There's nothing better than starting the morning to a piping hot cup of tea. After all, it is the best beverage (sorry, coffee drinkers). There are so many flavors to choose from (it's like picking a video game player): spiced chai, earthy green tea, quintessential black tea, and so much more. If you've got friends or family who can't get enough of their tea time, now's the perfect occasion to embark on your holiday shopping journey, and you've come to the right place.
We've looked high and low for the best gifts for tea lovers and curated a 49-item list filled with best-selling and customer-adorned kettles, pots, loose-leaf teas, powders, tea bags, infusers, and accessories. We even tapped a tea expert for their recommendations. A hand-painted floral pot for the Bridgerton fanatics, Kusmi Tea's Gift Set Collection for tea novices and aficionados, and a temperature-regulating mug for the tea techs out there.
Best gifts for tea lovers
From ceramic tea pots to candy cane-flavored matcha to silicone infusers shaped like sea lions, there's a gift for every person on your list. Check out these 49 best gifts that'll have the tea lover in your life saying "I love it so matcha." (Sorry, we couldn't help ourselves.)
Best Tea Kettles and Pots
Caraway’s tea kettle that launched a few months ago takes a fun spin on the classic whistling ones (you know, the ones you need to set on your stove—old school). Made of stainless steel and non-toxic materials—it’s free of lead, PTFE, and PFOA—Caraway’s kettle boils water quickly without any chemical additives. Plus, the modern design complements any kitchen, making it a great gift for tea connoisseurs.
Need an electric option? Fellow’s electric kettle comes recommended by Tony Gebely, a tea expert and founder of Tea Epicure. Not only does it sit beautifully on a kitchen counter, it’ll “let you dial it down to the degree and has a quick pour,” he says. Even more impressive? For 60 minutes, the Corvo will hold the water in your desired temperature, ensuring hot tea for as long as you need. This kettle marries beauty and brains.
Zojirushi’s water boiler has Gebely’s heart. It’s doesn’t come as a shock: The device keeps water hot all day long and has an LCD display to show you the temperature in real time, which is ideal for brewing black, green, and oolong teas. “I have a 4.5-liter one on my counter in my tea space, and I have hot water on demand, which is great” he says.
Known for its cast iron Dutch ovens, Le Creuset is well-acquainted with fine craftsmanship, and its tea kettle is no exception. Glazed in porcelain enamel, the kettle disperses heat quickly while preventing erosion to bring you the perfectly brewed cup of tea. Bonus: The ombre blend looks like a design straight out of an art museum (it very well could be due to how beautiful it is).
For a no-frills brewing experience, Cosori’s Electric Kettle is the go-to appliance. Using rapid boil technology, the kettle heats up water in just minutes (between three and seven) and is easy to pour, thanks to the wide opening. What’s more, the timer automatically shuts down the kettle after 30 seconds, so you don’t need to watch it.
Made of stainless steel, Primula’s Avalton stovetop tea kettle boils water quickly and has an ergonomic handle for easy pouring. The whistling spout will ring whenever your water is done boiling. You can get it in black, silver, grey, red, or teal.
Got a tea person who appreciate kettle aesthetics? This Sven tea kettle embodies a northern European design with the royal blue color, wooden accents, and a stainless steel finish, making it difficult to not stare at it. We love that it comes in three other color ways: yellow, white, and grey.
For the single-pot kind of tea drinkers, Firebelly’s small teapot serves up one good cup. The ergonomic handle, sturdy lid, and non-toxic glaze finish makes this small-but-mighty pot a gift worth giving. To use, place the micro-perforated stainless steel filter into the pot, add your tea leaves, and pour.
Vahdam’s porcelain teapot does double duty as a brewer and server. It comes with a built-in infuser, so you can soak your favorite tea leaves, from oolong to chai to black tea and a sprout to pour your favorite cup of goodness. Since the infuser is removable, the teapot is a piece of cake to clean (easy, peasy, lemon, squeezy).
Unlike the other pots on this list, Willow & Everett’s teapot allows you to see the unique color of the tea you’re brewing. The stainless steel lid prevents leaks, and the pot has a built-in infuser for easy pouring. To use, fill with water and pop it into your microwave.
Good tea begins with the leaves, and Vahdam—the one-stop shop for all things tea—offers an assortment of flavors, from chai to cardamom masala. Each tea flavor is packaged in gold tin caddies, and the set comes in a luxe gift box decked in ornate designs, perfect for gifting.
What’s better than tea? A custom selection of your favorite blends, and Tea Fortē’s custom gift box is not one to miss during your holiday shopping. Of the 20 tea blends—blueberry merlot tea, citrus mint, orchid vanilla tea, and more—you get to choose four (ten of each flavor are allotted for the four sections). Even more, the tea is packaged in pyramid-shaped tea bags (how fun).
