epresenting strength, resilience and honesty, this Friday, February 12 ushers in the Year of the Ox in the Chinese Lunar New Year. Celebrations run over 15 days, with plenty of food, drink and gifting to mark the occasion.
It’s an event celebrated by more than a fifth of the world’s population, and also goes by chunjie, or the Spring Festival – welcome news for anyone suffering from winter fatigue (that’ll be all of us then).
While Western nations pop the champagne corks at midnight on January 1, the date for Lunar New Year moves every year with moon cycles, and is celebrated largely in east Asian countries like Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Laos as well as China, along with diaspora across the globe. Next year in 2022 it will fall on February 1.
While visiting family and celebrating in person is on hold for the time being, there are plenty of ways to transfer the party indoors and online. If you’re planning to mark the occasion with sending loved ones gifts, there are a number of limited edition products on offer.
From luxury bottles and hampers bursting with gourmet goodies to hero skincare in celebratory packaging, we’ve rounded up the nicest ideas to mark the moment.
See our favourites below
Glenfiddich Lunar New Year Edition 21 Year Old Gran Reserva Single Malt Scotch Whisky
It’s no secret that sales of whisky are booming in China, in particular Scotch. Glenfiddich is paying tribute to its drinkers with a Year of the Ox edition of it’s 21 year old whisky, which comes ready to give in a Rion Wang-designed presentation box.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Chinese New Year 2021 – Year of the Ox
The whisky label has released a Blue Label bottle in celebration of the Chinese New Year. The Ox is rendered on the box by award-winning Chinese artist Shirley Gong, and stands out majestically in gold against a navy background.
Hennessy X.O Lunar New Year Limited Edition by Liu Wei
With Valentine’s mere days after Chinese New Year, there’s a lot to celebrate. Not only does this cognac come in a bottle designed by legendary artist Liu Wei, but use code BEMYVALENTINE at the checkout and Clos19 will throw in a mini bottle of Moet Rose too (free with orders over £120).
Fortnum & Mason The Fu Dai Hamper
Seven fragrant gourmet treats bundled up in a wicker basket – yes, it could only by F&M. The royal grocer is commemorating the special day with a hamper filled with champagne, rose flavoured tea and cookies, an assortment of gourmet sweets and a selection of biscuits wrapped in a limited edition Year of the Ox design.
Harvey Nichols Lunar New Year Hamper
Celebrate in style with Harvey Nichols’ seasonal hamper, handpicked with delicious food and drink to see in the Year of the Ox. We’re talking a traditional 10-year-old Baijiu (from a distillery that dates back six millennia), Plum & Vanilla Liqueur from Edinburgh Gin Distillery, a bottle of crisp, white Pecorino and rich, southern French Rouge. To accompany the bucket-load of booze, you’ll also find a mix of sweet and savoury nibble: think lime and chilli smothered nuts and rich dark chocolate.
F&CO Half Crispy Peking-Style Duck
Go all out this Chinese New Year with a dining centrepiece in the form of Farmisons & Co Crispy Peking Duck box which comes with a Yorkshire-raised bird, 10 pancakes and a jar of Hoisin sauce. Serves two.
Whittard Chinese New Year Milk Oolong
Put your feet up and relax with a celebratory brew from master tea producer Whittard. The loose-leaf fragrant Oolong comes in a pretty red box to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Newby Teas limited edition Year of The Ox caddy
Featuring the second sign of the Zodiac, the latest tea caddy design from luxury brand Newby Teas celebrates the upcoming Chinese New Year. The red and gold design hold second-flush Assam tea, and is perfect for giving the tea-lover in your life; simply add some biscuits for a party brew they are bound to savour.
Laduree Chinese New Year Macaron Gift Box
Welcoming in the New Year has never tasted sweeter thanks to French patisserie Laduree, who is offering eight macarons nestled inside a fitting scarlet red box.
Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Lotion limited edition 2021 bottle
Giving one of its bestsellers an Ox-y makeover, Clinique has dressed up it’s 200ml Moisture Surge for the occasion. The hydrating formula offers central heating-zapped skin a much needed hit of moisture for fresh-faced, glowy results.
Elemis Limited Edition Lunar New Year Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 50ml
Luxury skincare with a Lunar New Year twist, Elemis is offering all those celebrating its cult Pro-Collagen Marine Cream in a new limited edition tub. Smooth on and watch your skin look visibly younger.
Paul Smith Men’s Black Leather ‘Lunar New Year’ Interior Print Billfold Wallet
This slim wallet from Paul Smith may look traditional from the exterior but inside, it features a chic multi-coloured ox design. It is made from premium Italian leather and you can add monogramming for an extra special touch.
Loveness Lee Ox Chinese Zodiac Necklace
Zodiac signs in jewellery are having a real moment, and there’s no better time to bag the trend then right now. Bearing the ancient Chinese calligraphy character of Ox (Niu 牛), famed for its thoroughness, resilience and strength, this handmade gold plated necklace carries the symbol as a pendant suspended on an 18-inch chain.
Alighieri The Year of the Ox Necklace
Alighieri’s 2021 Lunar New Year necklace is a bold look, handcrafted from 24ct gold plated bronze in London’s Hatton Garden. It’s part of the Modern Heirlooms collection, and there are 11 other designs should you wish to get the animal for your birth year instead.
Emma Laura Designs Chinese New Year of the Ox Arch Earrings
Crafted from bamboo with the Hanzi for Ox, these red and black earrings are a pocket-friendly way to welcome the incoming Chinese New Year. Each set is handmade so no two are exactly the same.