There is no denying that tea is one of the most popular hot beverages in Britain! We are a nation of tea lovers, and these days we have access to all kinds of weird and wonderful blends. If you’re stuck for gift ideas on what to get a friend or loved one, there’s no point spending your money on something they might not even use or appreciate.
If the person you need to buy a gift for is a self-confessed tea monster, you’ve just discovered the perfect present for them! Of course, you don’t want just to give them a box of any old tea bags you can buy from your local supermarket. What you want to do is provide them with a tea hamper of different tea blends that they will appreciate and enjoy for a long time!
The only trouble is, what do you get them? Well, it’s a good thing you’ve come across this blog post! Keep reading to learn about some of the best tea blends and delicious treats to put inside any hamper for the tea connoisseur in your life!
To make your tea hamper extra special, it makes sense to first devote some of your time on the presentational aspects of it. For a start, you could package the tea and any other goodies you wish to include in a wicker basket, much like the tea hampers that we offer here at Under Fine Wraps.
Don’t forget to ensure that the contents of the wicker basket are well supported. The last thing you want is for your friend or loved one to open up their gift, only to find that the contents got destroyed in transit!
What to put in your tea hamper?
The next step is to give some consideration to the actual blends that you think the recipient of your tea hamper will enjoy. Being a tea connoisseur, it’s likely they will have given you some hints or mentioned the blends that they don’t like.
With that in mind, you can now concentrate on the blends that you think they will enjoy, both for everyday drinking and those special occasions where they bring out their fine china! Here are a few suggestions of what you might wish to include in your tea hamper:
1. Kanuka Orange Blossom & Mint Rooibos
If you want to include some tea that will tastes both aromatic and something like they’ve never tasted before, your tea hamper recipient will enjoy Kanuka Orange Blossom & Mint Rooibos. Originating from the sunnier climes of South Africa, it features some hints of orange slices, spearmint, flavouring, orange blossoms, and safflowers.
The best way to enjoy it is by adding two heaped teaspoons to a teapot full of hot water and let it all blend together for at least four minutes.
2. Niche “Sleep”
It’s a well-known fact that tea can help you get a good night’s sleep. Of course, some blends of tea will do a much better job of achieving that goal than others. If the person you are creating a tea hamper for finds it difficult to “switch off” at night and often looks like a zombie in the morning, why not treat them to a natural sleep remedy?
The aptly-titled “Sleep” tea blend from artisan brand Niche promises to aid in restful sleep. It contains ingredients such as lemon balm (a nerve relaxant) and rose petals, which act as a mild sedative. It’s also infused with lavender, yet another popular ingredient for helping people to relax.
3. English Tea Shop Super Berries
One of the best flavourful and fruity teas that you can include in your hamper is the “Super Berries” product from the English Tea Shop. Infused with sweet strawberries, plump blueberries and perfectly formed raspberries, this organic tea is one that you can enjoy at any time of the day or night.
It’s also caffeine-free, so if that’s an ingredient your hamper recipient is trying to avoid in their diet, they can happily drink this tea.
4. Taylors of Harrogate Rose Lemonade
It doesn’t matter if the weather outdoors is wet and miserable or warm and sunny. One tea that is sure to lift your spirits is the Rose Lemonade from Taylors of Harrogate.
A floral delight produced by a Yorkshire-based family business, the idea behind this blend was one that they developed in collaboration with the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. When the tea connoisseur in your life drinks some of this, they will soon be reminded of the fragrant notes from an English summer garden!
Bursting with zesty lemon, it becomes more flavourful the longer you let the tea blend in with the hot water. To get the full benefit of it, Taylors of Harrogate recommend letting the tea infuse with hot water for around four minutes.
5. Good & Proper Peppermint
No good tea hamper is complete without some peppermint tea! Artisan brand Good & Proper’s Peppermint selection is a fundamental flavour that any tea lover should have stocked in their kitchen cupboards.
Good & Proper source the peppermint tea from Egypt, and it contains maximum flavour thanks to the leaves being kept whole. There are no other ingredients, so you know you are getting a pure peppermint tea blend here!
6. Whittard Coconut Truffle
This flavoured white tea is sugar-free and is blended with creamy coconut and cocoa nibs. To maximise the taste, each tea leaf is delicately dried to lower oxidation levels. What results of this process is a sweet-tasting beverage, to which blackberry leaves are infused. If this wasn’t a drink, you would want to eat it without question!
Last, but not least, no tea hamper is complete without the addition of some delicious biscuits! As you can imagine, there are a plethora of options available out there. It’s likely you will have some idea of the types of biscuits that the tea lover in your life enjoys consuming with their hot beverages.
If you wanted, you could include a selection of different ones such as shortbreads, digestives, and even cookies! There is no denying that biscuits are the perfect complement to any mug of delicious hot tea!