Gift Guide: Need Something for the Tea Lover in Your Life? We've Got This in the Bag
Although coffee connoisseurs seem to get all the attention these days, tea drinkers are just as prevalent. In fact, for many, sipping tea is a daily practice — it calms the body and mind, has medicinal properties and, heck, it goes really well with a shortbread cookie. Needless to say, there’s probably someone in your life who enjoys a cup of Sleepytime or Earl Gray on the daily, so sip back, relax and let us infuse your tea-lover gift ideas with some real inspiration.
Just Your Cup of Tea: Form and Function
While finding the perfect tea cup often boils down to personal preference, there’s nothing wrong with adding a few standout cups to someone’s collection, especially when said cups beautify your recipient's entire tea-drinking experience. Here, for instance, we have the gorgeously rustic Hinomaru Minoyaki Set of Traditional Japanese Tea Cups.
Whistle While It Works: Forget the Fancy Electric Kettle
Looking for something that reminds you of making tea on the stovetop of a cabin in the Vermont woods? Well, the OXO Stainless Steel Tea Kettle is the one for you. Affordable and convenient, this top-tier kettle’s stainless steel design means it won’t rust, making it the perfect choice for tea drinkers who want to invest in a lifelong companion.
A Smart Tea Infuser for the Person Who Loves Gadgets
If the person on your gift list has a penchant for both quality tea and quality gadgets, then the Breville Smart Tea Infuser is a great purchase. This product isn’t just about nailing down the art of tea-making; it’s about perfecting the science behind it too. So, you might be wondering, what makes this product so smart?
One Stop Shopping: A Top-Notch Tea Kettle and Steeper Combo Kit
If you’ve read over our coffee lovers’ gift guide, then you probably remember how much we loved Fellow’s pour-over-friendly electric kettle. The Fellow Raven Stovetop Tea Kettle, which comes complete with a steeper, takes that same top-notch quality and optimizes the experience for tea-makers. Namely, you’ll notice the spout is a more traditional, carafe-like design.
Just Your Cup of Tea: For the Tea Lover With a Great Eye for Beauty
If a more modern, all-glass aesthetic isn’t really your friend’s cup of tea (sorry, we couldn’t resist), then you may want to check out these equally elegant Japanese-Style Ceramic Tea Cups. This set of four cups is inspired by traditional Japanese crockery and emphasizes simplicity without sacrificing beauty.
Take the Traditional Tea Pot to the Next Level
If your friend isn’t into gadgets or fancy temperature functions and wants to get back to the basics, we recommend the Staub Round Teapot. Although a bit pricier than your average stovetop teapot, this one is, well, not your average pot. The unique, round kettle borrows from the distinctive design of traditional Japanese teapots, but the material — enameled cast iron — adds some new benefits.
“Special-Tea” Blends for Folks Looking to Stay Healthy
Part of the fun of being a tea aficionado is trying out new varieties. The possibilities are virtually endless, so you really can’t go wrong. However, we’ve found a few unique ones that make great standalone gifts or add-ons to a larger purchase. First up, The Republic of Tea’s Double Green Matcha Tea: This balanced blend of organic green tea leaves and matcha powder creates a smooth, springtime blend that can be enjoyed hot or iced alongside both sweet and savory treats.
The Best “Novel-tea” Infusers (and Some Great Traditional Ones Too)
Now for the cute stuff: tea infusers! Like tea varieties, infusers seem to come in endless variations. There are, of course, the more traditional kinds, like the ever-practical (and super inexpensive) Mesh-Ball Tea Infuser, which has been used for ages, to great effect, to hold both loose-leaf teas and mulling spices.