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And the Midwest Tea Festival Survey said….

Midwest Tea Festival

126 tea festival attendees completed this survey at our booth – Tea Lover Teas and Tea Lover Gift Baskets – at the Midwest Tea Festival held at the Ararat Shrine Auditorium in Kansas City, MO early September, 2017.

Attendees completed our one question survey “What would you love to receive in a tea gift?” to enter to win one of the six (6) tea sampler gift bags we gave away every hour during the festival.

The survey responses have been tallied and are ready to be revealed!

Most survey completers selected multiple items they would love to receive in a tea gift. To make most of the survey completers happy, however, give them a gift of loose leaf black tea, an infuser with a tea cup and saucer or teapot.

About 25% would love to receive organic, fair traded, tea in tea bags, a tea measuring spoon, a tea scale, tea candy and tea themed gifts like candles and picture frame.

metro plastic tea spoon 3
White tea was the second favorite tea selected with green, herbal and oolong teas coming in tied for third place.

Although a gift of a tea mug came in 3rd place behind a gift of a teacup and saucer or a teapot, 38% percent of survey completers would love tea ware in a tea gift.

The number one tea tool preferred in a tea gift was an infuser – 78 responders would love an infuser in a tea gift. Mark Thompson, of Tea Lover Teas, hosted a café session showing a variety of tea infusers. We think this may have influenced preferences. A measuring tea spoon was the next popular tea tool followed by a tea thermometer then a scale on which to weigh tea.

Tuffy Steeper colors 2017 tea lover teas

About 34% of survey completers would love to receive a book about tea, tea themed stationary and/or a tea wallet as a tea gift.

Surprisingly, 57 survey completers would love to receive a tea cake as a gift or in a gift, the usual winner is tea cookies. 49 survey completers would love to receive a tea gift including tea cookies.

Elegant and English Tea biscuits

In conclusion, the perfect tea gift for our survey responders at the Midwest Tea Festival in Kansas City, MO, September, 2017 is a gift containing these things: loose leaf black tea, a tea infuser and a tea cup and saucer or teapot.

What was for sale at our booth at the Midwest Tea Festival is available for sale at our online store Tea Lover Teas. We are having a sale right now that goes through the end of November (11/30/17). For 10% off sales of $15 or more, please use code FALL4TEA.

We are running a sale in our Tea Lover Gift Baskets online store too. We use favorite and trending teas, tea ware and treats to create unique gifts appreciated by discerning tea drinkers, for discerning tea drinkers you care about. Enjoy 10% off sales of $35 or more with code FALL2017 through November 30th, 2017.

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Cherry season ergo Cherry Champagne Cuvee jam season – yum!

I interrupt the reporting from the 2017 Southwest Tea Festival to introduce the beginning of the cherry season ergo cherry champagne jam making season.

The cherry season at home here in the San Jose, California area begins in May. The cherry season in Denver does not begin until the end of June. I was with my son and his family in Denver from the end of May until the end of June – so I had to pack up my canning equipment and bring it with me to use during my visit.

I was in Denver to help welcome the last planned grandchild, baby Sol, who arrived early on June 2nd. He has a two year old sister, May, and an eleven year old half-brother Miles. Miles is pictured with me, excited (not) about pitting cherries.

Stephanie and Mile pitting cherries 2017

Miles (not) enjoying pitting pounds and pounds of bing cherries.

I pitted pounds and pounds of cherries and made batch after batch of our Tea Lover Gift Baskets Cherry Champagne Cuvee Artisan Jam . I never get tired of making jam. Sipping the champagne throughout might be the reason. A basket of tea, scones and jam are a delicious, thoughtful tea gift idea.

I usually pack the jam in 4 ounce jars for the tea gift baskets and for sale at Tea Festivals. I pack larger jars for personal use. This year I departed from the norm. I packed the jam in 4 ounce jars and also in 8 ounce jars, then the larger jars for personal use.

Those of you who have purchased our jam and would like to buy more can now buy the 8 ounce size – get more jam and save some money.

Tea Lover Gift Baskets and Tea Lover Teas will have a booth at the Midwest Tea Festival in Kansas City, MO the weekend of September 9th and 10th, 2017. This is our next show.

