Teabag holders are handy devices, ready and waiting for that used teabag. For those of you using teabags (instead of steeping loose leaf teas), the last thing you want is to leave one in the cup too long. It could result in oversteeping, bitterness, and a big just-sucked-on-a-lemon pucker when you take a sip. (These days a photo or video of you doing this could wind up “going viral” all over the Internet.) As one who lives the “tea life,” I tend to favor loose teas and avoid bagged teas for this and other reasons. So, why do I need teabag holders?
Sometimes you get things as gifts that you may not particularly like or need or want, but they remind you of the giver and it happens to be someone really special like your best friend, or your mom or dad, or your hubby, so you can’t throw the item away or anything like that especially since they might come over and visit and want to see the gift, so you’re, like, well, you know, stuck with it.
Thus, I have teabag holders — yes, several, not just one. Friends and family know I like tea. They give me gifts of tea (actually, tea dust in bags from grocery stores and places like Trader Joe’s) and tea accessories, including teabag holders. They are wonderful people and mean well. Sigh.
Ever seeking that silver lining behind the dark cloud, I have found other ways to use those teabag holders. Here are a few:
- Spoon rest (rather obvious)
- Strainer holder (also obvious)
- Tea tin stand (slightly quirky)
- Place to put the teapot lid while you pour in the water (practical)
Of course, just because these are teabag holders it doesn’t mean that they have to be used for something tea-related. Some non-tea ideas:
- Candle holder (adds a bit of romance)
- Paperweight (keeps things in place)
- Candy dish (how sweet!)
- Leaning-tower-of-erasers holder (just being silly)
- Potpourri dish (a bit of common scents)
- Something to balance on your nose and impress party guests (more silliness)
Teabag holders come in lots of shapes and sizes. From the ever popular teapot shape (handle carefully or the spout might get broken off), to ones that are more like small bowls, to the cute and whimsical, there’s a style to suit every taste. Let’s just hope that the person buying one to give you and that you’ll be stuck with — uh, I mean “enjoy” — for years and years and years and years to come has pretty good taste.
If you’re one of those tea drinkers, like me, who prefers loose tea, don’t despair. I’m sure you’ll find some use for that gifted teabag holder. Of course, if you use teabags, you’ll be well-equipped. But then, you can use other things as teabag holders (but that’s another article). Happy gift unwrapping!
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