How to Make a Valentines Day Gift Basket for the Tea Drinker



If you think about what the love of your life enjoys, it is not difficult to come up with creative ideas for a Valentines Day gift basket. Making a Valentines Day gift basket, for the tea drinker does not have to be complicated.

Choose a basket and line it with a colorful tea towel. For Valentines Day, we suggest a red and white tea towel with hearts or checks, perhaps. You can also add some red cloth napkins to the basket. You could keep one aside to cover your gift when you finish putting the basket together.

Place a teapot in the center of the basket. There are many different styles, shapes and colors of teapots to choose from. There are whimsical teapots, teapots that sit on top of teacups, teapots with floral patterns, large teapots and small teapots. Choose a teapot that fits your tea drinker’s personality and drinking needs.

If your tea drinker uses loose-leaf teas, you can add a tea ball to the basket. This is handy for straining and steeping the loose leaves.

You will want to add a small package of sugar cookies or teacakes. They go great with a cup of hot tea. To sweeten the tea, you could add a small jar of local honey and a honey dipper.

Now it is time to choose the teas. There are so many teas and tea blends to choose from. You can order blended teas online for the discriminating tea drinker.

Scatter a loose sampling of the bagged teas around the teapot and cookies. This will make a beautiful presentation of your thoughtful gift.

No matter which teas you choose your tea drinker will enjoy exploring the flavors whether the tastes are some they already have or something new to try.

Don’t forget to look for a blend of  First Kiss – India-Ceylon tea spiced with litchi oil, jasmine and peony petals and Good night kiss – Green Chinese Sencha spiced with jasmine, lychee, plum and peony.



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New year resolution – Try new tea and Stay organized

After consuming two months’ worth of drink and a month’s worth of food within one week, it is not surprising that after the New Year and Christmas period we all swear to lose weight and be healthier over the coming year. But how many of us do it and how many of us can’t stick to our resolutions? One of the easily achievable New Year’s resolutions is drinking herbal tea. For example, green tea is believed to aid weight loss, and the antioxidants can protect your heart and blood vessels and help improve your skin.
But what should you resolve if you’re already a tea drinker?
Do not stuck on the same few teas you cycle through. This year mix it up a little more; keep the variety in your tea drinking this year.
New Year resolution idea – To try at least one new tea each month.

Stay Organized
Try and keep your teas organized according to a system that makes sense to you.  An unorganized pile of tea bags is not ideal storage. Without organization, you won’t know what you have, or when you purchased it. An organized tea shelf helps you quickly identify your options and make choices based both on your taste preferences of the day, and on what is freshest. Depending on the space you have in the kitchen you can have a dedicated tea drawer, tea stand, tea shelf or even a tea station.

tea shelf

Tea Wall

Make the Most of Wall Space. The combination of metal shelving and a magnetic board corrals spices, tea, mugs, pictures, and recipes all in one easy-to-reach place.

tea drawer

Tea Drawer

If you prefer not to have your items out on display, an organized drawer will store things nicely. Fill your tea drawer with tea, both bags and loose leaf, strainers, tea balls, honey dippers all in one drawer.

tea cabinet

Tea cabinet

Fill the bins with tea, sweeteners, honey collection, have space for tea makers. You can keep organized your loose leaf teas with lazy susan. It is easy to find which tea you want.

Overall, the best way to store tea is in a tea tins. Away from odors, moisture, light, and air, tea will remain fresh for months. If you reuse the tins, be sure to let them air out completely before refilling with a different tea to avoid transferring scent. When properly stored, your favorite loose-leaf teas can remain untainted, fresh, and enjoyable.

Shop our tea storing tins.

tea tins

175g Tea tin with air tight lid with dry erase label sticker. Write With Dry erase marker what kind of tea you have now and change it later for a new name.

50g Metal tin with chalkboard labels sticker. Write With Chalk what kind of tea you have now and change it later for a new name.


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Hostess gift ideas for Thanksgiving

As you arrive at the home of family and friends, with greetings of “Happy Thanksgiving!,” what gift do you hand to your host or hostess? Or, if you’re the one hosting the big meal, what do you enjoy receiving? Do you have a clever, go-to present that’s a little off the beaten path, yet always a hit?

