- 送钟 - "song zhong" in both Cantonese/Mandarin) sounds just like the Chinese word for funeral (送终 - "song zhong" in both Cantonese/Mandarin)
|No clocks - no matter how cool|
- Fans - Similar to clock, the Chinese word for fan (扇 - "shan" in Mandarin and "saan" in Cantonese) is a homonym for the Chinese word separate/scatter (散 - "san" in Mandarin and "saan" in Cantonese)
|Not a happy camper but who can blame him|
- Green Hats (to men) - The Chinese expression "wearing a green hat" means the man's wife/girlfriend has been cheating on the him
- Pen with Red Ink, Scissors, Knives, Sharp Objects - All these items symbolize the severing of ties and relationships
Note: One work around for giving these "taboo" gifts is to give the gifter a small amount of money (10 cents, etc) so the gift is no longer a gift but a purchased item.
If you know of any other Chinese gifting customs not covered, please feel free to share in the comments section!