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The 21 Best Lunar New Year Gifts to Give in 2023

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In 2020, the Year of the Rat was, fittingly, all about survival. Then in 2021, we had the Year of the Ox—which was about anchoring ourselves to a new reality—and in 2022, we entered the Year of the Tiger, signifying big changes ahead. In 2023, we’re happy to announce that there’s luck on the horizon: Welcome to the The Year of the Rabbit (aka the luckiest animal in the Chinese zodiac). 

For those who don’t know, the Lunar New Year (referred to as Tết in Vietnam and Seollal in Korea) is a Chinese holiday that signifies the season of spring cleaning and new beginnings. It falls on January 22 this year, where the lunar calendar—upon which the holiday is based—is entering a new moon cycle (as opposed to Western calendars, which start on January 1). Each cycle is symbolized by a different animal from the Chinese zodiac elements, and this year, we’re welcoming in 2023 with the auspicious rabbit. “The rabbit is the luckiest of the 12 animals of the zodiac and symbolizes energy, elegance and beauty,” writes Kathryn Wortley for the Japan Times. “The Year of the Rabbit is predicted to be a year of hope, largely because the rabbit is associated with peace, prosperity and longevity in Asia…it moves steadily toward its goals, regardless of any negativity or problems encountered.” 

So, while there are many ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year (like decorating with red and feasting with family and friends) we’re honing in our favorite tradition: Gift-giving. Across the fashion board, designers seem to be calling on the rabbit for inspiration—from rabbit key rings from Bottega Veneta and Louis Vuitton to bags with bunny ears from Loewe. (It’s also worth mentioning that red is the emblematic color of Lunar New Year—and the hue is popping up everywhere in interiors right now). Plus, we’ve seen a number of beauty brands releasing limited edition, Lunar New Year collections, with our personal favorite being Charlotte Tilbury’s Lucky New Year Face Kit (number four on this list). Ahead, we’ve rounded up 21 of the best Lunar New Year’s gifts—from designer bags and luxury fragrances to healing wellness sets that’ll offer a fresh start for the year ahead. 

THE TOP 5 LUNAR NEW YEAR GIFTS AT A GLANCE

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Our Place
  • What's Included: One nonstick ceramic coated skillet, a steamer basket insert and a wooden spatula.

Let’s just get one thing out of the way: This all-in-one skillet is so good, it’ll replace your entire 16-piece cookware set. It scored 93-points out of 100 in a PureWow100 review—and aside from its ceramic nonstick coating—the biggest draw to this pan is “its [included] steamer basket insert and custom wooden spatula that nests into the built-in spoon rest,” according to food editor Katherine Gillen. So, in preparation for the New Year’s feast, Our Place released its signature pan (plus a pot) in a festive, firecracker red—along with a stoneware rice bowl set and a spruce steamer that would be great to prepare dumplings with.

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Gucci
  • What's Included: A limited-edition revival of Gucci's 1955 Horesebit shoulder bag

ICYMI, 2023 is all about classic, heritage designs—and this year, Gucci released a Lunar New Year collection—featuring a revival of delicate silks and vintage bags—to pay homage to the start of spring. See the shoulder bag above, which reinvents the brand’s 1955 Horsebit design with blue, white and classic camel stripes for a festive yet traditional touch (plus, peep number 15 on this list for another reinvented wardrobe staple from Ralph Lauren). 

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Neiman Marcus
  • What's Included: One dishwasher-safe bowl that showcases a rabbit emblem and characteristics of the Chinese zodiac written on the sides.

Here, a contemporary, ceramic bowl that showcases black dot patterns and a purple rabbit emblem at the center. What’s more, according to Cotton Colors’ website, “Those born in the years 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, and 2011 tend to be good judges of character as well as compassionate and modest with a good sense of humor…[some of these] characteristics [are] written on the outside [of the bowl], [and] it makes a unique and functional gift for the people in your life that are born in this zodiac year."

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Charlotte Tilbury
  • What's Included: Charlotte Tilbury's magic cream, finishing powder, setting spray and a limited edition matte lipstick

If there’s one makeup kit that’ll bring some luck to a first date, it’s this one from Charlotte Tilbury. The set features the brand’s best-selling magic cream, along with a limited edition matte lipstick, finishing powder and setting spray—all of which are packaged in celebratory plum blossom prints. 

