Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The 2015 Tea Moment Holiday Gift Guide

Isn't it fun to find the absolutely perfect gift for that friend, co-worker, family member, or special someone? If you know someone who enjoys tea, here are some of my favorite tea-inspired gift ideas for 2015.

For the Tea and Book Lover

The Tea Book, by Linda Gaylard, a.k.a. The Tea Stylist
A tea primer that masterfully unfolds the story of the tea plant, complete with a flavor wheel and the most comprehensive recipes for mixed tea beverages (both alcoholic and alcohol-free) that I've ever seen! Linda makes the world of tea beautiful, accessible and relevant in today's fast-paced society.

The Art and Craft of Tea, by Joseph Wesley Uhl
An enthusiast's guide to selecting, brewing and serving exquisite tea. Like everything Mr. Uhl creates, this book is masterful in telling the story of tea, revealing the simplicity and complexity of the world's favorite beverage, with many practical tips, recipes and brewing methods to take your personal tea experience to the next level.

Myths and Legends of Tea, by Gary Robson
Gary has a gift for making history come to life, and this book has become a fast favorite of mine. His tales span centuries and continents, and you'll find it hard to come up for air once you dive in. I'm relieved to see that this book is noted as Volume 1, because I can't wait to see what he'll write about next. (It also has the best "Forward" I've ever read, courtesy of Geoffrey Norman, a.k.a. The Lazy Literatus. 

The Ultimate Tea Mugs

Flying Tea Gourd Stainless Steel Tea Infuser Bottle
This 16 oz. Travel Tea Infuser has made me a believer. Not only is the stainless steel tea infuser basket deep enough to allow for proper steeping, this thing keeps your hot tea HOT and your cold tea COLD!!! If your tea lover is always on the go, this is the perfect gift that says, "Have tea, will travel." To receive $5 off, enter discount code TEAMOM15 at checkout.

American Tea Room Glass Tea Infuser Mug
Sheer elegance. Whether at home or in the office, this 16 oz. clear glass tea mug and its stainless steel infuser basket create an instant zen moment. Use the glass trivet to enclose the tea's aroma as it steeps and then place below the tea infuser once the infusion is complete. Give a gift that says, "I like what I see."

Tea Exploration
Tea of the Month by The Devotea
Choose a size, choose a frequency and get a package. It's as simple as that. This is a fun way to be introduced to a wider range of teas, whether single origin teas or club-only blends.  Each tea has a story, each blend - a rich history. Give a gift that says, "Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours." To receive 20% off of your purchase, enter MOMENT at checkout.

Tea Blending Kit by A Gift of Tea
We each have a little bit if artist, a little bit of scientist in us, and this kit allows you to create your own custom masterpiece to be shared with loved ones or enjoyed on your own. Choose between Black Tea, Green Tea or Herbals. (If you're in the NYC area, you can register for tea blending classes too! Give a gift that says, "Choose your own adventure."

Four Seasons Tea Tan Yang Gong Fu Jin Xi Yu Tang -
Red Label Series
A relatively new tea company based in Toronto, this is a tea company that you'll want to keep on your radar. Not only is their website a guaranteed way to induce calm and relaxation, their tea is exquisite. Let Four Seasons Tea be your mentor in Chinese teas. Give a gift that says, "You're ready to take tea to the next level."

Joseph Wesley Tea For Two
A canister of the most incredible Chinese or Indian black tea and two cups nestled in a beautiful gift box, well, frankly, I'm hoping Santa delivers one of these to me! Whether a tea novice or connoisseur, these teas are among the best I've ever had, hands down. Perfection. Sophistication. No detail is left to chance. Give a gift that says, "Baby, you're worth it." To receive 20% off your purchase, enter 2015holidays at checkout.

Tea for the Animal Lover

Williamson Tea Christmas Special Gift Set
I love elephants, and I love tea, not necessarily in that order. But if your loved one is an animal lover and tea drinker, there is no better gift than this one for the holidays. A snowflake elephant tea caddy, Kenya Earth Tea (one of the best breakfast blends I've ever tasted), and a #KeepOnWandering enamel mug that will make you feel like you're on the set of "Out of Africa." All this, and with every purchase, £1 ($1.50 USD) will be donated to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust that helps protect endangered African elephants and rhinos against poachers. Give a gift that says,"Let's address the elephant (caddy) in the room."

Enjoy this holiday season. Tell your family and friends how much you love and appreciate them. Invite them to join you for a cup of tea and share a Tea Moment together, be it silly or serious. It's not all about the gifts, though gift-giving can be so much fun. It's about being together, appreciating each other for who we truly are, and being grateful for the time we have with each other. I wish you joy, peace and contentment during this festive season.

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