Today starts the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac, and after last year’s “Year of the Tiger”, I’m more than ready to settle down with something a little more cuddly and sweet. This means our kids will roar less, right?
To commemorate the start of the year 4709, I’ve dug up a bunch of adorable Chinese New Year gifts for the little bunny in your life — or any that may hop your way before the year is done. -Christina
Gotta love the little buck teeth on Colette Kids’ Beta Bunny Onesie
(at top), and the bright red color which will look great on boys and girls. And since my babies weren’t born furry, we’d go with the long sleeved version for these colder months, though there are short sleeves available for those warmer climates.
I have long coveted Tree by Kerri Lee’s Chinese zodiac Birth Year Boxes
which are such a pretty keepsake for a new boy or girl. And now she has created new personalized Chinese zodiac wall Art
exclusively for Uncommon Goods, and I am seriously in love. Her simply sweet illustration of a rabbit with room for a custom name and birth date is cleverly placed next to a keepsake memory board. So much better than shoving all those little hold-on-to-forever tokens in a shoebox.
The baby who is born with a pewter spoon (and spork!) in his mouth from Beehive Kitchenware
is a lucky baby indeed. Cute, but not cutesy, little bunnies hang out on the handles, and both pieces are engraved with “2011”, making this a fabulous new-baby gift. And, even better, they are really useable and safe with food, so no keeping these out of reach and untouched.
Not just another rabbit picture, this muted letterpress framed Year of the Rabbit Print
from Dahlia Press Shop tells more about the meaning behind this animal in the Chinese zodiac. I like that they’ve even thought to print the rabbit illustration in green, the color for the 2011 new year. The quiet palette keeps the many words from overpowering the piece and I appreciate that only the positive traits are listed here.
The popular handcrafted baby book from design studio Binth has been a favorite of modern moms for some time now, but the rabbit design on the cover has never been more appropriate as it is in 2011. It’s now available in a sophisticated brown, as an alternative to the original lime.
The author/illustrator team of Oliver Chin and Justin Roth, who have delighted us with their zodiac books
and pirate stories
, are back with another story based on the animals of the Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Rabbit
is not first-baby-book reading, but it will still look cute on the nursery bookshelf. Plus, the story about a little boy and a bunny will still be a fun read when that baby is old enough to be all ears at story time. Sorry, couldn’t resist.