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Farfetch
  • What's Included: One 24-karat, gold-plated chain necklace with a dangling rabbit pendant

As part of Alighieri’s capsule collection inspired by the Chinese New Year, this gold-plated necklace features an engraved rabbit emblem that’s said to bring success and fortune (according to the brand). Aside from its lucky properties, this necklace is one of the trendiest options on this list with an 18-inch chainlink design and a curved, 24-karat yellow gold-plated bronze pendant (which is in right now). 

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Bloomscape

Best Lucky Gift

6. Bloomscape Money Tree Plant

  • What's Included: One Money Tree plant (with soil) and a ceramic-colored pot

Speaking of luck, the Money Tree is perhaps the most fitting item for this year’s theme, where the plant gets its name from the positive energy and good fortune it brings to the owner. That, coupled with the fact that it’s almost impossible to kill, makes this the perfect gift for anyone on your list this year. 

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Patet
  • What's Included: CBD skin balm, a pink suede journal, blue sage and a smudge stick, an incense holder, a book by Andrea Boniar, PHD and a crystal grid.

The Lunar New Year is all about letting go of the past and cleansing negative energy from your life—and this curated gift box from Patet allows you to do just that. It features six items, including a CBD muscle, joint and skin balm, a pink suede cloth journal, a blue sage and roses smudge stick, an incense holder, a Detox Your Thoughts book by Andrea Boniar, PHD and a crystal grid you can display as decor. Plus, the set can be used to create a new wellness ritual (according to the manufacturer): “Dive into the book, keep the quartz close and burn some incense or sage. Lastly, jot down the best of each life-changing idea.” 

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Marc Jacobs
  • What's Included: A set of platform slides with faux, polyester fur

As part of Marc Jacobs “The Year Of Rabbit” campaign, the designer created an ultra-plush, platform sandal that “symbolizes the blessings, greetings and good fortunes to come,” according to the brand. (And don’t worry; it’s faux fur, so no real rabbits were harmed in the making of this snuggly slide). 

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Nordstrom
  • What's Included: Augustinus Bader's super-hydrating serum in limited-edition packaging

After awarding this serum 93 points out of 100 in a PureWow100 review, former editor Brianna Lapolla writes: “I read that [this serum] only takes four days to notice a change in your skin, and having tried hundreds of beauty products, I assumed it was a placebo effect if anything. But much to my amazement, my skin (which broke out like a 15-year-old during quarantine) was radiant, blemish-free and so much more hydrated after just a few days of use.” Needless to say, we’ll be gifting this limited edition red bottle to anyone who’s skin-care obsessed (and grabbing one for ourselves before it goes out of stock). 

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Ssense
  • What's Included: Three sets of rabbit-printed calf socks in navy, black and burgundy

Bring a hint of luck to your S.O’s workday with this set of ‘Cycling Rabbits’ socks from Paul Smith's Lunar New Year Collection. The set features three pairs of calf-high socks in navy, black and burgundy—and they’re all made from a cozy, knitted blend of cotton and nylon.

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LEGO

Best Gift for Kids

11. LEGO Lunar New Year Parade Set

  • What's Included: 1,653 pieces with 3 connectible toy parade floats and 18 LEGO mini-figures (including performers dressed as Monkie Kid, a pirate, an astronaut, a knight and more).

This year, LEGO released an exclusive Lunar New Year collection—and this one pulls from the iconic Lunar New Year parade with three connectible parade floats and 18 minifigures in “Year of The Rabbit” costumes. Not only will the 1,653-piece set keep the kids entertained for hours, but it also provides an opportunity for them to learn about the holiday’s traditions in a fun and engaging way. 

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Costco

Best Food Gift Basket

12. Lunar New Year Basket

  • What's Included: One fabric basket with Godiva dark ganache bar, Meiji panda crème filled cookies, sourdough pretzels, chocolate gold coins, honey chipotle popcorn, raspberry gumdrops, moon cake, mini rice crackers, caramel popcorn, peanut brittle, Asian snack mix, milk chocolate graham crackers, sesame breadsticks, Lindt milk chocolate ball and spice drop candy

Packed with everything from chocolate to candy and popcorn—this 15-piece basket includes every sweet and savory snack under the sun. Think: dark chocolate bars, caramel popcorn, raspberry gumdrops, peanut brittle, sesame breaksticks and so much more. Plus, it comes in festive basket with a red and gold bow that can be repurposed as a storage bin when it’s empty. 

