February 1 marks the Lunar New Year and the beginning of the Chinese Spring Festival. The start of the Year of the Tiger is a worldwide celebration marked by gifts, parties, large meals and time spent with family and friends to say goodbye to winter and ring in the new year with good luck, prosperity, health and luck. While the typical gift given is a red envelope filled with money, sometimes it’s fun to mix it up. To help you out, 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 certainly bring good luck (and a lot of warmth and coziness). Scroll down to shop our favorite Lunar New Year gifts!
Note: A few things not to look out for when selecting your Lunar New Year gifts are sharp objects such as knives that symbolize breaking ties with someone or ending relationships, any type of timepiece such as a watch or clock, as they are often paired are about to “say goodbye”. ‘ and anything black or white, because those colors are often used at funerals in East Asian cultures.
Our favorite Lunar New Year gifts to usher in the Year of the Tiger
Clinique Lunar New Year Cheek Pop Highlighter – $27.00
This pressed powder shimmer highlighter was created to commemorate the start of the new year. The limited edition shade is perfect for adding a splash of sparkle to a gloomy winter’s day (bonus: it’s paraben free!). The compact design is also ideal for storing in your bag.
Sugarfina Lunar New Year Candy Bento Box – $80.00
Nothing says party like candy. This beautiful 8-piece bento box (you’ll want to keep it when you’re done) contains a collection of gourmet candies in a festive box that’s perfect for gifting… and as a snack. Highly recommended if you like gummies. Our favorites are: Lotus Flowers, Rose Berry Tea Bears and Gold Pearls.
Paper Lunar New Years Card Set – $24.00
This set of 10 beautifully illustrated cards is red, festive, fun and most importantly, useful! The cards are perfect to write and send to all your loved ones or gift to a friend.
Cold Picnic Face to Face Knit Blanket – $210.00
Have a comfy, cozy New Year’s Eve with this beautiful, eye-catching knit blanket which is the perfect way to add a pop of color to your home decor and to wrap yourself in while watching movies or reading on the couch.
Sijo French Linen Sheet Set – $255.00
Nothing says a new year, a 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’s an option for everyone. If you don’t like them, you can even return them after 30 days for a full refund.
Lake Pima Long Set – $124.00
Why not ring in the new year in Jennifer Garner’s favorite pajamas? This long cotton set is buttery soft, red for luck, striped for a bit of style, and comes in sizes XXS to XXL. You can even go regular or cropped for the trouser length, because who doesn’t love… options?
Sweaty Betty Yoga Mat – $58.00
The start of a new year can mean the start of new hobbies. Use this sleek red yoga mat for all your yoga flows and workouts at home. It comes in four jewel shades to choose from, and the soft TPE fabric is eco-friendly and recyclable.
Vitae Ultra Flex Leggings – $57.00
These red leggings have a four way stretch making them perfect for any workout. They’re breathable, sweat-wicking and super-high-rise to flatter everyone. The nylon and spandex blend is also lightweight and buttery soft.
KISS imPRESS Color Press-On Manicure – $7.00
Start the new year off right with a fresh manicure that you can do from the comfort of your own home. This press-on gel set has a classic happy red color that is timeless and versatile, easy to apply, lasts up to two weeks and comes with 30 nails so you can find the perfect fit for your nails and apply as needed.
UGG Classic Ultra Mini — $140.00
These Ultra Mini UGGs have been on every vacation wish list lately. Why not stand out from a crowd of black and brown options with this red pop? The sheep wool lined boots are soft, easy to put on, comfortable and stylish.
MAC Ruby Woo Matte Lipstick – $19.00
Ruby Woo is classic and the classics are called that for a reason. This red lipstick from MAC looks good on any skin tone, lasts all day, doesn’t smudge, glides on smoothly and has a matte finish for ultimate staying power.
& Other Stories Playful Button Up Knit Cardigan – $99.00
This red cardigan is the perfect wardrobe item. It’s easy to dress up or down, small enough to pack in a bag for layering on the go, warm and stylish. The subtle puff sleeves and golden buttons take the style to the next level, and the slightly cropped fit makes it perfect for teaming with jeans or high-waisted trousers.
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer (Limited Edition Red) — $420.00
Treat your hair to Dyson’s Supersonic blow dryer, which W+G editors can’t get enough of, thanks to the styling attachments (five!) and smart and controlled drying options that reduce time and damage. Yes, it’s a splurge. But it is worth it. And we can’t resist that gorgeous limited edition red for the Lunar New Year.
Rellery Necklace Half Moon — $115.00
We love the Chinese American jewelry brand Rellery for many reasons, and the main one is that they make some beautiful, high-quality jewelry that is sure to complement your everyday ensemble and make your day that little bit more special. This necklace is sterling silver plated with 18k gold and comes with a lifetime guarantee against tarnishing. With the moon and stars by your side, anything seems possible this year, doesn’t it?
Smith & Cult Glitter Shot All-Over Glitter Crush – $22.00
Celebrate with a little glitter: this body glitter is easy to apply and stays put. Plus, it’s made with a vegan formula and is synthetically fragrance-free (so it’s probably safe for sensitive skin, but be sure to do a patch test if you’re not sure). Dab a little on your lids, cheeks or collarbone for a touch of glamour. It’s you telling the new year that you’re here to prosper and hold onto all the happiness you so dearly deserve. Connect with these 8 free and long-lasting red nail polishes from the Smith & Cult Christmas collection (we all love them – don’t ask to choose!).
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