12 Tea-riffic Gift Ideas For Tea Lovers

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy tea, and that’s kind of the same thing for the tea lovers in your life. A perfectly steeped cuppa is like a giant hug in a cup.

We’ve brewed up 12 great gift ideas that are bound to make even the most tea obsessed people you know want to par-tea.

1. A little bit Fancy Zealong Botanicals Lady Gatsby Tea

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Lady Gatsby tea by Zealong is an elegant, vibrant Green tea blend with the floral notes of rose petal, the woody spice of manuka, and the lingering sweetness of cinnamon is the perfect pick me up at any time of the day. ($29.95)

2. Tea on the Go with a Lotus Glass Tea Tumbler

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Create moments of presence and connection with the signature double walled Lotus glass tea tumbler and infuser perfect for loose leaf tea on the go, work or play. ($34.97)

3. Explore new Varieties with a Harney & Sons Tea Chest

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How about a velvet lined wooden tea chest, elegantly embossed with Harney & Sons logo? Includes 6 foil wrapped tea bags each of Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Organic Peppermint and Organic Green. ($65)

(Use discount code HTH-241120189 until 24th December 2018 for 20% off all Harney & Sons orders at www.harneyteas.co.nz

4. Gift the Ultimate High Tea Experience

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High Tea at The Hippopotamus Restaurant, QT Hotel, Wellington

There are so many wonderful places to visit for High Tea and the experience will leave fond memories of the beautiful gift you gave for years to come. Read about the Top 3 Spots for High Tea in the Capital City according to the High Tea Honeys and visit the High Tea directory at The Curious Kiwi to discover others. ($25 – $39)

5. Subscribe to Tea Time

Tea Time Magazine

The gift that just keeps on giving! TeaTime is a source book for all who love tea and who want to enrich life with the serenity of teatime. The magazine praises the delights of having tea and honors the life philosophy of serenity and beauty that is enhanced by tea events. Tea has never been more popular than today, and TeaTime is a lovely “manual” that helps us recognize and embrace the pleasures and spirit of tea.

6. Every Tea Lover Needs this Kettle in Their Lives

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Heat water to the perfect tea temperature every time with an easy-to-use digital kettle that features variable temperature options and a handy keep warm option. Can be used to make or warm green tea, white tea, oolong tea, coffee and black tea. ($69 – $146)

7. A Gold Plated Cristina Re Vintage Tea Strainer

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Basically anything from the Cristina Re collection will be well received however a firm favourite is this 24 carat gold plated vintage inspired ornate tea strainer. The sieve perfectly captures loose leaves of even the finest teas. ($24.95)

8. Re-love a Pre-loved Vintage Tea Set

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Scour opportunity shops, garage sales or Trade Me and pick up an heirloom antique tea set and breathe new life into pre-loved bone china. Go the extra mile and pair it with some sachets of Harney & Sons Loose Leaf Paris Tea.

9. Deliver Afternoon tea in Style with this Tea Tray

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I love a good breakfast in bed or outdoor afternoon tea in the summer but you need to make sure that tea arrive safely, and in style to the table. The khevga wooden tray is practical and beautiful.

10. Give the Gift of Goodness with this Green Tea Thank You Soap

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Refining & life-changing to give every tea lover clean, hydrated skin that’s protected from everyday damage. They’ve put the good stuff into this plant-based soap bar, like green tea leaves known for their richness of antioxidants and coconut oil to naturally refine your skin and combat dryness. The best part? This soap bar helps get safe water and toilets to empower people in need. How good is that? ($5.50)

11. Give the Gift of Home Baked Happiness

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Every tea lover knows that tea is a gateway to biscuits…so give them what they need and bake a batch of cookies – we love Jo Seagar’s Gingerbread Cookies and the Best Ever Chocolate Chip Biscuits! Find a cute gift box and tie it with a ribbon, throw in a couple of these T Leaf Click Cans and you will be your tea lovers favourite person. Ever.

12. A Positive Affirmation Teacup & Saucer

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Remember to pause and enjoy the little moments in life with this stylish gold foil and white porcelain Tea Cup and Saucer set. Make tea time at any time of day extra special and enjoy a little quiet time in style. Pair with the matching Teapot or mix and match with our other teapots for an eclectic look. ($29.90) Pair it with this T2 French Earl Grey Tea teabag gift cube for extra wow factor ($19.00)

Image credit: Featured Photo by Anastasia Gubarieva on Unsplash

Feeling at Home at Home Harvest Cafe

Stonestead Devonshire Tea was one of Upper Hutt’s best kept secrets. Giant baked-to-order scones, chunky home made jam and tea in an old barn with the charm and style of times gone by.

The High Tea Honeys were regular visitors to Stonestead, nestled amongst the trees on Plateau Rd in Te Marua. Naturally, I was curious when I heard that it was going to be under new ownership. Will it still have that old-world charm? Is the offering going to shift away from the things that made it such a nostalgic and loved experience?

Is it still going to be a destination loved by the High Tea Honeys?

I am delighted to say that Stonestead Devonshire Tea, now known as Home Harvest Cafe delivers everything I loved about Stonestead and more.

The front of the barn has been freshened up, and the cafe’s beautiful french doors let natural light flood the space.

Upon entering, my eyes were instantly drawn to the small but full cabinet laden with scones, cakes and slices. In particular, an amazing pink and white hundreds and thousands layer cake took pride of place on a cake pedestal at the top of the cabinet.

