Although Americans are known for diversity of both peoples and culture, just about all of us have two beverages in common: coffee and tea. Most people favor one over another, while others enjoy both. So, when you’re scratching your head for a gift idea, coffee and tea gift baskets are almost a sure bet. These gift baskets are easy to put together and make a thoughtful and attractive gift. Let’s take a look at several ideas for this personalized, but universally well received gift. For the coffee lover, you’ll find an abundance of varieties and blends at shops which specialize in everything coffee. Incidentally, many of these coffee houses also carry a line of exotic teas as well.
One advantage of patronizing these specialty shops is that the staff are well versed in their products and can help guide you to coffees of a particularly good harvest, as well as giving you advice on choosing coffees with certain characteristics. For example, your Grandma may enjoy milder blends, while Dad goes for that really intense, dark roast, with a good jolt of caffeine. Another advantage of shopping the coffee houses is that they carry all the cool coffee and tea accessories that give your coffee and tea gift baskets a special touch. The specialty shops usually carry a line of fine teas as well. Again, the staff can advise you on suitable choices for your recipient’s taste. Just a few of the items appropriate to coffee and tea gift baskets include fancy travel cups, coffee mugs and fine china tea cups.
Some also offer the service of making your own custom coffee mugs, with a photo or other image permanently fixed to the cup or mug. You’ll find teabag caddies, tea strainers, tea balls, gold screened coffee filters, thermal carafes and French coffee presses, Melita coffee makers and all manner of accessories for the gourmet tea or coffee fancier. The larger coffee and tea shops in metropolitan areas often provide a selection of coffee and tea baskets which are already made up, in a range of prices and variety of contents, from which you may choose. While these may cost a bit more than making your own, these ready made coffee and tea baskets are quite attractive, with decorations you might have a difficult time finding on your own. The specialty shops also offer books with imaginative recipes, bringing a whole new dimension to the coffee or tea lover’s appreciation of their favorite beverage. Imagine the added delight of chocolate covered coffee beans, coffee flavored sweets or a moist tea cake to be enjoyed with the beverage of choice.