Luxury Gifts for Lunar New Year of the Dragon
9th February 2024
Lunar New Year 2024, or Chinese New Year. celebrates the welcoming of the mighty Year of the Dragon. With that we are seeing well-loved products honing elements of bright red and golden yellow, cognac blends edited to be more fiery and biscuits resembling the wonder of the mystical creature. SPHERE has compiled our selection of Dragonesque luxury gifts to bring good tidings beyond lucky coin-filled envelopes this Lunar New Year of the Dragon - from Fortnum & Mason to Chantecaille.
For wine lovers, a pick from Castiglion del Bosco's Zodiac Collection will do more than suffice. Initially launched in 2013 as a special edition to herald the Chinese Year, the line of exceptional wines are extracted from the very best grapes their vineyards have to offer. Developing a special-edition Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva cuvée that is only made in limited volumes. Each have a beautifully designed label corresponding to the relevant zodiac sign. The most recent addition, Year of the Dragon, designed by artist Alicia France. Incorporating native Montalcino plants into the dragon-themed design as a nod to the birthplace of the bottle's contents.
Those passing through Knightsbridge can view and purchase the Zodiac Collection via a stop into Harrods. Alternatively learn more about Castiglion del Bosco Year of the Dragon, as well as the full collection here.
To read our article on the release of the special-edition Zodiac collection read here.https://www.spherelife.com/eat-drink-sleep/chinese-new-year-dragon-wine-brunello
Biscuiteers Chinese New Year Letterbox Biscuits
A sweet tin of decorated biscuits through the letterbox never ceases to please on any given holiday – especially if that tin of biscuits happens to be from Biscuiteers. They’ve done it again, this time embodying three key icons of Lunar New Year in the form of lemon shortbread. A traditional Chinese lantern, a lucky red envelope and, for the Year of the Dragon, a hand-iced depiction of the mystical creature itself. Popping good tidings and a good tea accompaniment through the door of a loved one.
Each box of hand-iced biscuits is £25 and are available to order in advance or for next day delivery here.
Glenfiddich Gran Reserva
Designed by renowned artist, Raku Inoue is this special edition Glenfiddich Gran Reserva 21-year-old single-malt Scotch Whiskey. The iconic Glenfiddich stag is now seen on the front of the box as a majestic figure formed from flaming petals and entwined with blooming florals. Inspired by the magnificent wood dragon whilst drawing in elements of nature, representing growth and renewal. Raku’s aim with his design was to take us “on a journey to the great outdoors, harnessing some of the most magnificent elements”. As for the golden whisky itself, aged in Caribbean rum casks, brings sweet vanilla and toffee notes that wave in over time – topped with a spicy warmth dotted with fruity elements of banana and fig.
This Limited-Edition Gran Reserva as part of the Glenfiddich ‘Gift for Blossoming Futures’ collection is available at Selfridges here, where one can go the extra mile with personalisation on the vibrant box.
Fortnum and Mason Lunar New Year Hamper
There is no better way to welcome in luck and prosperity (or biscuits and chocolates) than with a wicker of goodies from Fortnum & Mason. Of course, featuring gold coins to ward off the evil spirits (made of chocolate, no solid gold included), green apple boiled sweets, their limited-edition tin of Lunar New Year biscuits, dark chocolate gingers and green tea with mandarin – topped off with a bottle of their Brut Reserve Champagne NV to toast the Year of the Dragon. All neatly packed into a basket to bring to the party, send to the party or have your own little party – when it comes to a gift to share, Fortnum’s never fail.
Available to purchase at Fortnum and Mason here, priced at £160.
La Mer Luck and Luminosity
If you needed an excuse to drop £240 on La Mer products, here it is. For Chinese New Year, the luxe skincare brand are offering a Luck and Luminosity gift set (worth £87) with any online spend of £240 or more. Including three minis of their most popular products to either test out or for dedicated fans to take to the skies with (if travels are in your future this year). Including the ultimate classic, Crème de La Mer, a little bottle of restoration with The Concentrate and 15ml of The Treatment Lotion. A triad for glassy skin seekers coming your way. Extra bonus, if you spend £300, is a detailed tulle Lunar New Year Keychain to embellish your house keys. Whether your shelves are filled with La Mer and you’re looking for a full stock up or treating someone to some of their products – this is your time to strike.
Explore La Mer's gifting options here and apply code LMLNY at checkout for your complimentary Lunar New Year gift.
L'Or de Jean Martell Assemblage Du Dragon
Not one spirit physically embodies the zodiac animal quite like Maison Martell. Every year, creating a special edition of their most prized cognac L’Or de Jean Martell with that year’s zodiac animal. This year, creating Assemblage du Dragon. Combining eaux-de-vie from previous dragon years and combining with the original blend. Resulting in a delicately floral and peppery cognac laced with berry. In addition to unique notes of tamarind, longan (a fruit known as Dragon’s Eye) and lotus seeds. Representing the elegant power and nobility of the mighty dragon. Finished with a dragon’s head stopper carved from Baccarat crystal and a neck engraved with 19-carat gold. This is a show-stopping piece meant for cognac collectors or serious spirit connoisseurs this Lunar New Year.
Priced at £8000, this prestigious edition is limited to 750 pieces at selected luxury retailers. Learn more at Martell.
Chantecaille Year of the Dragon Editions
With a new year comes rejuvenation. Whether that be linking up with old friends you haven’t seen in too long, putting a fresh coat of paint over you room – or rejuvenating your skin… Luxury botanical brand Chantecaille has released two Limited-Edition products, one makeup and one skincare – to rejuvenate as we enter the new year. Beginning with the Year of the Dragon Lip Chic, a fierce red presented in a mirror-shine gold bullet bringing hyaluronic acid rejuvenation along with a cherry sheen this 2024.
Onto the Bio-lifting Serum. Now this is a wonder serum if I’ve ever seen one. Packed full of innovative formulas to physically pump life back into your skin – one application at a time. Using a combination of stem cell extracts and peptides to visibly fill fine lines, smooth skin and brighten. Turning back the clock on your skin is indeed possible... For Lunar New Year, the serum is available in limited-edition packaging emblazoned with a coiling fiery dragon.