It’s that gift-giving time of year, and the question often arises of what to get the tea maven in your life. I did a post last year with some ideas for gifts for tea lovers and cautioned against giving boxes of tea since our pantries are more than likely already overflowing with teas we have accumulated ourselves. Sadly, I discovered that not one of my friends took my advice because I got 18 boxes of tea for Christmas! It’s almost a year later and I still have unopened boxes from last year to try—even tea mavens need to drink water occasionally!
If you really want to give the gift of tea, give a gift certificate to a local tea room or tea store or find an online purveyor such as Divinitea, Harney, Upton, Adagio or Short & Stout. That way, we get to pick the kinds of tea we want and we appreciate the fact that we don’t have to find a place to fit 10 more boxes of tea into our pantry. If you know your recipient has a favorite brand of tea, like Bigelow, Red Rose or Republic of Tea, try them. All of these places also offer tea accessories, so the gift card is a very practical present.
There is, however, a gift idea I want to highlight this year. I collect teapots. Anyone who’s been to my house knows I’m running out of flat surfaces on which to display them. So, it’s no big surprise that my favorite calendar is the Collectible Teapot and Tea Calendar. Every calendar is 12 months of gorgeously photographed tablescapes featuring interesting teapots, along with the history of the featured pot and a tidbit of tea lore/information. If you’re a teatime hostess, the calendar is a great source of inspiration for afternoon teas. If you’re a lover of new and antique tableware, the photos are a feast for the senses. If you love tea and enjoy finding out more about it, the calendar will not disappoint.
Happy Holidays, and may all your winter tea be hot and comforting!