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Feng Shui Bad and Inauspicious Gifts – Things you should avoid giving anyone

Updated on May 14, 2013
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Anamika S Jain is a social media consultant and blogger. She is passionate about topics like astrology, numerology, feng shui and gemstones.

Bad and Inauspicious Gifts in Feng Shui

There are auspicious and inauspicious gifts according to Feng Shui. Best gifts are those which make people feel happy and make their lives better. So it is worth finding an ideal and meaningful gift symbolic of health, wealth or happiness than just picking any product on Gift giving occasions like Birthdays, New Year, Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Housewarming. Giving gifts can be a wonderful way to show that we care. However, giving an inauspicious gift to someone is bad news no matter how noble your intentions are.

There are many gifts that are considered inauspicious or bad as per Feng Shui. Given below is a list of items to be avoided as gifts.

Inauspicious Gifts : Gifts that should be avoided
Inauspicious Gifts : Gifts that should be avoided

9 Gift Items to avoid giving anyone

Given below is a list of items to be avoided as gifts.

  1. Gifts with Sharp Edges: Sharp objects are a natural source of Shar Chi. Gifts with sharp edges is considered bad as they are said to bring bad luck to the recipient. So avoid giving sharp objects like knives, scissors and can openers as gifts as they symbolize cutting into the relationship. However, if you happen to receive such a gift you may hand over a coin to the giver symbolizing the purchase of the item. Many people add a coin when giving such a gift to cancel the bad omen. You may give furniture as gift, but ensure that they do not have any sharp edges.
  2. Empty Wallet, Purse or Box: Items like Wallet, Purse and Jewellery Chest Box are much preferred gift items. However, Empty gifts symbolize poverty or lack of financial resources. These gifts can be good if the giver fills it with money or something of value. For instance, the giver can put a dollar coin (or more), gift card or Chinese lucky coins to make it a good gift. Such a gift is symbolic of prosperity to the recipient. In case you receive one as a gift, you can remedy any bad luck you might experience by immediately adding some money and giving it away to someone else.
  3. Clocks and Watches: Clocks and Timepieces are popular as gift items for weddings, housewarming ceremony etc. As per Feng Shui, such gifts are symbolic of time running out or less time to live span and should be avoided. If a clock or watch is in the wish list of the receiver, it is best to give a gift voucher or certificate so that he/she can pick the product as per choice. As per Feng Shui, Clocks should be always kept in good condition. If a clock has stopped functioning, they should be rectified or removed as they generate negative energy.
  4. Shoes: Giving Shoes as gift is symbolic of sending unhappiness or bad luck to the receiver. Also, there can always be a confusion of size and choice. So if a loved one wants a pair of shoes, it is best to handover money or gift card to that person than buying footwear.
  5. Thorny Flowers and Plants: Thorny Flowers and Plants are considered inauspicious according to Feng Shui. Roses are popular as Valentine and Wedding Anniversary Gifts. When you give Roses, it is advisable to remove the thorns on the stem as thorns indicate piercing the relationship. From Feng Shui point of view, yellow or pink roses are a better choice for a lover than a Bouquet of red roses. Cactus is also considered an inauspicious gift because of its thorns.
  6. Dried Flowers: As per Feng Shui,dried flowers are carriers of negative energy as they are dead. So avoid giving them as gifts or keeping at home. They are also considered bad because of their tendency to fade and collect dust.
  7. Miniature Plants: Miniature Plants like Bonsai Trees may look good, but are poor choices as gifts as they represent restricted growth. Instead of miniature plants, you may choose a Chinese Bamboo Plant symbolic of Money and Prosperity.
  8. Handkerchiefs: Avoid giving handkerchiefs as they are meant to wipe away tears or sweat. Such a gift is symbolic of sadness and frustration and generates negative chi for the receiver.
  9. Violent Images: Paintings and Photographs can be good gifts but avoid gifting paintings or pictures with images of violence as it attracts disharmony and unhappiness.