If you are in the area, come on out and enjoy the two day show. Stop at our booth and say hello. We’d love to meet you.

Tea Lover Gift Baskets Cream tea and scones tea gift basket

Cream tea and scones gift from Tea Lover Gift Baskets

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Because it tastes good, that’s why.

Aren’t you looking for a tea gift basket idea because you want to give a gift of tea to someone who enjoys the taste of tea?

Cynthia Fazekas  of Adagio Teas wrote an insightful article recently (http://www.teasmart.com/article_120902.html?source=email) to an audience of tea sellers but the same message applies to those wanting tea gift ideas.  She compared selling tea to selling Twinkies.  Folks buy Twinkies because they taste yummy, not because they have any nutritive value. Tea sellers should focus on selling tea because it tastes good, not just because it is good for us.

Yummy, but no nutritive value.

When you select a tea gift basket as a gift, yes, you are giving someone you care about a gift that has healthful benefits. But is that why you are selecting a tea gift basket in the first place? Probably not.

Tea tastes good. Drinking tea is not always just about quenching your thirst. But sometimes it is. Tea, whether hot or iced, must taste good. Nowadays tea comes packaged in a myriad of ways to make it convenient. If the taste is pleasing to you or your tea drinker, it is ‘good’ tea. No matter how it is packaged it has healthful benefits.

Often preparing tea is an experience, a comfortable ritual, that includes heating the water, preparing the vessels, sitting still for a while, recharging.  When you give the gift of tea, isn’t this experience part of what you want to give?  Knowing tea is healthful comes second.

The experience of tea time can be shared making it a special time. To me, this is what makes tea so wonderful and keeps me coming back.

A great tea gift basket idea would be to include delicious tea that can be prepared in a way that allows your special tea drinker time to slow down for a bit. Adding tea foods; cookies, scones, or special sweeteners will allow them to have something to share at a tea with friends.  Tea gift idea surveys repeatedly show tea drinkers want cake or cookies in their tea gift baskets. A fine cake or shortbead, maybe not twinkies.

Tea Celebration

Tastes good AND is good for you.

That tea can be enjoyed without any negative side effects is as Cynthia says ‘the crème in the Twinkie’ or as they say in Britain ‘icing on the fairy cake’.

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Gift Baskets will continue to be a holiday staple in 2012

Gift baskets will continue to be a holiday staple, whether pre-assembled in-store or created by customers.

Food gifting is shifting from cheap and cheery to premium and selective, with buyers keeping in mind recipient’s diets and environmental impact.

Gift givers can now find theme baskets for the tea lover, animal lover and even for those with special diets to list just a few.  Keep in mind who will be receiving your gift.  Make selections they will enjoy even if you would not. Be sensitive to food, religious, fair trade, organic and other concerns.

Consumers have been simplifying their lives; economizing and enjoying the simple, classic, homemade and recycled.  This also applies to their gift giving.

Gift basket professionals have noticed changing trends and offer higher quality gourmet foods, more diverse products and ‘baskets’ or containers that can be repurposed.

Large corporations, are gift givers too. More and more, they are using gift basket giving, strategically, as a marketing tool.  Any size business can reap rewards through gift giving. Seek out a reputable gift basket professional for assistance. A great place to look is the Gift Basket Association http://tgba.onefireplace.org/.

Simple and homemade does not necessarily translate to inexpensive. Gourmet foods and specialty products are pricey. Expect to pay more for a premium quality gift basket.

Information for this article was summarized from the article named “Gift Basket Makers Opting for Classic, Well-Made Products” (http://www.oser.com/GN/pdf/GN.0712.pdf) written by Lucas Witman, editor of Arizona Gourmet Living magazine, in the Gift Basket Update 2012 section of the July, 2012 edition of Gourmet News, (http://www.gourmetnews.com/ ) the business newspaper for the gourmet industry.

Mr. Witman spoke with gift basket professionals, Jennifer Simon of Simon & Co. (http://www.simonandco.com/) and Shirley Frazier of http://giftbasketbusiness.com/ who shared gift basket industry trends they have noticed over the past few years.

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