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Cherry Wood Tea Chest

Updated on January 06, 2015

The Best Ever Gift for Tea Lovers

My beautiful cherry wood tea chest is one of the best gifts I have ever received. As a matter of fact, it's one of my family's favorites as well.

Something that my mother, sisters and I all have in common is our absolute love for tea. We love it so much that we make sure to have lots of varieties, flavors and brands of it on hand.

When my mother first saw the cherry wood tea chest my husband gave me one year for Christmas, she fell in love with it. Each time she came to my home, she would visit my treasured gift and select a different tea to drink. It was something that we both enjoyed and did it often.

The following year I knew exactly what to get my mom. On Christmas day we presented her with a tea chest exactly like mine (she really wanted one like it). I can still remember how excited she was when she opened her gift. Mother was smiling from ear-to-ear with joy. It made us feel good to be able to give her something actually wanted, and it didn't take her long to put it on display for the entire family to enjoy.

From that day on our tea boxes were always on a cart or table for anyone to use. Mom used hers in her banquet hall for weddings, parties or any celebration. It NEVER was put away in a cabinet. Even on the day of her home going people chose a tea bag from her fabulous assortment or blends.

Why I love this tea chest.

The fact that this tea chest is exquisite is more than enough reason to buy it, but it is also practical. This particular cabinet can hold up to 8 different types of teas. My mom's and mine was a larger version. That's another plus for getting a tea chest, you can get them in different sizes to suit your needs. I have seen some with as little as 4 and up to 24 sections for tea. Some people use the extra slots for packaged sugar packets.

My choice was cherry wood, but there are other nice wooden tea chests as well. Which ever one you choose, it will always be a conversation piece. Our tea boxes were displayed on beverage carts with glass tops that each of us received from my oldest sister. This was particularly nice because you could house other related items on the same cart without adding clutter to any countertop. Giving a gift like this is sure to be one they don't forget and it will certainly get used.

Although most don't come with the selection of teas, ours did. With so many options you are sure to please every tea lover you know.

Take a look at my mom's cherry wood tea chest that is over 20 years old. It still looks good and is as cherished as ever. All photographs below are mine.

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Cherry tea chest has a selection of teas, not including the loose tea always on hand. The tea cup and saucer are from two departed dear friends.Single servings are nice too. My little yellow tea pot holds two cups.  I bought it in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Columbus Day (Oct. 11th, 2010).I had to put my tea tin lid in front because of the glare, sorry.  It is solid cherry though.  The tea tin held a single serve tea set from my hubby.I didn't cover mine, but you can with a lovely cotton lace doily.You can reserve a few sections for sugar packets also.  I also had decaf teas.  These are my mom's selections, and it isn't all she served.Ours has 12 squares or slots for teas and holds about 80 bags.  Leave the lid open at celebrations so you can stand the bags for easier access.The inside of ours is green velvet lining.  Tea leaves sometimes spill in it so you need to vacuum or brush it out at times.Inside is a gold plated "piano" type hinge.  You can't even see it from the outside.It's rectangular, not square. This is the side of it.Gold plated hinged handles on both sides.  It's only a few inches tall.The hinge is hidden on the back of the tea chest.Our solid wood chest is heavy. Raised with only the four corners touching the table or surface.  It is smooth with a glossy finish.
Cherry tea chest has a selection of teas, not including the loose tea always on hand. The tea cup and saucer are from two departed dear friends.
Cherry tea chest has a selection of teas, not including the loose tea always on hand. The tea cup and saucer are from two departed dear friends.
Single servings are nice too. My little yellow tea pot holds two cups.  I bought it in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Columbus Day (Oct. 11th, 2010).
Single servings are nice too. My little yellow tea pot holds two cups. I bought it in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Columbus Day (Oct. 11th, 2010).
I had to put my tea tin lid in front because of the glare, sorry.  It is solid cherry though.  The tea tin held a single serve tea set from my hubby.
I had to put my tea tin lid in front because of the glare, sorry. It is solid cherry though. The tea tin held a single serve tea set from my hubby.
I didn't cover mine, but you can with a lovely cotton lace doily.
I didn't cover mine, but you can with a lovely cotton lace doily.
You can reserve a few sections for sugar packets also.  I also had decaf teas.  These are my mom's selections, and it isn't all she served.
You can reserve a few sections for sugar packets also. I also had decaf teas. These are my mom's selections, and it isn't all she served.
Ours has 12 squares or slots for teas and holds about 80 bags.  Leave the lid open at celebrations so you can stand the bags for easier access.
Ours has 12 squares or slots for teas and holds about 80 bags. Leave the lid open at celebrations so you can stand the bags for easier access.
The inside of ours is green velvet lining.  Tea leaves sometimes spill in it so you need to vacuum or brush it out at times.
The inside of ours is green velvet lining. Tea leaves sometimes spill in it so you need to vacuum or brush it out at times.
Inside is a gold plated "piano" type hinge.  You can't even see it from the outside.
Inside is a gold plated "piano" type hinge. You can't even see it from the outside.
It's rectangular, not square. This is the side of it.
It's rectangular, not square. This is the side of it.
Gold plated hinged handles on both sides.  It's only a few inches tall.
Gold plated hinged handles on both sides. It's only a few inches tall.
The hinge is hidden on the back of the tea chest.
The hinge is hidden on the back of the tea chest.
Our solid wood chest is heavy. Raised with only the four corners touching the table or surface.  It is smooth with a glossy finish.
Our solid wood chest is heavy. Raised with only the four corners touching the table or surface. It is smooth with a glossy finish.

