I can’t believe its already that time of year! But Christmas is just a few weeks away now and its time to start thinking of lovely thoughtful gifts for our favourite people. I’m planning to do all my shopping online and in good time. There’s nothing worse that getting stressed about something as lovely as Christmas! I like to give useful gifts that can be enjoyed and used. As a big tea drinker myself, I thought some gifts for tea lovers, would be a great place to start.

I know in my house, tea and mugs are something that are constantly being used and enjoyed. I love creating that perfect cuppa, with a combination of an excellent blend and a gorgeous mug. I’ve searched out some Christmas treats from a few of my favourite shops, so you can find the perfect gift for the tea lovers in your life.

Christmas Gifts For Tea Lovers

Top Row –

Whittard Christmas TeaCath Kidston Snowman MugFortnum and Mason Spiced Tea

Second Row –

Laura Ashley Reindeer MugCrabtree and Evenlyn ShortbreadWhittard Mulled Wine

Third Row –

Fortnum and Mason Ruby Red InfusionWhittard BaubleHarrods Christmas Mug

Fourth Row –

Twinings Spiced ChaiEmma Bridgewater Tiny Initial MugTwinings Christmas Tea

Fifth Row –

Laura Ashley Snowman MugHarrods Spiced Black TeaT2 Christmas Breakfast Tea

I hope you like my choices. These are all things I would love to give and receive myself. I always think its nice when tea comes in gorgeous caddies that I can reuse and I absolutely adore some of the gorgeous tins featured here. I also can’t resist a novelty mug. Do you have a tea lover in your life? Which tea do you think would make the perfect gift for them? What other gift guides would you like to see on the blog?

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Fellow tea lovers, will understand how excited I was to hear about Whittard’s new tea tasting subscription box – The Tea Club. One of the joys of my tea obsession is getting to try lots of new flavours and varieties, but I don’t always want to buy a big box of every tea I want to try. If you could see my tea shelf right now, you’d know why! So getting a generous sample size of different teas is a great option for me.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxA while ago, I was sent the first tea subscription box to try and I’ve been a bad blogger and not got round to writing about it for a while! In the meantime I’ve been happily trying the included teas a few times. I thought it was high time I let you know what I thought.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe box is small enough to fit through the letter box, which is super handy if you won’t be at home when it’s delivered.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxEach box has a theme and this one was ‘A Very British Summer’, It’s nice trying seasonal flavours and brewing them in different ways.

Whats in the box?

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxSo what was inside the box? Basically the box comes with three gorgeous loose leaf teas, a scoop to measure out just the right portion and some loose leaf tea bags if you need them. There is also an information card for each tea. The cards give you some back ground on each tea, explain how to brew it and give recommendations of different ways to serve. For tea geeks like me, this is the perfect little extra.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe sachets of tea are quite generous and you can quite a few helpings out of each one. This gives you the chance to try different preparations. It’s also a to get an impression of whether this is a tea you’d buy again in the future.

Robert Fortune Blend:

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe first tea in my box is the Robert Fortune Blend. Named after the 19th entury botanist who brought Chinese tea producing techniques to India. This is a beautifully blended black tea from both China and India. Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThis one can be enjoyed with or without milk. I’ve tried both and as usual I prefer it with a little dash of milk.

Strawberry Mint:

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe next tea I tried was the delicious Strawberry Mint. Nothing pleases be more than attractive tea leaves and this one is just so beautiful. With spearmint and sweet strawberries, this is every but as refreshing and tasty as it looks. Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxI drank it hot, but I also think this would make a delicious iced tea. The taste card also includes a recipe for strawberry mint ice cubes. I really want to try them in a glass of Pimms.

Summer Pudding:

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe final tea in the box was the delicious Summer Pudding. This one is a black tea blended with summer fruits, including juniper berries, strawberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThis has a rich and fruity flavour and can be served with or without milk. I liked it black. On the tasting card they recommend cold brewing this one, which I would love to try.

