The season of gift giving isn’t quite over yet for those who are ringing in Lunar New Year. Celebrated across Asia (and beyond), Lunar New Year is all about fresh starts and bringing prosperity, good luck and happiness to friends and family. The date changes every year since it falls on the first new moon of the lunar calendar year, which this year is 10th February 2024.
It’s traditional to give money – usually in red envelopes – or food, which both symbolise prosperity. This year is the Year of the Dragon (a sign of power, honour, success and luck), so Dragon-themed gifts are also likely to be popular. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some gifts from Oxford Street to help you celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Oxford Street Gift Cards
While it’s not quite the traditional cash in an envelope, a gift card to spend on Oxford Street is the next best thing, and you can gift it in a red envelope too. Every store on Oxford Street has their own gift card which you can purchase online or in-store. Why not try Selfridges for high-end designer fashion, Currys for the latest tech or John Lewis for everything from homeware to fashion. Discover the full list of available shops here.
Lunar New Year Food Gifts
Food is a symbol of prosperity, so you can’t go wrong with a lovely hamper, such as M&S’s luxury fresh fruit and date selection which can be shared with the whole family. Tea is a huge part of Asian culture, and Newby have released a limited-edition Dragon tea caddy to honour that. We also love the Peninsula’s New Year Cookies gift box at Selfridges.
Lunar New Year Beauty Gifts
While beauty gifts are a great idea all year round, some of your favourite beauty brands have designed some limited-edition gift sets specifically for Lunar New Year, in packaging so pretty that you almost don’t want to use them. Almost. Lush’s newest bath bomb is gold and stamped with a dragon, while Charlotte Tilbury’s Flawless Finish Face Powder now comes in red orchid and tiger print patterns. While The Merchant of Venice’s Red Potion isn’t specifically made for Lunar New Year, it features notes of citrus, which awaken and bring balance, perfect for a fresh start.
Lunar New Year Fashion Gifts
Firstly, it’s important to note that you should avoid buying black or white gifts since those colours are often associated with mourning, however red is a prosperous colour so a safe bet for Lunar New Year. Many brands have brought out Dragon-inspired accessories (Kurt Geiger’s special edition Mini Kensington is particularly gorgeous), but if you’d rather keep it simple, then here are some other red fashion buys – although best to avoid shoes, as in Chinese culture, ‘shoes’ and ‘evil’ are the same word. Don’t miss out on BOSS’s limited-edition capsule, which was designed in collaboration with novelist and calligrapher Feng Tang, and re-imagines classic Chinese characters and traditional patterns with modern calligraphy motifs.
Lunar New Year Tech Gifts
While you might be hard-pressed to find Lunar New Year-specific tech, you can gift techs that can help bring luck, prosperity, love and happiness. This can be anything from this fitness tracker (conveniently in a subtle red hue) to noise-cancelling headphones (nothing brings joy like music) or a tablet from Samsung, to help you stay connected with loved ones.
Lunar New Year Home Gifts
First off, let’s start with gifts you shouldn’t give. Clocks are a big no no, as in Chinese culture, ‘giving you a clock’ is similar to saying ‘attending your funeral’. Similarly, sharp objects like knives symbolise cutting off a relationship, so are best to avoid. A plant, specifically a money tree, is always a good shout, though these Dragon and Money Cat-inspired buys are great too. We particularly love Rituals’ limited-edition Legend of the Dragon home fragrance set, which has a rich, floral scent. And if you shop between 5-11 February you’ll be able to enjoy the special themed gift wrapping service to make your gift even more special.
Lunar New Year Jewellery Gifts
Gold is a symbol of good luck and fortune, so buying gold jewellery is a great idea for Lunar New Year – though again it’s best to avoid watches, since they also symbolise time running out. Pandora’s 14kt gold-plated charm features an intricate dragon with red gems for eyes.Though not technically jewellery, Swarovski’s key ring can be used to embellish your handbag or even added to a necklace. Finally, H. Samuel’s bracelet is the perfect way to celebrate the first new moon of the year.