10 Gift Ideas for Tea Lovers

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.

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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.   

Black Japanese Teapot with Goldfish

Black Japanese Teapot with Goldfish

Japanese Cherry Blossoms Teapot

Japanese Cherry Blossoms Teapot

Hand-crafted Green Japanese Teapot

Hand-crafted Green Japanese 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

Green Tea Bowl

Handcrafted Black Tea Bowl

Handcrafted Black 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.

Green Dragonfly Teacup

Green Dragonfly Teacup

Japanese Teacup Gift Set

Japanese Teacup Gift Set

Japanese Teacup Gift Set

Japanese Teacup Gift 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.

Cute Owl Tea Set

Cute Owl Tea Set

Japanese Tea Set

Japanese Tea Set

White Japanese Tea Set

White Japanese Tea Set

Bamboo Japanese Tea Set

Bamboo Japanese 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.

Tea Whisk & Tea Scoop

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

Japanese Vase

Japanese Sakura Tree Vase

Japanese Sakura Tree Vase

Japanese Handmade Vine Basket

Japanese 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”

Painting - Spring

Painting – Spring

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

 

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