How to get your Tea Club subscription box:

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe tea club box costs £12.95 a month with free delivery. This is a similar cost to other types of subscription box, so I think it’s about right for what you get. I always really love boxes like these, as it feels like getting a little present from yourself each month and there’s that extra element of surprise.

Sign up to The Tea Club on the Whittard website.

Check out the tea section of my blog, for more delicious recommendations.

*Thank you to Whittard for sending me this box to review. All opinions are my own. 

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Last week I wrote a post for the Laura Ashley blog, all about getting cosy and ready for Autumn entertaining. I absolutely love their Autumn themed range, it has everything from cute fox mugs to leaf shaped coasters to really get you in the mood for snuggling up with warm treats as the nights draw in.

Autumn Home wareOne of my favourite things throughout the year are delicious hot drinks like tea and coffee, and I know I’ll be using my fox mugs a lot over the coming months.

Autumn Home wareFor my Laura Ashley post I created a spiced apple juice recipe. This is a lovely warming drink for cold days and the recipe can also be used for a spiced cider.

Autumn Home wareThe pumpkin soup bowl is perfect for not only a lovely warming bowl of soup, but I thought it worked really well as a mini punch bowl for my spiced apple juice.

Autumn Home wareI also used it too store this lovely autumnal pot pourri. This has a gorgeous spice and orange scent and contains lots of pretty things in colours that really capture the season. Alongside the autumn burnt amber and orange scented candle, my house was smelling all spicy and warm in no time.

Autumn Home wareOne of my favourite autumn treats would have to be toffee apples. they are such a traditional classic and no bonfire night celebration would be complete with out one. I’ve also shared my Toffee apple recipe on the Laura Ashley blog.

Autumn Home wareThese are all the things I used to create these gorgeous pictures:

Autumn Home ware

Top Row: Autumn Wreath – Pumpkin Soup Bowl – Leaf Coasters

Middle Row: Leaf PlacematsAutumn CandlePumpkin Pie Dish

Bottom Row: Fox MugAutumn Tea TowelsPot Pourri

Autumn Home wareWhat are your favourite things about autumn? Which are your favourite pieces from the Laura Ashley range?

*Thank you to Laura Ashley for sending me all the lovely things I used to create these blog posts. All opinions as always are my own. 

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There are many things I love in life, those little luxuries that never fail to make me smile. Very high on my list of favourite things are tea sets, cake, history and visiting beautiful places. This probably explains why I love all things National Trust so much! Whenever I visit a National Trust property I always have a good look round the gift shop. The girls will often get a little treat and I sometimes pick up something nice for myself.

The National Trust shop have a team of in-house designers. They create beautiful prints inspired by the many beautiful places in the Trusts care. One of my favourite recent ones, was inspired by West Wittering. My grandparents had a beach hut there when I was little and the print brought back fond memories.

The latest addition to their lovely range of designs is Bohemian Circles, inspired by the Bloomsbury Group and Virginia Woolf’s former home Monk’s House, which is in the care of the Nation Trust today.

Here’s a little back ground on the Bloomsbury set:

The Bloomsbury Group were a circle of friends, writers and artists who created new ideas for art and literature. They lived in the Bloomsbury area of London, and met, lived and loved together from 1904 until the 1930s. They believed creativity and beauty were central to life and they created and enjoyed vibrant and radical art.

You may have heard of their names as their influence is still important a century later. Roger Fry inspired them to embrace modern art, and when now famous artists such as Cézanne and Gauguin were hardly know in Britain, he and Clive Bell introduced them to the public. This appreciation of new art inspired their Bloomsbury friends. Vanessa Bell created paintings full of gorgeous bright colour.

