What can be a special gift for a tea lover in your life this Christmas? Yes, it’s the finest collection of teas or the best of tea accessory. Make the drinking experience feel like an art form and not just a daily activity.
Here are a few creative tea gift ideas for you:
Royal English Tea Tower: This elegant gift box has an assortment of world’s finest teas- a delight to the most diligent of tea drinkers. It is combined with porcelain accoutrements and tea-themed treats.
Assorted Handcrafted Teas: If your friend likes to try out different flavors, this is the finest gift of all times. It has a a unique combination of different flavours like Chinese tea, Darjeeling, fruit tea and more, all into one box.
Tea for Two: It is another cute set of kettle and two cups for an enjoyable and memorable drinking experience. Not just a cat-faced kettle, get even rabbit-faced or long-nose Pinocchio faced kettles.
Brew Control Glass Teapot: It is a perfect gift for a tea enthusiast. It comes from an idea of a classical strainer and modernised to make a great tea accessory. One can use for both tea bags and tea leaves.
Cute Tea Spoons: No tea is complete without a teaspoon. Gift funky and colorful tea spoons so that the tea-lover friend always remember you while drinking his favourite beverage.
Colour Changing Kettle: This intelligent set of kettle keeps its user informed about the entire course of water boiling by changing the color to luminous red. Like, green tea requires less hot water (from 150 to 160 degree fahrenheit) to retain its qualities whereas white and black tea needs boiling water to unleash its qualities.
These are a few fun-filled and cool gift ideas for all those Brits like us who have deep love affair with tea since ages. Pick any of these uniquely designed tea accessories with finest tea leaves to make your Christmas gift delightful.
Merhaba! I’m writing on location here in Turkey, visiting a friend in Istanbul and I have to say this city is tea central, probably one of the best places on earth to experience tea-drinking in all its glory. I can’t figure out what the preferred drink is here: coffee or tea, since they are both synonymous with this country. However, my blog is about tea so I’ll focus on that, indeed I feel that tea or ‘cay’ (chai) as they call it, is more interlinked with the daily rituals of most people and you see it everywhere on the streets here, around almost every corner you can see old men drinking at tea houses, vendors wheeling around steaming samovars around the streets, students gossiping with a cigarette and a cay outside downtown cafes and boys carrying hanging trays of it around bustling markets and streets.
Tea is served served in tulip-shaped glasses unless you ask for a larger ‘fincan’, a glass mug with a handle. Many restaurants offer complimentary cay at the end of a meal and if you visit someone’s house you will be plied with it and, true to the world famous Turkish hospitality, your glass will be refilled as soon as you finish your drink. I hope you like this full-flavoured tea because if you are visiting locals houses you should probably drink it out of politeness, it’s such a way of life that if you decline a glass the response may be surprise or bemusement. Whatever you do, don’t add milk to the tea, it just doesn’t suit the flavour and people will find it very odd! If the drink is too strong, you can add more water to dilute it and add lots of sugar. I saw a an old shopkeeper add a mind-blowing six cubes of sugar to his little glass of tea, what teeth he had left looked pretty black and I expected a tidal wave of tea to flow out of the glass.
You can also find the famous apple tea here, but I was surprised to find it’s not common for locals to drink it – apple tea is mostly found in tourist areas (especially at the ubiquitous carpet shops) or shisha bars. I’ve really enjoyed having a cay by the beautiful Bosphorus and recommend it to all tea lovers.