10 Things to Know Before Making Your Tea Gift Selection


  1. Not everything in a teabag is TEA.
  2. Only TEA is TEA – White tea, Green tea, Oolong tea, Black tea & Pu-erh tea is TEA.
  3. All tea comes from the same plant – the Camellia sinensis.
  4. Tea does contain caffeine naturally – but cooler water and lesser steeping times can lessen how much caffeine is released.
  5. Herbal “teas” are really Herbal Infusions – there are thousands to choose from and they do not contain caffeine, nor do they contain TEA. Many companies are now blending tea with different herbs – therefore, doubling the goodness!
  6. The medical & scientific information that states, “tea is good for you” refers to all varieties coming from the Camellia sinensis. Herbs are good for you, too, just in different ways.
  7. Tea is good for you because of its high antioxidant properties.
  8. Loose-leaf tea when stored properly can last up to 2 years. Teabags – 1 year
  9. Tea can vary greatly in price – from dollars a pound to hundreds of dollars per pound – but still breaking down to be very reasonably priced per cup –  many tea leaves can be steeped multiple time. Don’t be afraid to experiment – that’s half the fun of tea.
  10. Make it a complete gift – if you are choosing loose-leaf tea – accessories will be necessary. But this way you can add to the gift on several more occasions. Tea also makes a perfect host/hostess gift, too. Don’t show up empty handed!

Hope this will help get you started!

Dharlene Marie Fahl Certified Tea Specialist


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Dharlene Marie Fahl is an entrepreneur and approaches everything she does with a universal, collaborative and cooperative spirit and is a CEO Space graduate and lifetime member. She has been a retail gift shop owner, a healing centre owner and operator, as well as a restaurant general manager and a director of training for a restaurant company responsible for seven restaurants. Her education and training is in Hospitality Management.

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