Tea Warms the Heart

The Romance of Tea issueTea is the beverage that warms the heart.

There are no strangers in tea. It is customary world wide to invite people into your home for a cup of tea. What could be more welcoming than to return the favor by presenting a tea gift with gratitude. Centuries of joy accompany gifts of food and beverage, a trend that is accelerating. Recipients and gift-givers alike find pleasure and value in the exchange which includes homemade and artisanal offerings, often presented with an interesting and authentic tale.

Nothing in our view could be more satisfying than presenting a fine tea to either novice or more sophisticated consumers. Tea spans the range of price and taste. One-of-a-kind single-estate wild teas picked from the forest and familiar seasonal blends. Valentine’s Day is an excuse for a bit of opulence an excuse to splurge on lovely tins and blends for lovers to enjoy with desserts and dainties.

Food gifting is expected to grow at a 4% rate from $21.25 billion in 2019 to $26.15 billion in 2024, according to market research firm Packaged Facts. The pandemic has slowed opportunities to shop but not the desire to share the goodness of food – fancy or common fare.

Food makes an ideal gift to send from afar. Gift boxes that include tea bring a sense of comfort to people who cannot be visited in-person, and thus they are a more practical gift in times of economic and personal hardship. Food gift retailers doing significant online business will find these products will continue to be ordered online while store closures affect brick-and-mortar operations.

Did we overlook something? Of course we did! But you can remedy omissions with your own submissions.

Tea Journey is a global publication interested in tea gifts from every country. Due to my limited language skills, it is difficult to discover tea gifts beyond aboreal Canada. That’s where you can help. Send a link to the item and a brief  description explaining what makes this tea-themed gift special. Email me at Dan.Bolton@TeaJourney.pub. There is no charge. Backers from 36 countries crowd-sourced this magazine on Kickstarter, we should continue to take advantage of the power of crowdsourcing.

The Tea Journey team will post these gift suggestions by category revealing the kinds of gifts no single writer could possibly discover on their own. During the year the staff curates more than 1000 tea gifts. It a big collective treasure hunt for everyone’s benefit — a gift to gift-givers for all to enjoy.

Happy Valentine’s Day,

Dan's Informal Signature




One last thing! Will you consider sending a special friend or loved one a gift subscription to Tea Journey, it’s a gift for tea lovers that they will remember fondly all year long. If cost is a concern during these difficult times, share this link for a free limited-access subscription: www.teajourney.pub/3



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