The holidays are coming up, and with it lots of gift shopping. Whether you’re buying for a tea-loving co-worker, teacher, paramour, or friend, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled 10 gift ideas sure to put a smile on any tea aficianado.
1) Matcha Starter Kit
If you were inspired by our post about how to host a Japanese tea ceremony, scoop up this Matcha Starter Kit from Teavana. It includes a 40 gram-canister of Organic Imperial Matcha, an 80-bamboo bristled matcha whisk, and a matcha bowl inspired by traditional Japanese pottery.
2) Tea of the Month Club
Give the gift of tea every month with this Tea of the Month Club from Teabox. Your recipient can take a quiz that gives Teabox data to select the best teas for him or her. Depending on how much tea she dinks, Teabox will send the tea lover in your life enough tea to make 12, 30, or 120 cups of tea per month. Every time your recipient brews a cup, he’ll have you to thank. It’s the gift that keeps on brewing.
3) Oceanstar Bamboo Tea Box
This Bamboo tea box provides a sleek organizational system for any tea lover’s assortment of bags. An acrylic glass lid covers the box without obscuring a view of the eight storage pockets. This box dresses up any basic black tea bag, and matches the sophistication of the most intricate blends.
4) Shark Tea Infuser
This cute tea infuser from HeroNeo brings a little danger to your cup of tea. Well, not really. This shark’s made of silicon rubber and it’s too cute to bring anything but charm to your afternoon cup of tea. This sea creature can survive in water from -22 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Pretty tough for something so adorable!
5) Old Havana Teapot
This teapot from Anthropologie delivers a feminine, turquoise presence to your kitchen, and can double as a gorgeous vase when not in use boiling water. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe. Practical and stunning? Your Secret Santa will be praising your gift giving skills through the New Year.
6) Tea Cocktails: A Mixologist’s Guide to Legendary Tea-Infused Cocktails
For the tea and sprit-loving gentleman or lady in your life, this cookbook delivers innovative tea-based cocktail recipes. Your giftee will learn how to make concoctions such as: the Rooibos Berry Daiquiri, the Chai White Russian, the Riesling Jasmine Hot Toddy, and the Dark and Stormy Ginger Tea. Tea just got a little more grown-up, and this gift is perfect for those 21 and over.
7) Heart Shaped Mugs
Pick up these heart shaped mugs and personalize them with you and your significant other’s names. If your loved one is in a committed relationship with tea, this mug shows him that you are also his perfect match.
8) The True History of Tea
As one of the most consumed beverages in the world, tea has a long, rich history as an important trading commodity that linked empires in manners both enriching and violent. The True History of Tea explores that complex history. Author Erling Hoh of Archaeology and Natural History teams with University of Pennsylvania and The Tarim Mummies Professor Victor H. Mair for a book that explores tea in the ancient worlds of China and Japan to the modern European empires. For the tea-drinking history buff in your life, a book on the history of one of the world’s most important commodities is a slam dunk.
9) Personalized Tea Blend
Blends For Friends crafts a custom-blend of tea that perfectly encapsulates your gift recipient’s personality. You’ll get 125 grams of tea in a decorative tin with a “personalized and quirky blend recipe descriptor subtly referencing the personality traits of the recipient.” It also comes with a gift box so you won’t have to worry about gift wrapping. If you want to give a thoughtful, personal gift, you can’t get much better than this.
10) Sugar Doilies
If your giftee is on the fancier side, a cube of sugar just won’t do. So give him or her these sugar sculptures that add beauty to a cup of tea and dissolve in about 2 minutes.