Looking for something to give the herbal tea enthusiast in your life? Whether they’re just starting out their tea journey or are a long-time connoisseur, Farm to Jar’s top 10 gifts for herbal tea lovers has something for every tea aficionado. Plus bonus hibiscus tea recipe!
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Top 5 Gifts for the Beginning Tea Lover
Although electric kettles are becoming more popular in the US, not everyone has one. If the tea lover in your life is still microwaving their tea water, help them make their life a little easier.
This steel and glass kettle features a simple and stylish design that allows you to see the water inside. Its internal blue light switches on when the kettle begins to heat, and off again to notify you when the water is boiling and ready.
The kettle can boil up to a liter (roughly 4 cups) of water at a time. This makes it small enough to heat water quickly, so they won’t have to wait around if they want a cup of brew, but large enough to make multiple cups of tea at a time. They’ll never want to go back to microwaving again.
Caffeine Free Herbal Teas (Tisanes)
There are literally endless different herbal tea blends if your “giftee” wants to enjoy cozy evenings without having to worry about caffeine.
The herbal blends from Harney and Sons are top quality, and I speak from experience. My son gave me a sampling of them last Christmas and I’ve become a true fan. Check out their variety (just search ”caffeine free on their site) and put together a sample pack for your loved ones (or yourself). Excellent quality!
Glass Teapot With Infuser
Why have one cup of tea when you can make a whole pot? If the new tea enthusiast in your life doesn’t have a teapot yet, or is making do with an ugly old one, it’s time to give them a little help leveling up.
This stylish glass teapot comes with a loose leaf tea infuser, but also works just fine for those who prefer using tea baggies. It’s made of extra-sturdy borosilicate glass so it won’t crack when you pour hot water in it – in fact, it can also go in the dishwasher, microwave or directly on the stovetop.
The teapot can hold about 2.5 large cups’ worth of tea to enjoy together. Cheers!
Loose Leaf Tea Infuser
As folks get more and more into the art of brewing a good cup of tea, they often switch from tea baggies to loose leaf teas. To give your loved one a head start, you can gift them this handy loose leaf tea infuser.
Although it’s technically nothing fancy to look at, the OXO Infuser Basket is a must in every tea supply arsenal. Bye traditional tea eggs, hello sturdier and less messy solution! It’s made of stainless steel with fine enough holes to prevent tea leaves from escaping, and fits perfectly in most cups and teapots. The removable lid doubles as a drip tray.
If you’re into collecting and trying different teas and tisanes as well, you’ll know things can quickly become chaotic. Where did that darn chamomile go, and why are there loose tea baggies strewn throughout the kitchen cabinets?!
If your tea-loving friend or family member doesn’t have one yet, they’ll probably appreciate a stylish organizer to keep the tea chaos in their kitchen under control.
This natural bamboo wood tea box comes in two versions: eight and twelve compartments. It helps keep loose tea baggies organized and dry, and the glass cover makes it easy to see which flavors it contains. Plus, it just feels a little nicer to be able to have visitors pick their preferred tea from a fancy box when you offer them a cuppa.
Top 5 Gifts for Advanced Tea Lovers
Herbal Tea Box Subscription
Tea lovers love to try new teas, herbal or otherwise. Giving them a subscription allows them to pick and choose some new blends and have the ultimate convenience of delivery and customization!
My son gave me a subscription to a tea club called Sips by that I absolutely love.
Loose Leaf Tea Organizer
If your favorite tea aficionado has been into preparing and collecting teas and tisanes for a while, they likely use at least some loose ingredients.
Whether they like to mix their own blends or prefer store-bought, a good organizer for loose leaf tea can be a lifesaver.
This spice organizer is stylish and ideal for storing teas and ingredients. It holds up to 18 simple glass jars, which will keep the recipient’s blends safe and perfectly organized.
You could even fill up some of the jars with their favorite herbal tea flavors!
Small-Batch Loose Leaf Herbal Tea Blends
What if you just want to gift some tea, plain and simple? We’ve got you covered. Over at our small farm, Heathglen, we mix a variety of different herbs, spices, roots and other ingredients into our small-batch herbal tea blends.
Many of the ingredients are home-grown and dried right at our organic farm, so it doesn’t get more natural than this.
