Some like it hot, and some like it iced. Many of us drink iced tea to help keep cool during warmer weather, but some iced tea lovers prefer iced tea year-round. Maybe they like the taste, maybe they like the soothing sound of ice cubes clinking in a glass. If you have an upcoming occasion to celebrate with an iced tea fanatic, take a look at these gifts for iced tea lovers to get inspired.
Iced Tea Pitcher
There is a wide variety of ways to brew tea hot or cold, whether you use tea filter bags, a tea infuser, or a fancy iced tea maker. For iced tea lovers, having an appealing and easy-to-use iced tea pitcher is a must! The Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker from Takeya has a long filter basket that screws into place, ensuring lots of space for the tea to unfurl and steep. The fine basket mesh keeps even the smallest tea leaves from escaping during the brewing process (I’m looking at you, delicious-but-tiny rooibos leaves in Caramel Almond tea). Takeya offers these pitchers in a variety of bright colors, which makes it a great choice for that tea lover who likes a pop of colorful design in their kitchen. This glass pitcher with stainless steel lid from Hiware has a strainer that fits perfectly at the top of the spout. Let the tea leaves brew directly in the body of the pitcher and the stainless steel strainer will catch the leaves as you pour. This is the pitcher for those who have a clean and refined kitchen style, and prefer to drink their tea from glass containers. Both pitchers are transparent, so either one is a fantastic way to show off an iced tea with a lot of color, like the Just Hibuscus herbal, which brews up a vibrant, ruby red.
Iced Tea Travel MugWhen your iced tea lover is on the go, they’ll want a travel mug to bring their favorite iced tea with them. An infuser from Libre Tea is an easy way to cold brew iced tea and a stylish way to carry iced tea out in the world. Not to mention it comes in four colors and patterns to suit your tea lover’s tastes. With a sturdy screw-top and built-in strainer, it’s the perfect way to drink an iced mug of bright, lemony, high-caffeine Contemplative Guayasa blend when you have a jam-packed schedule away from your kitchen.
Boba "Pearls"Boba is quickly becoming a popular alternative to classic iced tea flavors; the extra texture and pop of flavor is a real thirst quencher. You don't have to go to a boba tea shop though, you can buy bubble tea kits to make it at home. Be sure whatever kit you choose, you have the right straws so you can get the "pearls" out of the drink as you enjoy it.
Novelty Ice Cube Trays
Still looking for gifts for iced tea lovers? Look no further than a novelty ice cube tray. Iced tea lovers will always need a few cubes to mix with their tea, so why not jazz it up a little? Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of creative and goofy options for novelty ice cube trays, from simple stars and hearts to complicated space ships! I like this one from Silicone Alley that makes ice cubes shaped like diamonds and gems. Feel like royalty and cold brew a batch of classy peach-pear Afternoon High Tea with diamond-shaped ice cubes. Get even fancier and make that ice with tea!
Fresh FixingsOther than ice cubes, there are plenty of great fresh additions to mix with iced tea: herbs like mint or basil; produce like crisp cucumbers, tart lemons, or sweet strawberries; or edible flowers like violets or lavender blossoms. If these things sound like great gifts for iced tea lovers that you know, consider getting them a gift certificate to a local produce store. Or make a date to take your iced tea lover to a nearby farmer’s market to pick out the perfect iced tea pairings.
Iced Tea Blends
It’s always a good idea to pick out some great iced teas from Plum Deluxe to help them get started. In the Loose Leaf Sampler Set, you get to pick the three flavors to include in the gift set! A few of my favorites include the Abundance Blend, which features green tea with summery passionfruit; the caffeine-free Meadow Walk herbal tea that pairs sweet blueberries and florals with a hint of rosemary; and the Happy Hour herbal for the perfect faux-sangria with tart red-berry flavors and a splash of lime. Fruity teas are popular as iced blends, but don’t forget about iced lattes. Creamy milk, sweet sugar, and being served over ice pair great with your favorite black teas or dessert teas like orange-cinnamon Comfort Blend, Porch Sippin' Pecan, or Coco Lavender Chai. For more ideas, take a look at these iced tea suggestions. If you’re new to iced tea, learn more about some iced tea tips and tricks like cold-brewing your tea leaves or what flavors and sweeteners go well with iced tea. There is a wide variety of teas that taste great iced and will be perfect gifts for iced tea lovers of all tastes and styles!