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Chinese New Year Sales & Deals February 2017

Information verified correct on February 22nd, 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 February 22nd, 2017
Store Discount
Catch of the Day 55% off Havaianas
Catch of the Day $9 flights available
Missguided - Deals 40% off all footwear
Missguided - Deals 25% off Everything (Sydney)
New Balance $25 off when you spend $150
eBay 20% off Dell and Futu online
Boohoo - Deals 20% off sale: Exclusive
The Iconic - Deals 20% off summer styles
Sephora 10% off everything
Lenovo Save up to $1080 on selected PCs
Dissh 20% off full price items
HP Up to 20% off selected models + FREE office 365: Back to UNI
Sunglass Hut Up to 40% Off
Lavish Alice 10% off new in
Bed Bath N' Table 20% off all full priced items
Showpo 15% off sitewide: Exclusive
David Jones - Deals 15% off full-priced nursery items
Printvenue 40% off site-wide
Boohoo - Deals Up to 50% off + extra 10% off with code
eHarmony $39.95/month subscription, 3 months ($119.85 total)
Pretty Little Thing 25% off everything - Exclusive
Temple & Webster Up to 35% Off Dining Room Furniture
Lovehoney $5 off + FREE shipping when you spend $40
David Jones - Deals 25% off orders of two or more full-priced items from Bubba Blue and Gro Company
Dan Murphys - Deals Chandon S sparkling with orange bitters $28.30 each
Nike Up to 45% off in clearance sale
Trend Micro 5% off new subscriptions for all Trend Micro Australia products
City Beach Buy 1 get 1 50% off
Microsoft - Deals FREE case with select Surface Book (up to $219 value)
Microsoft - Deals FREE sleeve with select Surface Pro 4 (up to $129 value)
Wiggle $15 off when you spend $75
eHarmony Register for free
Printvenue 50% off everything: No minimum spend
Bockers & Pony FREE blood orange candle
Microsoft - Deals 15% off select Surface Book with Intel i7 processor
Koala Mattress Save $100 this month
Microsoft - Deals $1000 off Dell Alienware PC + FREE backpack and wireless controller
Microsoft - Deals 15% off select Surface devices: Student Offer
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 Free shipping on orders over $150

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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