Gifts should be ideally wrapped in a bright yang color wrapping paper such as red or gold. Wrapping gifts in yellow color silk is also considered auspicious. You may tie the gift with red or golden satin ribbon to make it even more auspicious. Avoid wrapping gifts with old newspapers.

As per Feng Shui, what you should keep out of your home is as important as what you keep at your home. Gifts from Negative people, no matter how costly it is, attract negative energy. So it is advisable to sell, donate or discard all such gifts. Avoid accepting gifts from people you don’t like as it attracts negative energy. Similarly, re-gifting may not be good etiquette but it is not bad as per Feng Shui principles as it helps to get rid of things you are not using or don’t need. It is advisable not to accept other peoples junk or cast offs as it can restrict you from prospering in life. You may not always be able to choose what you receive as gift, but you can definitely choose what you want to keep. I am sure you would be more cautious while giving or receiving gifts hereafter.

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  • pstraubie48 profile image

    Patricia Scott 

    5 years ago from North Central Florida

    Very interesting....I did not know this information.

    It is clearly something to consider.

    Angels are on the way to you today. ps

  • peachpurple profile image


    5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    Same as the chinese beliefs, very superstitious

  • peachpurple profile image


    5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    my brother complained when his girlfriend gave him a clock for housewarming

  • AliciaC profile image

    Linda Crampton 

    6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This is very interesting. I learned a lot of new facts about Feng Shui by reading your hub!

  • Victoria Lynn profile image

    Victoria Lynn 

    6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    I've given some of these as gifts, too. Interesting! Neat hub!

  • poetryman6969 profile image


    6 years ago

    Now I know what to get for that guy I dislike at work when we have that white elephant thing at Christmas.

  • Suzanne Day profile image

    Suzanne Day 

    6 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    I didn't know there was feng shui for gifts! An interesting hub and voted interesting!

  • poetryman6969 profile image


    6 years ago

    Interesting advice. I did not realize that gift giving could be so fraught with peril.

    Be blessed.

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for the comments. I appreciate it.

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    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    Wow, I´d never thought of an empty wallet, shoes or a watch as a gift to avoid. It gives me something to think about next time I´m choosing a gift for a loved one. Thank you!

  • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

    Chitrangada Sharan 

    6 years ago from New Delhi, India

    This is very interesting hub! Gives us an idea of what we should not gift. I must admit I have gifted some of these to others and also received as gifts from others. From now on, I will be careful, while choosing Gifts.

    Thanks for the information! Voted up!

  • justmesuzanne profile image


    7 years ago from Texas

    What unusual information! Voted up and interesting! :)

  • rajan jolly profile image

    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

    I didn't know that even gifting these things was bad feng shui. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Amelia Griggs 

    7 years ago from U.S.

    Interesting hub and something to think about. I think a lot of us have sent several of these items as gifts especially clocks and watches. I like to tip about keeping clocks and watches functional...makes sense to promote positive energy.

  • tebo profile image


    7 years ago from New Zealand

    I have probably given some of these gifts without knowing of the negative influences. An interesting hub. I need to buy a gift soon so I will take your suggestions into consideration.

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Sometimes things given with good intention also can turn bad and restrict the receiver from prospering in life. Thanks for the visit and comment Ruchira. I appreciate it.

  • Ruchira profile image


    7 years ago from United States

    I did not know about watches and shoes.

    Thanks for an informative hub.

    I feel it is the intention that matters but sure for those people who believe in the above...gotta be careful ;)

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Following Feng Shui principles can definitely improve our quality of life, at least that is my experience. Many people accept cast offs because of what can be termed as poverty mentality. By doing this they block the chances for new things to reach them. Thanks for the appreciation and comment Riviera Rose.

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    Riviera Rose 

    7 years ago from South of France

    A really interesting hub, I've definitely given some of these things as gifts, and received a few too. Fascinating stuff about receiving gifts from negative people too, not to mention cast-offs! I'll be a bit more thoughtful in future. Voted up and interesting.


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