20 last-minute gifts for tea lovers – from new brews to fun teapots and more

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There’s nothing better than a steaming cup of hot tea. If you know someone who subscribes to that philosophy and has more teapots and tins of tea than you can count, you probably know a tea lover.

Tea lovers can never have too many kinds of tea on hand, nor yet too many cute teapots and mugs in their collection. Still, you want to surprise them with a mix of old and new favorites. If you’re struggling to figure out where to buy excellent loose-leaf tea, porcelain tea sets, and all the other tea paraphernalia that’s out there, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

I’m a self-professed tea lady with several shelves dedicated to my tea collection and everything that goes with it. I’ve personally tasted and used nearly every tea and tea-related product I’m recommending here, so rest assured – your tea fanatic will be over the moon with any of these gifts.

Some of these gifts may arrive after Christmas, so keep that in mind when shopping. We doubt your loved ones will mind though since it’s really the thought that counts. 

The 5 best gifts for tea lovers:

  1. A sampler box of different teas from David’s Tea ($24.50)
  2. A travel mug for their tea ($35)
  3. An electric kettle with adjustable temperature settings ($99.95)
  4. A monthly tea subscription ($45)
  5. A tin of ceremonial-grade matcha ($29.96)
A tea subscription

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Sips By 3-Month Tea Subscription Gift Card, available at Sips By, $45

Sips By’s tea subscription is one of the most affordable tea subscription services out there, so you can gift your loved one three months of delicious tea for $45. Once the recipient activates the gift card, they’ll take a quiz so Sips By can customize each tea box to their preferences. Then, each month, they’ll get four different teas — good for at least 15 cups of tea — based on their tea profile.

Sips By chooses its teas from more than 100 brands, and you can get tea bags or loose-leaf tea along with reusable, biodegradable filters. The box also comes with steeping guidelines and your giftee can check out recipes and lessons from Sips By’s experts.

A reusable advent calendar with loose leaf tea

Sips By tea Advent calendar

Holiday Tea Advent Calendar, available at Sips By, $75

What better way to count down the days until Christmas than with a tea advent calendar? It’s too late for this year, but the reusable advent calendar and all the tea inside still make a great gift that the giftee can use next year (though they will probably drink all the tea sooner rather than later).

Sips By’s reusable fabric tea advent calendar comes with either 12 or 24 different teas. The teas vary by type and flavor, making the advent calendar a great way to find a new favorite brew. Every pack of loose leaf tea has four servings in it, so the tea lover in your life can share with their family and friends. They can also reuse the fabric advent calendar and stuff the pockets with anything they’d like after the tea is gone. We got one in to test recently and were impressed by both the quality of the fabric calendar and the variety of the tea.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

High-quality organic loose leaf tea

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Loose Leaf Tea, available at Rishi

Rishi uses organic certified teas and herbs from artisan growers and specialist producers in its blends. The company’s direct relationship not only aims to ensure that farmers are compensated fairly for their crop, but also that the tea and herbs used in its blends are of high quality. I’ve bought lots of tea from Rishi, and it makes a great gift. Whether you want oolong, chai, chamomile, or just about any other kind of tea, Rishi has a brew that’ll make a great gift.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A sampler box of different teas

David's Tea Sweet Indulgence Tea Sampler

David’s Tea Sweet Indulgence Tea Sampler, available at David’s Tea, $24.50

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Tea fanatics love nothing more than trying new blends, and David’s Tea Sweet Indulgence Tea Sampler Gift Box contains 12 of the tea shop’s most unique loose-leaf tea blends. The teas are all inspired by famous sweets, from banana nut bread to English toffee. The company has lots of fun gifts, so if this sampler isn’t your giftee’s cup of tea, you can probably find another great option in the gift section.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A Christmas-themed gift box

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Vahdam Tea Christmas Joy Set, available at Nordstrom, $27.99

If they have Christmas on the brain year-round, nothing says “Merry Christmas!” to a tea lover quite like this Christmas Joy gift set from Vahdam Tea. The box is so cute you won’t even need to wrap it. The set comes with two festive tins of loose-leaf tea: Earl Grey Masala Chai Tea and India’s Original Masala Chai Tea.

Vahdam sources all its tea directly from more than 100 tea plantations in India and Nepal. Its teas are packaged within 24 to 48 hours of harvest, so you can rest assured that this is fresh tea that tastes great.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A matcha tea set

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Modern Matcha bundle, available at Tenzo, $80

This bundle comes with everything they need to make delicious matcha drinks at home. The tea is of excellent quality and the electric whisk mixes up the matcha perfectly, and the little scoop ensures each drink has the right amount of matcha in it. I use this set at home to make matcha lattes and other drinks.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A tea brewing basket

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Finum Brewing Basket, available at Amazon, $10.40

Finum’s brewing basket is the best tea infuser you can buy to brew loose tea leaves because it is spacious enough to let the tea leaves brew to perfection. It’s also easy to clean and will keep most tea leaf particles out of the brew.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A porcelain tea set

