32 Lunar New Year Food Gifts We Can’t Wait to Bring to the Table

One of them? A giant White Rabbit candy.

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Updated on February 07, 2024

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Photo by: Photo courtesy of Té Company

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Lunar New Year falls on Saturday, February 10, ushering in the year of the wood dragon. From themed-candies and desserts (pineapple cakes, Asian-inspired Twix bars, “Good Luck” truffles… just to name a few!) to easy and delicious meals, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite products to celebrate, many from AAPI-owned businesses. Grab one, or a bunch, to bring a special touch to any gathering, or to gift family and friends for a year of good fortune and happiness.

$68
Té Company

Taiwanese tea shop Té Company has put together a box of festive treats featuring eight lucky ingredients. Each package — which features a dragon drawing by illustrator Yi-Chin Chen — contains traditional nut candies, along with two types of cakes. Serve with your favorite tea or order the set with a recommended tea pairing.

$20
Formosa Chocolates

Back by popular demand, these Asian “Twix” bars are sure to be the talk of any holiday get together. Each bar is filled with miso caramel and black sesame shortbread, then enrobed in bright red chocolate. The Taiwanese American-owned chocolate shop also releases an annual Lunar New Year box of its signature Asian-inspired bonbons.

$199.95
Williams Sonoma

This stunner will undoubtedly elicit “oohs” and “ahhs” as soon as you set it on the table. The bright red braiser has an embossed dragon on the lid and all the qualities Staub’s cast-iron cookware is known for. It’s perfect for those low-and-slow braises, roasts and even soups.

$12
Chop Suey Club

A package wrapped to look like one giant White Rabbit candy that contains 35 individually wrapped White Rabbit Candies – need we say more? Stock up on these hilariously fun treats from Chop Suey Club, a lifestyle boutique for contemporary Chinese design and art.

$50
Rooted Fare

Kick off the new year on a sweet note with this trio of spreads. It includes two of Rooted Fare’s most popular flavors (the Crunchy Black Sesame Butter and Pineapple Cake Cashew Butter), plus a special Lunar New Year release. The new Red Dragon Passion Fruit Spread not only bursts with tangy, fruity flavor, but also gets a delightful crunch from crushed oat cookies.

$19.95
Starbucks

Didn’t get your hands on the coveted Starbucks Stanley tumbler? Luckily, there’s more limited-edition merch available. The Year of the Wood Dragon collection is currently in stores and includes a cold cup, mug and tumbler with sparkling designs of the mythical creature.

$20.95
Honolulu Cookie Company

Bring good fortune and delicious buttery treats from a famed Hawaii cookie producer. This gift set from Honolulu Cookie Company contains an assortment of its beloved shortbread cookies in flavors such as guava, pineapple macadamia and white chocolate coconut.

$350
Royal Salute

Cheers to a fresh start with a bottle of Royal Salute whisky. The premium Scottish distillery tapped Chinese artist Yunshu Li to design a limited-edition bottle of its 21-Year-Old Signature Blend. It’s got a luxury price tag, but the whisky fan in your life will greatly appreciate this thoughtful token.

$53
Vân Vân

Preparing a Vietnamese feast for Tết? Immigrant- and woman-owned Vân Vân sources its fragrant herbs and spices from farmers in Vietnam and donates a portion of proceeds to non-profit Saigon Children. This collection includes all the essentials you need to add big flavor to celebratory dishes and everyday home cooking. Purchases made before February 10 will receive a Year of the Dragon gift.

$6.50
Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sprinkles has partnered with the Bruce Lee Foundation and AAPI non-profit Gold House on a festive riff of its red velvet cupcake. The Gold Dragon Bruce Lee Cupcake highlights almonds in three ways: slivered nuts are swirled into the batter and the cake is baked on an almond cookie crust, then topped with an almond cream cheese frosting. They’re only available for pickup and local delivery, but other flavors can be shipped nationwide.

$98
Nguyen Coffee Supply

Nguyen Coffee Supply’s new coffee essentials box is a complete starter kit that’ll keep you energized in the new year. It features a sampling of Nguyen’s coffee beans and canned cold brew, along with a phin, stackable glass mug and scoop.

$52
East Fork

Every year, pottery shop East Fork releases seasonal glazes that are only available for a limited time. One such recent color is the Henri, a vibrant poppy red whose run has been extended for Lunar New Year. The coupe, which falls somewhere in between a bowl and plate, is a versatile piece that can hold everything from fruit to your family’s favorite holiday dish.

$44.99
MìLà

Thanks to their lucky shape, dumplings are an essential Lunar New Year food. For a limited time, soup dumpling specialists MìLà has teamed up with Seattle’s Phở Bắc on a pho-inspired xiao long bao. Each dumpling is filled with an aromatic broth reminiscent of the warming Vietnamese noodle soup.

$18.29
Target

Whether you send an entire box or hand out the individually-wrapped treats one by one, this adorable gift from Taiwanese noodle maker A-Sha will be a guaranteed hit. Each buttery cake is filled with a sweet, jammy paste made from Taiwanese golden breed pineapples.

$119.95
Goldbelly

This dim sum kit from New York City establishment Jing Fong comes with everything you need to ring in the new year. It not only arrives with a variety of dumplings, noodles and other auspicious foods, but also includes a bamboo steamer and sauces so you can properly reheat and enjoy. A portion of sales will go to Welcome to Chinatown’s Longevity Fund, which helps local small businesses.

