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!
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 drinkers. From delicate china cups to tea-infused gin, you’re sure to find 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 I’ve picked out a few of our favourites that I’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.
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 White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. The design’s inspiration comes from the famous Alice illustrations by Sir John Tenniel.
This set is part of the V&A Alice in Wonderland range and comes in an Alice-themed gift box.
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 here are some of my favourites from the ones that I’ve spotted on the web.
This stylish tea pot is definitely at the top end of most people’s budgets, but its super-sleek design will make a gift that your tea-loving friend will use for years to come.
It’s made from high quality 18/10 stainless steel and just needs a quick wipe over to keep its mirrored finish looking good as new. And the clever spout gives drip-free pouring so its perfect to use for afternoon tea or after a special dinner.
Or for a more affordable option, this stainless steel Georg Jensen Bernadotte tea infuser is hand-polished for a beautiful finish and it makes the perfect cuppa oh-so simple.
All you have to do is to fill it with loose tea and pop in a cup or mug then pour over boiling water. Combine this infuser with a mug and a tin of loose tea for the perfect tea lover’s gift!
Tea gifts for Tea Lovers
And of course, you can’t go far wrong with a gift of tea!
Why not give your tea-loving friend their very own personalised box to store their tea in.
This wooden box features 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 which you can personalise 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.
This pretty Time for Tea tin from Cartwright and Butler is a lovely gift for any tea drinker. It comes filled with full-bodied English breakfast tea and some delicious classic shortbread that’s packed full of salted caramel pieces.
Once they’ve finished enjoying those goodies, it’s ideal for storing their own choice of tea.
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 tin is filled with a rich, single origin English Breakfast Tea from The Rare Tea Company. The company buys their tea directly from the Satemwa 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.
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 I’ve also picked out a gorgeous colouring book so they can while away the time with a cup by their side.
Infused: Adventures in Tea 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 Tea Lover’s Colouring 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.
Time for Tea is a celebration of Fortnum’s 300 years of experience and deep passion for tea.
It’s an authoritative book that aims to help tea drinkers find the right tea to suit their taste. It also helps them to get the most out of their cuppa, from identifying the best teas to start the day or end the evening. And this book also contains 50 delicious recipes.
Tea Inspired Drinks
Next I have some slightly different gift ideas for tea fans.
I’m 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.
Why not treat the tea lover in your life to a luxurious afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings?
They’ll be able to enjoy this classic English treat complete with dainty sandwiches, little cakes and scones with cream and jam. And of course there’ll also be a pot of tea and even a celebratory glass of bubbly.
The vouchers are valid at over 300 UK locations and for 24 months, so they’re sure to find a time and place that suits them.
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 couple of extra gift ideas for tea lovers, ranging from the budget end of the market up to a real dream gift!
Socks are always a popular gift and these ones are perfect for the tea lover in your life!
They’re soft, cosy and warm, perfect for snuggling up at home. And the cheeky message on the bottom might just get them a brew while they relax 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!