by Craig Lloyd on
If you’re ready to move on from subpar coffee in the morning and want to start making a worthwhile delicious cup of joe, here’s some coffee gear that will help get you started.
Tea drinkers can be a picky bunch sometimes, but there’s nothing like giving a great gift to somebody that you care for, especially when they’re surprised that you managed to find them something that they like. Here’s our top picks.
Not all tea drinkers are created equal, but they tend to have some key interests. Sometimes they have an obvious interest in a niche, which can be helpful when you understand the basics of that niche. That’s why we’ve rounded up and provided short explanations for all products—both those with broad appeal and niche products.
The biggest question to keep in mind is: does my tea lover use loose leaf tea? If they only use bagged tea, then you have an opportunity to enhance their teabag experience, or to introduce them to the basics of loose leaf tea (an especially good idea if you’re buying for a self-proclaimed “tea snob”). If you’re buying for someone who uses loose leaf tea, then you really only need to ask yourself what products your tea lover already owns, and if they have a niche interest in, say, Chinese tea ceremony.
The teapot is the undisputed king of tea tools (if you’re buying a gift for a pretentious tea drinker, feel free to also refer to them as the “undisputed king of tea tools”). But what kind of teapot should you give to your tea lover? I mean, there’s a lot of options…
Well, you’ll want to get them a great big teapot if they like to steep a lot of tea at a time. If they take their time drinking their tea, then you’ll want to get a teapot that won’t oversteep the tea. Generally, that means getting a smaller teapot, or one that has an infuser that doesn’t reach too deep into the pot.
If your tea lover is interested in tea ceremony, then you should get them a traditional yixing pot or gaiwan cups. Yixing pots are particularly treasured among tea drinkers, as they “season” with use and can provide a very personal tea drinking experience.
If your tea drinker prefers bagged tea, or is just getting started with loose leaf, then you’ll want to get them something simple.
These are some of our favorite teapots:
You always know when you’re in a tea drinker’s kitchen. There’s usually a draw dedicated to bags and tools, or a pile of tea nonsense in the corner of the room. Why not help your tea lover clean up?
This is a relatively easy gift to give, it doesn’t take a lot of guesswork. The only thing that you need to keep in mind is whether they drink bagged tea or loose leaf tea. You may also want to consider what kind of tea storage they may already have, or if they need help storing tea away from the house.
Here are some great tea storage options:
Don’t bother with old-fashioned kettles. Electric kettles are faster, cleaner, and more consistent than a stove-top kettle, and they’ve gotten relatively cheap. I would suggest giving your tea drinker an electric kettle that has temperature control because different teas need to steep at different temperatures.
Again, this is a relatively easy gift idea. There’s not a lot that can go wrong, especially if your tea lover has been heating up their water in the microwave or in a kettle that doesn’t have temperature control. You just need to consider what level of convenience your tea drinker desires. Some adjustable kettles have pre-set temperatures, while others let you dial in specific temperatures.
All of the kettles that we’ve suggested are lined with stainless or non-stick material, so you don’t have to worry about giving your tea lover a kettle that’s going to fill their body with microscopic plastic material. This isn’t just a health thing. Water that’s been boiled in a plastic container always tastes like plastic, and it can ruin a cup of tea.
Here’s our favorite electric kettles:
There’s not a single tea enthusiast that can be disappointed by good tea. A sampler or kit is a great and easy way to impress your tea lover, even if they’ve got pretentious taste buds.
We’ve selected a variety of tea samplers and kits, but they should really appeal to just about anyone. All of them contain good quality loose leaf tea (except for the matcha kit, because matcha is always a powder).
Speaking of matcha, the yerba mate and matcha tea kits are great and exotic gifts to give to your tea lover. They give you all the tools to drink those specific teas the correct way, so they’re great for any tea lover, from snob to novice.
Here come the kits:
If your tea lover seems to have everything, then you might want to get them tea drinking accessories. None of these items are necessary for tea drinking, but they’re great tools for enhancing a tea drinking experience.
These accessories are especially good for people who are interested in the culture of tea, or how tea is harvested and cured. If you know someone who’s interested or invested in tea ceremony, then this is the time to grab them a great gift.
Here are our favorite tea accessories and books:
Whatever kind of tea lover you’re shopping for, there’s bound to be something in our list they don’t have and they’ll love.
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