Valentine's Day Chinese Lunar New Year gift guide

Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year are two days apart this year, and as these holidays are about celebrating love and family, I created a gift guide to treat your loved ones… and yourself!


Le Labo fragrance perfume

  • Le Labo
    • Gifting a candle/fragrance is quite personal, so it shows a level of closeness and intimacy.
    • Being able to personalize a gift makes that item even more special. On the “for:” line of the Le Labo label, you can choose from alphabet letters, Chinese characters, emojis, and more.
  • ‘Lys 41’ Eau de Parfum
    • While ‘Santal 33’ is their top-selling fragrance, I gravitate toward floral scents, and Lys 41 is a blend of jasmine and lily. It’s complex and not overly sweet — plus, it lasts all day.
    • In honor of Chinese New Year, I chose my Chinese name “袁聖茜” for the label. Having that personal touch makes this gift so memorable!
  • ‘Petit Grain 21’ Vintage Tin Candle
    • I also love citrus scents, and I’m so looking forward to Spring to burn this candle of orange blossom, bergamot, and white floral notes.

  • Drunk Elephant
    • Drunk Elephant is one of my favorite
      skincare lines EVER. I’ve used almost all of
      their products for years. I reviewed one of my
      favorite DE products here.
  • ‘T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial’
    • I prefer chemical exfoliation over physical,
      and this mask is one of DE’s hero products. I
      leave it on for 20 minutes, and with 25% AHA
      and 2% BHA, this mask resurfaces my skin and
      makes it, like its namesake, soo “baby” soft.
Jo Malone gel fragrance Drunk Elephant Baby Facial

Monica Vinader Siren pendant Linear Bead bracelet

  • Monica Vinader
    • Monica Vinader jewelry is so elegant, and what I love most is how you can personalize many pieces so they become truly one-of-a-kind gifts.
    • One of the cutest ideas I heard was how a husband had his kids draw something for Mother’s Day, and Monica Vinader engraved those drawings on a pendant!
  • ‘Linear Bead Friendship’ Bracelet
    • This rose gold bracelet is beautiful in a casual way, and it can be easily layered or worn on its own as a statement.
  • ‘Siren’ Pendant & ‘Riva Diamond Kite’ Pendant
    • I wrote about this necklace last Chinese New Year in this post, and it’s still one of my most beloved jewelry pieces that I wear all the time. Having my Chinese surname “袁” engraved on the pendant symbolically keeps my family close to me even though they are in Hong Kong.
    • You can shop more pendant necklaces here!

TPSY lip stain Bare Minerals lipstick Pixi Beauty matte liquid lipstick


  1. February 2, 2018 / 4:14 am

    Hi I am new to your Blog and Just loved it, I had also started following it. Have a Nice Day… 🙂

  2. February 5, 2018 / 2:26 am

    Awesome gift guide Carolyn! Love your picks for the lipsticks!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

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