And while a bottle of wine gets you a checkmark, why not go for full marks and give something special. Here are a few gift ideas for Thanksgiving your host will certainly be thankful for.

Roses Bouquet


A fresh bouquet of flowers is always a lovely gift, especially if you know what the hostess’ favorite color and flower is. Cut and arrange the flowers in a vase, tie with a pretty bow, and give the whole thing to the hostess. This way she won’t have to find a vase, fill it with water, and cut the flowers in the middle of her party.

herb bouquet

Herb bouquet

In a twist on the usual hostess gift of flowers, give herb bouquets in pretty, little vases. You can find packages of fresh herbs in most grocery stores. Arrange them nicely in a small vase. You can use one variety or make a bouquet of several kinds of herbs. Rosemary, basil, sage and mint work beautifully. Your hostess doesn’t have to take time out to find a container and can enjoy the aroma and sparkle that fresh herbs give to meals for up to two weeks.


Note card

A great way to tell a host or hostess how much you appreciate their thoughtfulness is a simple note card describing how much you appreciate having them in your life. You can also include a gift card to their favorite coffee shop or store.


Homemade cinnamon rolls and specialty tea

Pair plate of homemade cinnamon rolls and a bag of specialty tea. When handing it to the hostess before Thanksgiving dinner,you can say: “you’ve cooked enough for a while — breakfast is on me”.


Wine glass tags

Hostess and guests will be happy you gifted these wine glass tags when they know exactly whose drink is whose. You can purchase wine glass charms or make wine glass tags yourself.

DIY tea bag

Custom Tea Bags

Most everyone loves hot tea and your host or hostess will likely enjoy a cup after all the guests have left. Make it more enjoyable by creating a custom blend of loose teas in homemade tea bags. Check out ideas on our Pinterest DIY tea bags board.

Make it a point to learn what you can about the recipient before you select their gift. If you’re already good friends, this is easy. But if you’re attending a party with people you don’t know well, choose some of the more generic gifts. Remember, a host or hostess gift should delight the recipient – not the gift giver.


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Teacup as Fall Centerpiece Decoration

Its autumn and time for a series of holidays that will keep your family busy throughout the next few months. Thanksgiving is on the horizon which will lead into Halloween just few weeks later.

Here, a few simple table decoration ideas using teacup as a centerpiece.

Things that you can dig out from your china cabinet are always fun.  A few fresh flowers and some tea lights and voila. A thanksgiving centerpiece by Mydreamcanvas.


Next is – Fall tea cup holds acorns gathered from a trip to the mountains, tiny pinecones, star anise, small sprays of berry beads, a waxed leaf, a faux leaf and a little round faux orangestudded with real cloves and a star anise crown. Bagatelle – “A Little Nothing” by Stonegable.

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Greet your friends and guests with this teapot & teacup centerpiece decorated with all of autumn’s treats! AUTUMN HARVEST Stacked Teapot & Teacup with Pumpkins, Acorns and Pine Cones made by EdieSChicCrafts


Looking for a unique gift for a special teacher? Pick up a vintage teacup, glue the cup to the saucer, add a block of florist’s foam, and make mini flower arrangements! These could also make adorable centerpieces for a tea party, or even for a vintage wedding!  Fall Teacup Bouquets by Yellowbrickroad




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Lingonberries Health Benefits


Why Are Scandinavian Women So Beautiful – Could The Answer Be Hidden In A Lingonberry?

While some believe that Scandinavian beauty is all about gens, others speculate that it might have to do something with the clean soil, fresh air, sparkling clear water or simply Scandinavian food such as lingonberry.

If you wander what it is all about a stunning Scandinavian women having beautiful skin, you are not alone. For years, many questioned, how come the Scandinavian women can look up to 15 years younger without plastic surgery, some look almost ageless.

Finland is a small Scandinavian Santa Clause land, cold and dark in winter yet beautiful and colorful in summer with thousands of lakes, enormous amount of forests enjoyed by reindeer and bears. There are also small Islands that surrounds this Nordic country and old castles filled with Viking old stories. When it comes to nutrition or beauty secrets, Finnish forests might be just what you need to hear.

