Friday, December 19, 2014

Feng Shui Holiday Gift Giving


Re-gifting is very Feng Shui-friendly because it removes things you do not want from your home and sends them to a place where they are welcomed.

Just be sure to avoid re-gifting if you have negative feelings about the gift or its original giver, since you might be passing along your negative thoughts to the next recipient.


Looking for those perfect gift for your friends and family? The gifts you choose may have some hidden meaning in Feng Shui terms. Here are some gifts to avoid giving, and options for turning around the hidden message in these gifts if you receive them:

Sharp Objects

Knives, scissors, letter openers, or can openers as gifts represent cutting a relationship. If you are the recipient of any of these as a gift, hand over a coin to the giver to symbolize that you bought the object, and restore the bond between you.

Empty Wallet

An empty wallet, purse, or briefcase represents the lack of prosperity. Instead, fill it with dollars or coins to send the message that your gift will always be overflowing with wealth for the recipient.


Gifts of handkerchiefs are also traditionally frowned upon. This is because a handkerchief is used to wipe away sweat and tears, which suggests a lot of sadness and frustration. Giving handkerchiefs as gifts suggest that you anticipate him/her to be doing much crying in the future. This generates such inauspicious chi.

Thorny Flowers and Plants

Never give cactus or other spiky plants, and avoid giving roses with the thorns still on the stem because these can pierce a relationship, if you receive roses be sure to remove the thorns to symbolize a smooth romance or relationship.

Stunted Trees

Bonsai trees or other miniature plants make poor choices as gifts since they represent stunted growth. Instead, choose full, healthy plants with rounded leaves that symbolize prosperity and long life.

Clocks and Timepieces

In the West, timepieces are, in fact, quite well-liked as gifts. These include: alarm clocks, wall clocks, pocket watches, or a wristwatch, etc.

Timepieces measure the passage of time and this indirectly suggests a limited lifespan, which is very inauspicious. In Chinese (Cantonese), to give a clock or "soong joong" sounds exactly like the Chinese term for attending a funeral, which is naturally very taboo.

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