14 fun Lunar New Year gifts to celebrate the ‘year of the tiger’

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February 1 marks the Lunar New Year, an auspicious time for many people.
We’ve rounded up an assortment of fun gift recommendations to help you mark the year of the tiger. 
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In 2022, the Lunar New Year falls on February 1, transitioning from the year of the ox to the tiger. For observers, it’s traditionally celebrated with family reunions and dinners, if it’s safe to do so. While it’s often called the Chinese New Year, the occasion is also celebrated by Koreans (Seollal), Vietnamese (Tet), Tibetans (Losar), Mongolians (Tsagaan Sar), and others. There may be cultural differences, but they all share similar values and anybody can take part.

Gifting tends to revolve around small meaningful items, such as fruit (oranges, in particular) and candy. There’s also the giving of money-filled red envelopes, often from adults to children, which signify the bestowing of good fortune. Even if you don’t celebrate, we’ve curated a list of fun gifts — from affordable sweets to luxury indulgences — to mark the year of the tiger.

Here are the 14 best Lunar New Year gifts:

A box of sweet oranges makes a simple yet best gift

Triple Treat Deluxe Fruit, $59.99, available at Harry and David

Oranges are considered symbols of good luck and are often given as gifts during Lunar New Year. Tangerines, mandarins, apples, pears, and most other fruits also make great gifts.

Cook an authentic meal

“Every Grain of Rice” by Fuchsia Dunlop, from $24.99, available at Amazon and Bookshop

“Vietnamese Food Any Day” by Andrea Nguyen, from $14.99, available at Amazon and Bookshop

“Korean Home Cooking” by Sohui Kim, from $20.05, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Asian families who celebrate the Lunar New Year will cook big meals at home. Make a few authentic dishes using recipes from one of these terrific books on Asian cookery.

Satisfy the sweet tooth

Lunar New Year Candy Cube Bundle, $20, available at Sugarfina

You’ll often see trays of candy set out during Chinese New Year celebrations. It’s a hit with kids, naturally.

Lunar New Year for chocolate lovers

Lunar New Year Assorted Chocolates, $28.25, available at See’s Candies

Chocolates and cookies are often given during the Lunar New Year. This box from renowned California chocolate maker See’s has a nice assortment.

Mickey and Minnie in their Lunar New Year garb

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Lunar New Year 2022 Plushes, $29.99, available at Shop Disney

For hardcore Disney fans, grab these two plushes and add them to your collection.

Wear something red

Year of the Tiger Knit Wool Hat, $59.50, available at Brooks Brothers

Because it symbolizes joy and fortune, red is a predominant color in the Lunar New Year, from decorations to the clothes people wear.

Serve a post-dinner tea

Lunar New Year 2022 Tea, $12.95, available at Harney & Sons

Tea-drinking is a revered tradition in Asia, and you’ll find oolong tea served during the New Year. This blend of oolong, ginger root, and lychee comes from a purveyor of fine teas.

A glowing look for the new year

Clinique Lunar New Year Cheek Pop Highlighter, $26.50, available at Sephora

Clinique created its Cheek Pop highlighter with a cute limited-edition “year of the tiger” theme.

A LEGO set based on a Chinese legend

The City of Lanterns, $149.99, available at LEGO

Based on the Monkey King from Chinese mythology, this set from the new LEGO Monkie Kid theme is a fun way to celebrate the new year.

Add a lucky plant to your home

Money Plant, $38, available at The Sill

Even if you aren’t planning a celebration you can still partake in some low-key traditions, like growing a Chinese money plant, also known as pilea peperomioides.

Eat plenty of dumplings for prosperity and noodles for longevity

Dumplings and Noodles, from $55, available at Goldbelly

Dumplings (jiaoxi in Mandarin Chinese) are eaten during Chinese New Year because they symbolize wealth (they’re reminiscent of gold ingots used in imperial China). Get them from some of the best dumpling restaurants in the country. And while you’re at it, pair them with some noodles, which represent a long life ahead.

A cold, refreshing beer that pairs well with dinner

Tsingtao (12-pack), from $19.99, available at Drizly

This crisp, German-style lager from China goes surprisingly well with not just Chinese and Asian cuisines, but Western ones, too.

A gin from Vietnam to toast to Tet

Sông Cái Dry Gin, $35.99, available at Sông Cái Distillery

A gin made from heirloom Vietnamese ingredients and distillery equipment, Sông Cái offers a spirit that’s uniquely different from traditional gin. It’s a great way to ring in Tet.

Sneakers with a nod to the year of the tiger

Capri Lunar New Year Sneakers, $288, available at Koio

Koio added a version of its Capri sneakers with a cute illustration by designer Dahan Chung as a nod to the Lunar New Year.

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