Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year is a magical and special time of year. This date symbolises the beginning of a new year in Chinese culture and falls on the day of the New Moon that occurs between January 22 and February 20. It also signifies the beginning of the Spring Festival and then the subsequent Lantern Festival on February 5 – so this is a time of big celebrations and a lot of gift giving.
In 2022, Lunar New Year welcomes the Year of the Rabbit – a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity. With this in mind, the year ahead will be one of hope, and for those searching for a source of luck this Lunar New Year, you'll be pleased to know that the rabbit is considered as the luckiest of all 12 animals!
Gifting is an important part of these celebrations and most family, friends, partners and even colleagues will exchange gifts. Of course one of the most common is money in a red envelope, but there are plenty of other options if you would rather pick something more personal. Below, we've rounded up our 22 best gift ideas for this Lunar New Year 2023. These are our picks of limited edition sets, luxury items and thoughtful ideas to help your celebrate the Year of the Rabbit in style.
Cartier Panthère de Cartier Watch
Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Bracelet
When shopping for a gift for Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year, remember there are a few to definitely do – and a few to avoid. Red is a lucky colour that symbolises prosperity, so try picking out something red or wrapping your gift in red paper. Try to pick a gift with even numbers but avoid anything with the number four as this number is bad luck. On the other-hand, the number eight is good luck, so try for that instead.
While most clothing, beauty and homewares are perfectly acceptable gifts, do avoid buying cut flowers which suggest a break-up or the end of a friendship. Likewise, avoid anything sharp which can symbolise the cutting of a relationship. Two other things to avoid, mirrors are said to attract ghosts and giving clocks is very bad luck.