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Happy Lunar New Year! If you’re not familiar with Lunar New Year, which starts Jan. 22, the annual celebration — also known as Chinese New Year — follows the lunar calendar. It contains 354 days, versus the 365-day Gregorian calendar that you might be more familiar with.
2023 marks the Year of the Rabbit, an animal that symbolizes patience, longevity, peace and luck. The Chinese zodiac is separated into 12 astrological signs that are governed by different animals like the tiger, rat, snake, horse, ox and monkey. The astrological calendar repeats itself every 12 years, which means that there are a lot of people who were born in years that correspond with the rabbit. (Of course, you don’t have to be born during a rabbit year to get a gift.) In China, where Lunar New Year celebrations can last up to 16 days, the color red represents happiness, success, vitality, beauty and good luck, which is why most Lunar New Year products feature red coloring.
Below, find a curated list of Lunar New Year gifts.
The LEGO Lunar New Year Display set makes a great gift and a fun family activity. The 872-piece set includes two separate structures that can be displayed together or separately and feature traditional, festive symbols including koi fish for good luck, buildable golden ingots in the traditional Yuan Bao design, red pockets symbolizing good wishes and fortune, the “Zhao Cai Jin Bao” greeting that welcomes fortune and treasures into the home, peony flowers (representing wealth and prosperity) and the greeting “Hua Kai Fu Gui,” meaning blooming prosperity and happiness. The Lunar New Year Display is available at Lego.com, Target and Walmart.
New year, new jewelry! This Year of the Rabbit Mini Pendant from Kate Spade is made from plated gold and cubic zerconia with a lobster closure (the chain measures 16 inches with a 3-inch extender). Kate Spade’s Lunar New Year collection includes a Year of the Rabbit Studs ($48) and matching cocktail ring ($128), a Lunar New Year Bunny Ring Stand ($38), Fluff Embellished Faux Fur Small Bucket Bag ($448). Shop the full collection here.
If you love Disney, this mini backpack will help you bounce into the new year with style! The Loungefly Mini Backpack for Lunar New Year 2023 boasts a square design, golden trims with an envelope-style front and features Judy Hopps from Zootopia and the White Rabbit and it matches perfectly with this $36 White Rabbit shirt. Shop Disney’s 2023 Lunar New Year Collection here.
Looking for a new watch? Fossil’s Lunar New Year Townsman Automatic Stainless Steel Watch is designed with a rabbit-shaped window cutout and it comes in a specially designed tin box. Click here to shop men’s and women’s watches and other items in the collection.
This iPhone case is a subtle way to welcome in the Lunar New Year. The Year of the Rabbit case from Redbubble features two adorable bunnies bundles up in winter gear.
This bunny keychain is to cute not to buy! The keychain is available in multiple colors including green, yellow, black, red and pink.
Another cute gift idea from Amazon, this stuffed plushy doubles as a decorative piece. The 8-inch rabbit is made with a blend of cotton and short plush.
The Ralph Lauren Lunar New Year collection includes cashmere sweaters, polo shirts, sweatpants and more in vibrant red, black and white. The classic, cable knit sweater above is available in sizes XS-XXL and accented with the brand’s signature embroidered Pony. Click here to shop the full collection.
Channel the Year of the Rabbit in this pullover hoodie from The North Face. The hoodie is available in red or black in sizes ranging from XS-XXL.
There are a bunch of Lunar New Year sneaker drops to shop for the Year of the Rabbit, like Nike’s Lunar New Year editions of the Air Dunks and Air Jordans coming soon. In the meantime, New Balance dropped a new collection that includes the Lunar New Year 574 sneakers — an all-time classic sneaker with a rich pigskin and mesh material construction and available in crimson red and mindful grey.
For the foodies! Our Place launched a deliciously festive Lunar New Year Collection on Jan. 11, which includes Year of the Rabbit-inspired rice bowls designed and hand-glazed by artist Vanilla Chi, bamboo chopsticks with stoneware chopstick rests and the best-selling Always Pan ($145) and Perfect Pot ($165) in firecracker red.
Give the gift of a Pandora’s Shining Rabbit Charm for Lunar New Year! This particular design commemorates the year of the rabbit, but you can get the charms in any of the signs in the Chinese zodiac. Each charm is finished in 14k gold plating with brilliant-cut, clear cubic zirconia eyes.
This Lunar New Year Brush Set from NARS features four, full-sized brushes with specially designed “New Year red” handles.
Inspired by “the joy” of 2023, the Pat McGrath Lunar Lab’s New Year Everything Kit ($115) includes limited editions of Matta Trance Lipstick in Rouge 8 red, the Venus in Fleurs Luxe Quad: Voyeuristic Vixen eyeshadow palette featured above and blurring powder. The Lunar New Year collection is sold separately and as a set. See the full collection here.
Start the year off on a sweet note! You can’t go wrong with Sugarfina’s Lunar New Year 2-Piece Bento Box.
A gift for tea drinkers. This intricately designed, porcelain tea set from Williams Sonoma includes fours cups and saucers and a tea pot. Williams-Sonoma’s collection includes dinnerware, flatware, table runners and more inspired by Lunar New Year. Click here to shop the collection, and here for a more affordable tea set.
Coach is another brand with an extensive selection of Lunar New Year items, such as this adorable mini wallet covered with pink bunnies. The mini wallet has a detachable chain and it’s on sale for just $60 at the Coach Outlet. Click here for more items from the Lunar New Year Collection.
Speaking of makeup, Estée Lauder’s Lunar New Year Lipstick is a nice gift option to spruce up any beauty collection.
Make a fashion statement with this Marc Jacobs Year of the Rabbit Tote Bag. This faux fur bag features leather trim, an interior zip pocket, a slip pocket and top zip closure along with a removable and adjustable webbing strap. See more items from the collection here.
The weather is cold in most place but at least you’ll be prepared for the cooler weather with these Rabbit Bubble Jellies from the Tory Burch Lunar New Year collection. Shop the full collection here.
These Lunar New Year-inspired socks are a great gift option for less than $20. The socks are made from a blend of soft cotton yarn with a terry cushioned sole and ribbed leg for added comfort.
Rastaclat bracelets are inspired by music, action sports and street culture. The brand carries a 12-piece Lunar New Year Collection of bracelets featuring red braided styling, gold lourex with a gold circular ball and all 12 animals of the zodiac. Each bracelet represents a different animal and comes packaged in an exclusive box outfitted with the entire zodiac calendar.
Alcohol is synonymous with New Year celebrations, but this beautifully designed Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Rabbit limited-edition whisky is the kind of bottle that you’ll want to keep on display rather than drink. The special Lunar New Year Blue label bottle was illustrated by Chinese artist Angel Chen.