If you are indecisive about your gift list, don’t despair. Here are some tea-related gift ideas for everyone from tea newbies to aficionados plus folks with special circumstances. Let me know how these work for you!

1. The Patient: A friend has just been told by her doctor to eliminate caffeine because of health problems. She’s been a steady coffee drinker all her life and is really going to miss having a nice hot beverage to sip during the day. Now all true tea has caffeine, and even decaffeinated teas contain small amounts, so unless your friend’s doctor gives her the ok, stick with herbal tisanes made from non-stimulating herbs (note: mate/yerba mate is a stimulating herb). If your friend likes convenience, don’t try converting her to loose-leaf herbals, yet. Instead, get her a beautiful mug, some nifty bagged herbal tisanes, and a tea bag caddy. Not sure which tisanes to get her? Try some from Stash, Republic of Tea, or Harney & Sons.

2. The Traveler: Your aunt is a tea lover, like you, but travels a lot on business. This means that she gets to spend a lot of time in airplanes or hotel rooms where the tea options are both limited and abysmal. A tea wallet, plus some bagged teas, can help her keep a steady supply of quality tea on hand while on the go.

3. The Host/ess: If you plan to attend a lot of holiday parties this year, get some beautiful, elegant containers of tea and herbal tisane to give your gracious host or hostess. Golden Moon’s tea tins are simply gorgeous,  and are great options for folks that enjoy loose-leaf tea. If your hosts prefer bagged tea, Harney & Sons pyramid teabags come packed in handsome, reusable tins and the Republic of Tea offers both bagged and loose-leaf teas in their distinctive cylinders.

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