Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Gifts for the Tea Lover

I am a tea fiend.  I really love afternoon tea when I can find one or feel like putting one together.  I can always count on having at least 40 ounces of tea per day, if not a full 64 ounces, especially with the colder weather upon us.  The Mr used to hate tea, and now he actually buys it on vacation.  We just had mugs of blueberry tea the other night from Bar Harbor, ME.  We've got ice wine tea from Niagara on the Lake, Canada, and some loose leaf teas from Mystic, CT, Bozeman, MT, and Rockingham, VT that all make me smile when I drink them.

If you have a tea lover in your life and need some gift ideas, below are some of my favorite tea products.  They make thoughtful gifts for family, friends, co-workers, or your Secret Santa recipient!

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Electric Tea Kettle


As someone who has minimal counter space, I swore I'd never get one of these because why use this when I have a microwave?  Then for some reason, I bought one out of the blue, and I wonder where it's been all of my life.  We had one in our rental in Montana, and it was awesome, so I got the one above that had the tea temperatures by type (white, oolong, green, black, etc.) and a keep-warm function.  You can obviously get a smaller, less fancy one like this for around $20.

Harney and Sons Tea Sampler


We went to the Harney and Sons Tea Shop in Millerton, NY in October, and it was an excellent experience.  It was the first time I ever had Harney and Sons tea, and I was thoroughly impressed.  We came home with 3 tins of tea!  This sampler is fantastic and has all types of flavors to enjoy.  Hot Cinnamon Spice, English Breakfast, Lemon Herbal, Egyptian Chamomile, Decaf Earl Grey, Organic Peppermint, Earl Grey, Raspberry Herbal, Decaf Ceylon, Organic Green with Citrus and Ginkgo, Ceylon & India, Organic Citron Green, Paris, and Japanese Sencha.  Yes, please!

Loose Leaf Tea Infuser


When I'm feeling fancy pants, I break out my loose leaf tea, and we have these to steep the goodness.  I fill it about a quarter up on one side, and I can get one mug out of it, and if I fill it halfway, I can get two cups from it.  There are a lot of great tea shops these days, and doing loose leaf feels like a luxurious self-care ritual.

Savannah Bee Tupelo Honey

There is seriously nothing better than Savannah Bee's Tupelo Honey.  It's rich, buttery and is the perfect complement for any flavor tea.  I love Beekman 1802's cinnamon honey as well, but sometimes you don't want a cinnamon island floating in your tea.  This Tupelo honey tastes perfect from the most robust black tea to green to the pale of white.  It is worth a little extra, and for a tea lover, they would totally appreciate it!

Make Your Own Tea Blend Kit


This awesome sampler kit, coupled with the mesh infusers above, would make the perfect gift.  A pinch of this, a dash of that, and they can experiment making their own blends.  They can be their own tea master.  How fun is that?

Tea for One-Pot and Mug


This gift is ideal for the person who doesn't have a ton of room but still wants to make a little ritual out of tea time.  The pot has an infuser, so they can use loose or bagged tea.  Two mugs later and they're all cozy, and there is a myriad of colors to choose from.  There are other more traditional styles you can search for as well or with a fancy pattern too.

Tea Time Spoon


How cute is this?  You can really make tea an event tied with a piece of twine to a tea sampler box.  Look how creative you are!

Teabag Coaster


No one wants to sit their tea bag or infuser on the counter and let tea leak everywhere.  Help prevent spills and stains with these adorable teapot shaped tea coasters!  I have one of these and love it!  This is a set of four, so if you have two tea lovin' friends, you can break up the set and gift two each.

Danish Butter Cookies


Shortbread cookies are the quintessential complement to hot tea.  A few of these babies dunked in their favorite brew is a little slice of heaven that will make them feel fancy.  Yes, your grandma probably had these and for good reason!  (Wasn't that a bummer when you'd think granny had cookies and you open it and the tin is now her junk or sewing tin?)

English Tea Shop Holiday Tea Advent Calendar

(Source- Amazon.com)

Finally, if you have a Christmas and/or advent calendar loving friend, there's no better gift for Thanksgiving (or at least before December) than this tea advent calendar!  How lovely would it be to start or end their day thinking of you every time as they enjoy a new flavor?  Or better yet, treat yo'self!!  You deserve it.

I hope this has given you some good ideas for the tea lover in your life.  I don't know any tea-loving fool like myself who wouldn't love one or more of these.  Many of them are small enough to not contribute to clutter, and every time they're used, your thoughtful gift will make them smile!

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  1. We have gotten into tea in the last few years and I'm glad. It's a ritual to unwind and sets a nice tone before going to bed, especially if it's accompanied by candles!

  2. I am still surprised when I hear that it isn't common for Americans to have an electric kettle in their kitchen. For everyone I know an electric kettle is as common as a toaster. My electric kettle gets used every day and in my office we go through about one every year due to frequent use.

    I typically have a cup of black tea with my breakfast (more on the weekends) and after supper. Through the work day I'll keep adding water to an herbal tea. I keep 5 different herbal tea blends on my desk and there is English breakfast, Earl Grey, Red Rose, and Tetley black teas plus green tea available to everyone in the communal kitchen at work.

    I love the idea of a tea advent calendar. I had never seen one before. I'll need to keep a look out for it.

  3. This is perfect - new boyfriend is a tea lover and I am...a coffee drinker (kind of like the difference between cat people and dog people, right??), so this is great timing!

  4. These are delightful gift ideas for tea lovers! Thanks for sharing these fun items!


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