The Ladies' Tea Guild

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Gifts fit for a tea-drinker!

Loose and bagged tea.
Tea is becoming more and more popular these days, whether for its health benefits, its traditions, or just the range of flavors available from this one beverage. American tea-lovers have a wide variety of teas and tea equipment to choose from when purchasing for themselves or others. Some of the following items are available in grocery stores, craft stores and specialty shops in many areas of the country, but if none of these are for sale where you are, they can be purchased over the Internet. Here are some suggestions:

Good quality loose-leaf or bagged tea.
A nice tea mug or cup and saucer.
A new teapot.
An electric tea kettle.
A nice decanter or pitcher for iced tea.
A tea cozy, tea strainer, tea filter bags or other everyday tea equipment.
A piece of nice silverware for the tea table, like sugar tongs, tea tray, cream spoon, berry spoon, or dessert server. (Thrift stores can be great sources for old silverplate items at low prices!)
Gourmet food items for the tea party pantry. This can include packaged foods made with tea, or foods to be eaten with tea. Even something like a bar of good chocolate goes well with tea!
A nice cloth tablecloth or other tea party-appropriate linens.
A book about tea. This can include cookbooks for food to eat with tea, or tea history books, or even tea murder mysteries!
Music that can be played at a tea party.
Jewelry or other accessories with a tea theme.

Any other suggestions?

“Mother’s Day gifts for the tea-loving San Jose mom”
“Where to find tea filter bags in San Jose”
“Where to buy Chinese tea in the San Jose area”
“10 wonderful, affordable ideas for Christmas gifts, using tea”
"What should I keep in my tea party pantry?"
“Chocolate and tea: the perfect match?”
“Which foods go well with tea?”


Bernideen said...

I printed out a few pages of your blog and gave it to a lady who loves tea parties who was in my shop - she is from South San Fran. I hopes she contacts you!

South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild said...

Thanks Bernideen! I hope to hear from her!

Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
-- William Cowper (1731-1800)
"The Winter Evening" (Book Four), _The Task_ (1784)