Although Mother’s Day is not for another two months in the US, it was celebrated on the 18th March in the UK. Since I happened to be home in London for this worthy event I was able to spend time carefully selecting a gift for my mother of, you guessed it, tea!
I decided on this gift for several reasons (aside from the fact that I like tea):
- While there is already lots of tea in my mother’s house, you can never really have too much tea. Because she has the proper ways to store it, I did not have to worry about the tea going “bad” or losing flavour over time.
- My mother can be reluctant to purchase yet another kind of tea for herself when she already have several (I am unlike her in this respect), so it was luxury rather than necessity gift (no socks or soap as a cop-out gift here).
- I find it fun to select tea for my mother because I know her well and, more importantly, I know her tea drinking habits well.
- I know that my mother is unlikely to take the time herself to browse through a tea shop’s offerings and find herself a new type of tea to enjoy.
- There is a huge price range for tea, depending on the quality, type, vendor, etc. So, although I wanted be generous and splurge on expensive, rare teas, this was one of those times when finances were tight. And yet I was still able to find a nice selection of inexpensive but good teas that she ended up enjoying very much.
So, although the official day for, as Wikipedia puts it, “honouring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society” is a while away in the US, a warming (or cooling!) gift of tea is a good show of appreciation for your mother at any time during the year. Or for that matter, a good show of appreciation for anyone you care about!© Online Stores, Inc., and The English Tea Store Blog, 2009-2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this article’s author and/or the blog’s owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Online Stores, Inc., and The English Tea Store Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.