8 Chinese New Year Gift Ideas

Macarons, chocolate, ice wine and more—we round up rooster-inspired treats just in time for the Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year falls on January 28th this year and we’ve rounded up eight Year-of-the-Rooster-inspired treats to help you and your loved ones celebrate


1. Ladurée Gift Set

Strut into your Lunar New Year party with this limited edition box of Chinese New Year macarons ($53) by world-renowned French pâtisserie Ladurée. The brilliant red macaron box features a gold rooster to signify the Year of the Rooster, and includes a lush assortment of the meringue-based snacks.
Available for a limited time at Ladurée (1141 Robson Street, Vancouver)


2. Thomas Haas Lunar New Year Collection

Beloved local chocolatier Thomas Haas has created a special Lunar New Year collection, replete with a hand-casted cocoa butter mandarin orange with traditional gold-foiled coins ($18) and a dark chocolate hand-painted Fire Rooster ($48) to commemorate the zodiac sign. Completing the collection is “Lucky Lucy” ($28) a gleeful young girl ornately crafted out of white and dark chocolate. Everything in this collection looks almost too good to eat.
Multiple locations


3. Red Rooster 2014 Riesling Icewine

“The rarest and sweetest rooster of them all,” this Riesling Icewine ($60) is a great addition to any Chinese New Year soirée. This decadently sweet vino has divine notes of candied lemon, honey and pineapple. Fittingly labelled with the winery’s rooster logo, this wine would be perfect bottle to crack open on January 28th. Available online at Red Rooster Winery.


4. Purdy’s Assorted Rooster Chocolates

This special edition box of Purdy’s assorted chocolates ($20) includes a sweet palate of flavours, including coconut mango cream, caramelized hazelnut meltie and yuzu jelly ganache, sure to satisfy the distinct tastes of any sugar savant. The chocolates come in gorgeous red and gold packaging with a laser-cut etching of a rooster to commemorate this turn of the lunisolar calendar. Available for a limited time at select Purdy’s Chocolatier locations.


5. Treasure Green Tea Company Gift Set

Looking for a Chinese New Year gift for tea connoisseurs? You can’t go wrong with a gift set from Treasure Green Tea Company (227 East Georgia Street). Located in the heart of Chinatown, this specialty store offers up an impressive varietal of teas and teaware. The Pu-erh CHA Extravagance Gift Set ($54) includes two high-end custom tea waffle bricks sourced from the Bing Dao mountain area in China.

6. Year of the Rooster pure silver coin

For those seeking a keepsake gift this Chinese New Year, look no further! The Royal Canadian Mint has added a pure silver coin ($101.88) to their limited edition Chinese Zodiac Collection. Designed by Canadian artist Aries Cheung, the $15 coin features a stylized depiction of the rooster in celebration of this year’s zodiac. The unique mintage of this coin makes it extra special—only 10,888 of them have been produced.


7. Lalique Gold Luster Rooster Figure

Renowned glassmaker Lalique celebrates the Year of the Rooster with this intricate gold luster rooster ($400). With its soft curves and delicately carved features, this stunning glasswork exemplifies the distinct artistry of the French company.
Available at Atkinson’s (1501 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver)


8. Chinese New Year Basket by Pacific Basket Company

Spread some cheer this Chinese New Year with a limited edition box from Pacific Basket Company. The Coquitlam company has curated five specialty Chinese New Year-themed gift baskets, including a lavish “Lunar New Year” basket ($172.95) with delectable local products like Urge Oranji chocolate, caramels by Tout de Sweet, and cherry jam by Caramoomel, or the “Good Fortune” basket ($45.88) with maple popcorn, Chinese lucky candies and more.