Finnish forests account for 86% of Finnish land area, especially famous for wild berries: strawberries, raspberries, bilberries, cranberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, gooseberry, red currant, cloudberries, white currant, rowanberries, rose-hip, blackberries and juniper berries.

And as you can guess, these berries are not only satisfying bears or reindeer tummies rather, they are a great part of almost every healthy Finnish diet.

As you know berries are otherwise not only tasty but also nutritionally rich and healthy. In Finland, berries are eaten almost every day for breakfast or as a dessert, mixed in shakes, added to pies, soups or jams.

During summer season, berries are picked by many Finnish families or individuals and enjoyed “at the very spot”, or picked and stored for the cold and dark winter. And, everyone, from a small child to a cheerful senior love berries in Finland.

Lingonberry Benefits

Next to all those berries mentioned above, there is a berry Dr Oz talks about in his show which until recently not only Americans were not aware of, but even Dr Oz himself did not know anything about it, yet Scandinavians especially Finns have been enjoying benefits from it for years. The berry is called Lingonberry(in Finnish Puolukka)!

According to Dr Oz, lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) are new super foods to be put on your next shopping list. Lingonberries have high concentration of antioxidants, even higher than the blueberries. They also:

  • Have a significant amount of vitamin E, Vitamin C, manganese
  • Good source of fiber
  • Kills bacteria
  • Fight cancer

With low in energy and no saturated fat, lingonberries have great anti-aging properties.

In Dr Oz show, it was suggested to eat lingonberry jam mixed with ice and almond milk as a morning nutritious shake. In Finland lingonberry has been used traditionally as an accompaniment to meat dishes, porridges, and baked foods. Here is how Finns are using lingonberries:

Good to know: as lingonberries contain natural shelf-life of pro benzoic acid, you can crash your lingonberries and it will store without extra conservative chemicals.

Whether or not lingonberries are the key to the famous Scandinavian beautiful skin, it is something yet to be discovered by you. Anyhow, it is worth trying. Start enjoying lingonberries as often as you can, they are healthy and tasty.

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Enter to win a Floating Duck tea infuser

Dream Tea Boutique would like to offer one of our readers/fans/subscribers chance to win Floating Duck tea infuser plus free shipping.

This trendy item is definitely turning heads and making people smile. We all remember our favorite friend at bath time – the rubber duck. Well, when you make you next cup of tea, you can relive your fondest rubber ducky memories without any risk.

The Floating Rubber Duck Tea Infuser works great with all types of loose tea and herbals. It’s a cinch to clean and very well constructed for years of joy. The rubber duck tea infuser will put fun and cheer into your tea, your mum’s tea, dad’s, son’s, daughter’s, everyone’s tea. Made of food safe plastic and stainless steel mesh, with a pond stand drip caddy. (Just do not forget to add your favorite tea.)

This giveaway will run from Aug 22 to Sep 10, 2014 (midnight PST).  Winner, You have 72 hours to reply. You must be 18+ Open to U.S. and Canadians Only.

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The healthy Drink for Kids

A child’s health is of prime importance to the mother. Mothers are always on the lookout for better food and drink options. Children do not usually eat properly and leave their mothers exasperated. If any product is valued as healthy and at the same time fun, both mothers and kids will love it

Selecting Teas for Your Child

Selecting tea is part of the pleasure of drinking tea.  You can have tea that calms you, tea that wakes you up, tea that soothes a sore throat or an upset tummy, or tea that just tastes good.  You can select tea for your children in much the same way.

Preparing Tea for Kids

Making a cup of tea for a child is very similar to preparing it for an adult, with a couple of simple adjustments.

  • Children often prefer a weaker tea.  Adults should steep tea for between 4 and 6 minutes (depending on the type of tea and personal preference).  For children steep the tea for only 2 to 4 minutes.  If the tea is too strong, add extra water to dilute the strength (this is also a good way to quickly cool the tea!).
  • The temperature of tea to be served to a child should be considerably cooler.  We suggest serving children’s tea chilled, at room temperature or lukewarm (the same temperature used for baby bottles or formula – around 26-36oC).

