Best Australian owned gifts for tea lovers
Finding the perfect gift while also supporting Australian owned businesses can be hard, but if you're shopping for a tea lover, there's plenty of unique tea themed gifts that do just that.
Of course not all tea lovers are the same. We all adore a good "cuppa", but it's our tea routines and rituals that vary, and this creates a perfect excuse to just keep adding to our tea collections.
Sometimes we crave bone china teapots, table cloths and dainty teacups that make us feel like dressing up and being a little bit fancy. But sometimes there is nothing more comforting than a teabag in a favourite mug and a brief moment of rest.
Some cuppas will be had with loved ones, some with new friends or old colleagues, and many will be had alone in a favourite chair with a good book.
The perfect gift for a tea lovers builds upon their 'tea toolkit' and adds even more joy to their tea moments. Here's our Top Ten ideas, all sourced from Australian owned businesses.
1. A favourite tea drinking mug
Let's face it, we see this little champ every day, and it becomes a reliable friend. A good tea drinking mug must be the right size, be pleasant to drink from, not too porous, and have something about it that makes us smile.
Not only is the Monji Tea hug mug likely to make you smile every time you use it, but it is also the perfect tea drinking vessel, with a large capacity and a delicate lip. Complete with the cheeky quote "I look like a teabag but I feel like a hug", it is fast achieving cult status.
Australian made and decorated by hand, the Robert Gordon Canvas mug is a beautiful addition to any tea lover's collection. The unique hand glaze makes each one slightly different and strikingly beautiful. Available in a range of colours.
2. Loose leaf tea in a canister
So. Many. Options. The only way to go wrong is to scrimp on quality. Loose leaf tea requires a little more effort, and deserves to be treated with reverence. It does pay to know your audience here, at least broadly. Do they mostly drink black tea, or is it only herbal tisanes in their tea world? Earl Grey is like the black jelly beans - it's polarising.
This Organic tea business was founded by Sydney Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist Chalimah, and specialises in hand blended Australian native botanicals. Their Australian Breakfast Tea recently won Bronze at the Golden Leaf Awards in the category of natural black tea blend.
Simple and stylish, these ceramic tea canisters will look beautiful in any kitchen. Buy it empty or filled with your favourite Certified Organic loose leaf tea from Love Tea.
3. Go-to teabags on subscription
This is where tea lovers are a little less inclined to be adventurous. We find something we love and we just keep buying it. It is not okay to run out. Be the best friend ever and buy a subscription.
These pyramid teabags combine award-winning English Breakfast tea with specially chosen inspirational quotes on the tags. The quotes are encouraging and motivational, and the perfect way to guarantee your tea loving friend thinks of you every time they have a cuppa. Sign them up for a 6 month or one year subscription.
4. An electric kettle with adjustable temperature
A well known fact amongst dedicated tea drinkers is that different teas require different temperatures to brew properly. Adding water that's too hot to a delicate tisane will blow it up, and not in a good way. The best option is a kettle with different temperature options. Just don't over complicate it.
Any kettle with the word 'smart' in the title has to be pretty switched on. This Luxe version from Breville holds 1.7L and has 5 varietal settings. The brushed stainless steel look makes it a welcome addition to any kitchen benchtop.
5. A tea-for-one loose teapot with infuser
Unlike a martini, where one is not enough and two is too many, a good loose leaf teapot offers the possibility of more than one cup. If you have to share then earn yourself some domestic credits by offering to clean up, because the removeable infuser makes clean up a breeze.
Perfect for filling up a large teacup for one, or sharing a cuppa with a friend, this ceramic 2 cup teapot from Tea Tonic comes with a removable stainless steel tea infuser and lid. For bigger tea parties, Tea Tonic also has glass 1.5L/6 cup teapots.
6. A beautiful tea set
If you have to ask whether a tea lover has room in their house for another tea set then you don't know them well enough. They always have room for one more, especially if it is a thing of beauty. Taste will vary here, but there a few things that feature often: bone china, flowers, pastels, gold trim and anything Alice in Wonderland.
Christina Re is a globally recognised brand with pieces that are original, timeless and hand-made to the highest quality standards. If you can get past the vast array of striking tea sets you will definitely want to venture down the rabbit hole to the High Tea accessories. Good luck getting out.
7. A fun & functional loose leaf tea infuser
Banish boring with a loose tea tea infuser that does more than minimise the mess of brewing. Pick up something fun that reflects the unique personality of your tea lovin' loved one.
These tea infuser mesh balls are hand made in Sydney and feature a range of attached silver charms. They come in small or large so can be used for steeping tea in a mug/tea cup or a teapot. Every tea infuser comes with a beautiful gift bag.
8. A 'tea' shirt
It's not hard to spot a tea lover, we give off an air of calm mostly, though this can depend on how desperate we are to get home to put the kettle on. But if you want to make a tea lover stand out even more, how about a 'tea' shirt? It's such a great word to have fun with after all.
The hardest part of shopping these t-shirts is working out which one to choose. Made from 100% cotton with added features to ensure it keeps shape, the t-shirts are sourced and printed in Australia. This online business was created by a true tea lover, and it shows.
9. A delightful tea novel
For reasons undocumented but probably obvious there is a strong correlation between lovers of tea and lovers of books. They do tend to go so well together, especially when the stories are set in magical locations that provide a little escape into tea heaven.
Sunshine Coast author Josephine Moon describes her stories as 'books like brownies': indulgent, comforting, a treat for the senses, but filling and with chunky nuts to chew on. Her first novel The Tea Chest, is a delightful story of set in a Brisbane boutique tea shop. Buy it from Booktopia and support an Australian owned bookseller.
10. Tea sampler box
A tea lover will have their daily go-to favourite, but the exploration of new and different tea is more than a hobby for most. We are likely to attach memory or emotion to our choices - it's like travelling the world without leaving our comfort of our favourite tea drinking spot.
This sampler box from Organic Merchant contains a mix of Australian botanical tisanes based on native fruits and herbs including Australian Breakfast, Bush Blush, Outback Chai & Roasted Wattle Seed. It also comes with a tea infuser.