Lunar New Year is the biggest festival for many people of Asian heritage. It is a time for giving gifts to express respect and affection whether in the form of the popular, traditional red packet filled with money (红包 hóngbāo) or in the form of other, material goods.
If you are struggling to decide on what is acceptable to bring, we are here to help!
From delicious snacks that are sure to please all to boujee liquor to long lasting creative gifts, get inspired by the list we've curated for you.
THE CHINESE MYTHS - By Tao Tao Lui
This is a concise and entertaining guide to the complex tradition of Chinese mythology. While many around the world are familiar with some aspects of Chinese myth - through Chinese New Year festivities or the classic adventures of the Monkey King in Journey to the West - few outside of China understand the richness of Chinese mythology, influenced by Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
Aesthetic influences drawn from China have long resonated throughout Western art, design and thought. China Adorned challenges the monolithic idea of ‘Chinese’ culture and fashion, turning the lens on the rich clothing traditions of ethnic minority groups.
Have fun with authentic Kong Foo Sing fortune cookies: With tea or coffee. After dinner. At parties. With barbeques. Whenever people get together. Proudly made in Australia from at least 99% Australian ingredients.
PRESS OUT AND DECORATE CHINESE ZODIAC - By Kate McLelland
From tigers to monkeys and horses to dragons, this book features 25 unique, intricately foiled designs that can be slotted together to create 3D ornaments, hung up or threaded together to make an amazing garland. Each page is covered in shiny red foil, with foiled pieces which can be pressed out and coloured in to make a fun collection of personalised animals.
XI'AN FAMOUS FOODS - By Jason Wang and Jessica Chou
The long-awaited cookbook from an iconic New York restaurant, revealing never-before-published recipes Since its humble opening in 2005, Xi'an Famous Foods has expanded from one stall in Flushing to 14 locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. CEO Jason Wang divulges the untold story of how this empire came to be, alongside the never-before-published recipes that helped create this New York City icon.
Introducing the Hennessy X.O Chinese New Year 2023 Limited Edition Cognac, an exquisite new joining to Hennessy's range and a superb addition to any home bar. Assembled with unique design by Yan Pei-Ming, this special limited edition brings a modern sensibility to Hennessy's timeless craftsmanship.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label is an unrivalled masterpiece. It is an exquisite blend made from some of Scotland’s rarest and most exceptional whiskies. Only one in every ten thousand casks has the elusive quality, character and flavour to deliver the’ remarkable signature taste of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. An extraordinary whisky for extraordinary occasions.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label LNY Edition Gift Box for $329.99 from Liquor Emporium
HENNESSY VSOP LNY GIFT BOX
Hennessy's Lunar New Year Edition for 2023 rings in the year of the rabbit with a gorgeous embossed bottle on a rabbit theme. The deluxe gift box in a very appropriate red and gold is decorated with a print by world-renowned Dijon-via-Shanghai painter Yan Pei-Ming - open the box to see the full painting displaying every animal.
Renowned for their liqueurs and eaux de vie, G.E. Massenez have created Golden Eight The Williams Pear Liqueur, a pear liqueur with a base of Pear Williams eau-de-vie. Golden Eight The Williams Pear Liqueur is a rich, luxurious liqueur with an intense caramelised pear flavour that is best enjoyed neat, chilled or on the rocks. For a refreshing drink, top it with tonic water and garnish with a mint leaf and a slice of lime.
Massenez Golden 8 William Pear Liquer Decanter for $99.99 from Liquor Emporium
PENFOLDS BIN 8 SHIRAZ CABERNET MOON GIFT BOX
Since the beginning, Penfolds has been looking to the stars. Dreaming of what could be beyond.
This new limited edition space-themed moon crater tin celebrates this pioneering spirit of going beyond, rather than accepting the status quo. Give No Ordinary Gift.
Penfolds Bin 8 Shiraz Cab Sauv Moon Gift Box for $49.99 or $90 for 2 from Liquor Emporium
GUJING GONJIU BAIJIU
With a history of over 1,800 years, GujingGong Baijiu is one of the eight famous spirits in China. The process of the making of this longtime-cellared liquor is defined as millennium "Jiuyun Jiufa" brewing craftmanship that is inscribed into the list of the Anhui Intangible Cultural Heristage.