Last updated on May 25th, 2022
Chinese New Year arrives on February 1st 2022, so thinking about party ideas is wise now, to make sure you throw a lunar calendar celebration like no other. And one of the most important things to think about are Chinese New Year party favors ideas, because they’re very important in Chinese culture. But don’t worry, in today’s post we’ll take you through 8 gift ideas that are perfect for a Chinese New Year party. Before we get to the gifts though, let’s try to understand the Chinese New Year celebration some more, shall we?
Why Should We Prepare Chinese New Year Party Favors?
Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New or Spring Festival), is the beginning of a new year based on the Lunar calendar, as opposed to the Gregorian calendar we rely on. The Lunar calendar uses the position of the moon to calculate when the first date of the new year should be, which matches up to February 1st 2022 this year. It’s celebrated in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam, as well as many other countries around the world now.
But why are party favors so important? It’s because mini gifts or red envelopes are seen as a symbolic gesture of giving good luck and well wishes for the year ahead during the celebration of the Lunar new year. They bring luck to people in every aspect of their life, but especially so in terms of wealth and business activities. So, whilst we’re hosting a Lunar New Year Party, we should be prepared for guests to bring wine or candy, or some other small token of good luck. Naturally, we’ll want to return this kind and thoughtful gesture with gifts of our own, and party favors are the perfect way to do that!
How To Choose Chinese New Year Party Favors?
And whilst it may seem difficult, choosing Chinese New Year party favors couldn’t be simpler. For example, you may wish to choose:
- Something which implies luck – such as sweets, candy, or chocolate: when we eat something sweet we feel good and smile, so candy is a common gift for Chinese New Year party favors
- Chinese New Year Party Favors which is red or gold in color – red in Chinese culture represents luck and gold represents wealth, so they’re the perfect colors for your gifts
- Something which lines up with the Chinese zodiac sign of the specific year – each Lunar new year has a different zodiac sign. There are 12 in total: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. In 2022, the zodiac sign is the Tiger, so we can choose something with a tiger design for 2022’s party favors
Chinese New Year Party Favors Ideas
So, with all that in mind, here are our top 8 picks for Chinese New Year party favors ideas that will bring good luck and send well wishes to all your guests for the year ahead!
1. Chinese New Year Candy Box: A Chinese New Year Party Favors Ideas that wish everyone sweet in the year ahead
This red and gold 2022 designed with zodiac sign tiger candy box is the perfect way to present your candies, sweets, and chocolates to your guests as a small token of good luck. The red and gold colors are perfect for sending luck and wealth their way, and the delicious treats inside will bring a big smile to their face! We couldn’t think of a better way to start the party favors for a Chinese New Year celebration!
2. Chinese New Year Stickers
This beautiful pack of Chinese New Year stickers is the perfect way to decorate any homemade or shop bought candy or sweets you hand out for an extra personalized touch. Candy sends wishes for a sweet life, and you can send even more well wishes by choosing candy that is already wrapped in gold or silver foil, as these colors are both signs of wealth in Chinese tradition.
3. Chinese New Year Zodiac Animal Plush Tiger Toy
Why do we love these Chinese New Year zodiac animal plush tiger toys so much? Well, first, it’s a tiger, which is the zodiac sign for 2022. Second, it’s red in color, which represents luck. And finally, the Chinese word ‘福’ (pronounced like ‘Fu’ in English) also means luck. So in many ways, it’s like giving your guests a plush tiger whose name literally means luck and whose colors are lucky. It doesn’t get more well-wishy than that!
4. Year of Tiger Mascott Doll
This year of the Tiger Mascott doll is actually a piece of hanging decor for your guest’s to hang up at home, with some really important meanings behind them. These tiger dolls represent luck and safety throughout the entire year, and in traditional Chinese culture, the tigers can defend against demons and protect the whole family (especially children) for the year ahead, keeping them healthy and safe. What could be more appropriate than a party favor like this?
5. Chinese Fortune Knot
Chinese fortune knots are not, as you might expect by their name, about bringing fortune in the traditional understanding of the word. Instead, these red fortune knots (red again, so even more luck sent your guests’ way) are specifically for married couples, so you can hand these out to your friends who are married. They bring good luck and wishes for a harmonious relationship throughout the year, so this can be a really sweet, personal gift for your married friends that will mean a lot to them.
6. Chinese Brocade Pouch: A Chinese Party Favors Ideas to wish others affluent
A traditional Chinese brocade pouch like these should be decorated with blossoming flowers, which represent affluence. But giving out a brocade pouch should ALWAYS have something inside, because in Chinese culture, to give an empty gift is to give empty wishes. We think stuffing these beautifully decorated pouches with gold chocolate coins is a brilliant idea, because it sends luck for a sweet life, and wishes them well with their wealth because of the gold coins, too. Perfect!
7. Chinese New Year Tiger Brooch Pins
With Tiger being the zodiac sign of the 2022 Lunar New Year, we thought it would be good to include multiple tiger options in your party favor bags. These silver Chinese New Year Tiger brooch pins are the perfect way to represent the zodiac sign of the year ahead, whilst also being very flashy in the design. The silver bling represents wealth, so it’s perfect as a way of wishing your friends and family well for the year ahead financially.
8. Chinese New Year Paper Dragon
And finally, our last suggestion is a Chinese New Year Paper Dragon. You may recall us saying earlier that Dragon is one of the signs of the Chinese zodiac, but it’s also a sign of good luck in Chinese tradition, no matter which zodiac year it is. Kids will definitely love these as they’re fun to fly and play with, and we can’t think of a better way to end our well wishes for the Lunar year ahead than with smiles on children’s faces, and an extra dose of good luck!
We hope you will like our Chinese New Year Party Favors Ideas, and finally, we wish all the best with you in the new year of Tiger.