10 Zen-ish Tea Lovers Gift Ideas

If you wanna buy a gift for tea lover, here we have a list of best 10 gift ideas for tea lovers. The gift ideas in this post are related to Japanese tea drinking and Japanese tea ceremony.

Tea ceremony or sado (茶道) is a traditional way of preparing, serving and drinking matcha (green tea). Sado is strongly influenced by the principles of Zen Buddhism. It has its aesthetic that involves the principles of “wabi” and “sabi”. The traditional sado is not merely about drinking tea, it is a spiritual experience that represents harmony, purity, tranquility and balance.

Below, we have provided a list of chadogu (tea equipment) of different designs fit for different season/ occasion and other related gift ideas for non-ceremonial use. Check out below for more details.

(P/S: This article is little long as we give many examples. You may also click on the images for more details)

Tea lover gifts
Tea lover gifts

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1.   Tea Pot – used to heat up water for making tea. The pot is made of cast iron. You can get a simple solid color pot or a pot with oriental-feeling design.

Green Dragonfly Cast Iron Japanese Teapot
Green Dragonfly Cast Iron Japanese Teapot
Iwachu Black and Gold Goldfish Tetsubin Teapot
Iwachu Black and Gold Goldfish Tetsubin Teapot

 

2.   Tea Bowl – used as container to hold hot water where green tea powder is whisked into thin paste.  Tea bowl is available in different styles and sizes. Shallow bowls allow tea to cool rapidly (fit for summer) and deep bowls allow tea to stay warm longer (fit for winter).

Sakura Tea Bowl
Sakura Tea Bowl
Handcrafted Matcha Tea Bowl
Handcrafted Matcha Tea Bowl

 

3.   Tea cup –  used for drinking sencha (one of the most aromatic green teas). Tea cups are not used in traditional tea ceremony as it is too small to whisk the green tea.

Japanese Teacup Gift Set
Japanese Teacup Gift Set
Miya Set of 4 Japanese Teacup Set
Miya Set of 4 Japanese Teacup Set

 

4.       Tea Set – is another great idea for tea lovers. The teapot comes with matching tea cups so it looks nice as a gift.

Japanese Calligraphy Porcelain Tea Set
Japanese Calligraphy Porcelain Tea Set
Green Bamboo Tea Set
Green Bamboo Tea Set

 

5.   Tea whisk  & Tea scoop – tea whisk is used to whisk the tea and tea scoop is used to scoop out the tea in correct proportion. Both are made of bamboo.

Chasen Tea Whisk & Tea Scoop
Chasen Tea Whisk & Tea Scoop

 

6.   Container for Flower Arrangement – Chabana (simple flower arrangement ) is an important element of the decorations for tea ceremony. You can choose a container made of metal, ceramic, bamboo, or in basket form.

Japanese Vase
Black Opal Japanese Vase
Japanese Ikebana Handmade Vine Basket
Japanese Ikebana Handmade Vine Basket

 

7.   Hanging Scroll – Scroll with a chosen theme associated with a particular tea gathering plays a central role in tea ceremony. You can get a calligraphic scroll with words fit for a theme or a scroll that features painting of landscape like mountain or waterfall.

Hanging scroll with the word "Love"
Hanging scroll with the word “Love”
Hanging Scroll with the word "Zen"
Hanging Scroll with the word “Zen”

 

8.   Tea-related Books – Books are always a great gift idea. You can get a book about the way of tea or philosophy of Zen Buddhism.

The Book of Tea: The Classic Work on the Japanese Tea Ceremony and the Value of Beauty
The Book of Tea: The Classic Work on the Japanese Tea Ceremony and the Value of Beauty
Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life
The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life

 

9.   Other Reading Materials – Other than tea-related books, you can also get some light readings for  tea lovers.

Thousand Cranes
Thousand Cranes
The Old Tea Seller: Life and Zen Poetry in 18th Century Kyoto
The Old Tea Seller: Life and Zen Poetry in 18th Century Kyoto

 

10.   Music CD- The last give idea would be a relaxing and soothing music for tea lovers. He/ she would love to have this while enjoying his/ her cup of favorite tea.

Music for Healing
Music for Healing
Zen and the Art of Relaxation
Zen and the Art of Relaxation

That concludes our list of 10 gift ideas for tea lovers. Thanks for reading!

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