The great British love of tea means there are lots of ways to gift this in-demand beverage, this year and every year. Whether you want to indulge a loved one with a lavish afternoon tea, gift a deserving teacher with some of our award-winning blends, or are simply looking for the most luxurious tea gifts at an affordable price point, we’ve got you covered.
Of all the gifts for tea lovers, there’s no better way to show you care than giving them the wonderful experience of an authentic afternoon tea. This popular tradition has undergone a boom in recent years, with new varieties on an old classic providing added customisation.
Getting an afternoon tea right is much more about knowing what appeals to the person the gift is for than it is about knowing lots about tea types and different venues. Maybe your recipient will be impressed by a traditional high-end experience at Fortnum and Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, tucking into signature tea blends and a range of delicious sweet treats in lavish surroundings.
Perhaps their perfect afternoon tea is one which also allows them to take in the sights, like the River Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise. If you want to treat them to an unusual tea gift, you might prefer the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea, giving Alice in Wonderland fans an experience they’ll never forget. You could even opt to buy your own afternoon tea hamper gift and create the afternoon tea experience at home with a tea party.
Consider how far you’re willing to travel for the experience. Perhaps your afternoon tea gift can be combined with a day trip somewhere fantastic – popular destinations include Central London and the great British countryside, where areas such as the home counties offer plentiful options for tea enthusiasts.
Country houses are also fantastic places to search – many have tea rooms serving exclusive brews and delicious sandwiches and cake, and you can explore the opulent surroundings once you’ve finished your tea!
The historic Chatsworth House, stunning former royal residence Osborne House and remarkable Blenheim Palace all offer their own spin on afternoon tea tradition.
Afternoon tea is traditionally taken between 3:30pm and 4:30pm, but since it’s re-emergence of popularity, many venues will serve tea throughout the afternoon. Most venues will also continue to serve afternoon tea throughout the year, but do check if booking somewhere which is mostly reliant on outside seating – during the colder months, they may decide to close.
Teaching can be pretty stressful, so a cup of relaxing yet invigorating tea is often welcome! That’s what makes tea gifts such a great way to show you appreciate all their hard work. There are plenty of ways to incorporate tea into your present, and decorative tins are always a popular way to make a big impact.
We would recommend sticking to classic tea varieties like a great English Breakfast Blend. Not only is this variety the one which it took us two years to perfect, but we also won a Great Taste Award in the process. With an organic Assam tea base, large leaf Ceylon and delicate Rwandan tea, this is a tasty way to say thanks to a fab teacher, all year round.
There’s something innately luxurious about loose leaf tea. It requires a little more effort than just popping a tea bag in a mug, but for true tea lovers, that’s part of the joy! We stock a wide range of superb loose leaf teas from around the world, blended to create a flavourful cup each and every time you brew. Why not mix and match a few different flavours to create a tea gift set?
Sometimes there’s nothing quite as thoughtful as a homemade gift, and tea can be a fabulous addition. At Chateau Rouge, we’re particularly enthusiastic about the trend for creating your own hamper filled with delicious treats.
Online retailers such as Amazon make a great starting point for finding the right hamper for your needs – and online food and drink boutiques will allow you to maximise on luxury.
You could stick to tea, or maybe add some edibles to accompany – the choice is yours. This gift is fully scalable so you can buy a lot or a little, and still be providing a thoughtful and tailor-made gift.
For the men in your life, we recommend opting for a combined gift which is both practical and flavoursome. Finding an attractive mug and teaming it with our breakfast tea is a great way to show you care – and this award-winning tea comes in its own stylish tin which will look great on anyone’s kitchen countertop.
Whether buying for a wife or girlfriend, relative or friend – we recommend researching the tastiest herbal teas and green teas, combining a delicious flavour with a high-end feel.
Our top recommendation is the Midsummer Dream loose leaf fruit tea, made with a blend of fragrant hibiscus blossom, rose hip and fresh, dried summer fruits – perfect for recreating summer in a cup, even during the wintry weather.
For a true tea-lovers paradise, we recommend a trip to London – sure to help you maximise on quality without breaking the bank. From delicate jasmine to punch peppermint, Chateau Rouge stocks a wide range of luxurious organic tea gifts, available below the £20 price point.
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