Wondering what to give someone important in your life? Sometimes the simplest answers are the best ones. Tea has been a traditional gift that has been given for years, but don't let its simplicity fool you. We're focused on microgound teas here at Old Growth Beverages, but whether you give our teas or someone else's - there's a reason that tea is the most popular drink in the world.
Tea has played a big part in gift-giving and showing friendship. When President Nixon famously visited China, he exchanged gifts with the Chinese Premier. Nixon received a small box of tea from the Chinese premier and was confused, believing that this insult must be an act of war. A Chinese official had to step in and explain that he had been given half of the world's supply of the most precious tea in China and that its worth was about a quarter of a million dollars in today’s money.
When you give the gift of tea, you're really giving:
A gift of good health
Regularly drinking tea can have a lasting impact on your wellness. Teas are full of antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressure. Said differently? You're giving the gift of keeping toxins away! The first recording of tea described it as a medicinal beverage in China in the 3rd century AD.
An excuse to stop and enjoy
In the early 19th century, Great Britain popularized the concept of afternoon tea, a break from one’s routine in which tea is served alongside sandwiches and baked goods such as scones. Today, you're giving a gift that offers a chance for your loved one to stop, make a cup of tea and enjoy the moment they're in. Baked goods happen to be a great side effect.
An opportunity to socialize
We meet friends in coffee and tea houses to spend hours to catch up, socialize, and commiserate. When you give the gift of tea, you're doing exactly this - allowing your friend or loved one to reminisce on the last time you saw them in person, and to create a new moment to connect with you or other people you care about. It's a social gift and an affirming gift, all in one.
A healthy, social, mental-health check gift that also tastes great. (are you checking your list of benefits off?) Tea, and in our case, instant, microground tea is one of the best gifts to give this season.