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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Tea Drinker

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Nov 22, 2012 01:04 AM
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by Christine last modified Nov 21, 2012

In Remodelista’s San Francisco office, tea drinkers are in the minority (see Holiday Gift Guide: For the Caffeinated ). Here's a gift guide from the London headquarters, where tea drinkers happily reign supreme. N.B.: To make sure we've got everyone on your list covered, see all of our gift guides to date in our House Gifts section. Above: When surrounded by my coffee drinking colleagues, it's just sometimes easier to use a tea bag. The Tie Tea Mug means I can do it with style; $20. Above: I meet four times a year with a group of four friends (to celebrate our birthdays) where a pot of brewed tea is de rigeur. The one who has been to Paris most recently shares her closely guarded stash of tea from French tea emporium Mariage Frères . My favorite is Nocturne Oriental , a green tea mixed with citrus fruits and sweet spices—one sip is all you need to be transported to an exotic faraway land; €13, shipping from France to the United States is available via UPS. N.B.: UK tea drinkers will be pleased to know that Mariage Frères has recently opened a concession at Selfridges on Oxford Street. Above: My sons don't know it yet, but these Kaikado of Kyoto tea cannisters are part of their inheritance: Every year, my treat to myself is a tea cannister from the oldest maker of handmade tea caddies in the world. I am particularly drawn to the fact that with daily use the metal (tin, brass, copper, or silver) develops a unique patina. Available in the US through Tortoise and in the UK through Postcard Teas . Prices vary according to size and material. Above: The ritual of afternoon tea is best if the service comes out on a tray. These Finn Juhl Turning Trays come in three sizes to accommodate all your tea serving needs; in the US they are available through Scandinavian Design House , $215 to $245; in the UK, you can source them from Skandium , £115 to £145. Above: Tea aficionados know that tea is not just for drinking. Culinary Tea explores the possibilities of using tea in food preparation; both sweet and savory; $16.50 through Amazon ; £12.59 through Amazon UK .






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