My Favorite Tea Chests & Teas

The tea chest in the introduction (top right of the article) is handcrafted from solid wood and is approximately 14"W X 8.25"W X 4"H. This one has a front closure, mine doesn't. It is smooth on the inside as well as outside. I do not know if this size is lined (sorry), but they usually are as far as I know.

There are 8 sections as you saw in the opening photo so you still have a nice sized tea accessory to display. Once you use it, you will probably want to leave it out for guests all the time. Polish with a soft cloth and don't get it wet. If it gets a little dirty just take the bags out and shake out any tea leaves.

*Note: The tea chests are assembled. These teas are Gluten free, no calories or carbohydrates. Most teas are a good source of antioxidants as well.

LARGE Fancy Tea Bag Chest Cabinet / Tea Bag Storage Box, Solid Wood, Mahogany Finish (TEA1-MA)
LARGE Fancy Tea Bag Chest Cabinet / Tea Bag Storage Box, Solid Wood, Mahogany Finish (TEA1-MA)

This tea chest is a lot like mine except it has a glass top. A good idea to keep out the dust I think. There are 12 sections for your favorite teas (not included).

It is solid wood, not veneer or pressed wood and has brass hinge and handles.

It's one of the best ones sold and comes in a mahogany finish.

 

Learn More about Bigalow & Stash Teas

You will enjoy watching these videos as I did learning about the entire process of tea making, packaging and making the perfect cup. Compare the two companies Stash and Bigalow for yourself and let me know what you think.

Plus there are even links to making the best iced tea as well.

Stash Tea Green in Western China

Stash Tea 8 Flavor Variety Pack Gift Set, 80 Count Tea Bags in Foil with Tea Chest
Stash Tea 8 Flavor Variety Pack Gift Set, 80 Count Tea Bags in Foil with Tea Chest

I have to admit that Stash teas are my absolute favorite. I love them so much I even received their catalog.

This tea box comes with 80 tea bags of 10 flavors. It is divided into 12 sections as well. They are also Kosher certified and come foil wrapped for freshness.

 

How do you know you are drinking high quality tea?

Bigelow Tea Chest, Variety Pack of Eight Flavors, Tea Bags, 64-Count Chest
Bigelow Tea Chest, Variety Pack of Eight Flavors, Tea Bags, 64-Count Chest

Bigelow takes pride in their teas and is said to be the largest tea company. Each of their teas are individually foil wrapped to preserve freshness.

You will receive 64 tea bags in 8 assorted flavors with this gift set. Enjoy some of your favorites like: Earl Grey, Lemon Lift, English Teatime, Green Tea, Sweet Dreams Herb Tea, Mint Medley Herb Tea, and Orange and Spice.

They are certified Kosher as well.

 

Is this a great gift?

What do you think of giving a tea chest as a gift?

If you enjoy sitting down with a friend over a cup of tea, why not make a great dessert for them. Try making my Hershey's Chocolate Chip Applesauce Coffee Cake or mouthwatering Chocolate Lover's Cheesecake. Better yet, what better way to show off your new tea chest than to hold a social or brunch.

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      Fay Favored 22 months ago from USA

      poetryman6969 Your idea may work. I had to actually point it out to my husband. LOL He did get the message though. :)

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      poetryman6969 22 months ago

      I need to hint around that someone needs to buy me cherry wood tea chest. I love every about having something like this stocked with specialty teas.

      Voted up!

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Jackie Lynnley I put some big hints out to get mine. Several trips to the shop pointing it out to my husband. I wasn't very subtle come to think of it :) Hope you get the one you want. You won't be disappointed when it comes to holiday guests.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      aesta1 they are great for company and look nice on display. I like that they can have what they like as well. Nice to see you.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      aesta1 they are great for company and look nice on display. I like that they can have what they like as well. Nice to see you.

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