When I think of tea enthusiasts, my dad comes to mind. He practically raised me on a mugs of black tea with lemon and honey, eagerly preparing his signature, scientific brew whenever I expressed the slightest interest in his drink of choice. As my siblings and I got old enough to purchase thoughtful gifts for our parents, we immediately identified tea-related gifts that he would obsess over and even managed to introduce him to all sorts of blends and tea-adjacent items that he loves. So, in the spirit of my dad, we’ve picked out the perfect gifts for every tea devotee. From loose leaf tea samplers to lovely kettles and artisanal honey, here’s a selection of gifts for any tea evangelist.
For your cottage-core glam friend/mom/partner, this hand painted and glazed teapot is perfect for anyone who likes to make a statement with housewares. Plus, it seems pretty well-made since it's crafted from bronzed stainless steel, ceramic, and brass hardware.
If you're looking for an authentic British tea time snack, you're in the right place. These milk and white chocolate truffles are infused with bergamot and dusted with cocoa powder to complement afternoon tea.
For three months, the Art of Tea will send between 2-4 ounces of expertly curated, seasonal tea or teabags to whomever you like. Choose between a few options–classics, caffeine free, explore, single origin, or pyramid teabags–for the tea lover in your life. The subscription also comes in 6 or 12 months.
One bite of Ladurée's macarons will whisk anyone away to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées where you can nibble on pastries and sip fruity tea (in a pre-quarantine world, that is).
Okay, this is one for your cottage-core glam friend who's redecorating and just needs some still life prints for their kitchen.
The flowering tea is truly an aesthetic triumph of nature, so therefore, it's also the perfect theme for a gift set. Complete with four double-walled teacups, a tea warmer, a removable infuser, and 12 flowering teas, this set has it all.
This gift set features a sampling of teas from India: Roasted Darjeeling Black Tea, Assam Exotic Second Flush Black Tea, Double Spice Masala Chai Tea, Turmeric Ashwagandha Herbal Tea Tisane, Earl Grey Masala Chai Tea, and High Mountain Darjeeling Second Flush Oolong Tea. Delicious.
My go-to gift is always Lush products because, for me at least, a well-scented bubble bath is the height of luxury. This is for all the matcha enthusiasts out there.
Thé Osmanthus Candle purportedly evokes an ancestral tea ceremony with notes of apricot and rare flowers. One reviewer noted that it smells like a "light, fruity tea."
Those who love chocolate and tea may be intrigued by this tea-flavored chocolate.
For those who take honey with their tea, but would also like the convenience of a pre-measured amount.
This set includes 24 different kinds of green, black, and herbal tea. I personally recommend starting with the Anastasia black tea, which is an aromatic mix of bergamot, lemon, and orange blossom–essentially, an upgraded Earl Grey.
Another Parisian tea brand that I can specifically attest to, Dammann Freres makes some of the most delicious, fragrant teas that I have ever had. Plus, their tea ball infusers always have cute little fobs–the one that comes with this set is a miniature Dammann teapot made from painted resin.
Written by Palais des Thes founder Francois Xavier Delmas and creative director Mathias Minet, this book is perfect for both tea beginners and enthusiasts. Full of over 100 freestanding, illustrated tea lessons, you're bound to learn a little something new!
This boba tea set comes with organic loose leaf tea–matcha, lavender earl grey, and jasmine–plus vegan boba. The kit makes over 20 drinks
This tea-adjacent scent is in the herbal family, made with a mix of damp mosses, crumpled blackcurrant leaves, sun-dried fig leaves. According to Diptyque, it's fresh, green, and spicy–perfect for anyone who loves a nice, herbal aroma.
Perfect for brewing loose leaf tea, this easy-to-use infuser would pair well with any loose leaf gift set. Plus, there's lots of room for the tea leaves to fully expand, deepening the flavor of the brew. Bonus–it's completely dishwasher safe!
This is the right gift for anyone who would like to taste ten different teas from all over the world.
Jo Malone's woody and smoky interpretation of tea is manufactured with powdery cocoa, almondy tonka, hay, and tobacco to create a textured, elegant fragrance.
Know someone who loves matcha but hasn't yet committed to making it at home? Ippodo Tea, a family run company based in Kyoto with a three century history, has crafted this set with all the necessary tools to get anyone started.
If you’re looking to make an investment, then this Kettl matcha tea bowl is the ideal gift for anyone who indulges in the brew. Handcrafted by Katsufumi Baba in Kurume, Fukuoka, this Chawan bowl “allows for more lateral whisking while keeping a shallower profile,” according to Kettl’s website.
For the person in your life that adores cute embroidered things that are perhaps inspired by Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit. Plus, they're handmade!
This top-rated, organic face sunscreen–crafted with white tea–is a must have year-round. This product is also a lightweight moisturizer and water resistant.
With active ingredients like white tea extract, Japanese cherry blossom extract, and hyaluronic acid, this set of five masks will make anyone's skin softer and smoother. Good for people with normal, dry, and sensitive skin!
I do love passive aggressive socks. Or is this just aggressive?
Bellocq is a Brooklyn-based tea shop–nay, atelier, according to their website–that specializes in delicious blends. This set includes their No. 1 Breakfast Tea, together with honey from Hawaii.
Okay, okay, this isn't necessarily tea, per say, but it does infuse all-natural fruits and spices in booze....same difference, really. Sustainably sourced and pre-measured, this infusion kit makes it extraordinarily easy to prep for any zoom happy hour or cocktail time.
Another skincare essential, this green tea based anti-aging set is designed to firm, hydrate, and brighten skin.