12 best gifts for tea lovers
The perfect holiday gifts for tea drinkers
This holiday season, show the people in your life that you care with a thoughtful gift suited to their passions and tastes. Your tea-drinking friends and family members will love these practical and delicious finds perfect for warming up with this winter.
Whether you know a matcha aficionado or a staunch caffeine-free-only tea drinker, there are gifts they’ll love. From mugs and brewing tools to premium tea brands that every tea junkie must try, consider this your tea lover holiday shopping list.
Holiday gifts for matcha drinkers
That one friend who always has a foamy matcha latte in hand will love the opportunity to try a high-quality ceremonial grade matcha. There’s a lot of variety in flavor, texture and aroma depending on where the tea is grown, how it's harvested and processed. Naoki Matcha is harvested from shade-grown tea leaves in Kyoto and carefully harvested to produce the finest powder with the richest green tea flavor. This is a gift that will bring your friend’s matcha latte to an entirely new level.
A matcha bowl and whisk set
If your friend has a bad habit of buying their latte at a coffee shop every day, they might just be missing a beautiful ceramic matcha bowl to prepare traditional Japanese matcha at home. This ceramic set from Teanagoo includes a side matcha bowl and a whisk holder to keep their bamboo matcha whisk in tip-top shape. The set comes in several attractive colors to match your friend’s style.
A bamboo whisk
It’s impossible to bring out the full flavor of your matcha powder without proper whisking. This bamboo whisk from BambooMN is the traditional way to start your latte. This is a great inexpensive gift or stocking stuffer that your matcha-loving friend can use every day. Unlike battery-powered milk frothers, this tool is gentle on the delicate tea leaves but can still generate some impressive foam.
Gifts for enjoying tea at home
An electric kettle
Brewing the perfect cup of tea is a science, and this futuristic kettle from Jocuu does the empirical work for you. Users can select the exact temperature for the perfect cup. The kettle automatically turns off as soon as the desired temperature is reached. The narrow pour spout is handy for steeping loose-leaf tea, as it allows for a more controlled pour to hydrate all the leaves. For busy mornings, this tea kettle can boil water in under 3 minutes. As a bonus, it’s ideal for pour-over coffee if your loved one or their housemate is into the other hot beverage.
A hot and cold brewing system
This impressive coffee and tea maker from Ninja does it all. It brews hot lattes and cold iced tea in under 15 minutes. All you need to do is add your loose-leaf or bagged tea and select your preferred temperature and drink size from the control panel. The machine also comes with a stainless steel thermal carafe that keeps hot drinks at temperature for up to 2 hours.
A temperature-controlled mug
Because temperature matters, an Ember mug is a must-have for anyone who enjoys hot tea at home. The sleek ceramic mug keeps beverages at a controlled temperature for up to 80 minutes on a single charge. It has a temperature range of 120-145 degrees, so every user can find their sweet spot. For tea drinkers on the go, Ember also makes a convenient 12-ounce travel mug with an impressive 3-hour battery life.
A handmade tea set
Bring some color and elegance to your friend's next tea party with this stunning hand-painted ceramic tea set from Blooming Flower Tea. The set includes a 150-milliliter tea pot and four adorable tea cups with matching saucers. Choose from several color and design options.
Gifts for iced tea lovers
An iced tea maker
For the iced tea lover you know, a cold-brewing system is a thoughtful and practical gift. This iced tea maker from Mr. Coffee slowly brews loose-leaf tea with cold water for a deliciously smooth flavor. The machine has an auto shut-off for safety and even has a built-in cleaning cycle. It works for tea and cold brew.
A cold to-go mug
To keep iced tea chilled on the go, a tall Simple Modern insulated tumbler is a handy choice. It has a reusable straw as well as a flip lid, so it works for iced and warm beverages. The cup comes in nearly 30 colors and fun patterns, so your friend could have one for every mood. 20 ounces is a great size for iced tea, but the brand also makes a 16-ounce cup and a 28-ounce option.
A bubble tea kit
Your friend can make their own sweet and chewy bubble tea at home with this fun DIY kit. It comes with everything you need to make sticky tapioca pearls floating in warm and creamy chai. The kit includes two tea flavors: classic black and rooibos chai, as well as two reusable stainless steel straws big enough to slurp up the homemade tapioca pearls.
Other tea related treats
A tea sampler from around the world
Let your loved one sample flavors of tea from around the world with one gift. This sampler from Uncommon Goods includes tubes of loose-leaf teas from across the globe. The samples include unique blends and familiar favorites that every palate will enjoy.
A meditation gift set
Help your loved one tap into their mind and body with their favorite drink in hand. This gift set from Uncommon Goods comes with a tin of loose-leaf orange-cinnamon tea, a beautiful handmade ceramic mug and a meditation card that helps remind the drinker to take a moment for self-care each day.
Lizzy Briskin is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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