Gifts to celebrate the Year of the Rooster

The countdown is on to ring the Lunar New Year (January 28, 2017). We’ll be ushering in the Year of the Rooster according to the Chinese calendar. What does that mean? Roosters show strong character traits of being confident, honest and precise. They are a motivated bunch and fiercely loyal. So if you were born in the year of the Rooster that’s great. However, this is also a Fire Rooster Year. Fire is one of the five elements associated with the zodiacs and it cycles only once very 60 years.  In addition to the main characteristics, Roosters born in this particular element are also trustworthy and have a strong sense of responsibility. Having said that, you’re also probably a little more sensitive and feel more stress.  If you believe in “luck” then this is a year for people born in the year of the Rooster to be more cautious.

While we have a lot of customs and traditions this time of year, one that is becoming more popular with younger generations is the ideas of gifts to commemorate the New Year. While it may not be widely done, I admit that I have bought myself a few items and will probably add on a few little things for the younger kids in the family along side their lucky red packets.

In case you’re interested too…..

Jacky Tsai limited edition CNY iPhone Case by tech21: He’s already one of our favourite contemporary artists of today. As a Chinese pop artist, Tsai has collaborated with the likes of Shanghai Tang and Harvey Nichols. He recently also created the hull artwork for the Asia-based cruise line Dream Cruises. You’d probably best recognize his work with Alexander McQueen and his iconic floral skull images. For CNY this year, he’s released a limited edition orange and red with his unique style. Available at select Apple Stores worldwide.

Jacky Tsai Phone Case for tech21


Shanghai Tang’s Chinese Zodiac Chopsticks are made of wood and stainless steel with palladium plating. Available in black they are a strikingly beautiful way to commemorate the Year of the Rooster. Available through Shanghai Tang online.

Shanghai Tang

Yves Saint Laurent 2017 Chinese New Year Palette limited edition blush and highlighter set also features chinese art of knot work and tassels – a symbol for wealth and fortune. The colour palette itself features colour prism technology and offers a natural glowing look. Available at Holt Renfrew and Sephora.

YSL Chinese new Year 2017

Apple Watch Hermes (Series 2) is comprised of a stainless steel case with rose Jaipur Epsom Leather Single Tour. What we love about Series 2 is, along side all the existing features of the previous Apple Watch,  this series has a built-in GPS even if you don’t have your iPhone with you (great for a healthy new year of fitness, right?) and is also water resistant (50m) so you can even swim with it! We admit to have a bit of hesitation to wear our sport model in the water and was relieved that it lived up to the claims.

Apple Watch Hermes Series 2

Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry Swingman Jersey limited edition Red 2017 for CNY. Not only will it bring you good luck to your game (and the Raptors) but it also includes adidas climacool technology that wicks away moisture. Available through the NBA store.

Raptors NBA Chinese New Year

Mai Lin Jewelery: we’ve fallen in love with this sweet and super nice Toronto designer who makes every bracelet by hand. Call them reminder bracelets. Delicate offerings that are meant remind you of all the little (and big) things in life that are important to you. There are many colour and stone/metal combinations available and she can also custom design one for your needs. Each one holds a special meaning or thought. We spotted this red silk with tiny gold beads recently that’s perfect for CNY. It’s meant to be worn until it naturally comes off. Available at and on ETSY.

Mai Lin Jewellery

Butter Avenue brings us this year’s limited-edition Lunar New Year macarons. This featured flavour is Taiwanese oolong othmanthus tea topped with a “good fortune, good luck” Chinese character fondant.

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Papabubble Toronto artisan candies always comes up with delightful treats around the holidays. Candies are hand-made in their Toronto shop and are popular for their flavours and designs. If you’ve been fortunate enough to be at the store while they are making the candies, you can appreciate how much love goes into each piece. Loved by young and old and we can’t think of a sweeter way to usher in the New Year!

papabubble toronto






If you’re looking for something creative to do, select Apple Stores will once again be hosting creative workshops where you can design your own Chinese New Year Greetings on iPads and videos on iPhone. Long distance relatives, grandparents, aunties love this stuff! All workshops are guided and you can bring your own device or borrow one in-store. You must RSVP see for times and dates.

Chinese new year art on iPad


Links of London have created three new limited edition CNY charms for 2017 including the Sycee Charm (ingots) that are symbols of wealth and prosperity, Coin Charm, and the Happiness charm with an orchid- a flower that is often gifted in the new year. Of course, there’s also the Rooster charm too! By the way, starting January 28th, there will be an in-store Chinese New Year  Golden Envelope Offer with a chance to win a $500 shopping spree (check Links of London Bloor Street and Vancouver Holt Renfrew locations for details)

Links of London

By the way, if you want to check on what your zodiac sign can expect this year, our friend Mr. Will Wong has his annual tradition of bringing us New Year’s horoscopes that you may want to check out! Link here.

Happy New Year!

Sonya is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of She is also a well-established contributing lifestyle writer to other sites and magazines sharing her passion for arts & culture, fashion, beauty, travel and food. Sonya is based in Toronto, Canada. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @theculturepearl

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