This gift guide is full of ideas that are perfect for anyone who loves that most British of drinks – a good cup of tea!
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There aren’t many things that are more British than a good cup of tea. Putting the kettle on is the automatic reaction to good news, bad news and pretty much anything in between!
So if you know a tea lover (and who doesn’t?), you can use this quintessentially British activity as inspiration when you’re shopping for gifts. No self-respecting tea drinker would turn down some of their favourite drink, or the equipment they need to make a brew.
So read on for some fabulous ideas for gifts for tea fans. From delicate china cups to tea–infused gin, there’s something to suit the tea lovers in your life.
Tea Cups and Mugs
You can never have enough cups and mugs for tea, can you?
And the great thing is that there are masses of different styles on the market. So you are sure to be able to pick out something that really suits the person you’re buying for.
Whether they love an elegant porcelain tea cup of Earl Grey, or a big chunky mug filled with builder’s tea, you’re bound to find the perfect option.
So we’ve picked out a few of our favourites that we’ve found online.
This wobbly tea mug from East of India is perfect for the person who ‘bloody loves tea’.
It’s made of porcelain and comes in a gift box, but the size means it’s more suited for someone who loves a cup of tea rather than a giant mug-full.
It would also make a cute decoration to sit on a desk or bookshelf.
So if you’re buying for the tea lover who can’t get enough of their favourite drink, this chunky half pint mug from Emma Bridgewater might be more suitable.
It’s decorated with a hand-drawn gingham pattern, and celebrates the delights of ‘Blooming Good Tea’.
This earthenware mug is dishwasher-safe and microwaveable, though why you’d want to microwave your cuppa is beyond us!
Or for something altogether more delicate, how about this handcrafted glass cup from Wisolt?
The cup is made from borosilicate glass so it can handle either hot or cold drinks. It’s hand enamelled with a delicate decoration, and comes with a matching stainless steel teaspoon.
And both items are presented in a pretty turquoise box, making it a beautiful gift for a tea lover.
This next suggestion is a lovely tea-themed gift with a literary twist.
It features a fine china mug decorated with a sketch of the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Alice in Wonderland. The design’s inspiration comes from the famous Alice illustrations by Sir John Tenniel.
And the mug is accompanied by a stainless steel tea infuser, perfect for use with loose teas.
This set is part of the V&A Alice in Wonderland range and comes in an Alice-themed gift box.
Or if the tea lover in your life likes to drink their brew on the move, how about buying them a reusable cup?
This KeepCup from Twinings has a double-wall steel body with a press fit lid.
It’s designed to be comfortable to drink from either with or without the lid on. And the push-on lid has a cover that clamps over the sip hole, which is useful on bumpy roads and rocky trains!
Tea pots and Infusers
Or how about buying them something to help make the tea instead?
Part of the joy of drinking tea lies in the ritual of making a really good pot of tea, or infusing loose tea leaves in your mug. And as with the cups and mugs above, you can find tea pots and tea infusers in all sorts of styles to suit every tea-loving taste.
So we’ve put together some of our favourites from the ones that we’ve spotted on the web.
This tea-for-one stacking set includes a fine bone china teapot and matching cup and saucer. The set has a striking design featuring gazelles, lions and monkeys playing among palms and cypress trees.
The set comes in its own gift box, and all items are dishwasher and microwave safe.
Or they may like the sleek lines of this teapot from the ‘Drift’ range, designed by Robert Welch.
The teapot is made of 18/10 stainless steel, so it will keep its elegant mirror finish for longer. And the modern design has softly curved lines that also ensure drip-free pouring.
And with a generous 900ml capacity, it’s a beautiful and practical way to make a pot of tea!
But if you only need to make a single cup of tea, a tea infuser is a useful little gizmo to have at hand. And it makes a lovely gift idea as well.
You simply fill the egg with loose tea and put into a cup to infuse a perfect brew.
This hand polished George Jensen Bernadotte tea infuser is made from stainless steel. Jensen launched the Bernadotte collection in the 1930’s and it has a timeless style that still looks great nearly 100 years later.
And this Kikkerland monkey infuser is a humorous twist on the tea infuser idea.