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Royal Albert 3-Piece Tea Set, available at Overstock, $165

Nothing says tea time like a porcelain tea set made in the traditional English style. Royal Albert’s bone china is top-notch, so it’s made to last. In this set, you get a teapot, creamer, and sugar bowl. The company also makes matching teacups, saucers, platters, and tiered tea trays.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A teaspoon

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Samirah Collections Tea Time Teaspoon, available at Etsy, $16

Even if your tea lover doesn’t put sugar in their tea, they’ll love this silver-plated and hand-stamped teaspoon. Samirah Collection uses vintage silver plated teaspoons to create unique hand-stamped gifts.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A zodiac-inspired blend

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Zodiac Sign Tea, available at Uncommon Goods, $17

If they’re as passionate about astrology as they are about tea, they’ll appreciate this clever combination of the two. Each scent is crafted with a particular sign in mind — creating blends like the Aries-inspired lemongrass and sunflower-infused Yerba Mate, and Scorpio-based mango, ginger, and lime. 

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A travel mug for tea

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T2 Stainless Steel Flask with Tea Strainer, available at Amazon, $35

T2 makes the best travel mug for tea lovers hands down. The tea mug is made of stainless steel to keep tea hot for hours and hours. Best of all, it has a long stainless steel brewing basket that reaches deep enough into the travel mug that actually gets submerged in water and gives the tea room to brew properly. Also, if you happen to live near a T2 location, you can stop in every Friday with this mug in hand and get free brewed tea. How’s that for a gift that keeps on giving?

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

An electric kettle with adjustable temperature settings

Gifts for tea lovers OXO kettle

OXO Adjustable Temperature Pour-Over Kettle, available at Amazon, and Bed Bath & Beyond, $99.95

Every self-respecting tea drinker in England and Europe has an electric kettle, and tea lovers on this side of the pond should have one too. OXO’s gooseneck electric kettle has adjustable temperature settings so you can ensure that your tea fanatic’s brew is made at exactly the right temperature — and yes, if you didn’t know already, the water’s temperature matters.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A “tea” shirt

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BlockMerch Tea Shirt, available at Etsy, $24

Etsy is full of cute “tea” shirts, and this is one of them. We love the fun font and cute tea cup on the shirt. Plus, it has excellent reviews, and you’ll be supporting a small business.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A tin of ceremonial-grade matcha tea

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MatchaBar Premium Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea Powder, available at Amazon, $29.96

Matcha is made from green tea leaves that grow in the shade and have been ground into a perfectly fine powder that dissolves in water when whisked properly. The result is a fresh, energizing, delicious tea. MatchaBar sells excellent matcha that’s ceremonial grade, so you can trust that this matcha will be top-notch.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A proper brew

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Yorkshire Tea, available at Amazon, $5.75

If you want to give your loved one a proper brew, you need to get some Yorkshire Tea. This famous British tea is rich and strong. This family-owned business has been producing high-quality tea since 1886 in Harrogate, Yorkshire. The tea itself comes from Rainforest Alliance Certified Growers in Africa and India.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A box of high-quality tea bags

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Numi Tea Bag Gift Set, available at Amazon, $24 

If your tea fanatic prefers tea bags or likes to have them on hand, Numi’s tea bag gift set is a wonderful buy. You get a wide assortment of organic, Fair Trade tea bags in a lovely bamboo tea box that you can use over and over again.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A blooming tea set

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Numi Blooming Tea Gift Set, available at Amazon, $27.56

Numi’s tea is all organic and farmed ethically, so you can feel good about gifting this blooming tea gift set. It comes with a classy glass teapot and blooming tea that unfurls like a flower when doused in boiling water. The gift set is enclosed in a classy bamboo box as well for easy gifting.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A tea party in a box

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GlobeIn Tea Party Box, available at GlobeIn, $60

GlobeIn sells Fair Trade, handmade products that are produced in ethical working conditions by workers who are compensated fairly for their labor. This set includes a handblown Mexican glass pitcher, tea from India, handmade tealight candles, a lovely lantern, and felt pompoms in fun colors.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

Ethically sourced teas

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TeaPigs Tea Bags, available at Amazon, $8-$25

If the tea lover in your life contemplates the idea of tea bags with dismay, TeaPigs may be able to win them over. The company uses real whole tea leaves, whole flowers, and whole herbs to ensure that the brew’s quality is equal to that of tea brewed from loose leaves. Each biodegradable mesh bag is filled with an ample amount of tea instead of a little bit of dusty tea leaf pieces. TeaPigs also takes care to ensure that its tea comes from sustainable, eco-friendly tea estates.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

A personalized tea-for-one set

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Peony Design Etsy Personalized Tea Pot, Cup, and Saucer, available at Etsy, $35.39

Even if your tea lover has a massive teapot collection already, they probably don’t have a personalized teapot, cup, and saucer. Peony Design will personalize this tea-for-one set any way you want.

*Gift may arrive after Christmas.

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