If you’re shopping for a Christmas or birthday gift for the tea drinker in your life, look no further than this collection of unique and useful tea-related gifts for tea lovers!
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If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the tea lover in your life, look no further! First, determine what kind of tea lover they are, as this will affect the gifts they might enjoy.
In this gift guide below, you’ll find gifts for any tea lover, along with gift ideas for the Aspirational Tea Lover, the Traveling Tea Lover, the Working Tea Lover, the Afternoon Tea Lover, and the Ceremonial Tea Lover.
Gifts for any tea lover
If you don’t know what kind of tea lover you’re buying for, these items should be universally appreciated by anyone who loves the beverage!What to buy them:
DAVIDsTEA Sweet Indulgence Loose Leaf Tea Sampler
I love all the flavors in this tea sampler! It's got plenty of nutty, sweet, and fruity flavors of loose leaf tea that any tea lover will appreciate!
It includes: Banana Nut Bread, Cardamom French Toast, Chocolate Macaroon, Coconut Cream Pie, Cotton Candy, English Toffee, Forever Nuts, Hot Chocolate, Jasmine Crème Brulée, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Raspberry Cream Pie and Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait.
Those flavors not your cup of tea? They have other tea sampler sets too, like their top 12 flavors or organic teas!
Swan Pool Float Tea Infuser
If you're getting loose leaf tea as a gift for a casual tea lover, you can't be sure they have a good way to steep it. Give them a cute tea infuser to go with it, like this adorable swan swim float infuser!
Personally, I prefer metal or mesh infusers over silicone infusers, no matter how cute the silicone ones are. The one here has a metal infuser basket underneath the floating top!
Organic Black, Green and Herbal Tea Blending Kit
What could be more next-level for a true tea lover than creating their own loose tea blends? This kit contains plenty of ingredients for blending all kinds of different teas.
Any tea lover will have a lot of fun with this! Just make sure they already have a way to brew loose-leaf tea or get them a cute infuser like the one above, fillable tea bags, or the bottom-dispensing teapot linked below along with this tea blending kit!
If You Can Read This Bring Me Some Tea Novelty Socks
Sometimes my husband needs a reminder that I never don't want a cup of tea, if he were so inclined to offer me some. These socks should do the job!
NovelTea Tins | Pu'er Rabbit | Tea Box Tin With Puer Tea Inside
These adorable literary tea tins use puns on classic titles to identify the type of tea inside! Titles include Pu'er Rabbit, Matcha Do About Nothing, Pekoe Pan, and more!
Gifts for the Aspirational Tea Lover
The Aspirational Tea Lover drinks tea daily and makes decent tea, but would like to improve the quality of their cuppa. They are interested in learning more about tea, and may still use bagged tea for daily use, but use loose tea when they want a really good cup.What to buy them:
Electric kettle with tea temperature presets
I just got one of these a few weeks ago after my super-basic decade-old electric kettle died. And I've been wanting one like this for yeeeears.
The reason this is awesome is that not only does it look beautiful on your counter, it has temperature presets for all the different types of teas you might want to make, so I was able to successfully make white tea today for the first time without an unpleasant mouthfeel or a bitter aftertaste.
It also has a sweet "hold temperature" button on it so it will maintain the temp you set it at for an hour if you want, instead of just turning off once it reaches the desired temperature. That way you can come back for seconds!
ingenuiTEA Bottom-Dispensing Teapot
I received one of these as a gift from my sister over a decade ago and I've been using it ever since. It is hands-down my favorite way to brew loose-leaf tea.
Unlike a ball diffuser, it allows the tea leaves to float around in the water, much like a French press would for coffee. To dispense, you just sit it on top of your mug (or that thermos I have linked above!) and the tea dispenses out of the bottom!
Perfect as a gift with a few flavors of loose-leaf tea!
Gifts for the Traveling Tea Lover
These gifts are great for the jetsetting tea lover who loves to travel and experience international flavors!
What to buy them:
Dual Voltage Travel Foldable Electric Kettle
If your traveling tea friend is looking for something they'll use every time they go on a trip, consider this tiny collapsable electric kettle.
Any tea lover will tell you microwaved water is the worst, and a hotel's drip coffee maker produces water that's flavored like stale coffee and not nearly hot enough for a good cuppa.
You'll solve all those problems with this .6-quart kettle that will collapse to fit effortlessly in their luggage and is even dual voltage for when they travel internationally!
Gifts for the Working Tea Lover
Working in an office daily comes with its own tea-drinking challenges, like trying to get out the door in the morning for work and keeping your tea warm throughout the day. These gifts will help make their tea easier and more enjoyable!
What to buy them:
16 Ounce Stainless Steel Commuter Bottle
This is another product I can personally vouch for. I have been using this thermos for years and I can attest to its ability to keep things hot and leak-free for HOURS. I can drink my tea at 2 p.m. after 6 hours at work and it's still perfectly warm.
No more running back to the microwave every 10 minutes or trying to chug your tea before it gets cold! Your desk-bound tea lover friend will appreciate the ability to have a nice hot tea that lasts all day.
Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
This item is pricey but it's been on my tea-loving sister's wish list for ages. It's the automated tea maker of tea lovers' dreams. You can set it the night before like you might a coffee maker, and at the designated time it will brew your tea at exactly the right temperature for exactly the right amount of time for your specific type of tea. It then removes the tea from the water so it doesn't become bitter.
Can you imagine a better gift for the tea lover who has limited time to get ready for work in the morning?
Gifts for the Afternoon Tea Lover
The Afternoon Tea Lover enjoys a cup of tea, but loves the food and culture surrounding the tea even more. Wants all the tiny sandwiches and scones.What to buy them:
Afternoon Tea at Home: Deliciously indulgent recipes for sandwiches, savouries, scones, cakes and other fancies
This book is full of inspiring recipes any afternoon tea lover will be excited to make for their next event!
Metallic 4-Stack Tiffin
Does your afternoon tea lover travel with their scones and finger sandwiches? This four tier tiffin is perfect for transporting afternoon tea goodies to another location and keeping scones, sweets, and savories separated — in style!
Scone Mix Variety Pack (Wild Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Vanilla Chai)
Think outside the box when shopping for a tea lover — it's not just tea they will appreciate, but things to go with their tea. It's easy to throw together a batch of scones from these mouthwatering mixes!
Gifts for the Ceremonial Tea Lover
This person is interested in tea ceremonies and may drink mostly green tea or matcha. This is in contrast to the Afternoon Tea Lover, who is interested more in the British/Western tea culture. Someone may be both an Afternoon Tea Lover and a Ceremonial Tea Lover, but if you get an Afternoon Tea Lover-only a matcha whisk don’t be surprised if it ends up in the back of a drawer.
What to buy them:
Matcha Bowl Set (Includes Bowl, Rest, Tea Whisk, Chasaku, Tea Spoon & Tray)
This matcha bowl set is just adorable!
Japanese Cast Iron Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser
Cast iron is a wonderful way to brew tea and retain the heat. This one is enameled on the inside and comes with a large infuser basket for brewing loose leaf tea!
Handmade Natural Mate Gourd Set Including Bombilla (Yerba Mate Straw)
The Japanese are not the only ones who use tea ceremonially!
Yerba Mate is a strong tea and a traditional drink in South America. It's brewed in a gourd like this one and drunk through the included straw (which has mesh on the bottom to prevent the loose leaves from entering the straw). The mate would then be ritually passed among guests in a group, each drinking from the straw.
The drinking vessel is an important part of the ceremony and would make a perfect gift!