Her sister, Virginia Woolf pioneered new forms of writing in novels such as Mrs. Dalloway. Virginia’s novel Orlando was inspired by Vita Sackville-West and her vast house, Knole, now cared for by the National Trust. Vanessa’s many talents included design, and she created the covers for Virginia’s novels published by the Hogarth Press. Virginia ran the press with her husband Leonard Woolf, and they lived together at Monk’s House, now also cared for by the National Trust.

Virginia’s companion, Duncan Grant, shared her talent for art and design, creating everything from paintings to textile designs for the Bloomsbury run design company, the Omega Workshops. Other members of the group excelled in their chosen areas, whether it was Lytton Strachey’s radical biographies and critical writings, or John Maynard Keynes economic theory. (above picture – the living room at Monks House)

It is remarkable that this small circle of friends contained so many talented people, whose work still seems vibrant, fresh and radical today. Their relationships now seem as forward-thinking as their art, and can still seem a bit unconventional to us today. They believed people should be free to live and love as they chose. Above all, when we visit a garden like Sissinghurst, read a novel by Virginia or enjoy a beautiful painting by Vanessa, we can still feel the love, beauty and pleasure they brought to their life and their art.

I love that the new range pays homage to so much talent and history, as well as being very pretty. The kitchen and tableware range features a bold, yet chalky colour palette, reflecting colours the Bloomsbury Group artists used most frequently. Including a particular shade of green, based on the distinctive colour Virginia used to paint her sitting room walls.

~Every penny of profit from sales of the range, goes to support The National Trust, who protect and conserve hundreds of beautiful buildings and places, so that we can enjoy them. These would make amazing gifts, for Christmas, a new home or a wedding, or just something special for yourself.

The National Trust kindly leant me this set to try out and to take some pictures of. I adore the range, everything from the history to the beautiful design is lovely.

Of course no tea set would be complete with a great cuppa to go with it. The National Trust offer an amazing selection of tea, in lovely tins. As someone who only buys fairly traded tea and coffee, I am glad to see that National Trust Tea is Fairtrade too.

Featured Products:

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The range is available in selected National Trust shops or on the National Trust online shop.

Thank you to Matthew Storey for helping me with this post!

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I’m a little bit obsessed with iced tea at the moment and I’m really enjoying finding new ways to brew my favourite teas into delicious and refreshing summer drinks. A couple of weeks ago I shared my peach iced tea recipe and today I have another delicious offering for you. This time I was approached by T2 to see if I’d like to try one of the recipes from their website.

This time I’ve tried Citrus Squash, a delicious blend of two fruity summer teas – Turkish Apple chunky and Southern Sunrise.

Turkish Apple Chunky, is one of the more simple offerings from T2 and just contains chunky pieces of apple. Its a great tea for blending with others and I’m definitely going to be experimenting with this one a lot.

Southern Sunrise is one of my new favourites. It contains apple, white hibiscus, apple pomace, sweet blackberry leaves, lemongrass and grapefruit peel making it deliciously fresh and fruity. It has the most amazing smell too.

To make the iced tea you will need:

  • 8 teaspoons Southern Sunrise
  • 8 teaspoons Turkish Apple Chunky
  • 500 ml/17 fl oz soda water
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • Orange and lemon slices, to garnish
  • 2L T2 Jug-a-lot

How to Make:

  1. Add teas to the infuser of your 2L T2 Jug-a-lot and half fill with boiling water. Infuse for 30 minutes then remove infuser and leave to cool for 1 hour.
  2. Add soda water and orange juice. Fill with ice and decorate with orange and lemon slices.

We really enjoyed drinking this lovely iced tea, even the kids liked it. Its a great alternative to a sugary fizzy drink and tastes like a healthy version of Fanta or Tango.

This would be ideal for summer barbecues and parties and its definitely one we’ll be making a lot this summer.

I have a few more iced tea recipes coming up over the next few weeks, so if you enjoyed this one keep your eyes peeled. You can also find lots of tea recipes on the T2 website.

*Thank you to T2 for sending me the tea featured in this post. All opinions and the tea jug are my own. 

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