Chinese New Year 2020: 8 Not-so-basic gifts your hosts will love


By Charmaine Loh

Chinese New Year 2020: 8 Not-so-basic gifts your hosts will love

Ready for the slew of annual house visits this Chinese New Year? One of the many unspoken rules of #CNY house visits is to never go empty-handed, but what else can you bring along besides the staple combo of mandarin oranges and pineapple tarts? Below, glean eight Chinese New Year gift ideas your friends and family members would likely appreciate:

Royce’ chocolates

For the festive season, Royce’ has launched an array of chocolate goodies that will make pique anyone’s taste buds. Take your pick from one (or all) of the three new additions: Royce’ Street, Potatochip Chocolate and Nutty Bar Chocolate.

Carefully crafted from globally-sourced quality ingredients, premium cacao beans and fresh Hokkaido milk, these luxurious Japanese treats are perfect as gifts or for your guests. The collection is also elegantly wrapped in shades of red and gold with delicate floral motifs to reflect the festivities.

Available online and in Royce’ boutiques nationwide. For more information, visit this website.

Whittard of Chelsea tea gift sets

To celebrate the Year of the Rat, Whittard of Chelsea has introduced two CNY-exclusive packaging designs: mini caddies embellished with prosperous plum blossoms and peonies, and boxes with graphic illustrations of rats and well wishes in Mandarin. The mini caddies come in three flavours—Coconut Oolong, Chelsea Breakfast and Lucky Lychee, while the boxes come in two flavours—Milk Oolong and Lucky Lychee.

Drop by their store in 1 Utama Shopping Centre to check out these limited-edition exclusives. For more information, visit this website.

TWG Hanami Teapot in Red

Got a relative/friend who’s a tea aficionado? Score a teapot from TWG to make their day. The Hanami Teapot from TWG is now available in a deep red shade with cherry blossom engraving—perfectly apt for this CNY. Made from cast iron and enamelled to prevent it from rusting, the teapot is suitable to brew any type of tea.

Visit any TWG stores (The Gardens, Pavillion KL, Bangsar Shopping Centre and KLIA) to discover their full range of teapots. For more information, visit this website.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label

If your relative is more inclined to a good bottle of whiskey over Chinese tea, Johnnie Walker’s limited edition Blue Label Rat Pack may just be up his/her alley. This limited edition bottle is designed by artist Shirley Gong and is inspired by the vitality and positivity of the rat.

Crafted in Scotland, only one in every 10,000 casks has the elusive quality, character and flavour to deliver the signature taste of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. The drinker can expect initial notes of vanilla, honey and rose petals before broadening out to include a zesty orange flavour with notes of hazelnut, sherry and dark chocolate.

For more information, visit this website.

Nespresso coffee capsule assortment pack

In conjunction with CNY, Nespresso has launched an assortment of five-sleeve and 10-sleeve coffee capsule sets, including their best-selling coffee capsules such as Master Origin India, Columbia and Ethopia. With this gift, anyone can brew cafe-grade coffee right in the comfort of their homes. Purchase any 10-sleeve assortment pack to be eligible for a RM188 discount on espresso machines and a RM288 discount on milk and latte machines.

For more information, visit this website.

Crème De La Crème (CDLC) ice cream gift set


Dessert is a foolproof option to gift anyone—and these super cute CNY-themed ones? Irresistible is an understatement. CDLC has curated an ice cream petits gâteaux gift set this festive season, featuring four adorable designs: I moved your cheese, Kum-ilicious, Baby, you’re a Firecracker and Lucky Koi—each with different flavours.

Priced at RM88, these gift sets are available for pre-order now—collect it from 16 – 23 January and 26 January – 9 February. Planning on visiting the store soon for a cold treat? These sets are available for dine-in as well.

For more information, visit this website.


Eu Yan Sang gift sets and hampers

The century-old brand has been offering traditional Chinese medicine for healthcare and wellness, and this festive season, you can shop a variety of gift sets and hampers with products such as bird’s nest, essence of chicken and abalone.

Prices range from RM60 to RM36,888. For more information, visit this website.

Amazin’ Graze Lunar New Year Variety Nuts Box

Snacking is inevitable when you’re visiting friends and family this festive season, but here’s how you can add a healthy spin to the snack table this year. Check out Amazin’ Graze’s newly-launched gift boxes that include eight different nut mixes with flavours such as spicy mala and pandan coconut—there is surely something for everyone.

For more information, visit this website.

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