The Tea Lovers Gift Guide: 8 Brewtastic Ideas
Know someone who can't live without oolong, jasmine, and matcha? Check out these eight ideas for the tea lover in your life.
Teacups and mugs
We have a wide array of ceramic teacups and mugs, sold both individually and in sets. You can opt for a classic blue fish style, an elegant celadon, or something sumo related (because sure why not?). Be sure to also check out our new Spirited Away cups and mug.
You can also go for the whole kit and kaboodle with full tea sets. Available are traditional designs in bamboo black and blue on white as well as pretty plum blossom. More modern styles include this ocean blue and ceramic in solid black, red, and blue. Cast iron sets are a hearty option available in black and blue. Finally, no tea set collection would be complete without some kawaii, namely these black cat and panda tea sets for one.
Quality tea leaves
Help the tea lover brew a perfect cuppa with some high quality leaves, such as pu'erh in a tin or special compressed disc. Pu'erh tea from Yunnan province in China is fermented, giving the leaves a rich, earthy flavor. Because of the fermentation process, these teas age like fine wines, some even keeping their freshness for up to 50 years.
Now that they have their tea leaves, the tea lover needs somewhere to put them. Tea canisters to the rescue! Available are lovely washi paper designs, sleek silver, and cute daruma. You can also go the ceramic route with a small jar.
Hot water thermometer
Making a tasty pot of tea requires water at just the right temperature. But how do you know when it's hot enough? Pee-Pee Boy can help. It's a kind of tea pet, a clay figurine kept as both good luck and a way to measure the temperature of water. Such figurines may date back as far the Tang dynasty (618–906 CE), making them the world's first thermometers.
While tea pets come in various forms, one of the most popular is Pee-Pee Boy. The figure emits long stream out of his, well, pee-pee hole when poured over with water hot enough for tea. Check him out in action!
Making matcha is a whole other ballgame. Give them the tools they need with a bamboo whisk, spoon, and powder.
There's nothing more fragrant than a fresh cup of tea — except for maybe tea-scented candles, like the chrysanthemum and lychee red tea candles from Baisun. Not only are the candles soy-based and hand poured, they're created by a small, AAPI-owned business.
Tea Lovers Friendship Box
Can't decide on just one thing? Get them a Tea Lovers Friendship Box. It has everything they need: a mug, strainer, a few choices of teas, a small canister, and tea-based snacks. (Please note substitutions may be made depending on availability.)Want even more ideas? Check out all our gift guides.