I always buy tea for my Grandmother and one of my aunts (the one who lives closest and who we see the most). I generally get my mom some tea as well, and she returns the favor. Last year I got Harney & Son’s Christmas blend in my stocking, and enjoyed it very much. Gifts last year from me were Adagio – Gingerbread and Chestnut flavored blacks.
This year, I’m giving Harney & Son’s “Tag-a-Long” tins. They contain 5 sachets each, and I’m giving Hot Cinnamon Sunset and Cranberry Autumn. I’m also giving out Comfort and Joy Traveler’s Tins from the Republic of Tea. I think they’ll be well liked and of course, easy, since they are bagged teas that require no special implements (like teapots, strainers, etc.). That’s important for people who aren’t daily tea drinkers, and I’m not snobbish enough to assume they’ll want to immediately jump into brewing loose leaf – they may be perfectly happy with bagged teas, and I figure I am very well qualified to pick out the very best bagged tea to give them, if that’s the case. I have been known to give my mom teapots and other brewing implements along with loose tea, but I know she will use them, so it’s a welcome gift.
I normally give flavored teas, because it’s a good way to get people to actually *drink* tea when they might not otherwise. And I try to pick teas that aren’t easy to find locally, as a special treat. No supermarket teas. I think I may crochet some tea towels to go along with the tea, and I’ll be making some goodies for the gift bags as well. Cranberry almond bark crunch, pretzel wreaths, and jars of apple butter that I made earlier this fall. And Christmas cookies, of course – spritz trees and candy canes, along with oh-so-delicate meringues.
In any case, to spread the joy of tea beyond the bounds of my own little world this year, I’ve decided to send one lucky Tea on Tap reader a Christmas Tea Package, to enjoy for yourself, share with others, or re-gift it elsewhere, as you choose. It will be a surprise package, made up largely of loose leaf samples from my own tea cupboard, and will include several different types of tea from different vendors plus some extra goodies for you and yours to enjoy.
The lucky recipient will be chosen by drawing. To enter, simply participate in the poll I have posted to the left, and leave me a comment about the teas you’re gifting this year (or why you’re not). The contest will close on Friday, December 7th at midnight, and a winner will be chosen by random drawing (my hubby will draw for the winner). The winner will be announced on Monday, December 10th, 2007 and the Christmas Tea Package will be sent out that week.
Unfortunately, if the winner happens to live in another country, the prize may not reach him/her by Christmas, but I’ll do my best to get it wherever it’s going as quickly as possible. Anyone in the U.S. should recieve thier tea package the week before Christmas.
So cast your vote, write me a comment, and we’ll start the holidays off right - with the sharing of Tea.