One of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese community, Chinese New Year is a time to give our well-wishes to the people we love and respect. Besides making a reservation for a sumptuous Chinese New Year reunion dinner and shopping for new CNY clothes, getting a good Chinese New Year gift for the important people your life such as your boss, business associates, or in-laws, is also a very major part of festive preparation.
We know it can be tough to find the right gift, which is why AVENUE ONE has curated a list of Chinese New Year gifts we know will delight these VIPs in your life. From presentable Chinese New Year gift hampers to modern tokens, this list is all you need to arm yourself with for Chinese New Year gifting.
1. Noel Gifts Chinese New Year Collection 2021 Hampers
A leading local flowers and gifts company in Southeast Asia, Noel Gifts is a go-to for creative, quality flowers and gifts for every season and occasion, including Chinese New Year.
Usher in wealth and prosperity with auspicious hampers from their Chinese New Year 2021 collection, such as the decadent Meteoric Rise Gift Hamper (pictured above). From French cognac and red wine to delicious abalones and sea asparagus, this extravagant gold bar gift set from their Festive Elites series has all you need to impress and indulge.
You can also choose from a slew of other gift packages in the collection that include fine wines, sake, and premium brandy. Nutritious clams, collagen-rich fish maw, and nourishing bird’s nest are also among the highlights in this year’s selection, so go ahead and give the gift of good health – something everyone on your list will surely appreciate.
Noel Gifts Chinese New Year Collection 2021 hampers retail from S$68 – S$2288 (excluding GST). Call 6299 1155 or visit Noel Gifts’ website to place an order.
2. Humming Flowers & Gifts Abalone Gift Hampers
Offering exquisite flowers and gifts for any occasion, Humming Flowers & Gifts has exclusive abalone gift hampers lined up from their Chinese New Year 2021 collection.
Abalones take the spotlight in the auspicious Bao Wang Gift Hamper (pictured above). With four different types of abalone, nourishing bird’s nest, white mushroom, and tipples like cognac and red wine, this hamper is an indulgent one for the dearest people in your life.
Decked out in golden hexagonal packaging, Humming Flowers & Gifts’ abalone gift hampers draw inspiration from the platter of traditional treats that are shared during the festive occasion. Not to mention, its six-sided design symbolises luck and unity! What’s more, you can reuse the base of the packaging as a tray for serving up festive goodies.
Humming Flowers & Gifts Abalone Gift Hampers retail from S$168 – S$388 (excluding GST). Call 6844 2222 or visit Hummings’ website to place an order.
3. Glyken S
Everyone knows about the health benefits of bird’s nest, a valuable delicacy that has been enjoyed for centuries. Bird’s nest is traditionally prepared using the double-boiled method, but let’s be honest – how many of us are going to be able to find time to make it regularly?
This is why Glyken S makes for the perfect Chinese New Year gift. Glyken is the world’s largest bird’s nest producer and leader in the bird’s nest extraction technology and has created bird’s nest in powder form that is packed in sachets that you can conveniently carry around.
Glyken’s bird’s nest has no added sugar and can be consumed by adding into your drinks. Besides convenience, its unique extraction method also allows it to be presented in smaller molecules that are more easily absorbed by the body so the consumer can reap its maximum benefits, faster.
The Glyken S series retails for S$299 per box (four boxes within, each containing seven sachets. It is available at the Glyken website.
4. Glenfiddich Chinese New Year 21 Year Old Malt
For someone who loves a tipple or two once in a while, this CNY special edition gift pack will make for the perfect Chinese New Year gift.
This limited edition Glenfiddich bottle is designed by the up-and-coming Chinese Rion Wang, and tells a magical story of “The Great Homecoming”, inspired by the feeling of returning home to your loved ones for Chinese New Year.
The story is a continuation of the 2020’s edition, which illustrates the journey of Charles Gordon (son-in-law of Glenfiddich founder William Grant) who travelled to Asia a century ago with a few cases of whisky and a dream to bring the Scotch Whisky to the world. The 2021 edition honours his triumphant return home to Scotland a year later, after he has won over the hearts of whisky-lovers across Asia.
The Chinese New Year design is available with the Glenfiddich Reserva Rum Cask 21 Year Old – a refined whisky finished in Caribbean rum casks for spicy warmth and indulgent toffee sweetness – as well as the 12, 15 and 18 Year Old Malt Whisky variants. It retails at major alcohol retailers, including iShopChangi.
5. The Marmalade Pantry The Grand Treasures gift set
This year, The Marmalade Pantry introduces the Traditional Petite Chicken Bak Kwa (S$30) that features a fish sauce-based marinade recipe using succulent minced chicken thigh and finished with a traditional charcoal-smoking process.
You can gift the bak kwa on its own or consider the The Grand Treasures (S$138+), which includes the bak kwa and other goodies, presented in a red and white gift box. Other than the bak kwa, this gift set is also packed with two tins of Golden Pineapple Tarts, Sambal Shrimp Rolls, Honey Mustard Roast Crackers, as well as the Sandara Chardonnay & Sake, a Valencia Chardonnay with a base of Ozeki Sake.
This, as well as other gift sets, are available at all The Marmalade Pantry outlets and online from 29 Jan to 26 Feb. Online orders are available for delivery and self-collection.
6. Bvlgari LVCEA Intarsio Marquetry
If you’re shopping for a discerning fashionista, this beautiful timepiece from Bvlgari will be the Chinese New Year gift she will enjoy all year round.
