The following is a guest post.
The heart of December and the height of the Christmas season inspires the gift-giver in all of us to put something under the tree that our loved ones will love as much as we love them. Finding the perfect present for family members or friends can sometimes seem more like a treasure hunt than a shopping trip, but if you have an avid tea drinker on your list, here is a list of tea related gifts that hit the spot!
1. Tea! While the obvious choice, it’s sure to please! There is such a variety to choose from, that you could use this opportunity to encourage your loved one to try a new variety. Christmas blends appear on the shelves during the holiday season and often feature spices such as cinnamon for a festive brew that smells like holiday cheer!
In addition to seasonal blends, you can also find tea that comes in adorable tins shaped liked Big Ben or London buses that make a box of tea a little bit more special! The English Tea Store is a fantastic online resource for a large variety of teas not readily available in most retail stores in the U.S.
2. Teapots! A gift that can be both practical and decorative, there is sure to be teapot fit for everyone. They come in every shape and size with every type of design – the possibilities are endless! Whatever your loved one may be interested in or passionate about, there is sure to be a matching teapot! For a wonderful selection of teapots, including the Brown Betty and novelty tea pots from James Sadler, visit English-Teapots.com.
3. Tea Towels and Tea Cosies! These can be great stocking stuffers or can be given in combination with any of the above! The same goes for tea towels and tea cosies as for teapots: they come in every variety! If you are really looking to impress, consider giving matching sets. The Bees Knees British Imports is a U.S. based online retailer that sells a great selection of Emma Bridgewater tea towels as well as Jan Constantine tea cosies.
4. Electric Kettles! These gadgets eliminate the need for a stove-top when making tea, which means they allow you to make tea anywhere! I was given one last Christmas by my brother, and one year later I cannot imagine my life without it! It heats water in under a minute from anywhere you can find an outlet! Electric kettles can be found in retail stores but there is a good selection available on Amazon as well.
5. Mugs! You cannot have tea without a mug or a teacup, and using one given to you by someone special makes it taste a little sweeter. Use the gift of mug to inspire you loved one by giving them a mug that reads an inspirational phrase that will brighten their day everytime they reach for it in the cupboard! To make it even more personal, have a mug made with your favorite picture of you and your loved one or a personalized message that will this mug their new favorite! Again, the Bees Knees British Imports has a good selection of great looking mugs by Emma Bridgewater.
6. A gift certificate for Afternoon Tea! Sometimes the gift of memories to be made can be even more special than a present, while giving your loved one something to look forward to after the holidays are over. Afternoon teas are easy to find in Great Britain, especially in London, while they are also gaining popularity in the United States. Living in rural Connecticut after studying abroad for a few months in London, someone very special to me surprised me with an afternoon tea outing at a place I never knew was in my home state, and it was a day I will never forget! To find a tearoom near you or your loved one, check out the Tea Map Tea Room Directory.
Hopefully these ideas will make your Christmas shopping a little easier! These gifts are sure to put a smile on your favorite tea drinker’s face and should be easy to find in stores as well as online. I hope your cups are full as well as your hearts during this Christmas season, and cheers to the New Year!
P.S. To any of my family and friends who may be reading this: take note of 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 😉 Love you!
Devin Smith is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in English and working in the bridal industry. She became smitten by Britain as a result of her semester abroad in London, where she developed a fancy for tea, Strongbow and Primark, among all things British. She particularly enjoys a fruit infusion after work or before bed (or both!) and Cadbury chocolate bars from her hometown in rural Connecticut.