The space itself has been transformed – modernised, but not so much that it lacks character. The mismatched furniture, floral upholstery, fine china, festoon lights and buckets of peonies and greenery maintain a rustic appeal.

I was pleased that Devonshire Tea is served in the same crockery as before – with your own pot of loose leaf T Leaf tea, a tiny milk jug, dish of jam and cream and a warm scone. I do miss the scones being baked to order – I didn’t mind waiting 15 minutes to be served a scone fresh out of the oven.

It was lovely to meet the family behind Home Harvest Cafe. The transformation has been a labour of love and I wish them every success.

I will be back, with the High Tea Honeys in tow for afternoon tea soon.

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Home Harvest Cafe is on Facebook.

High Tea Honeys – Invitations to VIP events and free tea stuff!

Happy Friday evening! If you’re not part of the High Tea Honeys meetup group and you haven’t been able to access the message board, this update is for you!  I am excited to announce some developments with the High Tea Honeys that hopefully you are just as excited about!

It will always be free to be a member of the High Tea Honeys, and now you’ll have the opportunity to get even more value out of being a member with our network of new partners. Get discounts off of tea related products, personal invitations to VIP events and get sent free tea stuff to try!

Right now, I can only communicate with you through Meetup or Facebook about these incredible things and all I know about you is your name. I will continue to post our events on meetup and use Facebook for general business but I would love to be able to communicate with you directly too, especially for special event invitations and free tea stuff from time to time!

Can you please take a moment to visit our Sign Up page and register some more info with me? The link is also here on our website under “Become a Honey“. It will only take a minute or two – I promise!

I can’t wait to share our first collaboration with you next week, so be quick to get your info in so you don’t miss out!

With love and tea,

Sam xx

PS. We’re on Facebook too, are you following us?

PPS. We have a new look, check out our logo! What do you think?

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High Tea Honeys top 3 High Tea spots Wellington

I love it when we get messages from people planning their visit to Wellington, locals that have yet to experience High Tea or new High Tea Honeys’ members asking us for recommendations for High Tea spots in Wellington, generally to treat someone special or celebrate a special occasion.

I have my personal favourites but I put the question to our Honeys and in no particular order, here are our top three picks for High Tea destinations in Wellington.

The Lobby Lounge at The Intercontinental

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High Tea at the Lobby Lounge of the Intercontinental is a central city treat. Along with elegantly prepared pastries, the exclusive TWG tea range is served in beautiful gold trimmed Cristina Re china adding to the luxuriousness of the experience.

Hippopotamus

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The opulent ambience of Hippopotamus is second to none and the French inspired menu is exquisite. Dress up your High Tea experience with a glass of champagne for that extra special touch.

Louis Sergeant Sweet Couture

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In the heart of the city, nestled on a busy main street is Louis Sergeant Sweet Couture. Here your tastebuds will be whisked away to heaven. Every item is a work of art bursting with flavour. Be sure to purchase a couple of macarons on your way out the door to extend the experience all the way home.

Where have you been that you think should make this list?

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3 things to make hump day wonderful

Good morning honeys,

Happy hump day! Today I bring you 3 things to make hump day wonderful.

Shop Small: Buy good things from real people

First I am going to start by sharing the best thing to hit the internet this month and that’s a new collaboration of small kiwi businesses, all in one amazing place online! Shay, the founder of Shop Small found it frustrating trying to find local suppliers for the things she needed so thought it would be fab to bring them all together into a searchable site. Amazing!

Start your day with some indulgent online shopping and read the inspiring stories of real kiwi business people at www.shopsmall.co.nz

Bonbon Vegan

Oh my goodness, if you haven’t come across this range yet you need it in your bathroom ASAP. My beautiful friend Angela treated me to a small collection of Bonbon products that included choc mint body wash, salted caramel wax melts and pavlova body butter. It smells divine enough to eat! I stocked up on birthday cake body wash on Saturday – pink frosting like shower cream with confetti! So good!

View the gorgeous range at www.bonbonvegan.com

Tea Toddy

Finally, wind down your Wednesday with an Earl Grey Toddy. Trust me on this one.

1 cup Earl Grey tea
1 tsp sugar
1 shot Bailey’s Irish cream
1 dash Scotch whisky

Make tea as you usually do. Mix it with the sugar according to taste. Leave room in the cup for a dash of Baileys. Pour the baileys in according to taste, then, if you want, a dash of Whiskey if you want. Not too much though, as the drink won’t taste good.

Recipe care of www.drinksmixer.com

Enjoy, and indulge xx

Afternoon Tea at The Langham, Auckland

It was only fitting to visit The Langham for afternoon tea on a crisp Spring day in the City of Sails.   

The decor was the first thing that blew me away – look at that chandelier!

    
The sweet tier. My favourite was the citrus cake pop. 

  We were advised to start with the sandwich tier. Simply perfect.
Savoury macarons! Although the shell was still sweet with a savoury filling. An interesting concept however I am not convinced, I believe macarons belong on the sweet tier. I also would have liked more diversity on this tier between cheese and seafood flavours with creamy textures. Isn’t the presentation gorgeous though?! 
  Put that pinky away! It’s not the done thing you know 😉  
The Langham has its very own Wedgwood tea set – beautiful! The tea menu was designed by The Langham’s exclusive tea sommelier, New Zealand’s only Master of Tea!

 The menu for those of you detail oriented people.
Overall, the experience was well worth the $59 each we paid on a Saturday afternoon.