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Limited-edition items you can get for Chinese New Year 2021

Unique and quirky products to lust after for CNY

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Chinese New Year is Hong Kong's biggest annual celebration, but due to the current social distancing restrictions, we are celebrating the occasion differently and quieter this year. Some events have already been cancelled, but family traditions will live on at home. If you’re looking to collect CNY items or if you’re feeling generous and looking into gifting your favourite person, you can take advantage of the newly launched limited-edition products available in the market. From bags, luxe apparel, ear pods, sneakers, mugs, accessories, and chopsticks, here's a list of the products we have our eye on this year. 

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Burberry CNY capsule collection
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Burberry CNY capsule collection

Burberry is at it again for another CNY capsule collection, this time using the symbol of the ox as the main highlight. Featuring models Liu Wen and Wang Xiangguo for the campaign, and no creepy family portrait like the 2019 controversial CNY campaign, the collection includes trench coats, sporty items, pumps, sneakers, rain boots, scarves, sunglasses, baseball caps accented with horns – yes, Burberry thought you might need one – and a new colourway of Burberry's iconic pocket bag Olympia – which is punctuated with the Thomas Burberry monogram motif and illustrations of the ox. They even have pieces available for kids which includes jackets, skirts, shirts, and pants so you can dress up your little ones in style for the auspicious CNY celebrations. 

Price: $1,900 and above depending on the product
Where to buy: Order via hk.burberry.com

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Move over ox because Gucci's Chinese New Year mascot is Japan's favourite manga character, Doraemon. The collection features over 50 items, including jackets, shirts, coats, track pants, sneakers, shorts, a watch, sunglasses, bags, and a card case, in Gucci's classic monogram pattern with Doraemon prints and accents. But these quirky items don't come cheap, the lowest priced item in the collection is a floral silk twill neck bow priced at $1,600. Aside from that, most of the items go for over $3,000 to $48,000 depending on the product. So, if a generous friend won't gift you one of these, you can always buy a Doraemon sticker from the nearest stationery store and stick it on your favourite items instead. 

Price: $1,600 to $48,000 depending on the product
Where to buy: Order via gucci.com or visit select Gucci stores 

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Dr Martens CNY 1461 
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Dr Martens CNY 1461 

Iconic Docs, known for their classic leather boots and chunky-soled oxfords, is releasing a limited-edition 1461 to welcome the Year of the Ox. The smooth black leather oxford-style shoes are inspired by jade, the gemstone that symbolises prosperity, success, and good luck. 1461 is decorated with jade-coloured shoe holes and stitching, and a green coloured totem inspired by the wave movement of sea. Finishing off the look for these 1461s is a jade pendant charm hanging on the side of the shoes. If it brings luck every time you tap the shoes then any Doc Martens fan – or non-fan – will love a pair of these soles to add to their collection. 

Price: $1,299
Where to buy: Available at Dr Martens shops

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Because your current AirPods ain't good enough for CNY, to celebrate the coming Chinese New Year, Apple has launched a limited edition pair of AirPods Pro with a charging case that features a newly designed ox emoji. There are only 25,400 pairs of the Year of the Ox AirPods and will be exclusively available in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Taiwan, and Malaysia. In case you’re thinking of hoarding these units to give to all your relatives, think again, because customers are only allowed two units per order. So just buy it for yourself or get other gift ideas from this list!

Price: $1,999
Where to buy: Order online at apple.com or visit Apple stores

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Nike Air Jordan 1 Low CNY
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Nike Air Jordan 1 Low CNY

Every year Nike releases a Chinese New Year-themed sneaker capsule, and this year's collection draws inspiration from the scenes of temple fairs during the CNY holidays with three design themes – the firecracker, Chinese knot, and spring blossom. Featuring a mix of lifestyle and performance sneaks, the one that stands out the most is the audacious Year of the Ox themed Nike Air Jordan 1 Low CNY that will drop in stores on January 31. The pair combines the classic black and red colourway with floral and an ox-themed embroidery, gold detailing, a heavily stitched rear Wings logo in metallic gold thread – and as if that's not embellished enough – the design comes with lotus root tassels tied with a red string. Yup, this one screams CNY. 

Release Date: January 31, currently priced at US$130
Where to buy: Watch out for the release on nike.com.hk

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Starbucks never fails to celebrate different festivities with various collectables. For 2021, they are ushering in the Year of the Ox with commemorative products specially designed for the season. Designed in red, white, gold, and black colours, with ox and flower graphics, the Starbucks Chinese New Year 2021 collection includes over 20 drinking vessels for hot and cold beverages and various knick-knacks to bring you good luck as you welcome the Lunar New Year. The collection includes a stuffed bear toy, collectable music box, and snow globe along with teapot and cup sets, mugs and tumblers, and a cute ox coin bank in which you can store all your red packet money. 

Price: $188 and above depending on the product
Where to buy: Order via starbucks.com.hk or visit Starbucks stores

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Dior x Shawn Stussy
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Dior x Shawn Stussy

For the second time, Dior is collaborating with Shawn Stüssy, this time the two brands are celebrating the Year of the Ox in style with the release of their CNY capsule collection. Using hand-drawn graphics from the Stüssy and embroidered ox head patch as the capsule's emblem, the collection features streetwear items that include hoodies, bags, shirts, various accessories, and a reincarnation of Dior's B23 sneaker embellished with the Dior graffiti logo and an embroidered ox head patch. This collection is for those with deep pockets though, as each item comes with a hefty price tag starting at $1,900 with the jacquard tie. 

Price: $1,900 and above depending on the product
Where to buy: Order via dior.com

Longchamp CNY collection 
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Longchamp CNY collection 

Longchamp is welcoming CNY with a comical take on its iconic Le Pliage bag designed for the Year of the Ox. The release comes with a black and pale pink colourway in two sizes featuring a cow and a daisy silkscreen printed pattern. To complete the look, you can purchase the CNY black buffalo or pink and white baby bottle keyrings to pair with the bags. 

Price: Miniature Le Pliage $3,550; small size Le Pliage $5,700; key rings $950 each
Where to buy: Order via longchamp.com/hk

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Shanghai Tang limited edition Year of the Ox chopsticks 
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Shanghai Tang limited edition Year of the Ox chopsticks 

Dine in style for the Chinese festivities using Shanghai Tang’s limited edition Year of the Ox chopsticks set. The chopsticks come in red and purple colours embellished with a brass ox symbol at the tip and packaged in a special red gift box. Only 100 sets of these memorable keepsakes are available worldwide, so you better order now to get your hands on a set. 

Price: $1,380
Where to buy: Order via shanghaitang.com 

Swatch Ox Rocks 2021
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Swatch Ox Rocks 2021

Though giving a clock or watch as a gift is one of the biggest no-nos in Chinese culture because it symbolises ‘running out of time’, a lot of watchmakers still released a Year of the Ox edition to welcome the Chinese New Year. So for this one, maybe buy it for yourself. Swiss timepiece brand Swatch, known for its casual and playful watch designs, is ushering the Year of the Ox with a special CNY release. The bold design of the Ox Rocks 2021 features a fiery black, red, and gold-colored strap, and a face with a harmonious ox in a Yin and Yang shaped graphic adorned with two black crystals for the eyes of the ox. 

Price: $1,040
Where to buy: Order via swatch.com 

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