Great Gifts for Tea Lovers
Tea: A Rich History Steeped in Mystery
Tea is the second most popular drink in the world, topped only by water. Everywhere you go, you will find people drinking tea, a beverage which reaches back into the dark depths of history. The origins of tea drinking aren't clearly known, but there are several legends regarding Chinese emperors around the year 2737 BC. We do know that the East India Company brought tea out of China in the 1700's, and from there its popularity in the Western world soared. Even in America, home of people who drink coffee that looks like mud, the tea business has quadrupled in recent years. In light of this new development, it is quite possible that you yourself are a tea drinker, or at least know one. Don't settle for Lipton all the time, try something exotic to spice up your tea life. Here are some great teas and tea gadgets that will get your tea lover so excited, he or she will whistle like a steaming kettle.
Flowering Tea Set
This is one of the most unique tea sets I have come across, and is a great crowd pleaser. The jasmine tea leaves are tied together and dried around a central flower. When you pull the "tea flower" out of its individual package is just looks like a dried green clump. But when you put it in hot water it magically begins to bloom, slowly at first, then more rapidly. When its done the tea flower looks like a beautiful blossom sitting in the bottom of your tea pot. The flavor is good too, if you enjoy green teas. Very simple, yet extremely pleasing. I like this gift set because you need a glass container to really get the full effect of the flower blooming. This is perhaps my favorite novelty tea.
Travel Tea Tumbler
Like fresh or loose leaf tea, but don't have time to steep it in the mornings before work? This tumbler is your answer! In the cap it has a small mesh container where you can place your loose leaf tea, screw the cap on, and let the tea steep as you drive to work. Then, you can just rinse out the mesh cap when your tea is done steeping! This really gets rid of the muss and the fuss of steeping loose leaf tea.
A tea press works an awful lot like a coffee press. Enjoy brewing your tea at the breakfast table by simply placing loose leaves in the center, and pouring hot water into the press. Place the lid on the pot and let steep. When your tea is strong enough, simply push the pluger down to compact the tea, which halts the brewing process. This is a great way to avoid the messy tea bags and filters at the table, just clean up when you are done! I especially like this Kenya series, I think it's very modern and attractive.
In-Mug Tea Infuser
Here's a great option if you want to drink loose leaf tea, but already have a preferred mug. Simply place the leaves in the infuser, pour hot water in your mug, and drop the infuser in the water! This is a lot more travelable than your traditional tea infuser, and I think it looks pretty cool.
Colorful Tea Kettles
I have a major crush on Pfaltzgraff's beautiful and functional whistling tea kettles. These little works of art are heat resistant, and dishwasher safe, though hand washing to preserve color is recommended. The kettle will even whistle for you when the water is hot! These puppies also come with a 5-year warranty, so you know you aren't buying junk. No tea lover would be able to resist the combination of beauty and functionality these tea kettles represent.
These are only a handful of the great products out there for tea lovers. I hope you enjoyed my selection, add your own below!