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6 Unique Christmas Tea Gifts for Tea Lovers

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.

Royal English Tea Tower

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.

Assorted Handcrafted Teas

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.

Tea-for-two teacup and mugs

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.

Brew Control Glass Teapot -you can see what the strength is

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.

Cute Tea Spoons now who would not want these?

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.

Breville-Colour-Change-Kettle- glows in the dark!!

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.

 

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Tea Ceremonies.

 

Japanese Tea ceremony carried out by a beautifully dressed geisha
Japanese Tea ceremony

 

Tea making can be an art as in the lovely tradition of a Japanese tea ceremony, where the process of making the tea is important. We have all seemed images of the immaculate and elegant geisha’s preparing the tea in beautiful Japanese Tea gardens and I for one have often imagined what it would be like to attend one. Now I do not think I will be visiting japan anytime soon but I could be in London and attend an event at Urasenke. The UK London branch of this non profit  Foundation have as their goal, to introduce and spread knowledge of Chado, The Way of Tea, a Japanese tradition with more than 400 hundred years history.  As we have seen other cultures have their own versions of drinking tea and for the  English it has been teapots and tea cosies and afternoon tea. In some ways I am sad that this does not continue in most homes, although we do not seem to have the time to do this anymore – maybe we should, maybe slowing down and drinking out well made tea is what is important.

Today you get a tea bag in a mug with water from the tap and lots of sugar!!  I went to visit a friend the other day and she makes her own fruit teas, using the peel and core from fruit, especially apple, quince and pear. The peel she often freezes when there is an abundance but prefers to use straight away. The rest of the fruit go into the tastiest cakes and pies. Back to tea -she boils the peel with cinnamon and allspice and some dried green tea leaves ( from the bush). For this she likes to use spring water. Boiling for about 15 mins. This is then strained and poured into a warmed teapot when being served to guests – otherwise she places into a flask to keep with her throughout her day.  The rule with this is, if you want a drink of her tea you sit and chat while you do, having her cakes to hand also help with this. In todays world she says you have to stop for something, why not tea?? Why not indeed.

How to throw an afternoon tea party  - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-throw-afternoon-tea-party
Afternoon Tea