Tea Lovers Holiday Shopping Guide: Great Values, $50 Or Less

Continuing our series of gift suggestions for tea lovers, we're pleased to present nine more customer favorites, all moderately priced at $50 or less. These high-quality gifts are terrific values, sure to delight anyone who appreciates fine Chinese tea, teaware, and tea culture.

Our Famous Tea Gift Tin Set includes three attractive, reusable metal tea canisters marked "Specially Selected Famous Tea" in elegant Chinese calligraphy. Each tin contains a legendary Chinese tea: Imperial Silver Needles, Superior Puerh, and Organic Dragon Well. Preparation instructions are also included, and the collection comes nicely gift boxed. Price is $50.

During the Ming dynasty Chinese stopped drinking powdered tea and took to infusing loose tea leaves in a gaiwan, a small, individual-sized covered bowl. The lid keeps the liquid warm and serves as a filter, preventing the tea leaves from getting into your mouth. Imperial Tea Court is proud to present our specially commissioned Ming Dynasty Yi Xing Gaiwans, modeled after the original Ming era gaiwans. These classic Ming-style gaiwans are available in zi sha (brown) or zhu ni (terracotta) clay, hold 8 ounces, and come in silk-lined gift boxes. Price is $38.

Customers love our adorable Lucky Pig Teapot. In many cultures around the world, pigs are believed to bring good luck and prosperity. Ours has the extra advantage that you can also brew tea in it! Made of yi xing clay, our Lucky Pig Teapot comes in an attractive gift box. Available in dark brown, terracotta, or red and tan spotted. Price is $48.

Our Yellow Mark Puerh Bing Cha is one of our most popular puerh cakes, a delicious shou (finished) puerh with a great balance of warming earthiness, mild, pleasant sweetness, and satisfying viscosity. Ready to drink now, but it will also continue to improve with age. Sold in a long-lasting, classic 375-gram cake. Price is $45.

Our Bestselling Tea Gift Tin Set includes three attractive, reusable metal tea canisters that each contain a generous supply of one of our best-selling teas: Jasmine Pearls, Imperial Red Hibiscus Blend, and Superior Yunnan Black. Preparation instructions are also included. Price is $40.

Whether you're looking for a unique gift, an impressive presentation for holiday guests, or a special treat just for you, our Blossoming Tea Gift Set is a great answer. The set includes one of each of our four spectacular blossoming teas, meticulously hand-tied balls of fine green tea and rare herbs and flowers that unfurl into beautiful, fragrant bouquets-in-a-cup that are as much fun to admire as they are to drink. Also included is our 12-ounce Dancing Blossom Glass Teapot, the perfect vessel for brewing and admiring each lovely blossoming tea. A truly memorable way to enjoy tea. Price is $40.

Our charming 6-ounce Contemporary Classic Yi Xing Teapot, one of our all-time best-sellers, has the elegant simplicity of a classic design. Its smooth, round body with a straight spout yields a profile that's unadorned yet forceful, simple, and pleasing to the eye. It's made with a superior grade of yi xing clay that provides rich color and will develop a beautiful patina with use. An attractive, high quality teapot that will appeal to beginners as well as aficionados, offered at an unbeatable price. Price is $39.

In many parts of China you can easily spot tea shops by the colorful hanging, tasseled Chinese knots tied around miniature bing cha made of real tea. Our version of this classic decoration, the Zodiac Bing Cha, features a bright red tasseled knot tied around a tea cake embossed with one of the 12 animal signs in the Chinese zodiac. "What's your sign?" never had so much meaning for tea lovers! Attractively packaged in a silk-lined gift box. (If you don't know your Chinese sign, look it up here.) Price is $30.

Anyone who loves oolong tea knows and loves the great oolongs of China's famed Wu Yi Mountain, which produces rich, complex, and full-bodied teas that benefit from moderate to high firing. While Wu Yi oolongs exhibit the pronounced florals characteristic of oolong, in this type of tea they're uniquely balanced by the strong mineral character that comes from Wu Yi's rocky terrain and gives Wu Yi tea its nickname, yan cha (cliff tea). Among the 100+ varieties of yan cha, the four most famous, known as Si Da Ming Cong (Four Great Tea Varieties) are Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe), Shui Jin Gui (Gold Water Turtle), Tie Luo Han (Iron Arhat), and Bai Ji Guan (White Cock’s Comb). Our Si Da Ming Cong Wu Yi Yan Cha Sampler provides an 8-gram sample of each of these outstanding teas. Price is $30.