The Gift Guide

The Best Luxury Gifts for Lunar New Year 2021

February 12, 2021 is the start of the Lunar New Year in many cultures. It’s the Year of the Ox, which on its face doesn’t sound all that conductive to generating lots of elegant luxury gift options. Fear not, dear reader! Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has a curated list of the best luxury gifts – corporate and personal – for the 2021 Chinese Lunar New Year 2021, the Year of the Ox. From beauty and fashion to fine watches and gourmet food, there’s a perfect luxury gift here for everyone on your list.

it time for luxury lunar new year gift shopping!

One of my favorite features to write each year is this survey of the best Lunar New Year capsule collections. And it’s more fun than ever because not only are so many luxury designers getting in on the action — but they have some street cred, too. Brands are teaming up with Asian designers, artists, and celebrities to go beyond the typical red and gold creations.

The best luxury gifts for Lunar New Year 2021, the Year of the Ox.

The best luxury and corporate gifts for Chinese Lunar New Year 2021, the Year of the Ox.

Don’t get me wrong — those traditionally auspicious colors will always appeal to my maximalist sensibilities, and we’ve included some here.

But it’s wonderful to see luxury and streetwear designers expanding their interpretations of this most important holiday that is celebrated by one quarter of the world’s population. Not just China, but Vietnam, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia and not to mention, Asian communities throughout the world.

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February 12, 2021 will mark the beginning of the year of the Ox, the second animal of the zodiac. Hong-Kong based Chinese and Western astrologer, Jupiter Lai, says those born in the year of the ox are “grounded, loyal, gentle and trustworthy.”

The best luxury gifts for Lunar New Year 2021, the Year of the Ox.

The best luxury and corporate gifts for Chinese Lunar New Year 2021, the Year of the Ox.

The animal is known in agricultural societies for its sheer strength and hard-working nature and this year, according to Susan Levitt, a professional astrologer and author of five books, including Taoist Astrology, is all about “hard work, duty, discipline.”

what are the best luxury gifts for the Year of the Ox?

But before we all buckle down, take a look at our picks for the best in luxury Lunar New Year gifts. From beauty, fashion apparel and accessories, handbags, gourmet food, sneakers, timepieces and jewelry — it’s all about the Year of the Ox. Happy New Year!

The best luxury gifts for Lunar New Year 2021, the Year of the Ox.

The best luxury and corporate gifts for Chinese Lunar New Year 2021, the Year of the Ox.

1. luxury lunar new year gifts: Beauty

Makeup? What’s that? Though the pandemic might have brought a return to au naturel beauty, it’s important to get dolled up for Lunar New Year. Treat yourself or your gift recipient to these gorgeous commemorative beauty gifts which will surely brighten up not only your visage, but your vanity table too.

  • Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum ($150). Courtesy Photo.

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2. luxury lunar new year gifts: Handbags

A handbag with a red envelope tucked inside is an unbeatable Lunar New Year gift combo. Gucci teams up with beloved Asian cartoon character, Doraemon while Dior interprets the holiday with a hibiscus “Chinese Rose” print. Another standout is MCM’s crossbody that gives a nod to the ox with a 24k gold-plated nose ring on its front pocket.

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    Fendi Limited Edition Baguette (HK$ 21,800). Courtesy Photo.

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3. luxury lunar new year gifts: Timepieces and Jewelry

For a truly opulent gift, each year luxury watchmakers release their limited edition timepieces featuring the zodiac animal. The ox could be a perennial favorite for bankers and stock brokers. In the jewelry department, Louis Vuitton has a cute and quirky ox pendant necklace while Dior and Swarovski look to flowers for inspiration.

  • L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Ox ($24,600). Courtesy Photo.

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4. luxury lunar new year gifts: Designer Apparel and Accessories

A long-standing tradition is entering the New Year with a new haircut and new clothing. Burberry released a new check with a subtle ox appliqué which ranks up there as one of our favorites. Dior teamed up with maverick artist, Shaun Stussy, to create a signature look of graffiti-scrawled Dior for the gents.

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    The best in Lunar New Year designer fashion: Burberry Check Technical Merino Wool Jacquard Cardigan (HKD8,500.00). Courtesy Photo.

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5. luxury lunar new year gifts: Sneakers

If your gift recipient is a sneakerhead, you’re in luck. People closely follow and anticipate the releases of the limited edition Lunar New Year styles every year. Keep your eyes on these sure to sell out styles from Nike — they will be released towards the end of January. Available now are Stuart Weitzman’s red trainers with a quirky abstract ox design and Gucci’s Doraemon Ace sneaker with heritage stripes.

  • The best Lunar New Year sneakers: Dior and Shawn B23 High Top ($1,400). Courtesy Photo.

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6. luxury lunar new year gifts: Gourmet Food and Drink

When in doubt, a gift of sweets and spirits will always be welcomed. We love the festive and exquisite packaging of Lady M’s bon bons and Sugarfina’s gummies bundle. Hennessy’s cognac is presented in a commissioned piece from contemporary artist Liu Wei entitled “SPRING.” Or consider a traditional gift of tangerines — a symbol of happiness and good fortune.

  • The best luxury and corporate gifts for Chinese Lunar New Year 2021, the Year of the Ox
    Lady M Confections Lunar New Year Bon Bon Gift Set ($75). Courtesy Photo.

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the best luxury Lunar New Year gifts for 2021, the Year of the Ox

Pleasantly surprised by all the lovely Year of the Ox luxury gift options for this Lunar New Year? So were we! Happy Lunar New Year, dear reader. And may all that hard work pay off for you this year!

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, fitness and even investigating police misconduct. Julie lives in NYC where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing and spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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