Teas for Health

Anxiety – studies show that more and more children are experiencing anxiety, and at younger and younger ages.  If your child has anxiety associated with school, friends, separation or for any other reason try giving them a tea to help calm their nervous system.  Teas for anxiety include chamomile, oat straw, passionflower (for children over four), and skullcap (for children over six).  Prepare a cup of tea and enjoy it together in the evening or before stressful events.

Colic – even young babies can benefit from tea!  A tea made from fennel, chamomile or peppermint can be very helpful in relieving colic in infants.  A breastfeeding mother can drink the tea (1 cup three times per day) or the tea can be diluted and given to the infant with a medicine dropper (1 diluted tsp three times per day).

Constipation – use a flaxseed tea (1 teaspoon flaxseed in 1 litre of water, simmered for 15 minutes) to cook oatmeal.  Prepare the tea and then use the tea instead of water to prepare oatmeal for your child to eat.  Or add ¼ cup of flaxseed tea to 4 ounces of juice and give it to your child once daily.  Constipation should resolve within 24-48 hours.

Coughs – depending on the type of cough there are several options for teas to soothe a coughing child.  For a cough with sore throat, marshmallow root or slippery elm tea can be very soothing.  For cough with congestion, licorice or coltsfoot tea are both effective.
(Note: Do not use for more than 3 days in a row.  Licorice should not be used in children with high blood pressure).
Peppermint tea is a mild cough suppressant and can be used in the evenings to help children with a persistent cough to get some sleep.

Fever – To decrease chills and increase perspiration (which will shorten the duration and intensity of the fever) try a tea with any of the following ingredients (in equal parts): lemon balm, chamomile, peppermint, licorice and elder flower.  For a child over 2 years of age ½ cup of tea can be given up to four times daily for one day.  Serve this tea as hot as your child can tolerate.
Note: Do not use licorice in a child with high blood pressure.  Fevers are commonly a sign that the body is fighting a viral or bacterial infection.  If your child’s temperature exceeds 102F (38.9oC) consider contacting a qualified healthcare provider for further guidance.

Nausea – ginger tea is very effective in decreasing nausea, vomiting, upset stomach and for soothing the digestive tract.  Giving your child tea when they are nauseous or vomiting also provides much needed hydration.  Use ½ cup of ginger tea, three times per day for the first 24 hours of nausea.  Ginger tea is also very effective for motion sickness.  Try giving your child ginger tea as needed during car trips to treat motion sickness.

Teas for Taste

There are a great variety of herbal teas available that children love.  Try fruit based herbal teas as a delicious and low calorie alternative to fruit juice.  Many of the fruit based teas are delicious served cold as an iced tea.  Try our Forsman Tea selection kids will love:

  • Rooibos Vanilla – Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free which makes it a perfect choice for enjoying in the evening, new and expecting moms and even kids. Rooibos has a delicious natural sweetness that makes it ideal for making amazing iced tea. Rooibos tea, flavoured with vanilla and coconut.
  • Honeybush Sweet Dreams –  Honeybush leaves spiced with oils of passion fruit and lemon with heather and saflor flowers. It has very low tannin content and contains no caffeine. It is therefore especially valuable for children and patients with digestive and heart problems where stimulants and tannins should be avoided.
  • Organic Rooibos – Organically cultivated Rooibos with a pinch of rose hip oil and camomilla flower. A loose tea, naturally caffeine free and deliciously sweet.  Natural sweet taste appeals to the kids and adults.You  can use rooibos tea as an ingredient in fruit shake, iced lollies, iced tea and smoothies.
  • Green Rooibos – An unfermented version of traditional Rooibos. This means the tea is cut and dried immediately, retaining its green colour and antioxidant goodness. In fact, because it is not fermented, Green Rooibos actually contains higher concentrations of antioxidants, minerals, and nutrients than plain Rooibos. When brewed it is golden, rather than red, and tastes naturally light and sweet.
  • Rooibos Chocolate – A high grade Fair Trade Rooibos from the Paardekop plantations in Southern Africa. Spiced with chocolate oil and roasted chocolate grain.

So go ahead and try serving tea to your child.  There is no reason why a tea party need only be pretend!   You may be surprised at how much your child enjoys the flavours and rituals of tea drinking.

