate Chinese New Year 2014 that is perfect as a Year of the Horse gift is the unique and exclusive lacquered Chinese Chess board set. Chinese chess, otherwise known as Xiangqi chess game, has been one of the most popular strategy board games characteristic of the Chinese culture, because of its long history. The game represents a battle between two armies, with the objective of capturing the enemy’s general.  It has been a strong embodiment of the traditional Chinese spirit of battle and scholarship since thousands of years ago, and is still played widely and frequently as a pastime today. The Chinese chessboard is also frequently used as a table accessory to communicate academia or as a connection with the literati.

Look forward to a fun and engaging time of bonding with your relatives with this Chinese Chess lacquerware from Qua, specially manufactured to celebrate the Year of the Horse. It is also an ideal decorative gift for a senior gentleman, for him, or someone who seems to already have everything!

 

It is typical practice for Chinese homes to do spring cleaning in preparing for CNY visiting and spring festival celebrations. This Chinese New Year 2014, introduce the New Year with a Year of the Horse gift with Qua’s Horse and Just Colour lacquer ware collection.

For a traditional and classic interior design look, go for Qua’s Horse collection for polished dining ware and living room accessories. The rich shade of red and maroon conveys an air of exquisiteness and affluence. In addition, the collection is very suitable as CNY Corporate Gifts as red is a lucky colour during CNY. According to legend, in ancient China, Nian, a man-eating beast from the mountains, could infiltrate houses silently to prey on humans. The people later learned that Nian was sensitive to the colour red, so they scared it away with explosions, fireworks and liberal use of the colour red.

 

For a modern and contemporary look, go for the dining ware and table accessories from the Just Colour collection. With trendy colours like hot pink and turquoise, be sure to welcome, impress and delight your guests with happy colours. While still retaining the tradition of eating CNY goodies and decorating of homes, this unique and exclusive collection of Qua attempts to marry tradition with modernity. Perfect as a CNY decorative gift!