Simply fill the monkey’s tummy with tea, and then let him hang out in your cup. Once your brew is the perfect strength, remove the monkey and rest him on his matching drip tray
Or you could buy this V&A tea infuser gift set for an elegant take on tea-making.
It includes a gold plated tea-infuser together with four unique loose leaf tea blends, created by an English master tea blender.
The tea lover who receives this gift will be able to choose from English Garden, Mint, Lemongrass & Ginger and Earl Grey blends.
Tea gifts for Tea Lovers
And of course, you can’t go far wrong with a gift of tea!
These teas would make lovely stocking fillers or Secret Santa gifts on their own, or you could combine them with one of the cups, mugs or teapots above.
This Royal Collection reusable tea caddy contains 50 English Breakfast teabags to get their day off to a great start.
It’s part of a range which also includes Earl Grey and English Afternoon tea, and you can also buy a matching tin of biscuits to complete the gift.
Or why not give your tea-loving friend their very own personalised box to store their tea in.
This wooden box is personalised with a message that says ‘It’s always time for tea for…’ and you can add the name of your choice. Inside the box there are nine compartments for storing teabags.
The box contains a selection of teas which includes English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Spicy Chai and Green Tea among others.
This gift is perfect for a very special tea lover!
It’s a gorgeous pine tea storage box that can be personalised with one large initial and the recipient’s name. You can also add a message inside the lid of the box.
Inside the box they’ll find some special ‘love’ teabags from Pukka. These include infusions of vanilla and ginger, lavender and chamomile, and black liquorice.
Or how about this lovely ‘Time for Tea’ tin from Cartwright & Butler?
It’s filled with a pack of English Breakfast tea and some sea salted caramel shortbread that’s perfect to enjoy with a cuppa. And the pretty clip-top tin is ideal for storing their favourite tea afterwards.
If you’re looking for a more unusual tea to give as a gift for a tea lover, this could be just what you’re after.
This striking black and white tin is filled with a rich, single origin English Breakfast Tea from The Rare Tea Company. The company buys their tea directly from the Atemwa estate in Malawi.
It makes a perfect breakfast or afternoon tea, and would make a lovely gift alongside a pretty mug and one of the infusers featured above.
Or for the ultimate pick and mix tea gift, how about this gorgeous glass jar from Twinings?
It contains 20 loose leaf pyramids in a mix of 15 different flavours, so it’s a great way for a tea lover to try out some new varieties.
Once they’ve emptied the jar, they can use it to store their regular teabags or refill the jar from the Twinings website.
True tea afficionados are sure to love this next section. These are perfect book for tea lovers, full of gorgeous pictures and fascinating information.
And we’ve also picked out a gorgeous colouring book so they can while away the time with a cup by their side.
The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo is a classic book dating back to 1906. It’s the most important book on the tea ceremony and the place that tea holds in the culture of Asia..
This hardback edition of the Book of Tea has annotations throughout, with over 200 notes explaining the book’s contents. It’s a stunning hymn to the rituals, aesthetics and spirit of tea, created by a Japanese scholar with a real passion for the subject.
Surely an ideal gift for anyone who loves the rituals surrounding tea!
This book explores some of the key locations in the story of tea, from Malawi to the Himalayas.
It’s the creation of Henrietta Lovell who is knows as ‘The Rare Tea Lady’. Her mission is to revolutionise tea drinking by replacing mass produced tea bags with high quality tea leaves.
She might not be able to convince us all to give up our usual brew. But this gorgeous book is full of charming memoirs, recipes and photographs so you can learn more about your favourite cuppa.
A good cup of tea is a wonderful way to relax and de-stress, and so is the meditative practice of colouring in.
So what could be better than to combine the two?
This book is filled with detailed tea-themed colouring designs and zentangle compositions. You can use fine-tipped ink markers, coloured pencils or felt-tip pens to colour in the designs, and the pages have a black backing to prevent bleed-through.
Combined with a set of coloured pens, this would be a relaxing gift for your tea-loving friend.
Tea Inspired Drinks
Next we have some slightly different gift ideas for tea fans.
We’re very sure that your tea loving friend would love nothing better than a nice cuppa. But on the off-chance that they might fancy something different to sip on, how about getting them one of these tea-inspired drinks?
