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Chinese New Year Sales & Deals March 2017

Information verified correct on March 27th, 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 March 27th, 2017
Store Discount
David Jones - Deals Up to 50% off toys: Mid-Season Sale
Missguided - Deals 50% off online
Microsoft - Deals $100 off Xbox One 500GB consoles + FREE game
Mixbook Up to 50% off everything
Boohoo - Deals FREE shipping on orders over $60
Microsoft - Deals 15% off select Surface Pro 4 + FREE Samsung 250GB external SSD
Vaper Empire $18 off any Vantage Deluxe Starter Kit
Amara Hotels & Resorts Up to 30% off Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, Singapore
Sportscraft Up to 60% off: Mid-season sale
THE ICONIC - Deals 30% off men's exclusives
Windsor Smith 20% off full priced items
David Jones - Deals Up to 40% off homewares, Manchester, beds and more: Mid-Season Sale
David Jones - Deals Up to 50% off fashion, shoes and accessories: Mid-Season Sale
Charles Tyrwhitt 10% off everything
Dan Murphys - Deals FREE Wolf Blass Brown Label shiraz ($49.99 value) when you spend $120
Contiki Up to $1,285 off USA and Canada tours
eBay Up to 65% off Kitchen Warehouse
GlamCorner 25% off orders over $100
STA Travel 15% off Contiki New Zealand trips (over 7 days)
Aussie Farmers Direct $25 off your first Aussie Farmer's Direct order
Vaniday $20 off on any booking Up to 34% off gaming and more
Ribble Cycles 25% off on all nutrition
Gearbest 8% OFF for All Cell Phones Products
Kapten & Son 10% off any campus or campina sized watch
Microsoft - Deals $100 off Xbox One 500GB consoles
Oasis Up to 50% off select lines
Contiki Save $150 off select trips
Flight Centre Paris from $919 return
HomeAway Gold coast holiday homes from $57 per night
Farfetch Up to 60% off sale
Sleeping Duck $100 off your order instantly
Microsoft - Deals 5% off full-priced items
Lovehoney FREE Bliss orgasm balm ($19.95 value) when you spend $50 + FREE delivery
Lovehoney 15% off when you spend over $70 + FREE shipping
Sunglass Hut Up to 40% Off
Printvenue 40% off site-wide
Lovehoney $5 off + FREE shipping when you spend $40

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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