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- Tea lovers can never have too much tea or too many tea-themed items at home.
- We’ve rounded up the best gifts for tea lovers so you can surprise them with some fun, new things for tea time.
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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-making tools they use, 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 gift I’m recommending here, so rest assured – your tea fanatic will enjoy any of these gifts.
The 5 best gifts for tea lovers:
- A sampler box of different teas from David’s Tea ($24.50)
- A travel mug for their tea ($35)
- An electric kettle with adjustable temperature settings ($99.95)
- A monthly tea subscription ($45)
- A tin of ceremonial-grade matcha ($29.96)
T2 Tea Fine Bone China Mug with Stainless Steel Infuser and English Breakfast Tea, available at Amazon, $34.35
Tea lovers can never have enough cute mugs, and this one is not only made of fine bone china, but it also comes with a stainless steel infuser and a pack of loose-leaf tea. All the sets come with mugs and teas that match a certain theme, including London, Paris, Melbourne, New York, or a good night’s sleep. The English breakfast tea mug set has rain clouds, London Bridge, the crown, and the Queen’s guards on it, for example. No matter which one you get, your giftee is bound to love it.
A bubble tea set
Bubble tea is a delicious treat, and making it at home may seem intimidating, but it’s fun and easy with this gift set. It comes with tapioca pearls, wide-mouthed metal straws, and two of Harney & Sons’ finest tea blends that are just perfect for traditional black milk bubble tea: Paris and Milky Oolong. Harney & Sons even provides instructions on how to make the boba. I recently ordered this cute set, and it came in a beautiful gift box with a ribbon.
A smart mug that keeps tea hot
There’s nothing more disappointing than a cup of tea gone cold. With the Ember Mug 2, that will never happen to your loved one again. This smart mug keeps the drink inside nice and hot at temperatures ranging from 120°F to 145°F. The temperature is set in an easy-to-use app. The mug itself can keep drinks hot for about an hour and a half on its own, but with the electric heated coaster that plugs into the wall, the drink will stay hot as long as it’s plugged in.
Honey that’s made for tea
There’s nothing quite like really high-quality honey dissolved in a cup of tea. Savannah Bee Company’s tea lover’s gift set is the perfect accompaniment to a nice brew. Not all types of honey are ideal for tea, but this one is specifically crafted to sweeten a variety of brews from chai to green and even Earl Grey. The set also comes with a wooden dipper that’s perfect for stirring honey into tea and two tea-flavored lip balms.
A beautiful handmade Japanese tea tin
Sure, you could buy a set of plain tea tins, but where’s the fun in that? These beautiful handmade Japanese tea tins are made of stainless steel with patterned washi paper on top. There’s also a plastic lid on the inside to keep tea fresh. This tin holds 3.5 ounces of loose-leaf tea and features Japanese cranes, trees, and wisteria flowers. This Etsy seller has many other designs in their shop, so you’re sure to find one your giftee will love.
A tea subscription
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.
High-quality organic loose leaf tea
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.
A sampler box of different teas
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.
A matcha tea set
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.
A tea brewing basket
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.
A porcelain tea set
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.
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.
A zodiac-inspired blend
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.
A travel mug for tea
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?
An electric kettle with adjustable temperature settings
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.
A “tea” shirt
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.
A tin of ceremonial-grade matcha tea
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.
A proper brew
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.
A box of high-quality tea bags
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.
A tea party in a box
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.
Ethically sourced teas
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.