The first of February marks Lunar New Year and the start of the Chinese Spring Festival. The start of the Year of the Tiger is a celebration marked worldwide by presents, parties, big meals, and time spent with family and friends to say farewell to winter and usher in the new year with good luck, prosperity, health, and happiness. Though the typical gift given is a red envelope filled with money, sometimes it's fun to mix it up. To help, we've rounded up some red and gold wellness essentials (plus some tasty goods perfect for sharing with loved ones) that we can't wait to share with everyone on our lists. They are sure to bring good luck (and lots of warmth and coziness). Scroll down to shop our favorite Lunar New Year gifts!
Note: A few things to steer clear of when selecting your Lunar New Years presents are sharp objects like knives which symbolize cutting ties with someone or ending relationships, any sort of time piece like a watch or clock, because they are often linked to "parting," and anything that is either black or white because those colors are frequently used during funerals in East Asian cultures.
Our favorite Lunar New Year gifts to ring in the Year of the Tiger
This pressed powder shimmery highlighter was made to commemorate the start of the new year. The limited edition shade is perfect to add a pop of sparkle to a dreary winter day (bonus: it’s paraben-free!). The compact design is also ideal to stash in your purse.
This limited-edition bottle of the brand’s award-winning hydrating, anti-aging, night serum comes in a lucky red color, and is great for keeping your skin moisturized and firm. It’s great for normal, combination, dry, and oily skin, and is packed with hyaluronic acid.
Nothing says celebration like sweets. This gorgeous 8-piece bento box (you’ll want to save it when you’re done) features a collection of gourmet candies in a festive box that is perfect for gifting…and snacking on. A major must if you love gummies. Our favorites include: Lotus Flowers, Rose Berry Tea Bears, and Gold Pearls.
Nothing says a new year, fresh start like a new set of sheets. These linen sheets come in 10 different colors and are linen, so they mean none of the dreaded night sweats. They come in sizes Full through California King, so there is an option for everyone. If you don’t love them, you can even return them after 30 days for a full refund.
Why not ring in the new year in Jennifer Garner’s favorite pajamas? This long cotton set is buttery soft, red for good luck, striped for a bit of style, and comes in sizes XXS to XXL. You can even pick regular or cropped for the pant length, because who doesn’t love…options?
Start the new year right with a fresh manicure that you can do from the comfort of your own home. This press-on gel set is in a classic, lucky red color that is timeless and versatile, is easy to apply, lasts for up to two-weeks, and comes with 30 nails so you can find the perfect fit for your nails and re-apply as necessary.
A new year means a new scent. This saucy perfume is bold and sensual with notes of vanilla and magnolia and comes in a sleek red bottle that will stand out in your collection.
This checkered fleece is warm, cozy, and stylish. The unisex style is versatile and perfect to throw on for a winter-weather run, popping out to run errands, or to dress up with a sleek pair of boots and jeans.
This red cardigan is the perfect closet staple. It’s easy to dress up or down, small enough to stash away in a purse for on the go layering, warm, and stylish. The subtle puff sleeves and gold buttons elevate the style, and the slightly cropped fit makes it perfect to pair with jeans or high-waisted pants.
Asian grocer Umamicart is offering a speacila Southeast Lunar New Year Celebration Feast you can order online (just make sure it’s available to be shipped to your state). It includes delicious ingredients to make your very own Lunar New Year feast, like pork belly, Twin Marquis Hong Kong pan fried noodle, Moon Man ube kaya jam, vermicelli noodles, and Omsom Southeast Asian starters. You can also shop the East Asian Lunar New Year Celebration feast here.
Pamper your hair with Dyson’s Supersonic hair dryer, which W+G editors can’t get enough of, thanks to its styling attachments (five!) and smart and controlled drying capabilities that cut down on time and damage. Yes, it’s a splurge. But it’s worth it. And we can’t resist that gorgeous limited edition red for Lunar New Year.
We love Chinese-American-owned jewelry brand Rellery for many reasons, and the main one is that they create some gorgeous, high-quality jewelry that’s sure to complement your everyday ensemble and make your day feel a little more special. This necklace is sterling silver plated with 18k gold, and comes with a lifetime tarnish guarantee. With the moon and stars on your side, anything seems possible this year, doesn’t it?
Celebrate with a little glitter: This body glitter is easy to apply, and it stays put. Plus, it’s created with a vegan formula and is synthetic fragrance-free (so it’s likely to be safe for sensitive skin—but make sure to do a patch test if you’re unsure). Dab a little on your lids, cheeks, or collarbone for a touch of glam. It’s you telling the new year that you’re here to prosper and hold onto all the happiness you very much deserve. Pair with these 8-free and long-lasting red nail polishes from Smith & Cult’s holiday collection (we love all of them—don’t ask to choose!).
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