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Chinese New Year Sales & Deals August 2017

The year of the Monkey is here!

Chinese New Year marks the day of the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar - the new moon in the middle of the winter solstice and the spring equinox. This year's awaited Chinese New Year falls on 28 January and precedes two weeks of celebration. Chinese New Year is traditionally followed by 15 days of festivities, including Renri, the Jade Emperor's party and culminating in the beautiful and iconic Lantern Festival. During this time of celebration, it is common for small gifts to be given to friends and family in addition to the red envelopes given by older people to younger, unmarried people.

This Chinese New Year, there are some great deals, sales and discounts to be had. We've done the hard work and rounded them all up for you. Now you can compare and make sure that you're getting the best possible deal.

 Best sales and deals this Chinese New Year

Rates last updated August 18th, 2017
Store Discount
The Hut 20% off DKNY
Vistaprint 40% off polos + up to 25% off apparel.
Meshki 15% off all basics
BNKR - Deals $50 off everything in the edit
eBay - The Good Guys 15% off The Good Guys
Surfstitch - Deals 20% Off The Hidden Way Full Price Items
Boohoo - Deals Up to 70% off + 25% off sitewide code
David Jones - Deals Extra 30% off fashion, shoes and accessories
SABA Up to 40% off selected items
THE ICONIC - Deals 40% off exclusive styles
eBay 20% off tech: Dell, Sony, Ted's + more
ASOS - Deals Up to 70% off in final clearance
Kapten & Son Up to 35% off your order
Lovehoney 30% off new deluxe magic wands
Bonds Outlet Get 2 for $40 trunks
Autograph Fashion 40% off full priced Autograph items
Zazzle 40% off invitations, stickers, business cards & more
Showpo 15% off site-wide
House 65-75% off Baccarat cookwares sets
House Up to 80% off clearance sale
Matches Fashion Free delivery on all orders
Tony Bianco 20% off boots
Forever New Up to 70% off sale
Bonds Buy one get one 50% off kids and baby clothing
City Beach Extra 20% off sale
Missguided - Deals 45% off all full-priced items
Cellarmasters 60% off Premium Mystery Whites
Cellarmasters 60% off Premium Mystery Whites
Princess Polly 20% off site-wide
PrettyLittleThing 50% off everything
General Pants Up to 60% off sale
Zanui Up to 35% off kitchen & tableware Up to 78% off Father's Day Sale
Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th Take an extra 10% off Robert Graham
Lovehoney 30% off New Deluxe magic wands
Lovehoney $10 off when you spend $60 + free shipping
Sheridan 60% off Sheridan branded products
SkincareStore 20% off asap + exclusive extra 5%
Cotton Traders 20% off when you spend £35
Cotton Traders 15% off when you spend £40
Cotton Traders 10% Off & Free delivery when you spend £40 (1st order)
Rusty Save 10% when you spend $100
eBay 20% off Fashion and Sporting
Charles Tyrwhitt Free Polo when you spend $75 or more
Jurlique $25 off plus free shipping on all $75+ orders
Nasty Gal 55% off all full-priced items
Aussie Farmers Direct FREE wine valued at $129 with any meal box
Aussie Farmers Direct $10 off on pantry and household range
Aussie Farmers Direct $25 off your first order
Cotton On 15% off all full-priced items
Hallenstein Brothers Denim and Chinos 2 for $99
David Jones - Deals FREE 8-piece gift by Lancôme ($200 value)
Flowers for Everyone Buy Tulips under $30
Personal Digital Services Up to 50% off
Clearly Contacts 2 for 1 sale on glasses
Freedom Furniture 25% off sofas, armchairs & sofabeds
Vaper Empire $30 off orders over $199
Vaper Empire 15% off any Deluxe V-Pack II starter kit
Charles Tyrwhitt Free Polo Shirt worth $49 when you spend $100
Koala Mattress Save $100 this month
Groupon $79 for Australian Leather Classic 3/4 UGG Boots in a Range of Colours and Sizes (Don't Pay $239)
Florsheim $30 off when you spend $150, $50 Off when you spend $200, Get $100 off when you spend $300
Jurlique Save $100 when you spend $300
L'occitane FREE shipping orders over $100 + FREE samples and gift wrapping
HomeAway Gold coast holiday homes from $57 per night

Things you shouldn't gift for Chinese New Year

  • Anything relating to the number 4: In Chinese languages the number 4 sounds like the word for death and is considered to be unlucky.
  • Mirrors: Mirrors are believed by some to attract ghosts.
  • Clock and watches: These items are symbols for running out of time, especially for older people. In addition "giving a clock" sounds the same as "attending a funeral ritual" in Chinese languages. For these reasons you would never give someone a clock or watch.
  • Black or white objects: These are traditionally funeral colours and should not be used for gifts.
  • Sharp objects: Sharps like knives and scissors symbolise division. Gifting this suggests you want to cut ties with that person.
  • Fresh cut flowers (especially chrysanthemums): Again, these are a taboo gift as they are used and given to people at funerals.
  • Pears: The Chinese language word for "pears" sounds very similar to the word for "parting" and therefore pears are a taboo gift.
  • Handkerchiefs: These are another item that are traditionally given at funerals making them an unsuitable gift for celebrations.
  • Shoes: The word for "shoes" sounds like the word for "evil". Also, giving shoes may suggest you want to walk away from the relationship.

Red envelopes

Red envelopes are a traditional gift given from older or more senior people to younger unmarried or more junior people. For example, employers will give to their employees or you may give to your friends' children. Many younger married people will also give red envelopes to their parents.

These red envelopes are typically filled with an even sum of money that excludes the number 4. Odd numbers are determined by the first and second numbers so numbers like 50 are considered odd because 5 is an odd number. Even numbers are numbers like 22 or 26. As 4 is a very unlucky number, you would never give an amount like 4, 24 or 40.

It is important to know that red is a very joyous, lucky and prosperous colour, so the giving of red envelopes is more about the red paper than the cash. The money is added to bring blessing and good fortune to the receivers. Do not feel pressured to give large amounts. It is definitely the thought that counts.

Chinese New Year Red Envelopes
3 Chinese Red Envelopes
Double Happiness Red Packets

Other popular Chinese New Year gifts

  • Cakes
  • Oranges
  • Candles
  • Biscuits
  • Chocolates

Find out more

See our best places to celebrate Chinese New Year

Book our top Chinese New Year travel deals

Mia Steiber

Mia Steiber is a journalist at with a serious shopping habit and an addiction to gold jewellery. Her talents include tracking down one-off or almost sold out pieces and knowing the sizing charts for just about every brand.

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