Give the Unexpected This Holiday Season
Reusing other packaging for today's gifts is not only smart recycling it's creative and fun. Clean, clear jars make great containers for home-made lemon curd or jam or sugar infused with a long elegant vanilla bean. Shoe boxes or any small cardboard box make an ideal way to package an assortment of fresh-from-the-oven cookies. Wrapping them up requires only some paper, yarn or ribbon and a choice of coverings:
UPCYCLE GIFT CARDS
Come along inside.... we'll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place.
Kenneth Grahame, "The Wind in the Willows"
Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.
Having picked some tea, he drank it,
Then he sprouted wings,
And flew to a fairy mansion,
To escape the emptiness of the world...
The samovar is boiling, you can't leave now.
Accessories for tea preparation, often referred to as the French word, accoutrements, are part of the charm of a ceremony with tea friends or solo enjoyment. The feel of smooth wood of a treasured tea scoop, the beauty of a special tin to hold your favorite leaves, a pretty strainer, special plates and cups, and tea brewing vessels from around the world, all of them add to the visual and tactile pleasures of preparing, serving and tasting teas. Add one or two of these delights to your holiday gifts. If small, put the on top of the gift, under the ribbon, in lieu of a bow. Consider the serenity of chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony for your gift ideas. Chanoyu uses powdered green tea called matcha prepared in artisanal ceramic bowls by whipping hot water and the tea with delicate bamboo whisks. Sip this frothy sweet spring-green tea and enjoy a lingering experience of peace.
THE GIFT OF WATER
Whether your gifts are herbals or true teas, good quality water brings out the best flavor in the cup and provides even more value. Use high-quality bottled spring water or use our fantastic graviTEA for the finest, purest water. It filters out 80% of any chlorine and 70% of limescale from tap water in seconds, and it does it at twice the speed of similar products. Indicator light shines when filter needs replacement, so no guessing.
We have the best solution: Adagio Gift Cards for your friends to purchase their favorite teas and tea-related items. Perfect for any occasion, or as a way to thank someone for a wonderful party.