Chinese New Year (CNY) is just around the corner and shops are starting to sell traditional Cantonese puddings and auspicious seafood. Bring something new to your festive meal with one of these creative and modern gifts. From oolong tea cookies to luxury candy boxes, pick a Chinese New Year gift for a foodie friend or family member and start their Year of the Ox off deliciously.
Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel
The bakery has put its spin for the new year by creating a fresh and fruity sweet treat to gift. The box of luck contains mascarpone cheese chocolates that are filled with a lava mandarin jam. Make sure to look on the back of your chocolate to find a little motif of what your luck will be this new year.
Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel, Shop OT G63A, G/F Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2613 8618 and Shop 1025B, 1/F, ifc Mall, Central, 9727 4759
Cookie Vission has baked two limited-edition special flavours to welcome the new year. A golden oolong tea cookie has a tea-infused vanilla cookie dough filled with a molten golden oolong ganache and dusted with gold for good fortune. The second is a dark chocolate boozy cookie with a Grand Marnier liquer crème brûleee centre and pieces of kumquat peel.
Cookie Vission, available online
Gift a box filled with luxuries this CNY from the Artisan Lounge. The range of hampers is filled with different traditional delicacies like dried scallops, deep-fried taro balls and handcrafted egg rolls. A lunar new year pudding is also available with a salted egg yolk and coconut base.
Artisan Lounge, Shop 008-008a, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2601 3428
How about a box of lucky charms from Cookie Smiles this year as a Chinese New Year gift? A combination of red and gold bite-sized balls are coconut and pineapple flavoured to pay tribute to traditional recipes. Cookie Smiles has thought of everything and even made CNY treats for a pet pooch. Infused with Chinese herbs, these herbal woof twisters are both tasty and help to strengthen bones for dogs.
Cookie Smiles, multiple locations across Hong Kong
Twist & Buckle
Step out of the box this new year with treats from around the world with Twist & Buckles CNY mini churros special. The Spanish tradition is paying respect to the festival by dipping its Churros in festively red raspberry chocolate before decorated with gold sparkles. A festive but international gift for your foodie friend.
Twist & Buckle, 29-31 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui
The luxury confections boutique has launched Lunar New year specials, luxury red and gold boxes filled with candies. Varying in sizes and flavours, treat a loved one to peach tea bears, chocolate orange peel or lotus flower gummies with a sweet lychee flavour.
Sugarfina, Shop 3327, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2116 4688 and Shop 1023, Podium Level 1, Harbour View Street, Central, 2868 5578
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Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason has a range of luxury hampers and gift boxes available to celebrate CNY. Ranging in size and price, hampers come filled with tea and biscuits. This Lunar New Year biscuit selection showcases the six of its best flavours for your most loved ones.
Fortnum & Mason, Shop 22, G/F, K11 Atelier, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3916 8100
Perhaps a Cake
These sweet treats will put a smile on anyone’s face to welcome the new year. Taking inspiration from the ox, these cake pops have been decorated in true CNY tradition. Each pop is made from its popular Valrhona chocolate cake and vanilla buttercream frosting.
Perhaps a Cake, available online
For your foodie friends who love to cook, this trio of artisanal sauces is the perfect Chinese New Year gift to start their new year off with a bang. The Sichuan inspired restaurant has made three sauces available in bottle form that ranges in spice level. The mandarin tangerine has a citrus spice, the premium abalone XO gives the sought after Ma Lang Tang numbing sensation and the spiciest is the ghost in the pepper sauce with premium ghost peppers.
Chilli Fagara, 7 Old Bailey Street, Central, 2796 6866
As part of the Nespresso World Explorations range, a new coffee is being launched by Nespresso, the Shanghai Lungo. A light-roast blend of Arabica beans creates a fruity profile with fine acidity with red fruit notes. A Lunar New Year 10-sleeve coffee assortment is also available that includes the new coffee and some of its best selling coffees.
Nespresso, multiple locations across Hong Kong and available online