Some people live their lives with their pinkies up—which is to say, if there is an opportunity for tea, you better believe they're going to take it. The best gifts for tea lovers are accessories that help establish a ritual and make each cup the best it can be, like a peerless electric kettle and delicate matcha whisk. Read on for our 18 picks for what to get the tea enthusiasts in your life this year.
A chic stovetop kettle
Have you ever seen such a good looking kettle? This matte black number from Fellow has an integrated tea filter, so after you've heated your water on the stove to your exact temperature specifications (there's a handy thermometer built into the lid, so you can track your progress), you can seamlessly move to steeping.
A workhorse electric kettle
Avid hot beverage drinkers will love this electric kettle, which heats water in a flash. The dial on the base allows you to select the exact degree to which you'd like your water heated, which makes it ideal for delicate or finicky teas that brew best at specific temperatures. It also keeps the water hot for a long time, despite the helpful “auto-off” feature, which turns the heating mechanism off as soon as it reaches temp.
A stunner of a tea pot
Bring your tea to the table with this glossy, clean-lined porcelain tea pot from beloved Japanese-style pottery house Hasami. Built slim for easy storage, the pot is dishwasher and microwave safe.
Tea tin upgrades
Know someone whose tea stash could use a little love? Encourage them to ditch those mismatched boxes and line their pantry with these luxe steel canisters. They're bright, stackable, and ideal for storing loose leaf tea or their favorite blend.
The best brewing basket
This micro-mesh stainless steel brewing basket with a plastic frame took home the gold in our test of the best tea steeping baskets. It fit well into multiple sizes of mugs and kept all kinds of leaves and sediment, no matter how small, from leaking into our cup. It comes with a lid that fully covers the steeper and acts as a lid for the tea-making vessel, so your tea stays hot and aromatic while it steeps.
Biodegradable tea bags
Finum is also the move for the best steeper bags to take on the go. These make great stocking stuffers for tea lovers who always want to keep the good stuff on hand. Though they are a single-use product, they are made of biodegradable paper and can be tossed, tea leaves and all, right into your compost bucket.
A versatile iced tea maker
For those on your list who are serious about iced tea, consider this airtight glass pitcher with a removable stainless steel filter. It works with looseleaf and tea bags alike (as well as course-ground coffee, for cold brew) and keeps the flavor fresh for up to two weeks in the fridge.
A Scandinavian-style tiny mug
No matter the hot beverage you fill them with, small mugs are better. With these six ounce ceramic mugs, the tea lover in your life will never have to settle for the last cold sip at the bottom of a giant cup—just refill from the hot pot as you drink. Bonus: They're available in seven soothing colors.
A chunky, graphic mug
These stoneware mugs—handmade by Brooklyn-based ceramicist Josephine Heilpern—add a little order to your morning with their gridded design and hefty handle.
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A very cute travel mug
This 16-ounce travel mug is made of ceramic wrapped in matte silicone, for easy handling and to help keep your hot drinks hot for longer. It's also dishwasher- and microwave-safe, making it a great gift for tea lovers on the go.
A very serious travel mug
If you're shopping for someone that's super serious about their commute tea, this is the travel tumbler for them. The Tea Spot mug (which comes in a number of vibrant color options) is made with a built-in steepers that allows you to tightly close the lid while your tea steeps, which means no waste and a hotter finished brew. Double-walled insulation keeps your brew hot for 10 straight hours.
If they like it sweet
Anna Posey, pastry chef and owner of Elske in Chicago, says honeycomb is the perfect addition to her daily cup of tea (she prefers mint). This jar is clean and light in flavor with notes of vanilla—the ideal sweetener for any cup.
Everything you need to make the perfect matcha…
For longtime matcha fans or tea lovers that are new to the practice, this set from Palais des Thés will set anyone up for success. The box contains a skinny bamboo tea scoop (the right size for a single serving of matcha), bamboo chasen (the delicate whisk used to emulsify the tea and water), and a ceramic chawan (tea bowl, for mixing and drinking).
…plus the tea
Ippodo is renown for being purveyors of incredibly high-quality ceremonial-grade Japanese matcha. Their ummon-no-mukashi is rich, full-bodied, and deep emerald green in color.
For the adventurous (or indecisive) drinker
Bellocq Tea Atelier is a tiny shop in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, the permanent home of what was once a London tea pop-up. Sample their best-selling blends (choose either “herbal” or “signature” to narrow the field) with this extremely giftable box.
A quick chai fix
Dona Chai's masala chai concentrate is a deeply flavorful, slow-steeped mix of black tea and spices. By just adding water or milk (hot or cold), you instantly have a cup of full-bodied chai or a chai latte—perfect for mornings when you're short on time.
For the wake-me-up tea drinker
Tea Pigs “Morning Glory” blend won our taste test of the best English Breakfast teas; comprised of black teas from Rwanda, Assam, and Sri Lanka, it has a has bold, nutty flavor that we likened to toasted grains. It's also tannic, which plays nicely with the addition of sugar and milk. A box makes a great stocking stuffer.
For the put-me-to-sleep tea drinker
Gift your favorite sleeptime tea drinker a bag of whole chamomile flower tea: slightly sweet, caffeine free, and calming—perfect for right before bed.
Originally Appeared on Epicurious