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Dior
  • What's Included: Miss Dior Eau de Parfum in limited edition, constellation-themed packaging

This year, Dior created a special Lunar New Year-themed iteration of one of its best-selling perfumes: Miss Dior Eau de Parfum. The fresh floral scent—with notes of rose, lily of the valley, peony and iris (topped with a woodsy accord)—is the perfect fragrance to usher in the season of blooms, and it comes in a specially-designed case, which features a red leather exterior and constellation sketches by Pietro Ruffo.

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Bloomingdales
  • What's Included: One floral- and citrus-scented soy candle in a brass jar (80-hour burn time)

Sold as a limited edition launch for Lunar New Year, this Glasshouse Fragrances candle features notes of roses, gardenia, blood orange and amber to “usher in the benevolent era of the [kind], peaceful and loyal rabbit,” per the brand. Aside from its stunning pastel-toned, geometric-patterned box, the candle doubles as decor thanks to its sleek brass jar (that you can repurpose after its 80-hour burn time is up). 

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Ralph Lauren
  • What's Included: One double-knit jacquard blazer with a "Polo Ralph Lauren PRL MCMLXVII" embroidered crest patch on the left chest.

Yet another limited edition, designer collection we’re coveting? Ralph Lauren's. The brand has made a major comeback in the last few years—and it recently launched a Lunar New Year collection that showcases the best of its timeless aesthetic. Exhibit A: this double-knit jacquard blazer, which is meticulously embroidered with a festive signature crest at the chest pocket (i.e, the most symbolic-meets-classic take on the Lunar New Year we’ve seen yet). 

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Orbie
  • What's Included: Orbie's full-sized signature shampoo and conditioner bottles with a travel-size gold lust nourishing hair oil

For those who don’t know, Oribe makes some of the lushest haircare formulas we've ever used—and this festive, floral motif designed set includes the best of the best from the brand. It features its full-sized signature shampoo and conditioner—which help detangle and protect all hair types—and a travel-sized nourishing hair oil, which works wonders on restoring dry, damaged and color-treated ends. 

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Williams Sonoma

Best Gift for Tea Lovers

17. Williams Sonoma Lunar Tea Set

  • What's Included: One teapot and four microwavable- and dishwasher-safe teacups with saucers

Featuring intricately detailed, Chinese-inspired designs, this 8-piece tea set showcases auspicious symbols of the new year in an upscale way. It’s made from durable porcelain with gold-tone rims and the set includes a teapot, four teacups and four saucers (all of which are microwave- and dishwasher-safe). 

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Uncommon Goods

Best for Home Cooks

18. Chinese Soup Dumpling Kit

  • What's Included: One 5-piece bamboo steamer, a dumpling dough roller, a wooden spatula, agar-agar powder, parchment paper and instructions/recipes

If there’s one thing that makes the Chinese New Year complete, it’s dumplings. This kit has everything you need to make Xiao Long Bao soup dumplings at home, including a 5-piece bamboo steamer, a dough roller, wooden spatula, parchment paper, agar powder and instructions/recipes.

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Papier

Best Organizational Gift

19. Gold Crane 2023 Planner

  • What's Included: One gold-leaf planner with a year-view for 2023 and 2024 and monthly/weekly overviews running Monday-Sunday

Perfect for anyone who’s looking to get organized this year, this planner offers weekly, monthly and yearly overviews—plus plenty of space for goals, important dates and to-dos. We love that it comes in a natural gold finish that totally fits the holiday’s theme. 

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Chewy
  • What's Included: 5 Lunar New Year dog toys, including a fish, spring roll, fruit, baos and sweet rice balls

Looking to bring the festivities to your favorite pooch? This squeaky toy set features a playful spin on Lunar New Year’s most famous dishes—from fish and baos to sweet rice balls and a spring roll. 

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Sur La Table
  • What's Included: One microwavable- and dishwasher-safe platter crafted from earthenware

Crafted from durable earthenware, this platter is the perfect gift for anyone hosting a Lunar New Year party this year. The center features a colorful rabbit surrounded by spring florals, while the border is finished in a red, traditional Chinese pattern. Oh, and did we mention that it’s dishwasher-safe?

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