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The holidays are just around the corner and I’ve got a special mini guide for you all to find that special gift for that special someone. I know that it can get pretty stressful when it comes to finding exactly what you’re looking for, but I want to reassure you that this time around it will be different.  And so,  here’s a mini guide to this season’s essential shopping tea items bound to please just about anyone.

A perfect tea gift for your closest friends should be fun and thoughtful.  I suggest choosing something they haven’t tried before – something exciting that tells them they you care about their personal growth as well as your relationship. Try mixing a completely unique, personal blend – choose two teas from our extensive selection of premium teas and create a one of a kind tea blend.  A luscious green Mao Jian for example, mixed with slightly astringent and fresh Lemon Darjeeling tea – now that’s exciting! For the simple and elegant blend, try a Vanilla black tea mixed with our Rooibos Chai – that “warm and fuzzy feeling” in a cup says it all!

A gift for your partner should be sensual and exciting, but nothing too showy. Surprise them with a new tea gadget, paired with a lover’s tea potion. I suggest pairing a travel mug or a designer cup with one of their favorite specialty teas (have you seen our Blooming Tea collection?) Show them that you care about their personal tastes by choosing their favorite flavor and spice it up with a tea accessory that will be an exciting and loving reminder of your special bond.  

Gifts to the family should signify warmth and thoughtfulness. Luckily, teapots are the perfect gifts when it comes to showing just how much you care. It signifies unity and tranquility. It’s also a very practical object when it comes to the assortment of tea accessories, its elegance and stature among other kitchenware is simply unmatched. The Tea Emporium offers a range of teapots, so you can feel at ease about choosing just the right one. So before you look any further, explore our newest line of teapots from Guy Degrenne – and if you’ve fallen in love with it, there’s a good chance your loved ones will as well.

I hope that this helps all of you with your upcoming holiday gift decisions. And just remember that there is nothing better than a gift that says how much you care­. And since tea is a universal symbol of warmth, care, unity and appreciation, it makes it a perfect gift for any occasion, you really can’t go wrong.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming seasonal recipes and more holiday gift ideas!

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How often do you take a chance?

The majority of us rarely take any type of risks. And with good reason, most can agree. When it comes to the matters of the heart, money or family, there is simply no room for risky decisions. For most of us, the assumption is that taking risks in our personal lives will be unrewarding rather than fruitful. What I find misguiding, is that people generally assume there is only one type of risk and almost always regard it as being negative. But most seem to be forgetting about the simplicity of just taking a playful chance when it comes to something new and harmless. Think back to a time when you walked into a tea shop and suddenly decided to try a new flavour – wasn’t that fun? Why not do something rather spontaneous once in awhile, with little to no consequences? Ah yes, that voice in back of our minds…the loud rationality tells us to avoid any potential liability. Let’s be honest, without it, we would be in a lot of trouble. But it doesn’t have to be so dramatic – like any change in life, one requires to take some sort of a risk now or again. Trying new food, a new drink, a new recipe or a new destination are all examples of taking a chance. Not only can it boost our morale, but to redefine our identity.

Funny enough, when it comes to something so simple as tea, many people are very reluctant to try the same kind more than once. What they forget is that much like wine, tea can be an acquired taste as well. No wonder taking chances seems like an unrewarding task – we forget to keep taking them, we forget to follow through. Just because one cup wasn’t the right one at the time, doesn’t mean it won’t be the right one in the future. Surely that doesn’t mean that the experience was fruitless or negative – not only did it allow for a personal reflection, it provided a different direction.  Isn’t that what we really want at the end of the day – a new direction, a new experience and a chance to keep taking chances?

Next time you stop by for a cup, take a chance – try something new. It’s just a cup of tea after all!