Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year is a magical and special time of year. This date symbolises the beginning of a new year in Chinese culture and falls on the day of the New Moon that occurs between January 21 and February 20. It also signifies the beginning of the Spring Festival and then the subsequent Lantern Festival - so this is a time of big celebrations and a lot of gift giving.
Gifting is an important part of these celebrations and most family, friends, partners and even colleagues will exchange gifts. Of course one of the most common is money in a red envelope, but there are plenty of other options if you would rather pick something more personal. Below, we've rounded up our 20 best gift ideas for this Lunar New Year 2021. These are our picks of limited edition sets, luxury items and thoughtful ideas to help your celebrate the Year of the Ox in style.
When shopping for a gift for Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year, remember there are a few to definitely do - and a few to avoid. Red is a lucky colour that symbolises prosperity, so try picking out something red or wrapping your gift in red paper. Try to pick a gift with even numbers but avoid anything with the number four as this number is bad luck. On the other-hand, the number eight is good luck, so try for that instead.
While most clothing, beauty and homewares are perfectly acceptable gifts, do avoid buying cut flowers which suggest a break-up or the end of a friendship. Likewise, avoid anything sharp which can symbolise the cutting of a relationship. Two other things to avoid, mirrors are said to attract ghosts and giving clocks is very bad luck.