Featuring a spectacular three dimensional mosaic dial, the new LVCEA Intarsio Marquetry watch is constructed with mother-of-pearl pieces individually faceted and assembled one by one to create the effect of volume and resembling the rays of the sun.
This is available in stainless steel case, either plain or encrusted with diamonds, and you can opt for the exquisite bordeaux alligator strap for touch of auspicious red.
This, and other Bvlgari timepieces, are available at Bvlgari boutiques and the Bvlgari website.
7. Pandora Chinese New Year 2021 Collection
Pandora ushers in the Year of the Ox with four specially-designed charms for Chinese New Year. These limited edition charms will certainly delight Pandora fans who are looking for the next iconic item to collect. The four specially designed charms include a fortune cat, a cute ox, as well as Chinese characters for ‘prosperity’ and ‘lucky’.
Pair them with the Red Woven Leather Bracelet, an elegant red and gold leather bracelet, and you’ll be putting together a bracelet anyone can wear for luck throughout the year.
The Pandora Chinese New Year 2021 Collection is now available at all Pandora stores and online. Individual items are priced from S$89 and gift sets from S$159.
8. Far East Flora Abundance of Orchids
Orchids are associated with abundance, refinement, and luxury, which makes it a flower that’s well-loved during the festive season.
The Chinese New Year flower also signifies fertility, so you can consider gifting it to someone who is intending to start a family.
This gift set is made up of two purple phalaenopsis, accompanied by angelonias. It is also arranged with festive decorations, which will make it a perfect home decor item.
The recipient will certainly be thinking about you whenever he/she passes the plant in their home or when someone compliments it.
Abundance of Orchids retails for S$129.90 and is available at Far East Flora.
9. Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Lunar New Year edition
The bestselling cologne by Jo Malone London gets a makeover as the brand releases a special edition to celebrate Lunar New Year.
English Pear & Freesia features notes of just-ripe pears with cool, white freesias for a mellow scent that is reminiscent of spring. The limited edition version comes in an elegant white and gold-hued design, inspired by the ingredients.
You’ll also receive an exclusive set of red packets when you purchase this limited edition product.
Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Cologne retails for S$115 (30ml) and S$225 (100ml). It is available at Jo Malone London boutiques, Jo Malone London Concierge Service, selected Sephora outlets and Sephora.sg.
10. OSIM uPhoria Lite Leg Massager
We may not have time to fix appointments for regular foot reflexology massages but this tool may just be what can help substitute those sessions.
Providing full coverage from the calves to the feet, the modes include calf-gliding with Tui-na massage, squeeze-and-knead function to alleviate muscle aches, and rollers to relax the balls and arches of the feet.
Bonus: the portable machine can be easily carried around to a convenient spot around the house.
OSIM uPhoria Lite Leg Massager retails for S$418 (at 16% off at the time of writing) on Lazada.
11. T2 Blushing Blends Tall Teapot
This beautiful teapot is made with fine bone china which makes it durable. Its bright colour brings cheer to the recipient of this gift and the elegant hand-painted gold detailing adds a touch of luxury to it.
This teapot holds one litre of liquid and comes with an infuser, which tea-lovers will appreciate.
This retails for S$94 at the T2 website.
12. TWG Tea Yunnan Pu-Erh Tea Brick
Pu-Erh is well-known for its refreshing and tonic benefits and has the unique attribute of improving with age, making it a popular drink during Chinese New Year and anytime for general well-being.
This gift set features a handmade compressed Pu-Erh tea brick is cultivated to order for TWG Tea in a traditional manner by the celebrated Meng Hai tea garden on the misty hillsides of the mountains of Yunnan and boasts large, sundried leaves.
Packaged in a luxurious matte red and gold gift box adorned with a silk ribbon, this is an ideal Chinese New Year gift for people of any age.
This tea brick retails for S$120 and is available at TWG Tea.
13. Nespresso Chinese New Year 80 Capsules Assortment
This special edition of assortment contains two sleeves of Shanghai Lungo, a Chinese New Year exclusive that’s fruity with fine acidity. You’ll also find two sleeves of Ispirazione Venezia and one sleeve each of Ispirazione Napoli, Roma, Firenze Arpeggio and Ristretto Italiano.
Purchase this beautiful gift set and you’ll also receive a set of complimentary red packets.
This retails for S$57 at Nespresso retailers and online.
14. Godiva Assorted Chocolate Biscuit Tin
For a crowd-pleasing gift, this beautifully packaged tin of chocolate biscuits from Godiva will be it.
46 buttery biscuits made with high quality chocolate are housed within a red biscuit tin, which is tied with a special Chinese New Year ribbon.
Upon your request, Godiva can also include a complimentary gift message to make it extra special.
Godiva Assorted Chocolate Biscuit Tin retails for S$39.95 at Godiva outlets and online.
15. Monopoly: Lunar New Year Edition
If you’re shopping for a CNY gift for someone who enjoys spending time over games with friends and family or for a host you’re visiting, consider this game set that will have players buying shops such as a Jade Shop, Flower Market, and a Firecracker Shop, while collecting gifts and finding good fortune.
This version allows players to have more money when opponents purchase gifts from the shops you own. “Chance” and “Community Chest” give way to “Fortune Stick” and “Pinwheel” cards, and players can store the tokens, cards, dice, and money in auspicious-looking red envelopes.
In other words, you’ll be gifting them a fun way to celebrate Chiense New Year!
Monopoly: Lunar New Year Edition retails for S$49.99 and is available at toy retailers such as Toy R’ Us.