Goodbye November, hello December! I can’t believe how quickly the holidays are here again. It’s officially the holiday season along with crazy holiday shopping!
Not to worry, I’m here to help you out with some awesome tea gift ideas for the tea enthusiast in your life.
For today’s post, rather than give you suggestions for tea recipes, (more tea recipes next week – I promise!) I thought I would share with you some of my all-time favorite tea related things that just so happen to make great gifts. Let’s unwrap some presents!
Whether you are a tea enthusiast or you are gifting to one, you have nothing to lose with this list. This is simply a collection of tea things that I love using in my life so I know they make great tea gift ideas.
Since I am already an official tea lover, this was a fun post to write. It’s like shopping! Some of the things here I already own, so I can wholeheartedly recommend them. Other things are on my own wish list, but if I like them, I’m guessing that special tea lover on your list will love it too.
Most of the items I’ve listed are gifts you can buy on Amazon. If you have Amazon Prime (I recommend you do), then you know shipping is within 48 hours and FREE. Who doesn’t want that? If you have such a busy life that you order frequently from Amazon, Prime is definitely worth it. Seriously.
Here Are My Top Tea Gift Ideas
I have this Le Creuset enamel tea kettle and I love it. I’ve had it for years. I’m really fussy about my tea kettle. I’ve had many over the years. This is my favorite. My criteria before buying:
- a whistling kettle
- a handle that bends down out of the way when you fill it with water
- one that would last
- great design and function
I will warn you, the whistle is very loud. The most efficient way to use it is pour only the amount of water you need to boil and empty it completely when finished. I like the whistling spout but there is one caveat.
Since I became accustomed to waiting for the whistle, I ruined my previous enameled tea pot when I forgot to close the whistler. The water boiled dry and cooked my kettle, cracking off the enamel and ruining it!
If I designed my own kettle, I would create a beautifully lyrical whistle, not one that sounds like the 12 noon factory whistle. And I would design a little demo press button tag, where you could hear the whistle sound before you buy it. Or if you buy on the internet – just click on the sound button and hear the whistle. So simple, right? Sigh…
I contemplated replacing it with this stainless steel kettle, but I really liked the blue Le Creuset and it was on sale.
How cute is this? If you’re looking for something with a little more style, I’ve always admired this tea kettle. It’s a beautiful design and I love the little bird as the whistle. I wonder how that one sounds.
It is a little pricier but it would definitely make a very beautiful and thoughtful gift.
Both of these kettles have a wide base design, which is what you want for a quick boil.
This is a great insulated tea infuser and tumbler. My daughter bought this for me as a gift and it’s perfect for infusing loose leaf tea on the go.
It has a removable stainless steel basket for infusing tea leaves. This definitely keeps the tea hot or cold for hours, so it’s perfect for commuting.
I haven’t tried cold brewing in this for iced tea, but I’m sure it would work. I’m going to to experiment with that a little.
I also have this tea tumbler and I love it, as well. The seal is tight and the tea temperature is kept hot for many hours. You can’t have too many tea tumblers!
It has a stainless steel basket to hold loose leaf tea but allows you to sip from the top without sipping up tea leaves.
A great design. You can leave the basket in place or remove it after steeping time is up.
A tea infuser is almost a must if you are drinking premium lose leaf teas. A nice large one like this one is the best way to go.
Please don’t buy one of those little tea balls. They don’t leave room for the larger leaves of specialty tea to unfurl properly.
It’s all about the art of the infusion – that’s where all the flavor comes from.
I have many of these in a variety of styles, but have found the best designs have a handle or rubber type grip to remove it from a mug, cup or tea pot. And it should be food grade stainless steel. This one fits all the specs!
This is a beautiful glass tea pot. I’ve always admired them, although I don’t have one – yet;).
This one is designed of borosilicate (heat-resistant) glass – so it will withstand the heat of boiled water. I like the awesome bamboo trivet too.
This one serves two and has a stainless steel infuser – perfect for brewing premium loose leaf tea. The glass is nice because it allows you to see the color of the tea infusion.
The company that makes this teapot claims they chose this as their flagship product to celebrate tea for its many health benefits.