The ultimate gift, Kusmi’s collection gift set features 15 loose teas in mini tins, a box of tea filters, and a teaspoon. Gift five signature teas: black tea with lemon, grapefruit, and berry, chai, and green-spiced tea, perfect for a tea novice or aficionado who wants to discover or rediscover their favorite flavors.
This 3-tin satchet set features three mind- and body-boosting flavors, including white tea with hints of jasmine and rose petals, blood orange smoothie, and a herbal chai. When you gift this set, the tea lover in your life will get 45 servings along with a leaf-printed gift box (too cute).
It’s hard to pick which flavors to choose from DAVIDsTEA’s selection. The tea brand offers the classics (black, green, white, etc.), but also holiday dessert-inspired favorites, like Sweet Potato Pie, or Caramel Shortbread. We’re sipping on Sweet Potato Pie, which is made with premium black tea and zesty spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Oh, and can’t forget the touch of creamy marshmallow. Bonus: DAVIDsTEA certifies their teas by Elephant Approved® which is a non-profit that helps save elephants around the globe.
Best Tea Accessories
For the loved ones who like milk in their tea, consider a milk frother. Constructed out of stainless steel, this MUD whip froths up milk in seconds. It’s also ideal for those who love latte blends, like Clevr or Blume. It also comes in this aesthetic, octagon-shaped travel container for whenever you’re on the go.
You’re no longer limited to tea drinking at home thanks to Fellow’s Carter Everywhere Mug. Constructed out of stainless steel and a ceramic coating, the Carter Mug keeps liquids hot for up to 12 hours (and 24 hours for cold liquids). Another nice touch: It has a 270 degree twist cap to prevent leaks, making it a thoughtful gift for your loved ones on the go.
If you’re on the hunt for stocking stuffers, don’t skip out on Finum’s tea infuser. Constructed out of stainless steel and heat-tolerant, BPA-free plastic, this infuser “allows the leaves to open up and water to flow in between them” to blend the water and leaves nicely,” says Gebely.
Seeping tea just got so much easier thanks to these mesh tea balls. Made of aluminum, the tea balls can withstand the hottest of temperatures and comes with a built-in hook, which conveniently hangs onto mugs or glassware. The round shape gives the leaves space, and the mesh allows water to flow and infuse the tea leaves, according to Gebely. Its small size makes it an ideal stocking stuffer.
A traditional Chinese brewing vessel, Gaiwans are equipped with a lid, bowl, and saucer to brew a flavorful cup of tea, and this one is hand-painted with motifs and a reading that means “everlasting long life.” “I would put a bunch of leaves in the gaiwan and steep them ten times,” Gebely says.
For the person who can’t get enough tea, this organizer is for them. Made of bamboo, RoyalHouse’s organizer looks beautifully in any kitchen and has eight compartments to store all of their teas (it’s giving tea bag galore).
You can’t have too many mugs (says every mug hoarder ever, lol), and this one comes with a wooden lid to keep liquids hot and a golden spoon (you’re fancy huh?) for mixing sugar and honey. It comes in festive colors like matte red and green as well as white, royal blue, and black.
Many tea drinkers love insulated mugs, and this one from Yeti reigns supreme. This one is double-lined with stainless steel and has vacuum insulation to keep your tea hot to the very last sip. Choose from three different sizes—10, 14, or 24 ounces—and 12 colors. Don’t fancy the colors available? Don’t fret! You can customize your own and even add designs.
Who needs a jar of honey when you’ve got honey spoons? These are perfectly portioned and are made of real real orange blossom. All you have to do is mix until the honey melts.
This gorgeous amber mug is not only double walled (you can cup it with your palms and not get burned—hallelujah!), but it comes with the Perfect Infuser so you can infuse your loose leaf teas without having to use a separate trinket (it fits in the mug perfectly). Plus, the glass lid doubles as a saucer, which saves on space. It’s a smart, chic gift that’s highly functional. Just FYI: Let your giftee know that it’s not dishwasher or microwave-safe.
Complement your tea with some biscuits. These shortbreads are infused with earl grey and have a subtle, bergamot flavor with each chomp you take.
Best Tea Subscriptions
Set up your loved one for tea-sess with a subscription to Sips By. Each subscription features a selection of four premium teas (enough to enjoy 16+ cups per month), reusable and biodegradable tea filters, steeping and tasting notes, and recipes curated by tea experts. Choose from the following subscription options: three, six, 12, and 24 months.
The Republic of Tea offers six and 12-month subscriptions for its tea of the month series. As the name implies, a new selection of black teas will be delivered to your giftee’s doorsteps, everything from ginger peach to caramel vanilla cuppa cake to blackberry sage.
With more than 300 selections of tea, Tea Runners choose four loose leaf teas to deliver straight to your friends or family. It contains about one ounce of tea per pouch, which equates to roughly 40 cups of tea, plenty to sip on during the holidays and beyond.
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