There’s no question that tea drinking is restorative and relaxing. And having the perfect teapot on hand can only enhance the tea experience—especially with so many teapots available, each with its own personality and functionality.
There are likely just as many types of teapots as there are types of tea, ranging from the bright and bold to subtle and sophisticated. Just like tea itself.
Traditional teapots honor the long history of tea, while people looking for something more modern also have many contemporary styles from which to choose. Made of materials from cast iron and clay to fine bone china and porcelain, each has its own story to tell. It’s no wonder that people have collected them for decades.
If you have a tea lover on your holiday list this year, consider one of the following teapots. We rounded up some great options in a range of styles that any tea lover will adore. It will be the ideal gift this holiday season—something that the recipient will appreciate with every cup.
Sakura Cast Iron Teapot ($44.99, primulaproducts.com)
Beautiful in blue, the Sakura Cast Iron Teapot from Primula will add a striking look to any stovetop. It’s made of cast iron, allowing for even distribution of heat, and is designed to keep tea hot for up to an hour. The interior is enameled for easy care and cleaning. With a 38-ounce capacity, it includes a loose tea mesh infuser.
Drip Tease Teapot ($75, store.moma.org)
If a playful look is what you’re going for, then this teapot from the Drip Tease Collection is ideal. The 30-ounce, fine bone china teapot is decorated with painted drips and stains that will certainly be a conversation starter. It was designed by a Japanese designer living in Stoke-on-Trent, England, an area known for its rich history in pottery production. A sugar bowl, milk jug and mug are also available in this collection.
Red Lidded Cast Iron Teapot ($39.50, korin.com)
Japanese cast iron teapots are known for their wide range of sizes and unique shapes, and this one is no exception. With a pop of red, this teapot has an enamel coating inside and keeps tea warm for up to an hour. A strainer is included.
Tea Garden Teapot ($229.95, wedgwood.com)
Wedgwood’s tea connection goes back centuries—Josiah Wedgwood founded the company in 1759—but it recently introduced a complete tea concept called the Tea Garden collection. It consists of teaware and accessories, as well as four blends of teas and fruit infusions: Green Tea & Mint, Raspberry, Blackberry and Lemon & Ginger. This bone china teapot anchors the collection and features colors and stylized florals inspired by Wedgwood’s design archive.
Pugg Teapot ($30, teaforte.com)
Shown here in the colorful Poppy Fields design, the Pugg Teapot brings a bright outlook to the table. The gloss-glazed ceramic teapot has a stainless steel infusing basket that steeps tea for two and comes in six patterns, including Cherry Blossom and Spring Grass. It has a capacity of 24 ounces.
Olivia Teapot ($40, chantal.com)
In an eye-catching, swirling design, the Olivia teapot is a work of art. Made of high-quality stoneware in a non-porous glaze—and offered in red, black or aqua colors—the teapot has a slender, ergonomic handle for easy pouring. It has a three-cup capacity, perfect for one or two tea drinkers.
Hobnail Cast Iron Teapot ($69.95, teavana.com)
The traditional cast iron teapot adds a splash of color to the stovetop with Teavana’s modernized version. Available in three exclusive, vibrant hues—pink, teal and citron green—the Hobnail teapot has a porcelain enamel lining and a hand-finished spout to prevent drips. The cast iron helps the water stay warmer longer, and the stainless steel mesh tea infuser basket is removable.