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By Alison Chew
As any tea lover knows, a daily tea ritual is one of the most relaxing experiences. Not only do certain types of tea have proven anti-anxiety benefits, but the mere act of drinking the beverage can also calm your mind.
Tea gift sets are great because they allow you to pamper the tea enthusiasts in your life with something that will help them unwind. And who couldn’t use some extra stress relief these days? Plus, tea gift sets let you introduce tea connoisseurs to delicious blends they may not have tried before.
To help you find the ideal present for your tea-drinking friend or family member, we put together this guide to the best tea gift sets.
Types Of Tea
Before purchasing any tea gift sets, here’s what you need to know about the most popular tea types.
Derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, black tea is the most popular type of tea in the world. (78% of all tea produced and consumed around the globe is black tea.) It’s often blended with other plants to create flavors like chai, English breakfast, and Earl Grey.
Black tea leaves are oxidized during the production process to turn them from green to black. Black tea has a strong taste and the most caffeine of any tea, clocking in at about 47 mg of caffeine per 8-ounce cup. Decaf black tea has about 2 mg caffeine per cup.
This type of tea also comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, but it’s made from unoxidized leaves that are processed with steam heat or dry heat. Because green tea is less processed than other teas, it has higher levels of health-promoting polyphenols in it.
Green tea is second in popularity to black tea, accounting for 20% of all tea produced and consumed. How green tea tastes varies by how it was processed, but expect a sweet, nutty, buttery flavor from high-quality varieties. Green tea has slightly less caffeine than black tea, coming in at around 28 mg per 8-ounce serving.
Matcha is a popular form of green tea, made by grinding up young tea leaves into a powder. It has similar health benefits to green tea but has actually been shown to contain more EGCG. Matcha green tea has a slightly sweet taste and generally contains about 70 mg of caffeine per 8-ounce cup.
Popular herbal teas include chamomile, ginger, hibiscus, peppermint, and rooibos. Herbal teas are made from dried flowers, leaves, herbs, or spices and don’t contain any caffeine. That makes them the perfect pick for a nighttime tea ritual as well as for anyone sensitive to caffeine. Herbal teas vary in taste depending on which kind you choose. Chamomile, for example, is sweet, while hibiscus is slightly tart and peppermint is cooling.
This kind of tea is harvested from the buds of the Camellia sinensis plant before the leaves have opened. The buds are covered by fine white hairs, which is why this tea is called white tea. White tea has a very delicate flavor. Depending on the variety, you may taste floral, grassy, fruity, or sweet notes. White tea has around 28 mg of caffeine per 8-ounce cup.
Loose Leaf vs Bagged
Tea is sold in two different ways: loose leaf and bagged. Loose leaf tea typically has a stronger flavor. When you steep loose leaf tea using an infuser, the leaves absorb the water and expand, releasing aromas.
Tea bags, on the other hand, contain dust and fannings, which are smaller pieces of tea that have lost much of their essential oils. The tea bags themselves also prevent the tea leaves from releasing their full aroma. That said, bagged tea is a very convenient option and doesn’t require any special equipment to enjoy.
Tea has been popular for thousands of years, and for good reason as it has many proven health benefits.
Tea is full of polyphenols, compounds that promote health. Some of the most well-known polyphenols in tea include catechins and theaflavins. Studies show polyphenols have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that protect the body from disease.
Green tea, in particular, has high levels of catechins, the main one being Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Due to its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nature, EGCG may be able to improve heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Studies also show that catechins in green tea may protect the brain against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
The National Cancer Institute states that the polyphenols found in green and black teas may help protect against cancer. Green and black teas also contain a compound called L-theanine, which decreases anxiety.
L-theanine also works with caffeine to improve brain function (think memory, mood, and reaction time). Caffeine, meanwhile, has been shown to improve physical performance.
Herbal teas have been linked to better sleep, improved digestion, and reduced high blood pressure.
Gifts For Tea Lovers
Check out these fun and unique tea gifts and gift sets for tea lovers.
Surprise your favorite tea lover with a three-month subscription to Sips by’s tea box. Once they sign up with their gift card, they’ll receive four premium teas, based on their personal preferences, shipped right to their door every month.