$56
Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatier

These petite gems from Houston chocolatier Annie Rupani highlight the flavors and techniques she learned while attending a chocolate course in Malaysia. Each box has 16 exquisitely decorated bonbons with fillings like red bean-coconut, five spice praline and a subtly-spicy strawberry peppercorn.

$184
The Qi

Flowers are often used to decorate for the holiday and you can also gift them in the form of a soothing tea with this beautiful set from The Qi. These floral tisanes are naturally caffeine-free and can be steeped in water for leisurely sipping or infused into cocktails and mocktails for a party.

$17.66
Bookshop.org

This book about a young girl’s family traditions for the Lunar New Year, which include the making of pineapple cakes, is perfect to read with kids. Order a copy from Yu and Me Books, the first female owned Asian American bookstore in New York City.

$18.10
Amazon

Set in Malaysia, this new book written by Kimberly Lee and illustrated by Charlene Chua follows a young boy who dreams of joining his grandmother in the kitchen as she preps for the new year. Through Jin’s perseverance and the colorful, vivid drawings, kids will learn all about nyonya food traditions and culture — and can even try their hand at a dish using the bonus recipe.

$36
Studio Null

For those who are extending their Dry January goals, but also want to toast the holiday with something bubbly, AAPI co-founded Studio Null has some great non-alcoholic wines. This delicate sparkling white wine is sourced from Spain’s prestigious Rueda region.

$4.99
Issei

Starting the new year on a sweet note is a custom for many who celebrate. These bouncy mochi gummies are inspired by a Japanese new year tradition (which is celebrated on January 1), but also make a lovely addition to Lunar New Year candy trays. Since they’re made from rice flour and tapioca starch, they’re naturally vegan and gluten-free, an ideal treat for any guests with special dietary needs.

$125
Lady M

Lady M Confections, a cake boutique known for its elegant crepe cakes, has brought back its seasonal red bean flavor for Lunar New Year. The luxurious cake has layers of handmade crepes and whipped pastry cream made from azuki beans from Hokkaido, Japan. Online cake orders ship free with Year of the Dragon red envelopes. Lady M also releases a limited-edition gift set every year — it’s currently sold out online, but may still be available in stores.

$58.88
Junzi

Spice up your meals with two beautifully decorated Year of the Dragon-themed jars of Junzi chili oil nestled in a red and yellow gift box. The package includes a jar of the restaurant’s original flavor, along with an exclusive Aged Tangerine Celebration Chili Oil infused with dry-aged citrus peels sourced from Hong Kong. These jars will take the spotlight amongst your pantry staples and on your celebration table.

$170
Our Place

Outfit your kitchen or that of a loved one with Our Place’s new wok and get ready to stir fry like a pro. The 12-inch wok is made from pre-seasoned carbon steel and comes with accessories for steaming, frying and so much more. For Lunar New Year, they’ve partnered with Fly By Jing to include the chili oil maker’s bestselling sauce trio.

$45.95
Goldbelly

Famous bakery Kee Wah is dishing out sweet nian gao imprinted with a dragon and panda. Like the adorable companions on this traditional Chinese New Year dessert, this set is made to be shared with your nearest and dearest. Just slice and pan fry to crisp-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside perfection.

$25
Valerie Confections

A decadent box of chocolate truffles makes a gorgeous addition to any celebration. These bite-sized treats from Valerie Confections, an AAPI-owned chocolate company in Los Angeles, are emblazoned with 福, the Chinese character for good fortune.

$99.95
Goldbelly

Bring on the pints! This sweet New Year’s package from Ice Cream Jubilee, an AAPI woman-owned ice cream shop in Washington D.C., includes five flavors (Red Bean Almond Cookie, the egg tart-inspired Dan Tat Brulee) featuring classic East Asian ingredients. Nutty, sweet and creamy, this package has something for everyone including a vegan-friendly Pear Plum Wine Sorbet.

$18
Copper Cow Coffee

Copper Cow Coffee is ringing in the Lunar New Year with a new flavor of its single-serving pour overs. A collaboration with influencer Alissa Nguyen (a.k.a. @gaming_foodie), it blends Vietnamese coffee with ground cardamom and vanilla bean to bring a fragrant, joyful jolt to the year.

$35
Stick With Me Sweets

The jewel-like chocolates from small-batch chocolate shop Stick With Me are almost too pretty to eat. This Lunar New Year collection features six gorgeous bonbons with fillings like macadamia puff rice and orange house praline. The box arrives wrapped in a limited-edition red sleeve.

$80
Sugarfina

Sugarfina tapped reality star Cherie Chan to design and curate its Year of the Dragon collection, including this Lunar New Year spin on its signature Candy Bento Box. Open the doors to unveil eight festive candies like yuzu caramels, pineapple gummies and lychee-flavored lotus flowers.

$44.99
Sông Cái Distillery

Shaking up cocktails? Opt for Sông Cái Distillery’s Spiced Roselle Gin, perfect for winter celebrations. The ruby-colored gin is inspired by traditional Vietnamese fruit liqueurs.

$52.95
Mercado Famous

A non-traditional gift for your charcuterie-loving friends and family, this bundle contains three packs of different Jamón from Mercado Famous, a Chinese-founded, Spanish charcuterie brand.

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