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Up for the cuppa: ultimate tea gift guide - tea bags, teapots, alcoholic teas and hampers

Put the kettle on and celebrate the nation’s favourite drink

Black, green, herbal, fruit or builder’s - there’s nothing better, or more British, than a good old cup of tea. 

To celebrate the brilliant brew we’ve put together a list of must-have tea gifts, accessories and thirst-quenching alternatives. 

So, put the kettle on, grab your finest china cup and elevate your tea-drinking game to another level.

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Twinings loose leaf pyramid filled jars

Tea bags and leaves

If you are on the search for bags and loose leaves then the best place to start is at popular outlets such as Twinings, Whittard of Chelsea and the English Tea Shop. All three have a wide variety of collections and flavours.

Twinings loose leaf pyramid filled jars 

Priced at £36 and £24, Twinings’s large jars come with 70 individually wrapped loose leaf pyramids. The small jars, with 20 or 30 envelopes, range from £10 to £12.

Whittard Alice In Wonderland collection

Whittard’s Alice tableware collection 

If you are throwing a Mad Hatter’s tea party then you’ll need some fine china. Designed exclusively for Whittard of Chelsea, the quirky Alice In Wonderland collection features cups and saucers, milk and sugar sets, tea plates, tea tidies and tea pots.

The Exotic Teapot cast iron teapots

The Exotic Teapot teaware

Get your brew on with a glass, ceramic or cast iron teapot. Inspired by traditional Japanese Tetsubin, The Exotic Teapot’s cast iron collection is designed to keep tea hotter for longer. Prices start from £29.

Cup of Tea hampers

Cup of Tea hampers

UK tea specialist Cup of Tea has a wide range of items in its online store, including loose leaf teas, gift sets, tea caddies and teaware. Hampers are also very popular, with organic, chai and wellness among the varieties on sale.

NOVELTEA alcoholic teas

NOVELTEA alcoholic teas 

NOVELTEA has created a boozy blend of cold-brewed teas infused with a matching spirit. Flavours include The Tale of Earl Grey (London dry gin), The Tale of Moroccan Mint (white Carribean rum) and The Tale of Oolong (Scotch whisky). A 70cl bottle is priced at £24.95 from NOVELTEA’s online store. Other gifts include teapots, fan boxes and a tea lover’s pack.

The Teasmith Spirit Company The Broich Single Estate Gin

The Teasmith: gin distilled with tea

The Teasmith Spirit Company’s grower’s edition - The Broich Single Estate Gin - is the world’s first Scottish gin distilled with Scottish-grown tea leaves. An exclusive batch of just 1,000 bottles were made and the last remaining 50cl bottles are available to buy online for £35.

Saicho sparking tea

Saicho sparking tea

Put down your mug, grab a glass flute and pour yourself a sparkling tea. Saicho has created an alternative to champagne and prosecco with three flavours of sparkling tea. Costing £8.99 a bottle, the jasmine, darjeeling and hochija bubbly teas are perfect for luxurious brunches or lunches.

Teatulia coronavirus care pack

Teatulia coronavirus care pack

The organic tea retailer’s coronavirus care pack is priced at £20. It includes three packs of organic pyramid teabags - strong black, green, Earl Grey - and a randomly selected book from the company’s Living Bookshelf. For each care pack sold Teatulia will donate one pack of teabags to NHS staff at London hospitals.

Apply Me hangover rescue tea

Apply Me hangover rescue tea 

Had too much to drink the night before? Give yourself the perfect pick-up with a hangover rescue tea made with natural ingredients such as white pear and ginger. Twelve pyramid tea bags cost £4.95 and a party pack of eight mini hangover teas costs £18.95.

The book of tea by teapigs

The Book of Tea by teapigs 

As well as selling tea bags and accessories, teapigs has also published The Book of Tea. Written by Louise Cheadle and Nick Kilby, the publication explains everything about the UK’s favourite beverage. The book is priced at £19.99 and the book and tea bundle is £22.

Silver Lantern monthly tea subscriptions

Silver Lantern monthly tea subscriptions 

Get two specially chosen loose leaf teas delivered directly to your door each month. Silver Lantern also offers black tea, green tea or herbal tea only subscriptions. Prices start from £36. 

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