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January 22 marks the beginning of Lunar New Year, and 2023 is the year of the Rabbit, bringing longevity, peace and prosperity. While traditional gifts often include red money envelopes, other items such as tea and food, beauty products, and household items may also be given.
According to Joanne Kwong, President of Pearl River Supermarket, an NYC-based department store owned by AAPI, “Growing up, my family followed all sorts of Chinese superstitions in order to increase our luck for the whole year. Clean the house before Tet, dress in red, decorate with orange and flowers, gather with family and friends – luck increases. Eating lucky food is my favorite way to raise the luck barometer.” Like millions of Americans, Joanne continues this tradition to this day with her children.
Many brands launch limited editions for the Lunar New Year. Scroll through to see some of the best options for gifts or to keep for yourself.
Sur La Table Lunar New Year Collection
Sur la Table is playfully designed tableware and sheets, rice cookers, and more from their limited edition Five Rabbits collection. Whether for celebration or just to admire the aesthetic, these will give your table a festive charm.
The Fruit Company Tet Gift Box
Save $23 with code Lunar23
succulent oranges and tangerines bring luck, happiness; Crispy apples provide safety; Beautiful pomegranates bring prosperity and longevity.
Sugarfina Lunar New Year Bento Box
Pearl River Mart chili box
If you like spicy Tet, try this dish friendship box from Pearl River Mart. Hot seasoning as popular Flying By Jing Includes Sichuan Crispy Chili, LA-based Kwong Shop Crispy Chili and more to keep you or the giftee hot all year long. Pearl River Mart also offers all different types friendship box to give away all year round.
Pat McGrath Limited Edition MatteTrance Lipstick
If you prefer to wear lucky red instead, Pat McGrath Labs has some gorgeous Lunar New Year new launches that are sure to sell out quickly. Try this beauty brick red lipstick for gentle everyday charm, while attracting good luck. The limited edition shade is debugged with a beautiful brocade design. there is also a beauty eye palette.
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