Tea is associated with many pleasant things, chief among them comfort and tranquility. Offering both a gentle way to ease into a morning and a calming ritual perfect for bedtime, the ancient botanical drink brings balance and peace to any setting. It makes a welcome centerpiece to a gift basket, and creative options abound when you’re putting together gifts for tea lovers and new tea drinkers alike. Read on for some tea-centric gift basket ideas to delight everyone on the receiving end.
Books & Tea: A Perfect Pairing
There may be no cozier pastime in the world than the simple act of curling up with tea and a good book. Especially for loved ones who could use a reminder to treat themselves to a tea break, consider pairing a fragrant caffeine-free tea (or two) with a book they might enjoy. This kind gesture may give them the permission they weren’t aware they needed for a few hours of much-needed “me” time. For inspiration, consult the National Book Foundation for award winners by genre and year.
Tea Forté offers a variety of ceramic and porcelain cups to curl up with.
Tasteful Treats: Palate Pleasers
Whether the receiver has a sweet tooth or a taste for salty, crispy snacks, tea makes for an easy pairing with a variety of sweet and savory bites. Tea and chocolate is a classic combination, as are tea cookies, seasoned water biscuits, dried fruits and nuts, honey, amber tea sugar and luxury goods like caviar, fine cheese, aged vinegars, and infused oils. Thoughtful gift basket combinations like these are a time-tested holiday favorite, especially between business executives and bon vivants who enjoy the finer things in life. For such a discerning citizen of the world, an artisanal chai or oolong blend will always be met with enthusiasm.
Sense of Place: Themed Teas
Tea has the ability to transport the mind to another place and time, and that may have something to do with the deep sense of history tea carries with it. Perhaps the recipient is an Anglophile with a love of all things royal; if so, consider pairing a very English gift of Earl Grey tea or English Breakfast with a few other items straight from the UK.
Do you know a gardener that needs a tea gift? Tea Forté and The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) have come together for the past 3 years to create three unique tea collections inspired by the Garden's own Rare Book and Folio Collections of the Lu Esther T. Mertz Library – the largest botanical library in the world. Each tea collection, Jardin, Fleur and Soleil, features elements of botanical prints by Pierre-Joseph Redouté, one of the most noted botanical artists in history. A percentage of each sale benefits the horticultural and educational work of the NYBG, a leading non-profit organization renowned for its botanical research and conservation efforts. Perfect as a Mother’s Day gift idea, an elegant wedding shower tea, or a treat to oneself, each collection offers a sampling of Tea Forté’s vast array of luxury teas in a beautiful presentation.
Our New York Botanical Garden collections are available in a variety of package types and gift sets.
Color Coded: A Visual Treat
If the receiver is a design-minded person with an eye for detail, compile their gift basket with a monochromatic theme in mind. Tea Forté’s Wellbeing collection provides wellness teas in a soothing pastel theme. Add some complementary accessories in neutral tones such as our Bone White Café Cup or the Opus Glass Cup and Saucer to complete your gift basket.
Inspired to build your own gift for a tea lover? Explore Tea Forté’s world of teas, caffeine-free teas, and teaware to curate the perfect assortment of items.