This Gourmet Tea Gift Basket idea is perfect for the tea lover on your Christmas list. The basket includes a DIY Personalized Tea Cup featuring a literary quote about tea, Cardamom Spice Cookies, and delicious Chai Tea.
I think it's a fun option to a more traditional tea set. Those cups are too darn small...lol
Gourmet Tea Gift Basket
This gourmet tea gift basket is rather easy to create despite having both home baked cookies and a DIY Personalized Tea Cup craft project. Both are quite simple to make. Including high quality tea bags or loose tea with a steeper adds to the delight your recipient will experience.
I found a few literary quotes about tea to write on the cups, but any quote or saying that would have special meaning to the recipient would be fantastic. What could be more special than an inside joke personally inscribed on a gifted cup.
Making a DIY Personalized Tea Cup
This tea cup "art" takes no special skills. My handwriting is horrid and I managed it.
new smooth surfaced cup (white, or pale solid color) a matte finish will work better than a shiny one
top rack dishwasher safe paint marker (available at most craft stores)
Shake and press in paint pen until writing tip is fully saturated.
I suggest practicing writing out short quotes with pen and paper a few times, then try writing the quote out on the back of an old plate before writing on the cups.
Carefully write out the quote on the tea cup. The paint will wipe off if necessary, but it is messy and best avoided.
Make a "test"mark on the bottom (underside) of the cup.
Place cup in a cold oven set to 425 degrees. Bake for an hour to an hour and a half. Shut off oven and leave cup inside until fully cooled.
Try and scratch your test mark at the bottom of the cup with your thumbnail. If it doesn't scratch off, your cup is top rack dishwasher safe. If it does, I suggest re-baking at slightly higher temperature, or simply hand washing the piece.
7 Tea Quotes
Here are a few short tea quotes you may like to use on the cup project, gift tag or other creations for your tea themed gift basket.
I would rather have nothing but tea.Jane Austin
A true warrior, like tea, shows his strength in hot water.Chinese Proverb
Home is where the tea is.Js Devivre
Tea is to the body as music is to the soul.Earlene Grey
But first, tea.unknown
There’s always time for tea.Seanan McGuire
If at first, you don’t succeed, have a cup of tea.Peter Scott
Gourmet Tea Gift Basket Ideas
There are many variations of gourmet tea gift baskets to be made.
Dessert Treats that Go with Tea
Let's add some home baked treats to the gourmet tea basket. They make a great thoughtful combination.
I've included Cardamom Spice Cookies recipe below, but here are a few more suggestions that when well packaged will last in a basket:
- Chai Tea Cookies
- Lemon Walnut Biscotti
- Candied Almonds
- Churro Chips (from Viral Recipes)
- Date Energy Balls a healthier sweet option
A little jar of wildflower honey, some jam or a baking mix would also be nice additions.
Of course, tea pairs nicely with a DIY personalized tea cup. We can also spiff up a tea basket with other traditional tea brewing and drinking accessories. Here are a few ideas:
- There are so many cute loose tea infusers available these days adding one to the gift basket will be a reminder of you each time they use it. They are a lovely way to personalize the basket even more too.
- A fortune telling book on reading tea leaves would be a fun and novel gift basket item.
- Honey spoons or dippers are nice choices for tea lovers.
- A nice tea towel is always a welcome addition to any basket.
- I also love these Alice in Wonderland stamped vintage teaspoons.
- Add a DIY washi tape spoon.
- Make your recipient some homemade Chai Soap. Yeah, I know, not an accessory... but it works in a gift set.
Cardamom Spice Cookies
- ½ cup softened unsalted butter 1 stick
- ½ cup of confectionery sugar
- ¾ teaspoon cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbs orange juice
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ½ cups flour
- Cream together the softened butter, sugar, and spices.
- In a separate small bowl or cup, mix salt with the vanilla extract and orange juice to dissolve, then add to the creamed butter.
- Gradually mix in the flour.
- Knead the dough lightly, then split in half and roll into two logs about 2 inches thick. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours to firm up.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Cut each cookie dough log into slices about ¼"-½" thick. Arrange on parchment. These shortbread cookies will not expand much at all, but leave a little space between them.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, then remove to rack to cool.