So that in those times when we all find ourselves in chaos, we can stop, take a breath, clear our minds, have some tea and make everything just a bit more Zen.”
– Everything Zen
I love this!
You know I have this teapot but it’s blue. I bought this teapot from Teavana many years ago and have loved it ever since. There are many other makers, but I can only vouch for the quality of this one.
It’s a cast iron teapot that is designed to hold the heat in. You can steep your fine loose leaf tea directly in the mesh strainer that comes with it.
This is from a Japanese design called a Tetsubin, after the Japanese iron kettle generally used as a teapot. This dates back to the 1600’s when iron kettles were placed on the hearth. However, Teavana does not recommend using this as a kettle to heat water.
It always looks nice on the table. I would advise a trivet under the teapot though because they do get very hot. But on the flip side they keep the tea inside nice and hot for multiple pours. Nice when you’re serving company, or when you’re simply sipping tea all morning!
Gift baskets are the perfect gift offering a variety of tea products for the tea enthusiast. Any tea lover will appreciate this thoughtful gift.
This is the most popular one from my company and I would be remiss if I didn’t include it in this list!
- One of each of MaryAnna’s Tea – 16-ounce iced teas – Summer Sweet, Berry, and Tea & Lemonade. Award winning iced tea – artisan brewed in small batches. 100% all natural.
- One 2.5-ounce tin Black Dragon Pearl loose leaf tea. Black Dragon Pearl is one of my favorite teas. This is the tea I drink every morning. From the Yunnan province in China, this black tea is naturally smooth with a touch of earthiness.
- One 2.5-ounce tin of Nilgiri black loose leaf tea. This black tea is a custom blend of high grown teas from the Nilgiri, or “Blue Mountain” region. The Nilgiri region is at the southwestern tip of India. There, the conditions for tea growing are perfect. Nilgiri teas yield bright and brisk liquors.
- One 2.5-ounce tin of Gunpowder Green loose leaf tea. A Chinese tea known as Zucha meaning pearl tea. Even, rolled, pellet shaped leaf-resembling gunpowder, with a smooth nutty flavor. Gunpowder is one of the best known and most liked of all standard green tea.
I do buy from a variety of on-line tea sellers aside from my own tea wholesaler. I try lots of them!
Golden Moon Tea is one of the sites I occasion and have found them to be reputable with quality teas. They carry many more loose leaf teas than I do, since my primary focus is bottled tea.
This gift set has a couple of herbal teas, so if you have someone who cannot drink caffeine, this might make a good tea gift.
I just ordered this myself. I’ve been looking for a Turmeric Ginger Tea. I’ve bought Rishi brand before and know they make great products. Guess we’ll be trying this one together!
If you aren’t up to speed yet on the latest in wellness tea, studies show ginger and turmeric have broad anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic tea.
It’s also thought it might prevent Alzheimers disease. Turmeric has a number of natural agents that block the substance responsible for the plaques that obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease.
Another caffeine free tea choice. This would make a nice little stocking stuffer!
This one’s for you Bob! We talked about finding a high quality chamomile tea and this might just be the ticket. If you want the added vanilla flavor, you can just add a dash of pure vanilla extract to your cup.
All of Rishi teas are organic and many have won awards. They hand blend their teas in small batches. They sell in loose leaf and tea bag variety, but I find the quality is always better in loose leaf tea.
I ordered this one as well. Because – shopping! I like a cup of chamomile at bed time. It’s just so very relaxing.
If you purchase the two Rishi teas recommended here together, it would make a nice little gift package. They are loose leaf teas so why not throw in a mesh brewer as well!
One Final Note
Thank you all for connecting with me on this wonderful tea journey! I am so grateful you’ve joined. My hope is that you will not only enjoy tea for the amazing beverage that it is, but that you will also make it a way of a healthier lifestyle for yourself, your family and friends.
The gift of tea is a gift of love.
Happy early Christmas and Hanukah and Kwanza and all – whether you stay close to home or travel to be with family or share a meal with friends– I hope you have fun and I hope your holiday celebrations are filled with gratitude and love. ♡
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