Holiday gift guide: 4 best products for tea drinkers
Coffee might get a lot of attention, but tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, other than water, according to the Tea Association of the USA.
In fact, the association says 80 percent of all households in the country have tea, and it’s the only drink that you can drink hot, cold, morning, noon and night, for special occasions or for no reason at all.
Tea and tea accessories are a practical, yet indulgent, holiday gift. Inexpensive tea bags can be great stocking stuffers, and beautiful teapots can steal the Christmas show.
Here are our four favorite gifts for tea drinkers.
A teapot that’s also a centerpiece: Glass “flowering” teapots are a dramatic, yet inexpensive gift, for tea, flower and luxury lovers alike. These clear pots are used with special tea “bundles” that bloom into colorful flowers in the water, making it as lovely to see as it is to drink. Find a blooming teapot at Target for just $13.99, and don’t forget to include an extra box of the special tea pods.
A quirky kettle: Skip the microwave. True tea-lovers know it’s a total no-no. Not only can a microwave sometimes heat water to uneven temps, it’s hard to ever truly know how hot it will be. Different kinds of tea are best steeped in different temperatures (herbal tea should be hotter than green). Tea kettles on the stove-top can reach hot enough temps for herbal teas. Plus, when you zap it in the microwave for a minute, it kills the ceremony that makes tea-drinking so indulgent. Instead, gift your tea-lover a stove-top kettle. This cupcake-designed tea kettle from ModCloth.com is as cute as they come. Perfect for a tea party.
Hot water, all the time: Not patient enough to wait for a kettle to whistle? Go European and get an electric kettle. An electric kettle is quicker than a stove, but still skirts the microwave. (In fact, it boils water faster than a microwave.) And, like a kettle, it can hold hot water and keep it hot for an extended period of time. It’s quick and easy to reheat—the perfect way to top off your cup. This white electric kettle at Target is sleek and lovely, for just $14.99.
Perfectly infused tea all the time: A small stocking stuffer that’s super practical is a cute tea infuser, like this Mr. Tea holder from Target. Stick your tea bag inside and it’s easy to ring out, hang on the edge, reuse and reduce messes.