Tea. Best drink of the day. Well, certainly first drink of the day in my book, but gets equal pegging with coffee during the day. But if you’ve got a serious tea drinker on your hands, what could you give them that would upgrade their tea drinking experience? Here’s a few thoughts for you:
1. I love the story behind Bellevue Tea, which shows real passion for, and knowledge about tea. Not to mention a great eye for good design, as the packs of tea are very attractive, and I love the tea towel too. Five different teas will tempt them to get the kettle on whatever the time of day. Attention to detail is amazing, everything is focused on delivering the best flavour possible. At £15 I think this is a really good value gift for a very high quality product, and something quite unique and unusual as well.
2. Bring the scent of tea to wherever they are with a very unusual, but beautiful, candle from English Eccentrics, called Tea With the Queen. The smell of a vase of Devon violets blends with the scent of freshly brewed Darjeeling tea to give you something delicate and regal, with the tea taking away the sweetness of the violets. Great indulgent gift that is a little unusual.
3. You could buy them something unusual and expensive, not your everyday cuppa. Try something like the White Tea from Hampstead Tea, which is fairtrade. Full of antioxidants that are renowned for their anti-ageing properties they could end up younger looking by New Year. Now, that is a gift!
4. Mix the chocolate up a bit and try the Prestat Organic Milk Choc Wafers Infused with Earl Grey. Blimey, that must take up some room on the pack! Apparently these were amongst the late Queen Mother’s favourite chocolates, so obviously a woman of taste. As an alternative, try Sophie Conran’s truffle for Melt, which is an Earl Grey tea ganache with crystallised ginger and a sweet but tart cranberry.
5. I am sure that unless they are very new to tea drinking then they will already have their favourite mug or cup, and teapot. Every good teapot though deserves a really good tea cosy, and I would check out the amazing designs available through Not On the High Street. I like the quirky kitschiness of Poppy Treffry’s and also the Union Jack design from Deborah Sparks.
6. How about some time with a master tea blender? Red Letter Days offer a great experience for the tea lover with master tea blender Alex Probyn. Taking you through the history of tea, origins, styles and different tastes of tea, they’ll really get a more in depth view of what goes into a cuppa. They’ll get to taste up to 24 different teas, and master the art of slurping and spitting. This they can leave behind in the classroom, but they will get to create their own tea blend, which I think you can safely allow them to bring home! The experience is available for 1, you could go as a couple, or even as a group. After all, nice to have a cup of tea with friends!
So, have a sit down, a nice cup of tea, and work out if there is a tea gift that’s right for the tea loving foodie in your life!