Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the most important festival in China. It's a tradition that people will give New Year gifts to passing their best wishes. It is an act of respect and gratefulness in Chinese culture. However, it would be a skillful job to pick a suitable gift when you are going to visit or simply drop by someone. The presents vary a lot if you have different targeted receivers. There are many factors you need to consider for an amazing present. But there is one basic principle, which the gift can meet the receiver's need. Let's take a closer look at what is appropriate to send gifts. And your receiver would appreciate it.
Hongbao is absolutely must have gift in Chinese tradition during Chinese New Year. If it is really hard to find an ideal present, just bring some red envelopes with lucky money inside when visiting the hosts if they have children. The amount of bills in red envelopes given to children depends on age and the giver's relationship to the child. Here is a detailed guide for you to give red envelopes.
If you friend or relatives love to drink alcohol, taking some liquors as New Year gift would definitely be appreciated. The famous brand we recommend are Mao tai and wu liang ye. A bottle of tasty Wu Liang Ye or Mao-tai will be quite appreciated. The price ranges from 270 RMB to nearly 4000 RMB.
Who does not appreciate yummy food? It is an important component of Chinese cuisine and culture. Taking some local specialties with you would be a unique way to express your gratitude and never be out of trend.
It's believed that Chinese people have enjoyed tea drinking for more than 4,000 years, which can be tracked back to Yan Di, one of the three rulers in ancient times. Drinking tea becomes a part of Chinese people's daily life. So it could never be wrong for sending Chinese tea as gifts.
Giving cigarettes as gifts is a common practice in China, not only during Chinese New Year, but also works on other occasions when meeting friends or visiting relatives. It seems to become a part of Chinese tradition.
Red envelope is no doubt an easy gift and all children will be happy with that. There are also other options like candy, books, toys, clothes. If the toy goes to handsome boy, a remote control car would be a nice choice. Barbie doll will surprise those lovely little girls.
Those expressions does not work for Chinese New Year, but also other occasions, such as wedding, holidays or paying a visit.
There are some basic rules to follow when you select and send gifts to your Chinese friends at Chinese New Year. You may easily give wrong gift to your Chinese friends due to large culture gap. There are the gifts you should avoid.
Red, as the symbol of luck and joy, has always been the favorite color for Chinese. As black and white are often used at funerals. You should not send white or black presents and wrapping paper should be avoided.
Giving a clock as a gift to a Chinese person is an absolute NO. This symbolizes the time running out, as in death. This goes for watches as well.
You should avoid giving a green hat as gifts. In Chinese culture, wearing a green hat has a dark meaning, meaning one's wife/girlfriend is unfaithful. There are many funny stories happened on some laowai about green hat.
It's a bad idea to give a necklace as a gift to a platonic friend. Things like necklaces, ties, and belts are associated with intimate relations in Chinese culture, which are often given between lovers and couples. People may believe you would like to build a close relationship.
Shoes are a bad idea for a present for Chinese New Year, because the Chinese word for 'shoes (伞鞋 xié/) sounds like the word for 'evil' (邪 xié).
The Chinese word for number four sounds like the word for dealth (死 sǐ). It's traditionally considered as unlucky for anything associated with the number four.
Some people may come up with this question? What would be wrong with the number 250? 250 carry another meaning. In Chinese,250 (二百五 – èr bǎi wǔ) means moron, ignoramus, dumbass – basically it is used to describe an incredibly stupid person.
Not only is the choice of gift important in Chinese culture, but how much you spend on it, how you wrap it, and how you present it are equally important.
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