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Chinese New Year Sales & Deals January 2017

Information verified correct on January 25th, 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 January 25th, 2017
Store Discount
Boohoo - Deals Up to 60% off menswear
Bonds 30% off all activewear
Rebel Sport Up to 30% off select women’s footwear
Priceline 40% off skincare, suncare and tanning products
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Lunar New Year Special: Up to 30% off Millennium Hotels, Singapore
The Iconic - Deals 25% off summer styles
ASOS - Deals Up to 70% off in final clearance
Boohoo - Deals 50% off everything
Bockers & Pony 8% off every purchase
Missguided - Deals Mystery % off with code
Microsoft - Deals $1000 off Dell Alienware PC + FREE backpack and wireless controller
Dan Murphys - Deals Lowest prices for lunar new year, shop now
Beginning Boutique 30% off summer wear
Weight Watchers 40% off 3 month plans: 72 hour flash sale
David Jones - Deals Extra 25% off women's, men's and more
Microsoft - Deals Up to $500 off select PCs
Microsoft - Deals 15% off select Surface devices: Student Offer
eBay Up to 60% off at Katmandu
The Iconic - Deals Up to 50% off sale + Free Returns on all orders
Dan Murphys - Deals 2 for $70 Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2011
Wiggle $15 off when you spend $75
Koala Mattress Save $100 this month
Lovehoney Up to 70% off + FREE straya toy bag + FREE shipping orders over $40: Australia Day Blowout Sale
Forever New Take a further 25% off
Bed Bath N' Table Up to 60% off sheet sets + FREE shipping on orders over $150
Temple & Webster Extra 15% off on selected Turkish towels
Dan Murphys - Deals FREE bottle when you spend $250 on wine
Heaven gifts 15% off all E-Cigarettes/Vaping Gears on orders over $200
Heaven gifts $5 off on orders over $40
Weight Watchers 30% off Group Coaching 3-month plan
Woolworths $15 off + FREE delivery on orders over $150: New customers only
Zazzle 25% off Sesame Street store
Zazzle 25% off Hallmark store
Ribble Cycles Save an extra 10% off tubular tyres
Clinique Free summer tote bag with any purchase of 2 products
Clinique Free summer pouch and tote bag with any 100$ purchase
Clinique Free summer pouch with any SPF product purchase.
Sleeping Duck $100 off your order instantly Free shipping on orders over $150
TBDRESS 10% off site wide
Zazzle Up to 30% off
I Want That Flight Flights to Manila from $200 return

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

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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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