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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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Find discounted gift cards for national tea purveyors

ImageI don’t know where I’ve been all this time! I was reading an article about how to save money eating out. One of the suggestions was to buy a discounted gift card for the restaurant you’d like to visit. Gift Card Granny.com  and ABC Gift Card.com were listed as two places to go to find discounted gift cards.

What a concept. Those of us with gift cards we will not use can sell or swap gift cards. The person who gifted us the unwanted card will never know. Or we can just go and buy a discounted gift card to any of many businesses we already shop with.

Testimonials shared on the Gift Card Granny site were remarkable. Folks doing remodeling projects bought discounted gift cards from home improvement stores like Home Depot for percentages off the card’s face value. They turned around and made home remodeling purchases saving hundreds of dollars. Amazing.

While searching around, I found four other discount gift card sites: Raise, Monster Gift Card, Gift Card Bin and JunkCard.  I liked Raise because it was easy to see the conditions under which I am buying the card. I liked JunkCard because it had more of the stores I frequent. There are even discounted gift cards for airfare and drugstores. I am not endorsing any of these sites, I have not tried them out yet.

Of course, I had to check out the tea offerings. This blog is about tea gift ideas after all. I found discounted gift cards for Peet’s, Teavana, Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Not bad. Too bad there is not a national tea gift basket chain or tea room chain to offer discounted gift cards similar to Spa Finder and BedandBreakfast.com. Yes, find discounted gift cards for those.

I did notice the smaller the denomination of the gift card, the less percentage discount usually applied.  Frontier Airlines percentage off was just over one percent but I saw others offering up to 26% off.  I’ll take that. I believe all the sites offered free shipping. JunkCard states all their cards have free shipping and no expire dates. Discounted gift cards can be real, plastic cards or e-cards. They can be sent to you or someone else.

afternoon teatime tea lover gift baskets If you do not know what to get for the tea drinker on your gift list think about these ideas. First, shop at your favorite local tea shop or tea room, have them put together a gift basket for you, many will do that  and ship it too. Or bring the goodies home and create the gift yourself and ship it to your special tea drinker.  Support local, small businesses.  If you don’t have the time or creativity,  buy them a gift  certificate from their favorite local tea shop or tea room. If all you know is that your tea drinker loves tea and orders it when they go out, go ahead and take advantage of a discounted gift card from a national  coffee/tea chain. Save money, enjoy the convenience and know your tea drinker will be delighted. If they are not delighted, now you know they can swap it or sell it. You can’t go wrong.

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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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