You could even combine one of these bottles with a delicate china tea cup to serve the drink in.
Mason’s Dry Yorkshire Gin has won many awards. It’s a classic London Dry gin combined with the ever-popular Yorkshire Tea.
The dry flavours of black tea combine with the juniper and citrus notes of the gin to give a refreshing drink with a long finish.
For the perfect G&T, serve with plenty of ice, good quality Indian tonic water and a garnish of lemon zest or fresh mint leaves.
The Jindea Single Estate Tea gin is made with a single estate first flush Darjeeling tea from from the Goomtee Estate.
The Darjeeling gives rich tones of ginger and underlying citrus notes. This is a bold gin, perfect for mixing in long highball drinks but also ideal as a sipping gin.
And the pretty bottle will look gorgeous on display as well!
Or if you’re buying a gift for someone who prefers vodka to gin, then this TEA vodka could be a perfect present.
It’s handcrafted in Cambridge in small batches using the finest organic Earl Grey tea leaves with their classic bergamot flavours.
The high quality, smooth vodka and citrus notes of Earl Grey make this the perfect vodka to use in a martini or for serving simply on the rocks.
And the elegant bottle is ice-proof, so it’s perfect to stash in the freezer ready for drinking.
Or alternatively they could simply mix their favourite gin or vodka with a bottle of Two Keys Black Tea tonic water.
It’s a sparkling combination of tonic water, cold brew Assam and Ceylon black teas, and Lapsang Souchong extracts. The result is a rich and smoky mixer with a crisp and sophisticated finish.
Perfect for those times when you want something a little stronger than a cup of tea!
Afternoon Tea Hampers
Why not treat the tea lover in your life to a luxurious afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings?
This Buyagift Afternoon Tea experience offers tea for two with decadent fingers sandwiches, delicate cakes and scrumptious scones. The lucky recipient can choose form 425 locations across the UK, including quaint tea rooms, city hotels and picturesque country manors.
It’s the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or just spoil someone who deserved a treat.
The voucher is valid for 24 months from the date of purchase, so they’ve got plenty of time to pick the perfect date and location. And due to the unexpected impact of coronavirus, all vouchers purchased during the pandemic can be extended for use at a later date if necessary.
Or if they’d rather not go out for afternoon tea at the moment, why not send afternoon tea to them?
This gorgeous gift comprises a basket or hamper filled with a delicious selection of alcohol-free treats, perfect for afternoon tea.
The selection includes Belvoir Farms raspberry lemonade and Claire’s Handmade strawberry and elderflower jam. And of course, there’s a pack of Earl Grey tea as well.
And this Teatime Delights hamper is absolutely chock-full of yummy food and drink.
As well as English tea, it includes Scottish shortbread, Belgian chocolates, hand baked biscuits and more.
Each item has been specially selected by the team at Clearwater Hampers, who have been creating hampers for over 40 years.
Other Tea Gifts
And here are just a few extra gift ideas for tea lovers, from the budget end of the market up to a real dream gift!
Sock are always a popular gift at Christmas, and these are perfect for the tea lover in your life!
They’re soft, cosy and warm, perfect for wearing when you’re snuggling up at home in the winter. And the cheeky message on the bottom might just get you a brew delivered to you on the sofa!
You’ll find plenty of similar designs both on Amazon and over at Etsy.
Have you ever seen a gadget like this before? The Sage BTM800UK is an electric tea maker, but it’s a million miles away from the tea-makers of the 1970s!
It has a range of 1-touch settings that will perfectly brew Black, Green, White, Herbal and Oolong teas. The water heats to exactly the right temperature, while the fully automatic tea basket lifts the tea leaves in and out of the water. It gently agitates the leaves so that the tea is perfectly infused for full flavour.
You can select a mild, medium or strong brew to suite your taste. And yes, you can set a timer so that there’s a cuppa waiting for you when you wake up!
This is at the more expensive end of the tea-related gift market, but it’s surely a dream gift for the tea lover who has everything!
And this must be the perfect way for a tea lover to count down to Christmas!
Open a door each day from 1st December to Christmas Eve to reveal a Twinings loose leaf pyramid. And then there’s a special Twinings surprise behind the final door on Christmas day.
What a fabulous gift for your favourite tea loving friend!