Give What You Love, Love What You Give: Host/Hostess
by Sarah the Tea Mistress
Once or twice in my life I have been called a "good gift-giver". This may not always be true depending on who you talk to (like my husband who learned the hard way that I should not be allowed to pick out televisions) but I try! The trick to being a good gift giver is to give people you love, things that you love. With the holidays upon us the invitations are starting to roll in for gatherings and get-togethers. And yes, I am this popular. While I love getting together with friends and family it can get overwhelming to think about and purchase hostess/host gifts with each invite. But if I follow my own gift giving rule, it becomes easy and inexpensive to give a unique appreciation gift to those who open their homes to me. I love tea, (insert sound of sarcastic shock here) so why not share what I love with someone who has probably worked all day to prepare their home and food to keep their friends and family entertained. The gift of tea to a host/hostess is a nice way to say thanks for your hard work, now relax. I am listing these from least expensive to most expensive:
- Fill a few brew bags with your favorite teas. Add to the bags a small written tag that explains how to brew the tea and maybe a short blurb about how you prefer to drink it: sweetened or non sweetened, with milk or without, bag left in or bag removed. You can put the tea bags in a small container or a tea cup/mug. You might even consider adding a "Dishes" coupon to help clean up while your host sips and relaxes.
- Try a cinco or ocho sampler pack. You can give the whole pack as one gift or break it up into smaller gifts. Give a few or all samples and a few tea steeping bags in the nice box the sampler comes in or in a bag, cup, or mug.
- Joy's Teaspoon also offers an easy to use tea brewing pot called the Timolino Ingeni Teamaker. Paired with your favorite tea or tisane, this promises to be a gift your hostess can use for future events!