Gift Ideas for the Chinese New Year

The new year has already arrived for the Western world, but Chinese New Year (also known as the Lunar New Year) is still on the way. According to the Chinese zodiac, we’ll enter the Year of the Monkey on February 8 with celebrations centering around new beginnings and good fortune. Gifting is a big part of the holiday, so if you’re following tradition, knowing what items to give the different people in your life can be helpful.

Although popular gifts like fruit, alcohol and tobacco can’t be shipped internationally for many countries, there are plenty of other choices for your gifting needs. To get you started, we’ve selected items to fit all budgets for the friends, partner, kids and older folks in your life.

And don’t forget to visit our social media pages leading up to the holiday. We’ll provide frequent updates on Chinese New Year sales. If you need more gift ideas, check out our Pinterest shop where we’ll be pinning new items to keep you inspired.

To learn more about how you can shop and ship from Chinese online retailers using Borderlinx, read our detailed guide.

Friends or partner

38mm Gold Aluminum Case with (PRODUCT) RED Sport Band

Limited edition gold and red Apple Watch
Image credit: Apple HK

Until February 22, Apple is selling two exclusive Apple Watch Sport models for the Chinese New Year. This red and gold option brings double the good fortune and is equipped with all the features you’d expect from Apple Watch Sport. The display comes in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, and the band can be adjusted for a custom fit. Apple United Kingdom carries a high-end option complete with a gold buckle accent.

bobuCuisine Glass Tea Pot Globe with Cozy Warmer from Amazon

Stunning tea pot for Chinese New Year gift
Image credit: Amazon

Tea-based gifts are a classic gesture, so give the idea an update with a nifty pot in a sleek design. This version from bobuCuisine is made of hand-blown glass and durable plastic and comes with a stainless steel infuser. A cool bonus feature is its matching sleeve that will keep tea hot for long periods of time. Check Amazon for this version; they might carry it a discounted price. Head over to Teavana for a similar product that can be used for individual cups.

GSI Outdoors Enamelware Fiesta Tea Light Candle Lantern from ebay

Indoor or outdoor lantern candle holder
Image credit: ebay

An item for the home is a favored option to gift anyone who has recently moved. Keep it simple with this indoor/outdoor candle holder from ebay. The red color is also a bonus that keeps with the festive spirit.

Older family or friends

Burton Leather Gloves from British Home Stores (BHS)

Senior Gift Idea Chinese New Year Leather Gloves
Image credit: BHS

It’s customary to give the older individuals in your life something that will provide them comfort or benefit their health. Help them keep warm with these classic brown leather gloves. They’re discounted for a limited time at UK retailer BHS.

Vince Camuto Elbow Sleeve Mix Rib Turtleneck Sweater from Zappos

Women's comfortable red sweater for Chinese New Year
Image credit: Zappos

A loose fit sweater like this one from Zappos is key for comfort and can be worn on multiple occasions. It can also be styled different ways with its fold over turtleneck.

Muscle Massage Roller from Amazon

Massage roller for seniors chinese new year gift idea
Image credit: Amazon

Relieve sore muscles and increase circulation with this massage roller. The textured roller allows maximum results with little effort and is an inexpensive alternative to frequent professional massages. For a limited time, you can find this option on Amazon at a steep discount.


“The Year of the Monkey: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac” from Amazon

Childrens book Chinese New Year gift idea
Image credit: Amazon

Books are a classic childrens gift for the new year. Educational reads or books on topics that interest the child in mind are a great start. This selection is the latest installment from a popular series called “Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.” Its themes of self-discovery and cultural exchange are sure to be a hit with elementary school children.

HABA Soft Doll from Windeln

Young childs plush doll for Chinese New Year
Image credit: Windeln

Simple, well-made toys are also a popular option for kids. This one from German manufacturer Windeln is soft and colorful and could be the perfect daily companion for any young child. To get this item, you can use your German forwarding address from Borderlinx. Just follow our online guide for an in-depth look on how to shop and ship it to your door.

Felt Monkey Key Charm from Etsy

Year of the Monkey Chinese New Year keychain for children
Image credit: etsy

The year of the monkey can be celebrated all year long with these fun keyrings. Kids can hang this soft, googly-eyed monkey from their backpacks too.

Save on International Shipping

When you’re ready to buy the items you want, use Borderlinx to make your international shopping and shipping experience an easy one. Our consolidation feature allows you to shop for your entire family at different stores by virtually combining separate packages into one shipment, saving you money on shipping costs. If you’re new to our services, here’s how it works:

  • Sign up for an account on and receive free virtual shipping addresses from around the world.
  • Shop online at your favorite international e-retailers.
  • Enter your Borderlinx shipping address at checkout instead of your home address.
  • We’ll let you know when your package is delivered to our distribution facility.
  • Let us know when you want your packages shipped from our warehouse, and we’ll send them to you using DHL. In 2 to 5 days, your packages will be at your doorstep.

To learn more how Borderlinx can give you a hassle-free shipping experience, visit our Benefits page.

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