Chinese New Year 2021: The ultimate Year of the Ox gift guide

Zoe Gunn

25 January 2021

From fine jewellery to luxury accessories, celebrate Chinese New Year with these lunar Zodiac-inspired gifts

25 January 2021 | Zoe Gunn

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The 12 February 2021 will mark Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Ox and, while celebrations in the Western world may be a little muted this year, many luxury brands have stepped in to make the occasion special. Representing hard work, positivity and honesty, the Ox is the perfect role model for those looking to make a fresh start and, accordingly, designers have found inspiration in this noble animal. Here are some of the best luxury gifts for Chinese New Year 2021.

BOSS Lunar New Year Capsule Collection

Not content with releasing just one or two new pieces in honour of Lunar New Year, BOSS has gone one step further and created an entire capsule collection to celebrate the Year of the Ox, comprising menswear, womenswear and accessories created in a classic palette of red, black and gold.

For women, the capsule collection offers elegant, refined silhouettes, including beautifully tailored separates, printed dresses in lightweight chiffon and cosy minimalist sweaters, so you can subtly celebrate Chinese New Year from morning until night. For men, meanwhile, an intricate and abstract ox print pattern has been applied to Italian silk shirts, reversible water-repellant bomber jackets, backpacks and T-shirts to create eye-catching pieces you’ll want to wear long after the celebrations have finished. Pair with BOSS’ classic tailored trousers or smart loungewear for a look that fits the bill however you’re celebrating this year.

Finally, a range of pared back accessories offers a more discreet way to ring in the lunar new year. BOSS’ cherry red silk twill scarf with understated gold detailing will make the perfect gift for a sister, aunt or mother while we’d highly recommend picking up the patent-leather black clutch bag, Italian leather shopper or, for men, the office-ready portfolio case for yourself. Trust us, you’ll be using them for seasons to come.

Seen someting you like? BOSS is now offering exclusive shopping experiences at its Regent Street boutique. Contact the store to book a private, virtual consultation from the comfort of your own home and allow the brand's team of experts to guide you through the collections. Any purchases will then be made securely and shipped directly to you – it couldn't be simpler. Book your appointment here or call the team on 0207 734 7919.

Lunar New Year capsule collection, BOSS

Harry Winston Premier Chinese New Year Ox Automatic 36mm

Thanks to their documenting of the passing of time and long-lasting appeal, watches have always been a favourite gift for Chinese New Year. To celebrate the Year of the Ox, Harry Winston has added this stunning scarlet piece to its Premier Collection. Crafted in rose gold with a 36mm case perfect for smaller wrists, the watch features a diamond ox emblazoned against a red mother-of-pearl landscape and has been created in a limited edition of just eight pieces in reference to the luck the number is thought to possess in Chinese culture.

Premier Chinese New Year Ox Automatic 36mm, POA, Harry Winston

Ladurée Chinese New Year Boxes

At a time when visiting loved ones in person is a near impossibility, beautiful gifts that can be sent through the post really come into their own. This is exactly what purveyor of the finest French macarons, Ladurée, is offering with its limited edition Chinese New Year boxes. Housed in bright gift boxes decorated with Chinese calligraphy and symbols of the Ox, choose from classic macarons, gold chocolate macarons or the brand’s pretty pink Spring Festival macarons. Bon appetit.

Chinese New Year macaron boxes, from £22, Ladurée

Alighieri Year of the Ox Necklace

Handmade in London’s Hatton Garden, this necklace from cult British jewellery brand Alighieri comes from a range that extends to all 12 animals of the Lunar zodiac - ideal if you’re buying for someone who would prefer a gift featuring their birth animal. Unusually designed to resemble an ancient treasure, we’re rather taken with the Ox design, however, and have no doubt the lucky recipient in your life will be too.

Alighieri Year of the Ox Necklace, £195, Net-A-Porter

Chopard L.U.C. XP Urushi Year of the Ox

A product of Chopard’s highly regarded Metiers d’Art craftsmen, this Year of Ox 88-piece special edition draws on traditional Asian artistic techniques, combined with the finest haute horology, to create a truly exceptional timepiece. Powered by an ultra-thin L.U.C 96.17-L in-house movement, the watch’s dial has been created by Chopard’s Japanese lacquer masters to depict the humble labour and earned prosperity the Ox represents.

L.U.C. XP Urushi Year of the Ox, £21,500, Chopard

Annoushka Mythology Red Envelope Ox Charm

Red envelopes filled with money are a traditional gift at many Chinese celebrations, including wedding, graduations and, of course, New Year. Crafted in 18ct gold and red enamel, to celebrate the Year of the Ox, fine jewellery brand Annoushka has recreated the classic envelope as a delicate charm finished with an ox motif. Available on its own or as part of a necklace or bracelet set, the charm can also be personalised for a truly one-of-a-kind gift.

Mythology Red Envelope Ox Charm, £1,500, with necklace, £2,150, and with bracelet, £3,300, Annoushka

Dior Grand Bal Jardin Fleuri

Looking for something less explicit in its celebration of the Year of the Ox? Created to mark the festive season in general, Dior’s highly feminine Grand Bal Jardin Fleuri watch has been designed in the perfect colour palette for Chinese New Year. Powered by an automatic Dior Inversé 11 1/2 calibre, the movement’s oscillating weight is adorned with gold, diamonds, pink sapphires and rubies which swirl against a red mother-of-pearl dial.

Grand Bal Jardin Fleuri, £27,000, Dior

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