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Holiday Gift Guide: For Tea Lovers and the Hostess

tea lover gift guide

I prefer drinking tea instead of coffee during the holiday season because it is easier in the stomach. In fact, it helps my digestion. I also keep a supply of herbal teas for my guests who don’t want the caffeine at night.

Here are three gift ideas for people who enjoy their cup of tea at night. First, every teapot needs its cozy. This colorful tea cozy is made of acrylic, which means that it is easy to clean.

I received free sample boxes of the winter collection by Four O’Clock from TRANS-HERBe. They come in 4 flavours: almond biscotti, banana cinnamon spice, gingerbread and truffle mint. I was delighted by the taste and became a fan of the almond biscotti. If a latte is more your style, take two bags of your favourite flavour from the winter collection and steep in 250 mL of hot milk.

As a bonus, the festive illustrations of the Four O’Clock Winter Collection given by Montréal artist Bruce Roberts will look great on your table. You can find this limited edition Winter Collection in supermarkets, gourmet food stores, natural food stores and pharmacies across Canada.

Lastly, Magisso proposes an innovative teacup for serving tea with tea leaves. I have them thanks to Magisso, who sent me a few teacups a while ago. I enjoy how they work. Each Magisso teacup comes in a nice box that makes your gift wrapping easy. The Magisso teacups are available at Amazon.com and might be available at David’s Tea.

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Food Gifts in a Jar

4 hot chocolate mixes in a jar

Holiday Panettone in a jar

You can’t really go wrong with an edible gift, especially if it’s homemade and thoughtfully packaged. Never unappreciated, food gifts are a great option for the “extra” people on your list – like the mailman, your child’s teacher or a kind neighbour – who tend to be overlooked until the last minute.

If you’re pressed for time or just can’t bare to bake another batch of cookies, opt for one of these foodie gifts that don’t require much time in the kitchen for you or the recipient. Each can be layered and presented inside a jar – just dress it up with the cooking instructions, a pretty ribbon and a holiday note to the recipient.

Holiday Panettone

Panettone is an Italian sweet bread flavoured with dried fruit. It’s typically enjoyed during the holidays, but with ready-to mix-ingredients your gift recipient can enjoy it anytime of year.

Hot Chocolate

4 hot chocolate mixes in a jar

Sunset magazine offers up four flavour variations on everyone’s favourite winter beverage, including classic, spicy, mocha and peppermint. Create single-size servings of each in small jars and package them as a set.

Curried Lentil Soup

Food in jar gifts :: curried lentil soup :: Jamaican jerk rub :: gluten-free cookie mix

Your gift recipients will be grateful for this just-add-water homemade soup on the next snowy day.

Gluten-Free Cookie Mix

For a gluten-free gift, consider this cookie recipe made with almond flour, dark chocolate chips and agave nectar.

Jamaican Jerk Rub

Gifts in a jar don’t have to be sweet. Give guys this spicy Jamaican Jerk Rub from Better Homes and Gardens paired with a guide to grilling or barbecue tools.

SOURCING:
+ Holiday Panettone from Food Network
+ 4 hot chocolate in a jar flavors from Sunset Magazine
+ Curried Lentil Soup from Good Housekeeping
+ Gluten-Free Cookie Mix in a Jar from Elana’s Pantry
Jamaican Jerk Rub from Better Homes and Gardens

GIFT IDEAS HOLIDAY gifts

Cookie Packaging Idea: Mailing Tubes

Cookies packaged in a mailing tube

Cookies packaged in a mailing tube

If you’re planning to send a holiday sweet treat to a loved one, this idea seems so obvious and so clever. Cookies are the perfect shape to slide inside a standard mailing tube. If your baked goods are particularly delicate, consider bundling them inside a sleeve of parchment paper first.

Holiday cookies in a mailing tube

I spotted the idea via Better Homes & Gardens, but also found variations at Martha Stewart and on Idea Chic. Decorate the tube with wrapping paper, colorful tape or decorative shipping labels. If you’ll be hand-delivering them, you may even want to add a ribbon handle.

Look for cardboard mailing tubes at your local office supply and shipping stores. Be sure to use the type with plastic end caps to keep sweets safe during transport.

SOURCING:
Holiday Cookie Tube Gift from Idea Chic
+ Delightful Christmas Cookie Gifts from Better Homes & Gardens
+ DIY Holiday Cookie Mailing Tubes from Martha Stewart

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Tea Lovers

3 in 1 sand timer

3 in 1 sand timer

If a friend or a loved one on your list loves tea, make sure to check these 4 tea essentials for anyone who he serious about drinking tea.

First, you eliminate the guess work with a tea timer. The most practical infusion times are 3, 4 and 5 minutes. You will find the one on the left at Arthur Quentin. I prefer this design because it takes less space. Danesco makes a 3 In 1 Sand Timer that look more manly.

tea kettle and strainer

The Breville Variable Temperature Kettle is wonderful. I received it for Christmas last year and absolutely love it. The kettle is useful for tea drinkers and French press coffee fans. You can read the review I did about my Breville variable temperature kettle.

The last essential is a good infuser for your loose teas. The fine mesh Comfort Touch Tea Strainer includes a lid that serves as a saucer to hold the strainer when you finish.

SOURCING:
+ 3/4/5 minute sand timer $19.50 CAD at Kusmi Tea (for the store locator)
+ 3 In 1 Sand Timer by Danesco $15 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
+ Breville Variable Temperature Kettle $108.40 CAD at Amazon.ca [affiliate link]
+  Comfort Touch Tea Strainer $16.95 USD at Teavana

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Holiday Printables Round-Up – Part 3: Cards and Tags

Printable Holiday cads and tags

Print your own Holiday cards

There are so many amazing FREE printables available for Christmas. So many, in fact, that we had to split our round-up into four parts! My favourite part of wrapping Christmas gifts is adding a personalized tag with a sweet note for the gift recipient. This year the real challenge won’t be finding time to wrap the gifts, it will be choosing which of these cute tags to use!

If you holiday budget doesn’t leave much room for Christmas cards, download this hand-drawn card from Mufn Inc. There’s even space to customize it with your name.

Printable Holiday cads and tags

Short on time? Join the club. A postcard like this icy blue and platinum printable version from Maddy at Inspired Bride is a fast way to send your holiday sentiments. Argentinean artist Paola Zakimi contributed coordinating cards, tags and gift wrap featuring festive (and adorable!) animal illustrations to the Holiday issue of Gifted magazine.

Printable Holiday cads and tags

Leave it to the pros to help you deliver stylish packages. HGTV.ca offers four free holiday gift tag patterns. The graphic simplicity of House and Home magazine’s free labels look lovely in red, but they could be used for any occasion. If you like a kitschy gift wrap style, West Elm provides several smile-inducing options in bold colorways. (Don’t miss their coordinating entertaining printables, including menus and placecards, for a unified look.)

martha stewart's ornament gift tags and stickers

And finally, for the ultimate collection of printable gift tags and stickers, check out Martha Stewart.

Stay tuned for the last part of our printable round-up: gift wrap and boxes!

SOURCING:
+ Hand-drawn holiday card from Mufn Inc.
+ Happy Holidays postcard from Inspired Bride for Vale Design
+ Coordinating cards, tags and gift wrap from Paola Zakimi
+ Holiday Gift Tag Patterns from HGTV
+ Oval labels from House and Home
+ DIY Downloads from West Elm
+ Patterned Ornament Clip-Art Tags from Martha Stewart
+ “Warm Wishes for the Season” sticker from Martha Stewart