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Chinese New Year Sales & Deals October 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 October 18th, 2017
Store Discount
Eastbay Up to 50% off top brands
David Jones 25% off two or more full-priced bras
Charles Tyrwhitt 10% off everything
Nasty Gal 55% off all full-priced items
Portmans Buy 1 + receive 30% off the 2nd (on full price styles)
eBay Up to 40% off Spring sale
Rusty Extra 25% off sale items
House Extra 25% off everything
Dissh 20% off all full price styles
eBay $30 off when you spend $150+
Dissh 20% off all full price styles
BNKR $200 off full-priced items
Groupon Extra 20% off health & beauty deals: 24 hours only
Marcs 25% off sale
Missguided 50% off dresses
Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th The jewellery event up to 60% off
Bonds Buy any 1 and get the 2nd 50% off
THE ICONIC 20% off Spring Racing accessories
THE ICONIC 15% off new arrivals
David Jones 40% off a range of already reduced fashion, shoes & accessories
Tony Bianco Get 15% everything
Forcast 20% off sitewide
Cellarmasters 49% off a mixed case - just $99
eBay Bargain Sauv Blancs (12 bottles) now at $98.00
eBay Lorna Jane activewear Bettina 7/8 tight now at $50.00
Bonds Outlet Extra 10% off all sale items site-wide: Mid-Season Sale
House 20% off everything sitewide
Smiggle 20% off all full price when you spend $80+
Peter Alexander Get a top half price with a full priced bottom + Free standard delivery on orders $150+
Debenhams Up to 70% off sale
David Jones Free standard delivery
Tony Bianco Up to 60% off new markdowns 500 extra player points on all items
Trend Micro Extra 10% off on new and upgrade subscriptions
Trend Micro Get up to 40% off
Jeanswest 25% off women's dresses
Jeanswest 30% off our entire menswear range
Nike Up to 45% off in clearance sale
Mon Purse 25% off already reduced sale items
Boohoo 55% off dresses
Debenhams Up to 70% off sale
Harrods 10% off everything
Surfstitch 2 for $50 beach shorts and tees: Mix & match
Saks Fifth Avenue 12% sale on all goods
Dotti 30% off all full price dresses & playsuits
ASOS 20% off maternity
Jurlique Up to 75% off selected products
The Hut 25% off fleeces
NET-A-PORTER Subscribe to Porter magazine and save over 30%
Boohoo 30% off limited edition premium collection
Boohoo Up to 33% off Halloween styles Up to 40% off fall/winter
eBay FREE $20 voucher
Charles Tyrwhitt $50 off the new performance suit
Jay Jays Buy one get one 50% off full price
Just Jeans Buy one get one 50% off all full price
Renovator Store Up to $100 off natural bathroom basins
Udemy All courses $10 for users in India, everyone else $12
Rusty 15% off sale
Cellarmasters Mixed dozen for $99
Bonds Outlet 2 for $25 zippys, hoodies & trackies
Jurlique Spend $50 and receive a free 8-piece mystery box
Chemist Warehouse Save up to 80% off RRP
Koala Mattress Save $100 this month
Sony DSCH400 compact camera at 40% off
PrettyLittleThing 25% off everything
Charles Tyrwhitt 10% off (no minimum spend)
Cotton On 15% off all full-priced items
Swiss BelHotel Stay 2 nights and save up to 25%
Personal Digital Services Up to 50% off
L'occitane FREE shipping orders over $100 + FREE samples and gift wrapping

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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