The 12 Tea Gifts of Christmas to Give this Holiday Season

It’s less than 12 days until Christmas! And if you have a tea lover for whom you need to buy a gift, but don’t know where to start, take a look at these 12 gifts that will sure to put a smile on their face!

  1. “TEA-SPIRATION: INSPIRATIONAL WORDS FOR TEA LOVERS” BY LU ANN PANNUNZIO (@TEAAHOLIC)

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    This is such a cute book that I think any tea lover should have. It’s full of inspirational quotes. This is a great gift for any time of year, not just the holidays!
  2. TEABLING BY @MYTEABLING

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    Okay. This is seriously one of the cutest things! Any tea lover knows what a nuisance it is to steep a teabag that doesn’t have a string. Yes, it’s more environmentally friendly, but it’s no picnic sticking your fingers into your tea to fish out the tea bag. Teabling is a cute and sparkly solution!
  3. TEAPOT WARMER STAND

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    Nobody loves lukewarm or cold tea when it’s supposed to be hot! A teapot warmer stand is sure to solve that problem! These come in a wide variety of styles from British fine china to cast iron and even electric. Make sure this marches your tea lover’s style!
  4. TEA-INFUSED BATH SALTSIMG_2751
    This is a wonderful gift because it’s the closest thing to diving into your teacup and soaking in it. Or you can also DIY a tea bath salt!

     

  5. HUMOROUS TEABAG STRING HOLDERS

    These little critters are sure to be a great gift for a tea lover who is a kid at heart and loves to laugh!

  6. TEA SAMPLER BOX


    This is perfect for the budding tea lover who wants to explore new kinds of teas. There are a plethora of options so go wild!
  7. TEA INFUSER BOTTLE

    21147880_1354091518041960_8788322198008889344_nPerfect for the on-the-go tea lover who still wants to enjoy higher quality loose-leaf tea without the hassle! The one I have is from Joffrey’s but there are many many more options online!
  8. MUG COZIES

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    These are just plain fun! It keeps the mug warm and adds extra coziness for all tea lovers. If you’re crafty, you could even knit or crochet these!
  9. LOOSE LEAF TEA!

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    This one is kind of a no-brainer. Brands Like Blossom and MoxTea and great small-batch teas that I’ve personally tried and would recommend! If you’re unsure, check out these tea reviews to help you decide!
  10. TEA-THEMED FRAME-ABLE ART

    This is a super-cute idea! You may have to dig through Etsy, a local boutique to find some or maybe even create one yourself!

  11. ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE
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    This is quite handy for an avid tea lover! It’s easier than heating up water on the stovetop or…the microwave…! The one I have is the Cuisinart PerfecTemp, but there are many others to choose from!
  12. TEA CADDY

    This is a really practical gift and also could be DYI’d. It would be even better if when you give this gift that it would be filled with different kinds of tea!

    There are so many gift ideas to choose from! If you want more ideas, head on over to my Pinterest boards for more inspiration! Also, keep this post saved so you can come back to it again and again!

Happy Holidays and keep on steeping,

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Herbal Tea Feature | Fennel Seed Tea

Fennel tea doesn’t seem like the common kind of teas we get at a tea room, or Starbucks. But if you get your hands on this puppy, you’ll be in for a surprise!

I grew up on Fennel tea in Brazil (it’s called Erva Doce in Portuguese…literally, sweet herb) and it’s absolutely delicious. It’s very calming like chamomile, has a lot of digestive benefits like peppermint and it’s so naturally sweet, you don’t need to add anything to it.

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Fennel is a bulb vegetable that belongs to the carrot family. It grow feathery dill-like leaves and yellowish umbrella-shaped little flowers. the seeds look like teeny tiny, thin, ribbed pistachios. That’s the best I can think of!

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Warning: If you’re allergic to carrots or celery, don’t drink this tea. Proceed at your own discretion.

We’re about the get a little technical here, so if you’re looking for an overview, skip down below. But if I’ve intrigued your inner chemistry nerd, then let’s go:

Anethole is a compound essential oil found in Anise and Fennel (it’s also one of the main ingredients in Absinthe and found in ouzo. Opa!).

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The chemical compound for Anethole, found in Fennel and Anise alike!

I actually had a hard time figuring out if Erva Doce was Fennel or Anise. Even Google Translate couldn’t figure it out. I had to look up the Latin. Oy.

(Left is Fennel Seed, Right is Aniseed)

Believe or not, Fennel and Aniseed are keenly similar in both taste and the look of the seed. Fennel is not as strong as Anise, however. You could see why one would get easily confused!

HISTORY

Found primarily in the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian regions, the Fennel has been naturalized in many parts of the world. It thrives in drier soil in sub-tropical climates.

Fun Fact: the name “Marathon” comes from the greek word for fennel!

TASTE

sweet, chamomile-like but more grassy than earthy. Extremely similar in both look and taste to Anise.

BENEFITS
rich in manganese, calcium and iron
cleanses the digestive system, blood, kidneys, urinary system
eye health
relieves fluid retention, bloating
antibacterial

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USES

Fennel tea is most popularly made from the seed. That’s the only one I’ve tried, although I’ve seen recipes for fennel tea that use the leaves and the bulb itself.

Drink Fennel seed tea for its healing benefits but also can be used for topical treatments and a cotton ball compress for the eyes and a gargle for gum health and bad breath.

STEEPING TEA

ready-made tea: pour freshly boiled water into your mug of choice and pop in your tea bag. Steep for a couple of minutes depending on your taste. Enjoy!

fennel seeds: crush a teaspoon of Fennel Seeds in a mortar and pestle for each cup of tea, depending on how strong you like your tea. Pop your fennel seeds into a tea infuser or strainer and pour freshly boiled water over the fennel seeds. Steep for a couple of minutes and remove seeds. Enjoy!

Fennel Seed tea may not be the most popular tea at a local grocery store, but if you haven’t tried it yet, I urge to find some! whether you buy ready made teas in-store or online…or even make it yourself with the seeds!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tea feature on one of my favorite simple teas!

Keep on steeping, tea lovers!

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