January 24, 2022 2 min read

When it comes to CNY gifting, there’s plenty to stay away from. Of which, the most well-known are clocks (watches count too!), and shoes. The act of gifting a clock can be taken as “paying one’s last respects”, while gifting shoes is thought to bring bad luck.

Start the year on the right foot and note! We’ve compiled a list of What Not To Gift here. Otherwise, check out ourother gift guides if you need more gifting solutions.

1. No ``fours``

In Chinese, 四 (four) is very close to 死 (death). Never gift a red packet with a monetary amount that includes the number four! The same applies to nearly everything else too, includinglucky bamboo stalks.

2. No old and torn notes

It’s common to see a snaking queue at banks on days leading up to CNY, but why is there so much emphasis placed on getting fresh notes? Turns out, gifting old or torn notes in red packets is a huge no-no as it’s a sign of disrespect.

3. No sharp objects

一刀两断 (two segments with a single cut); gifting knives, scissors, or anything sharp can “sever a relationship”. 

4. No black, white, or blue gifts

Black and white are largely related to funerals, while blue is linked to death. Need we say more? The best choices are alwaysred, andyellow.

5. No wallets

Despite all the transactions being made on CNY, gifting a wallet is major taboo. In traditional Chinese culture, it’s akin to giving away your money and luck for the year.

6. No candles

Candles are usually used alongside offerings for the dead. As such, they cannot be given as gifts, even if they are wonderfully fragrant. Sad, we know, but you can totally shelf the idea for Valentine’s or Galentine’s instead!

Order your CNY gifts with us!

Here at Happy Bunch, we make gifting hassle-free! Simply mix-and-match or grab our Ready-To-Go sets, and let us handle the rest.