2012 is the Chinese year of the Dragon. China and many other Asian countries celebrate the Chinese New Year Day including Japan, Singapore, Vietnam and Korea. This dragon year falls on January 23rd. The Chinese typically celebrate the first of 15 days of January with dragon celebrations that feature dragon gifts. There are many gifts that can be given on the Chinese New Year besides the traditional “lucky money”. According to the dragon year, it is standard to gift a dragon symbol gift as most Chinese people are practical and would prefer a useful gift over something more fancy. These gifts can range from jewellery, bookends, dragon clocks, dragon tables, iPod holders, candles, lamps, to dragon gifts for kids, and more. Or you could throw a party for the Chinese New Year. Chinese party decorations are beautiful and their good luck symbols and tokens have that extra special touch. Why not prepare a Chinese feast, decorate your home in sumptuous reds and gold’s and dish out some fortune cookies for a special treat! Below are some ideas for decorations and gifts.
Multi Coloured Sky Lanterns – 90cm (35″) – £12.49 for 5pk
Easy to use Sky Lanterns, taking approximately 30 seconds to fill with hot air before being ready to be released in the night sky. They are the perfect accompaniment for any special occasion. Please ensure you read the release instructions, a minimum of two people are required to light a lantern, one to hold the lantern and one to light the wick. All lanterns are Flame Retardant and Biodegradable. Available to buy from Partydelights.co.uk.
Hanging Dragon Decoration – £11.99
This hanging Dragon decoration looks great hanging from the ceiling to create a Chinese theme. In colours of red, green, yellow and purple, it is sure to be a centre piece for your Chinese New Year celebrations. You hang it from three points in the body, starting from the head, then middle and finishing at the tail for an authentic dragon look. Astound your guests with this cascading dragon in lucky predominant red. The dragon measures 30cm x 4m long / 12″ x 12ft long and is available to buy from All4parties.co.uk.
Chinese Dragon Whirls – £3.99
For only £3.99 you get an amazing five assorted coloured Chinese dragon decorations. Each whirl comes with a loop hole that you can use to suspend on walls or ceilings and a long hanging foil swirl for decoration. Each decoration is approximately 30in long. The dragon whirls come in a range of colours from lucky colour red to green and blue. They look great if you hang them all in one room in the corners of that same room. Or, use them at the entrances to each individual room, by the doors for good luck to those who pass under them. To buy visit Partypieces.co.uk.
Dragons Head Treasure Box – $15.95
The Dragon Head Treasure Box is not a typical treasure box that is why people would not look around it as well. The artwork is in full detail which makes it believable to the eyes. You would truly be popular in your town if you have this piece of unique fantasy gift amidst your home. Clever stash spot for jewelry, coins, and other precious items. This unique fantasy gift would be a perfect house warming present to your new neighbors for the dragon would surely guard you’re your possessions without fail. Weight 1.4 lbs.
Winged Dragon (Small) – £24.99
With the scary fangs, spikes on the spine, scales on the body and wings stretched ready to pounce, it’s pretty obvious that this lizard isn’t looking to make friends. Beautifully carved, with intricate detailing, this really is an outstanding carved dragon. Please note that the images used for these wooden dragons are illustrative only – each carved dragon is handmade specifically for the Buddha of Plenty and is therefore unique. Visit buddhaofplenty.co.uk to buy.
Ashleigh and Burwood Dragon’s Eye Fragrance Lamp & Oil Gift Set – £27.65
This beautiful Dragon’s Eye 11cm (4.25 inch) tall fragrance lamp is handcrafted with rich claret glass mosaic pieces with twinkling speckles of 18k gold leaf. Additionally you get a 250ml bottle of Rose fragrance, a funnel and full instructions. All in a special gift box measuring 18cm x 18cm x 10cm (7 x 7 x 4 inches). Ashleigh & Burwood’s Fragrance Lamps are made from glass and are hand finished. They come in a box with a funnel and full instructions for use. Ashleigh & Burwood’s Fragrance Lamps are also known as catalytic lamps, effusion lamps and diffusion lamps. Buy from this Amazon.co.uk site.
Roses & Dragons – From £39.99
Roses & Dragons is a Autumn delight of Cherry Brandy Roses combined with a Burgundy antirrhinum. A colourful display that will no doubt spread Autumn joy to a friend or loved one. Autumn Flowers by Drake Algar, available for same day and next day flower delivery in London & UK. A beautiful range of luxury Autumn flowers from local London florist Drake Algar. Prices start from £39.99. Please note that the type of vase may vary depending on stock. Fixed price delivery £4.95. Same day London (order by 2pm). Next day nationwide( order by 3pm). Order outside London processed by partner florist. Order from Drakealgar.com.