It's a well-known fact in my family that once you publicly declare your love for something, anything, you're going to start getting gifts during the holidays that directly relate to that thing you love. Somewhat embarrassing disclosure: in middle school and high school I develop an almost unhealthy obsession with tropical fish. (Don't judge. This is years ago, people.) As a result, my family knew that anything with a tropical fish motif -- posters, pillows, jewelry -- was great gift fodder.
To this day, this tradition continues in my family. I told my sister I love the color red, she's given me red bracelets and a red reusable tote bag. Everyone in our family knows what my mother collects, so it's quite normal for her to be given a new glass paperweight or set of brass candlesticks. And as far as we know, she loves it.
But I'll get to the point: This is what is great about being a tea drinker, and knowing other tea drinkers. Choosing gifts for tea drinkers is not only easy, it's quite fun! We're presenting our 2011 Gift Guide for Tea Drinkers, with fun stuff we love for the tea drinker in your life, and if you *are* a tea drinker, feel free to print this out and leave it on your kitchen counter, perhaps with "HINT, HINT" written across the top of it, for your family members to stumble across.
1. Think the tea lover in your life knows it all? Think again! Check out "The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook -- A Guide to the World's Best Tea" by Mary Lou Heiss, where they can get a brainfull of information on tea and its origins, brewing techniques, the vast varieties of tea in the world, and really useful stuff like how to store tea at home. It dates to 2010, but in the tea world, this stuff doesn't go out of style.
2. If you're reading this, you've already discovered two leaves and a bud tea, but have you discovered *all* of our sachets, and do you wonder if you'll ever get a chance to try them all? Or perhaps you want to introduce a friend to two leaves tea. We think our complete sachet sampler is the perfect gift! For a very affordable $14.95, it's all 18 different kinds of sachets that we offer, including black, green, white and herbal teas.
3. The people at the Tea Appreciation Society really love tea, and as a result, they sell some great items that the tea lovers in your life will absolutely need. There are stickers, mugs, t-shirts and all that, but this is our favorite item.
4. I sometimes wonder what I used to do with my free time before Etsy. If you haven't been to this website that specializes in all things handmade and vintage, be forewarned that you can kill a lot of time trolling around there. That said, when you go there and search for tea-related goods, you'll see everything you didn't realized you (or your tea-loving friend) needed! A good sample:
Oh no, one other thing from Etsy that we couldn't resist:
5. Maybe you've already discovered these, but they're pretty new: Our Tea Duo is a little package including one sachet each of Organic Assam Breakfast and Organic Better Rest Blend. See? A tea that's perfect for morning, and one that's a great accompaniment to your peaceful evening. They fit perfectly in a stocking, we might note.
6. When we brainstormed a few gifts, marketing coordinator Christy Garfield said, "Maybe look around for a tea gag gift." Well, I did go looking for one, and found this tea bag holder/spoon rest that's quite functional ... and it's in the shape of a dead armadillo. But maybe the tea lover in your life lives in Texas?
7. I recommended this last year, but I never give up on a good gift suggestion: Some of your serious tea-loving friends may turn up their noses at sachets, no matter how much you try to convince them that our pyramid-shaped sachets are full of quality, full-leaf tea. So, maybe surprise those friends with our very unique selection of loose leaf teas! There's probably something we have that they haven't tried, whether that's Organic Keemun Congou, Organic Lavender Earl Grey or Organic Chamomile.
8. And if you've followed the suggestion above, don't forget to get your friend a trustworthy teascale (now on sale!) to measure out the perfect 2.5 grams of tea, no matter what they're drinking.
9. If you can't find a tea infuser on this list that makes a tea-loving friend of yours chuckle ... well, we're afraid you might have really humorless friends. (I bet you didn't think you'd learn that reading a tea blog, did you?)
10. Finally, a cool gadget for the tea drinker who is really short on desk space (who isn't?)
Happy holidays and tea gift giving from us at two leaves!