According to the Chinese calendar, the New Year Celebration begins on Saturday, January 25th 2020 with the Chinese New Year 2020 animal being the rat.
As the first symbol of the Chinese Zodiac, rats symbolise wealth and surplus and are commonly prayed to for children due to their high reproduction rate.
As the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar, the Chinese New Year 2020 is a large celebration in Melbourne where people:
Sharing good wishes and hopes for the new year is just as important during this time as exchanging physical gifts and cash. However, giving Chinese New Year gifts for adults is part of the traditional celebration and are given in order to show respect or affection.
Sending red envelopes with cash inside is the most traditional gift at this time. The colour red symbolises good wishes and luck and is therefore commonly used at this time not only for gift giving but for decorations and other symbolism as well.
While money is most often given from parents and grandparents to their children and grandchildren, there is also an opportunity for children and grandchildren to show their respect and appreciation to their elders through reciprocating the gifts as well.
Since it can sometimes be difficult to come up with Chinese New Year gifts for adults, below are some suggestions that we think they will enjoy.
Traditional Chinese medicine recommends massage as an effective way to mend the body. Therefore, an aromatherapy foot bubble spa is a gift that is appropriate and should be well received.
In order to encourage relaxation and comfort, a contoured pillow, or sheepskin is welcomed by seniors and is another way of helping them feel comfortable and relaxed. Or, if they are planning to travel to visit their family to celebrate the holiday, a travellers pillow is a great choice.
While not specifically related to the festival, an air humidifier with aromatherapy or a dual technology air humidifier are appropriate gifts for seniors. This gift will help purify the air to ensure that it is safer and easier to breathe.
For those searching for a present that combines practicality and beauty, the mind me GPS is an appropriate Chinese New Year 2020 gifts for parents. It ensures that you are able to know where your loved one is and provides a way for them to contact you in an emergency.
Looking for something different? Feel free to read our blog post highlighting some of our new products this year.
If purchasing multiples of a gift, you should avoid buying 4 of an item because it is considered bad luck and encourage gifting a multiple of 8 as it is considered to bring luck.
When giving gifts:
While gift-giving is important, a Chinese proverb translates to, “When travelling a thousand miles to bestow a goose feather, the gift is light but it is a token of profound friendship,” which means that above all else, it is the thought that counts.
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Wishing you and your families Kung hei fat choi! Happy Chinese New Year!