16 Best Gift Ideas for Tea Lovers
From loose leaf to cold or hot, we've rounded up the best gifts to surprise your tea-loving friend or snag for yourself.
Tea is more than just a caffeinated drink. It's been one of the most popular beverages worldwide since ancient times. From Chinese emperors to British royalty, tea is the beverage of choice for many. And if you're a tea enthusiast or you're shopping for one, we've rounded up our favorite tea gift ideas, from essential gadgets to items that will expand their knowledge and palate for tea.
With nothing more elaborate than a cup and hot water, these organic morsels of tea, sugar and aromatic spices dissolve into a delightful cup of tea that can be enjoyed any time, anywhere. The sampler set includes nine drops each of citrus ginger, sweet peppermint, blueberry acai, rose earl grey, matcha green tea and more delicious flavors.
For the person who loves loose leaf or likes to bring their good stash with them on the go, these biodegradable tea bags would make a great stocking stuffer. Since these bags are biodegradable and don't have any metal staples, they can get tossed directly in the compost bin.
For a kettle that will look beautiful on display, gift this sleek matte black electric kettle from Bodum. Made of stainless steel and featuring a cork handle, the narrow spout is designed for precision pouring, which means it's also great for pour-over coffee.
For making tea anywhere, a collapsible kettle is a unique and thoughtful gift idea so that the tea lover in your life will never be without boiling water for a cup of tea. This exact tea kettle we've tried and recommend is currently unavailable, but we found a similar collapsible tea kettle from Macy's.
There is a tea for everything — to feel refreshed in the morning, to help you sleep at night, to soothe the throat, to curb that sweet tooth, etc. Tea boxes, whether they're newly opened or only have four bags left, can take up a lot of space. This compact tea organizer looks small, but it holds more than 100 bags, and the clear, removable compartments make it easy to find and access the exact tea you want.
Brew iced tea at home easily with this cold brewer that has a built-in filter. All it takes is adding loose leaf tea and cold water and steeping in the fridge for 3-6 hours. The built-in filter prevents tea leaves from falling into the cup when you pour the tea. It's that easy.
For loose-leaf tea lovers, an infuser is a must-have. There are several infusers to choose from out there, but I doubt you will find one as lovable and functional as this monster. Fill the belly with loose leaf tea, place in a cup and pour the tea. The dinosaur head looks adorable as it peeks out of your cup, and you can use the neck as a handle to easily remove it from your cup.
The double glass layer of these stylish teacups keeps your beverage hot or cold for longer and feels comfortable to the touch (no more burned fingers). Plus, I love clear glass teacups because I can easily see how long to steep loose leaf tea to the desired color and potency.
You may think frothed milk is reserved only for coffee drinks, but your tea lover friend may still want the frothy goodness of milk. Enter the tea latte (We recommend Bobby Flay's recipe.) It's just like a regular latte, but it's made with brewed tea, and it wouldn't be a true latte without frothing the milk using this handheld frother.
For a gift that keeps on giving, go for a monthly tea subscription box. Choose from a variety box, an herbal/decaf box, a black tea box or a green tea box, and each month, the recipient will have four different loose leaf teas, plus extra surprise goodies waiting for them at their doorstep. The four loose leaf teas will brew up to five cups each.
For the friend who misses finding the best bubble (boba) tea in new cities, this kit will help them to satisfy their cravings at home. The kit comes with two loose leaf tea flavors (royal milk and uncommon chai), 10.5-ounce boba tapioca pearls, two reusable, dishwasher-safe stainless steel straws large enough for the tapioca pearls and instructions for making this delicious Taiwanese bubble tea.
Perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea, this book would make a great gift for anyone who wants to learn more about their favorite drink. The top-rated book highlights blends, tastings and ceremonies from around the world and includes recipes for creating your own tea rituals at home.
This is not your grandma's tea set. If the person you're shopping for loves sharing tea with friends or family, gift this elegant and modern porcelain ceramic set that comes with a 25-ounce teapot, a removable stainless steel infuser and four, five-ounce cups with wooden saucers. Plus, there's an option to add a tea sampler to complete the gift.
For the friend who loves matcha, gift them this beautiful set for making traditional matcha at home. Each box contains a slim bamboo scoop, sized just right for prepping a single serving; a bamboo Chasen, or a tea whisk, to help create a perfectly smooth emulsion; plus a ceramic chawan, or tea bowl, for both mixing and enjoying the final masterpiece.
If the person you're shopping for has tried almost every brand at the grocery store, level up their options with a luxe tea sampler. After suffering a devastating accident that left her paralyzed and determined to overcome her challenges, aspiring Olympic gymnast Taylor Lindsay-Noel launched Cup of Té in 2018 with the goal of providing the world’s finest loose leaf organic teas and teaware. Landing a coveted spot on Oprah's Favorite Things last year, this set includes more than 120 servings of decaffeinated and caffeinated organic ethically sourced loose leaf teas. Plus, $1 from each set goes to mental health awareness causes.