Holiday Gift Guide: Tea Time

Monday, November 20, 2006

A beautiful tea towel is one of those little luxuries that you almost never splurge on for yourself (there's always grocery or shoe needs that require more immediate attention, you know?). Which pretty much makes it the perfect gift. Tea towels have become a popular product for some innovative textile and graphic designers recently, so there are some really gorgeous ones available, and often for under $20. (Here are just a few that I've loved lately: The one on the left is from Atelier Lzc, $16 at Rose & Radish; the one on the right is Mozi Designs, about US$20 through their new global webstore or a local stockist). To finish off your gift, be sure to pair the towel with a pretty box of delicious tea (it is a tea towel, after all) – I personally love the modern packaging of Australian tea company T2 Tea (seen below, along with the Swirly Bird towel, $26 from Funktion Home).

If you're looking to bestow a bigger present, might we suggest adding some tea cups as well? Ever since Joy showed off what might be the most lovely wedding gift ever, I been thinking how great a set of pretty tea cups would be to have. Um, I mean give. (If you're a thrifter and can keep an eye out for these things, a mismatched set of vintage china cups and saucers would be an amazing gift.) I have some grand plans of sipping tea out on the veranda one day. Of course, first that requires a veranda.


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