The kiddos can join in the tea party with our Floating  Duck Tea Infuser, which is a fun way to introduce them to the joys of tea…


While we believe that tea is part of a healthy diet, Dream Tea Boutique makes no medical claims on any of our products. We do not claim that uses of our products are meant to cure or treat any medical conditions. Your physician should be consulted for professional medical advice, as necessary.


Dr. Lisa Watson – licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) practicing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


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Evolution of Tea infusers

A tea infuser, also called a teaball (tea ball) or tea maker, and sometimes referred to as a tea egg, is a device essentially used for steeping tea. Loose tea leaves are placed in the tool and it is then immersed in hot water, usually in a cup. Essentially, the infuser is a small mesh that allows easy steeping. Traditionally, tea infusers were made from metal alone and there was one standard design. In the modern times, however, infusers are made from a range of materials and the designs also vary. mesh ball tea infuser

The most basic and traditional tea infuser is a mesh ball. Loose tea is placed in the mesh ‘ball’ that opens in half and the device is then inserted in hot water. Once the tea has infused, the tea ball is removed. The infused leaves cannot be reused and have to be discarded. The device is popular for its ease of use. Some mesh ball infusers come with measuring spoon conveniently attached at the other end.  This just makes the brewing process a little easier. teaspoon2

The next ‘level up’ for tea infusers are floaters that bob on the water level and house a mesh infuser under the water to steep your tea. They come in a variety of cute designs like rubber ducks or water lilies to dress up your cup.


Stick infusers are the newest products on the market and they take up less space and move away from the previous thought that the infuser has to be fully submerged. The infuser sticks are easier to store and clean plus many tea connoisseurs claim that they steep faster with a stronger taste. ps_acc_ginza_lg

Acting as a filter, today’s infuser can float atop the hot water or be immersed deeply in the cup or pot. With spring-action handles or built-in scoops, modern infusers have made steeping almost effortless. The durable and colorful silicone infusers on the market today were preceded—and are still accompanied by—the metal and mesh tea-ball infusers.

Regardless of the design, some general rules apply to using either an infuser or a tea ball. Fill the device only halfway with tea leaves to allow for movement and expansion. This will release optimal flavor. Base your choice of infuser on the size of the tea leaves—the smaller the leaves, or pieces of leaves, the smaller the holes in the infuser.

High-tech or low-tech, silicone or sterling silver, the types of infusers are as varied as the cups of tea they create. Fanciful tea balls, fine strainers, and contemporary infusers illustrate the evolution of steeping, as well as the range of devices that have made infusing a way to customize the beverage and maximize the experience.


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Dyeing easter eggs with tea!

During most of the centuries that people have colored eggs for Easter, the dyes used were made from natural products like onion peels, bark, beets and blueberries.

Using tea to dye your eggs is not only natural, it is also inexpensive. I bet you probably have tea in your pantry that you haven’t drank in years…Just use that and then it will be FREE!!! To get a light green color use green tea, for a natural brown color use black tea. Use hibiscus to get a pinkish hue, rooibos for a reddish tint or chamomile for a subtle yellowish tone. Be creative and use what you have in your pantry…


  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tea bags (1 tea bag/2 eggs) or 1 gram loose tea per 2 eggs
  • 1.5 tsp distilled white vinegar
  • Optional, for more color add 1/4 – 1/2 tsp Powdered Alum an aluminum sulphate product used for pickling or baking powder
  • Optional, for shine: Vegetable oil
  1. Place unshelled eggs in saucepan of cold water — water level should be at least 4 cm (1-1/2″) higher than eggs, add vinegar and cover with lid. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, add tea (see different tea options from above), then simmer for 5-6 minutes with lid on. Reserve the tea water to use for step #3.
  2. Remove eggs and blanch (place in ice bath) to cool.
  3. Add Alum and ice ice to tea water and cool for 10-15 minutes. Place eggs back into tea water, put in refrigerator over night.
  4. Remove eggs and dry with paper towel.
  5. Option: Rub with vegetable oil to make them shiny.
These eggs are not only pretty, they are safe to eat, and are naturally healthy filled with protein.


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