Each packet contains 2 oz. of natural loose-leaf tea. Try our warming licorice spice, or gift the gift of a tasty turmeric latte (just steep the tea in hot (plant-based) milk). Yum!
Tea Infuser Thermos
For some people, tea is a lifestyle, not just something to enjoy at home. And since a good brew can’t be obtained everywhere, a good thermos can be a lifesaver!
That especially applies to the handy and stylish Teabloom thermos, which has been designed especially for the serious tea aficionados.
With Teabloom, your loved one can have the perfect cuppa anywhere. All they have to do is make sure to pop a packet of loose-leaf tea in their bag for emergencies.
Once the craving hits, they can order some hot water and use the flask’s infuser basket to steep their tea. The upside for you is that you’ll never have to hear them complain about low-quality tea on the go again 😉
Luxury Japanese Tea Set
Special occasion? If you’re looking for something truly WOW to gift your tea-obsessed friend or family member, there’s nothing better than a gorgeous genuine Japanese tea set.
The concept of tea has been around in Japan for centuries, much longer than here in the US, so you can trust them to know what they’re doing when it comes to leaves steeped in water.
I love this stunning cast-iron koi-themed teapot, which comes in blue, red or turquoise combined with gold.
The set includes a loose-leaf tea infuser and two cups plus saucers, since four is considered an unlucky number for gifts. Perfect for those who love the “ceremonial” aspect of making a good cup of herbal tea.
True Tea vs Herbal Tea (Tisanes)
You’ve seen me mention tisane a few times. If you weren’t sure what that is: it’s just a fancy word for herbal tea! It’s used because officially, a tisane isn’t a “true” tea.
The word ”tea” is actually reserved for blends made with actual leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis), like those containing black, green, or oolong tea.
Don’t let this fool you into thinking that tisanes are somehow inferior. Most tea connoisseurs love a nice herbal tea from time to time.
There are endless variations, and the nice thing is that they don’t contain caffeine. This makes them perfect to have in the evening.
If you like to grow your own, it’s also much easier to grow your own herbal tea garden than to try to cultivate and dry true tea plants.
Festive Hibiscus Herbal Tea
When you visit your loved one to give them that tisane-themed gift, why not accompany it with… some tea? Like pretty much any tea, this super-easy recipe for a hibiscus-flavored herbal brew is a breeze to make.
The result is a festive, bright pink concoction with tangy cranberry notes.
Hibiscus tea likely originated in sub-Saharan Africa, but it’s also immensely popular in Mexico and the rest of Central America.
In Mexico, it’s referred to as Agua de Jamaica (Jamaica water) and usually served cold. One of my favorite Mexican drinks!
If you have a Mexican supermarket nearby, they’re almost guaranteed to carry dried hibiscus flowers. All you have to do with these is place them in boiling water and then strain.
Amazon also carries my favorite brand if you want to order online.
Serve as you prefer: hot or cold, with or without sugar.
Homemade Hibiscus Herbal Tea
Homemade Hibiscus Tea (Agua de Jamaica)
- 1 cup dried hibiscus flower
- 4 cups water
- ½ cup sugar (optional)
- ice (optional)
- Pour the water into a pot and bring to a boil.4 cups water
- Once the water boils, turn off the stove and add the hibiscus flower.1 cup dried hibiscus flower
- Leave the hibiscus flower to steep for 10-15 minutes. The water should be a deep red in color and be very fragrant.
- Strain the flowers from the water, giving them a good squeeze to get all the liquid out.
- Pour the result in a large jar and add the sugar. You now have hibiscus flower tea concentrate to enjoy hot or cold.1/2 cup sugar
- For hot tea: mix 50% hibiscus concentrate and 50% hot water. Optionally, add a slice of lemon or orange to serve.
- For iced tea: mix 50% hibiscus concentrate and 50% cold water. Pour over ice.ice
- For a different hibiscus tea, you can add a stick of cinnamon with the dried flowers. Some even add a clove, some nutmeg or cardamom.
- Instead of granulated sugar, you can use piloncillo if your local Mexican store carries it. These blocks of cane sugar have a deeper flavor.
- If you don’t want to use sugar at all, just go for your favorite alternative sweetener or leave it out entirely.