Updated: January 5, 2018
It’s January 2018, and we’re still in the year of the Chicken, or Rooster, but the Year of the Dog (2018) will start on February 16, 2018. People born on or after this day and before the next Chinese New Year — February 5, 2019 — will have dog as their Chinese zodiac sign.
If you’re born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, or 2018, you are considered a “dog,” unless your birthday is on January or February before the lunar new year, and in that case, you’re a “chicken!” ;-)
To mark the occasion of the Year of the Dog, here are our top 5 recommended products to celebrate.
The Royal Canadian Mint’s Pure Gold or Silver Year of the Dog Coins (2018) (link)
These coins are a little pricey and not necessarily the best value from a purely money collector’s point of view, but they’re very beautiful and are a one-of-a-kind gift. The character on the coins, 狗 (gǒu), means dog.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Lucky Money Collection: The Year of the Dog 2018 (link)
This is an uncirculated $1 Federal Reserve note with a serial number beginning with “8888.” It is sold for $5.95. If it’s sold out, you can buy their “8888” $1 Fortune Note instead. However, it doesn’t come with the Year of the Dog 2018 red folder.
Starbucks Lunar New Year FY18 Gift Card (link)
The Lunar New Year Starbucks Card comes with a special red envelope with “2018” in gold foil. The Chinese characters on the card, 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè), mean “Happy New Year.” The only downside is that I wish they used traditional Chinese characters, the norm in Chinese communities in North America, instead of the simplified. The card is essentially “free” because you can buy the gift card and transfer money back to your Starbucks account, but people are selling this card—with zero balance—on eBay for up to $3 already!
Good Characters Year of the Dog 2018 Bookmark (link)
Not to toot our own horn too much, but we also wanted to mention our product, which is an elaborate and substantial wooden bookmark with the phrase, 好運旺旺來 (hǎo yùn wàng wàng lái), which means blessings and good luck come vigorously and abundantly. 旺旺 (wàng wàng) means prosperous, flourishing, or vigorous. It’s a pun on the words 汪汪 (wàng wàng), which is the onomatopoeia for a dog’s bark in Chinese; much like “bow wow” in English. This bookmark is for the literary-minded person who needs something more sophisticated than the generic word for dog.
USPS Year of the Dog Stamp (link)
This stamp features the lucky bamboo in the center, an intricate cut-paper design of a dog, and the Chinese character for dog, 狗 (gǒu), drawn in grass-style calligraphy on the left as well as a red, lozenge-shaped Lunar New Year decoration with the character, 福 (fú), that means blessings or good fortune on the right. If you’re a procrastinator and missed the Christmas and New Year dates, here’s your chance to buy the stamp and mail lunar new year greetings before mid-February!
Which one do you like best?
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