Year of the Monkey
Chinese New Year is coming up and I have a weird love for writing about animal-themed products. So I’ve put together a little parcel of items that reflect this year’s star creature – the Monkey. The Red Fire Monkey if you want to get technical, but I don’t. So here you go – fun gift ideas for those born in the Year of the Monkey or those that simply want to celebrate a year of monkey business.
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Rockin’ Knit Speakers – $44.99 USD @ PBTeen – Pump up the jams with this surprising, pint-sized speaker. Posable and easy to stash just about everywhere, the monkey’s belly also doubles as a holder for your MP3 player.
Monkeying Around Socks – $8 @ Living Royal – A goofy pick for little and big monkeys in your family, these uber realistic socks are a cute way to kick off the new year.
Amazing Sea Monkeys on Mars Set – $27.99 @ Mastermind Toys – It was between this or a ‘Barrel of Monkeys’ for an offbeat kid-friendly choice. I went with the sea monkeys as a creative, educational interpretation of monkeys…in the water.
Case of the Monkeys Robe – $37.99 USD @ ModCloth – Snuggle up in this oh so cute brown robe. Ridiculously soft, wrapping yourself in this cute short robe will basically make you feel like a living stuffed animal. Adorbs!
Jumpy Monkey Rainbow Tin – $15 @ DAVIDsTEA – Another creative interpretation; Jumpy Monkey is an energizing blend of tea filled with coffee beans and white chocolate for a mix that’ll have you swinging from vine to vine in no time.
Your Chinese Horoscope 2016 – $17.99 @ Indigo – I’ve mentioned these horoscope books in past Chinese New Year gift guides, but they’re worth mentioning again. If you want to get in touch with the astrology side of this occasion, then definitely check this out to get a grip on what 2016 (and just beyond) holds for you.
Fine Silver Lunar Lotus Coin – $98.88 @ Royal Canadian Mint – This is one of several coins at the Royal Canadian Mint celebrating the upcoming Chinese New Year. It’s also the 7th coin in their Chinese Zodiac collection, making it a must-have for any diehard collectors – or for a little one born this year.
Estee Lauder Year of the Monkey Compact – $160 @ Hudson’s Bay – Another perennial pick on my Chinese New Year posts, this compact is sold out from most U.S. retailers but is still available in Canada at the bay. This super luxe compact is refillable so don’t fret overly on the price – but do enjoy the whimsical Swarovski-crystal embellished design.
Sock Monkey Short Romper – $24.99 @ Everything Monkeys – Really, your one-stop destination for monkey-themed gifts has to be this store, Everything Monkeys, which is literally a store that sells a bunch of different monkey items. They’ve also got a ton of sock monkey paraphernalia, which is yet another cute way to celebrate the year!
Lucky Monkey Watch – $80 USD @ Swatch – This adorable watch is part of Swatch’s own ongoing tribute to the Chinese Zodiac. Rendered in brilliant red, white, and blue, this cute watch also has a hidden message; the peach the monkey is holding on the watch is a reference to a famous Chinese tale.
BONUS ENTRY into yesterday’s Truefitt & Hill giveaway – which of these monkey-themed gifts do you love the best?