Popular Chinese New Year Gifts ideas-DO’S AND DON’TS

It is a Chinese tradition to give gifts to friends, kids or seniors during Chinese New Year. Gifts are great ways to keep the love, bond and keep relationships flourishing.

Most Popular Chinese New Year Gift ideas

If you have no idea what to buy to your hosts, the most popular Chinese New Year gifts are

1. Red Envelope

 Red Envelope
Popular Chinese New Year Gift ideas

Sending red envelopes means sending good wishes and luck. It is the most popular Chinese New Year gift. It is most commonly to kids from their parents, grandparents, and others

2. Alcohol


If your Chinese hosts drink alcohol, gifting a nice bottle of alcohol could be a best choice.

3. Tobacco


If your male Chinese host like to smoke, find out his choice .He will appreciate a nice carton of branded tobacco.

4. Sweets
Sending sweet is giving the best wishes for the hosts to have a sweet life throughout the entire year.


Tea bags

Most Chinese people love tea. Tea is always a nice gesture no matter whether your hosts are Chinese or not.

Chinese New Year Gifts for Friends
Here are gift ideas for friends.

1. Champagne or Red Wine

Red Wine
Chinese New Year Gifts for Friends

Sending champagne and red wine to friends during Chinese New Year is latest fashion.

2. Fruits

Fruit Gifting

You can never go wrong with fruits.

3. Chocolates

Chocolate basket

Your friends will be very appreciated if you take some home made chocolates for them

4. Home Supplies

Home Supplies
tea set

Home supplies such as a tea set, electrical equipment, or crockery are popular choices.

Chinese New Year Gifts for Seniors

1. Hat, Gloves, Scarf or Clothes

Chinese New Year Gifts for Seniors

You can prepare a hamper of hat, a pair of gloves, a scarf or some clothes as a gift for the seniors in your hosts’ family.

2.Foot Bath Massager
A foot bath massager will bring the seniors warmth in a cold winter.and improve the blood circulation of the feet.

Chinese New Year Gifts for Kids
1. Toys are nice gifts for kids.

Toys are nice gifts for kids
Chinese New Year Gifts for Kids

A good-quality toy is also a nice gift for your hosts’ children, such as a Barbie doll for a little girl, and a remote control car for a little boy. A chess set or other game is a good gift for a teenager.

2. Candy

Candy gift

Take some candy with you during Chinese New Year that will give lots of happiness to the kids

3. Red Envelops/Packets

Red Envelops

If your Chinese hosts have children, do not forget to prepare some red packets

4. School Supplies

School Supplies

Visiting your Chinese hosts with some school supplies like a writing pen, a school notebook or a box of paints

5. Books
Books, ideally chosen according the child’s interests, are also highly recommended, and will represent your best wishes

6. Clothes
You can buy a set of clothes for your hosts children as a gift. It can be a practical gift.

Things You Should Not Give as a New Year Gift

There are some things which are a big no-no to give to your Chinese friends during the Spring Festival. Here we’ve rounded up ten things you should not give as a Chinese New Year gift. Make sure that you don’t give the wrong gift.

1. Things in black or white
Red is the lucky color in China. As black and white are often used at funerals, white or black presents and wrapping paper should be avoided.

2. Necklaces


Chinese believe things like necklaces, ties, and belts are associated with intimate relations. These things are often given by boyfriends/girlfriends or couples.

3. A green hat

A green hat

Wearing a green hat means one’s wife is unfaithful. So a green hat should be avoided.

4. Shoes

Shoes are a bad idea for a present

Shoes are a bad idea for a present for Chinese New Year because the word for ‘shoes’ (鞋 xié /syeah/) sounds exactly like a word for bad luck or ‘evil’

5. Handkerchiefs


People generally give handkerchiefs at the end of a funeral, and are a symbol of saying goodbye forever.

6. Clocks

Clock Gifts

In Chinese, it is bad luck to gift clocks or watches.

7. Pears


Giving fruit is a good thing, but pears are taboo.

8. Cut Flowers
Cut flowers are generally presents for funerals, so do not give them on Chinese New Year! Yellow. White is an unlucky (funeral) color in Chinese culture, so white flowers should be avoided.

9. Umbrellas

Umbrellas are a bad idea to give as gifts

Umbrellas are a bad idea to give as gifts, Giving somebody an umbrella may insinuate that you feel your relationship with them has fallen apart.

10. Mirrors
Mirrors are a bad idea for gifts throughout much of Asia, as they are believed to attract malicious ghosts. On top of that, they are easily broken and breaking things is a bad omen.

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