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Gift Ideas: The Year Of The Monkey

This Chinese New Year marks the start of the year of the Fire Monkey. Traditionally those born under this sign are known to be ambitious and adventurous, and perhaps occasionally irritable – but then aren’t we all?

People born in a year of the Monkey are witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality. Personality traits, like mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness, make them very naughty. Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. They are fast learners and crafty opportunists.

They have many interests and need partners who are capable of stimulating them. While some like the eccentric nature of Monkeys, some don’t trust their sly, restless, and inquisitive nature. Although they are clever and creative, monkeys can’t always exhibit their talent properly. Monkeys like to take challenges and they prefer urban life to rural.

There are several things that people born under the sign of the Monkey will find auspicious, including:

  • The numbers 4 and 9.
  • The colours white, blue and gold.
  • Lucky flowers are chrysanthemum and crape-myrtle.


Colours to avoid include the colours red and pink, and the numbers 2 and 7.

According to astrologers, great unexpected fortune will find its way to Monkeys in 2016, so they will not have to worry about their shoe and handbag budgets. The best months for them to make their fortune will be the second and twelfth Chinese lunar months (calculated according to each time the moon moves into line with the earth and the sun a new month), during which they should make full use of their time to invest and cash in. They should avoid gambling, speculating, and collecting illegal or greedy gains, or they will lose everything they have, especially in the third Chinese lunar month. They should also guard against becoming poor due to greed. Monkeys should not show off their wealth, or they will be persecuted by others.

As for love, Monkeys’ relationships will be rather colorless in 2016. The more they long for a relationship, the harder it will be for them to get one. They may encounter a romantic relationship if it happens naturally, especially in the seventh and twelfth Chinese lunar months. They will have a happy ending if they seize the right opportunities.

Here are a few genius gift ideas to celebrate the Chinese New Year…

Prada key rings £205
Salvatore Ferragamo Monkey charm £118
Kate Spade 12k gold-plated earrings £40
Fendi 'Chinese New Year' micro Baguette with shaved mink and crystal eyes
Tiffany 18k gold brooch with spessartites and diamonds (POA)
Cartier Tank Anglaise watch £8750
DKNY sweatshirt at Harvey Nichols £165
Sandro dress £389
Paul Smith cufflinks at Harvey Nichols £130
Gucci Monkey keychain with pearls £190
Givenchy T-shirt at Harvey Nichols £330