If you’re in the UK like me, you may have noticed that Spring has started to spring – today I even saw some daffodils popping their early buds up out of the chilly ground! This first bloom always reminds me of Mother’s Day, and with the shops starting to fill up with cookie cutter gifts (she probably doesn’t want a random stuffed toy that says “Number 1 Mum”), why not push the boat out and get your mum (or mum-type figure) something thoughtful, and that encourages her to take a bit of well earned me-time?
What is the best gift for Mother’s Day?
The Tea Makers of London have been working to put together some unique gifts for Mother’s Day, so whether you’re looking for the best tea gift sets, or for some high quality loose leaf to add the finishing touch to an extra special Mother’s Day afternoon tea, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.
One thing we know about mums is that they deserve some pampering and time to relax, and what better to inspire this than a lovely cup of tea and a tea inspired candle to go with it. The Tea Makers have launched their range of five tea inspired candles this year, Chai, Jasmine, Matcha, Earl Grey and Darjeeling, with each scent available in two sizes – or if you’d prefer for mum to be able to try a variety of the aromas, the candle trio gift set with presentation box features the Cinnamon Spiced Chai, Ceremonial Matcha and Refreshing Jasmine scents – you can read a full review of the trio set on my blog here, and find out more about all the scents in this entry of the Tea Makers journal.
The Tea Makers sent me two lovely teas they have picked out as particular Mother’s Day treats – their Jasmine Silver Needle tea, a delicate white tea, and the Royal Tea Blend, inspired by the late Queen Elizabeth II.
The Jasmine Silver Needle tea is a classic white tea from the Fujian region of South-eastern China, infused with jasmine produced in the same area – which has been used to scent tea since the fifth century. The silver needles, or Baihao Yinzhen, produce a gentle and pale tea, which can appear to “glitter” as the infusion contains the soft downy hairs of the fresh tea buds. It is a beautiful and highly prized tea, which due to the lower processing requires a cooler brewing temperature than many others – around 70°C or 158°F – to ensure the flavours are not spoiled (so might be worth investing in a tea thermometer to prevent over-brewing). This tea is so light and fresh, it’s perfect for a calm afternoon of enjoying the sunshine and letting your children take care of Sunday lunch.
The Royal Tea Blend is a gorgeous mix of oolong, white tea, rose and raspberry – the lightly roasted notes with fruit and flowers are so beautiful and indulgent, and this tea also works particularly well iced (and with your feet up!). I can definitely see it being used as an ingredient in a tea cocktail or mocktail if one were feeling particularly creative, perhaps with some fresh raspberries and something sparkling – a perfect addition to a Mother’s day afternoon tea. It’s also a beautiful blend to look at, which puts it firmly into the aesthetic gift category, on top of being delicious.
The Tea Makers will wrap any gift set for an additional £2.50, and include a very luxurious gold foil gift card for an extra shiny pound, so you can send any gift directly to the recipient if this works best for you.
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