They’ll get enough tea to make at least 15 cups, as well as reusable and biodegradable tea filters. They’ll even receive steeping instructions, tasting notes, and recipes and lessons from tea experts in every box.
What They Get: A gift card for a three-month tea club subscription
Discover the finest teas with Teavivre and bring the joy of discovering new cultures home to your jet-setting, tea-drinking loved one. This beautiful teapot and cup set is made from precious porcelain that comes from Dehua County in China. Dehua porcelain is known for its elegance and excellent quality.
The blue-green glaze on the porcelain promotes tranquility, while the lid on the teapot is inspired by the “Ruyi,” a ceremonial scepter that means auspicious and wishful in Chinese culture.
Have a Matcha tea-lover in your life? Give them a one-of-a-kind gift from Palais des Thes. This Matcha introduction kit includes the basic accessories needed to prepare Matcha tea easily according to Japanese tradition: a bowl, a whisk, and a spatula.
Give tea lovers an easy way to enjoy loose leaf tea with this sample pack. It comes with nine flavors, including a variety of caffeinated and non-caffeinated teas. Flavors include favorites like Citrus Ginger, Rose Early Gray, and Chai Spice.
Each tea drop comes individually wrapped. Simply unwrap a tea drop, place it into boiling water, and let it steep. The sample pack comes in a beautiful recyclable, reusable box that’s perfect for gifting.
A subscription to this tea of the month club is the gift that keeps on giving. Every month, tea lovers will receive four premium loose leaf teas, enough to make 16 to 20 cups. They’ll also get four reusable linen filters in their first box.
Not sure which type of tea your loved one likes best? The sampler box subscription is the bestseller and includes one black tea, one green tea, one herbal teal, and one seasonal flavor in every package.
What They Get: 4 tea samples delivered to their door monthly for three months
Brighten up a tea lover’s day with one of these vibrant ceramic mugs. Available in four eye-catching colors (Mandarin, Marine Blue, Red, and Turquoise), the mug has a stainless steel basket infuser that makes enjoying loose leaf tea a breeze.
Add in a “Customer Favorite” tea sample ($19) and you have the perfect tea gift set!
Rooibos tea, also known as red tea, hails from South Africa. This herbal tea is caffeine-free, making it a great pick for anyone who’s sensitive to caffeine or simply wants to enjoy a warm mug before bed.
This tea flight comes with samples of three of California Tea Houses’ bestselling rooibos blends: bedtime chai, tiramisu, and gingerbread chai. All three make a yummy compliment to dessert.
Pair it with the Sleek Steep Tea Infuser ($22) for the perfect tea gift set!
What They Get: .5-oz of bedtime Chai, tiramisu, and gingerbread Chai loose lea teas
This tea set has everything someone needs to get their day started on the right foot (or end their day on a relaxing note). It comes with 10 of Loose Leaf Tea Market’s best-selling teas, including Cranberry Apple Tart and Moroccan Rose Mint, as well a beautiful porcelain glaze mug, a stainless steel tea stepper, biscotti, and a handwritten note. You can even have the gift personalized with a unique message if you’d like for an extra-special touch.
What They Get: 10 single-serve tea packets, mug, tea steeper, biscotti, and a handwritten card
Looking for a stocking stuffer? Look no further than this green tea variety pack. It comes with eight samples of pre-brewed condensed green tea in four delicious flavors: Green, Peach, Lemon, and Raspberry.
Each green tea is loaded with antioxidants for a health boost that’ll please wellness enthusiasts. Teas are USDA certified organic and free of artificial flavors and sweeteners for a pure taste.
What They Get: 8 single-serve green teas
Perfect For: Those On-The-Go, Wellness-Enthusiasts, Green Tea Lovers
Help your tea-obsessed pal get organized with this tea gift set and binder. It comes pre-filled with The TeaBook’s entire catalog of bagged teas, all of which feature creative pop culture-themed artwork on the packaging. Some of their current tea flavors included in the binder ShakeSpearmint (mint), Agatha ChrisTEA (Earl Grey), and Ruth Bader Ginseng (lemon ginseng green tea).
Choose from five binder colors: Cinnamon Red, Tea Green, Chai Light Brown, Dark Brown, and Teal. The binder has a patented design, is non-toxic, and a great space saver for those with limited storage space.