Today marks the beginning of 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 calm and sweet. This means our kids will roar less, right?
To commemorate the start of the year 4721, we’ve rounded up a bunch of adorable Chinese New Year gifts for a new little bunny in your life — or any that may hop your way before the year is done.
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It wouldn’t be a Chinese New Year round up
without something gorgeous from long-time favorite Tree by Kerri Lee
. Her Chinese zodiac Birth Year Boxes
are such a pretty keepsake for a new boy or girl and come in four colors and two sizes
. Her simply sweet illustration of a rabbit (shown at top) sits atop a well-made wooden box that is so much better than shoving all those little hold-on-to-forever tokens into a shoebox.
The baby who is born with a pewter spoon
in their mouth from Beehive Handmade
is a lucky baby indeed (that’s how the saying goes, right?). Or choose a combo spoon and “spork” set,
a shiny child-size pewter mug,
or any combination for the newest baby in your life. Cute, but not cutesy, these heirloom-quality items are really useable and food safe, so no keeping them out of reach and untouched.
Keep your bunny cozy this winter with Boden’s sweet, baby blue cardigan
with little crocheted rabbits nestled on the sides. In sizes from newborn through 3 years, it’s okay to size up a little bit to make this last through the winter. Baby bunnies grow fast!
The author/illustrator team of Oliver Chin and Justin Roth have delighted us for years with their zodiac books
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.)
Get out the camera! A baby born in this Year of the Rabbit will be ready for their closeup with this truly adorable knit bunny hat topped with flowers
from The Blueberry Hill. Prefer the ears but not the blooms? They have several color combos
without the flowers too. (at Maisonette)
And, no, we don’t recommend giving babies chocolate, but let’s not forget their parents who could use a little pick-me-up after another 2am wake-up call. L.A. Burdick has an entire collection of delicious, handmade, ethically-sourced chocolates specifically for the Lunar New Year
. from one ganache-filled rabbit
for $3.95 to an entire crate of chocolates
But we especially love this reasonably priced, red-boxed sleeve
shown above which is filled with chocolatey rabbits and unique bonbons flavored with red bean, five spice, and Yoja and Soju. But hurry, they’re only sold through the 27th of January and then they hop, hop, hop away.