Valentine’s Day Special – Last minute gift ideas for your Special Someone :) ( i won’t tell them you forgot :-)

Dear Tea Maniacs United 🙂

As you may have noticed from the amount of sugary sweet, red-heart decorations all over nearly every shop, café, restaurant or even a newsagent around, the Valentines Day (also, by those who are either not in a relationship, or just simply annoyed by the quantities of all the (fake?) love in the air, called   ‘The Single Awareness Day’:) ) is coming soon.. The window displays covered in cards, heart-shaped champagne glasses, chocolates in all forms, candles and massage oils, jump at you from every corner reminding you that very, very soon you should be prepared to present & graciously give away 🙂 a ‘love-ly’ 🙂 special  gift to your even more special someone… Tough one, I know! You haven’t bought anything yet?? No WAY?!!  🙂 Don’t despair though – I’ll help you, my dear  (very, very special :)) Tea Folks. Below my humble suggestions for some Valentine Gift Tea Ideas 🙂

Whittard of Chelsea, probably the most known tea & coffee shop in the UK ( which sadly does not necessarily mean ‘ the best ‘ one.. ) offers some basic gift ideas such as Teas of The World set,  or a Tea for One hamper (hm.. why would you give someone a ‘tea for one’ set for Valentines? Whittard guys, have you really thought that one through? 🙂 ). Yet, despite some I must admit rather uninspiring array of gifts, I  really liked a very basic yet most definitely cute 🙂 tube-map covered tin with 40  English breakfast tea bags inside.

Yes, I do agree – the quality of tea inside the tin could be a bit better ;), but it would for sure joyfully embellish your loved one’s kitchen & make them think of you every time they rushed to the tube in the morning crazy hour drinking their cuppa :)!

But, do not despair, my valentine-stricken friends!  if the tube is something you d rather avoid on your valentine gift :)!

There is much more on offer from less known, yet – I dare say – much more imaginative tea suppliers!

Emeyu’s Tea Library is such a fantastic gift idea that it can boast Claudia Schiffer to be amongst its fans. I share Claudia’s enthusiasm on that one! In a nutshell, it allows you to create a personalised tea collection for your Other Significant Half.  Apart from packing teas of your choice in Emeyu’s famous green boxes, they will also print the names you invented of the tea  you picked or/and a special message inside!  Or, if 4 boxes seems a little too much, pick the “two in one” i.e. “Two carefully selected, perfectly matched teas in Emeyu signature gift box

And if your Special Someone is as big and incurable tea maniac as I am :), you can even surprise them with  a subscription to Emeyu tea club – there are two options to choose, but what counts is that in each of them  Club Members get the privilege of tasting new exciting and very rare teas, learning something new about our most beloved drink!  (http://www.emeyu.com/teaclub/) What a treat indeed! 🙂

Truly sumptuous feast of  tea gifts is available from Tea Palace!

There is even a special Valentine section full of heart-shaped or heart-covered  or heart- something  else 🙂 bowls, mugs, and cake stands, including yes even a tea infuser with  a heart in it! (innit? 🙂 )

Even though, as I am guessing like most of you 😉 , I am a bit heart-sick at that special February time, I must say I did like their cute-little-pink-heart-covered tea-pot by Nina Cambpell.

You can also browse their gift collection, by the addressee (for him / for her) or by price. There are not only traditional tea accessories to choose from, but also tea scented candles, heart-shaped (yes, again.. you have to forgive them 🙂 just this one time… 😉 ) teas (black with rose petals), or mega-cutely packed collections of  samples.

However, the gift I liked the most at Tea Palace is their bespoke blend creation service – you can order a very special Valentine infusion depending on what spice or herb or tea type is most enjoyed by your dear one :)!

The best usually comes at the very end!  🙂 My top tea gift idea comes from Tea Pigs.

I must say I am genuinely impressed by their choice of mugs, cups and other tea-related gift products. Apart from a large list of wonderful teas to choose from, you can also pick  for your Valentine a duo of tea & a tea infused candle, or  a colourful & unique set of oriental themed cups in a box.

…. or my favourite amongst the crockery –   “ Love bird gift set” – “2 lovebird design cups with a wooden lid and a matching tray. Perfect for having a cup of teapigs tea with a friend. “ – I could not describe it better myself :).

Yet, on top of all that, the best gift of all : Charity donation for an orphanage in Rwanda. “ It costs just 49p per day to feed, clothe, shelter and educate each child in the orphanage” .  So, to every order, you can add multiples of 49p and spread the Valentine’s Day love much farther than your very special someone! Well done Tea Pigs! 🙂

I hope this little summary will help you find a most unique gift for the most unique & important person in your life, or  if you do not have them – yet! – in your life – it will make looking for a friend’s birthday present a tiny bit easier, or – which is equally important – give you ideas to make a special present to the very special YOU! 🙂

With a valentine cheer –

Your Petal  🙂

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