Holiday Gift Guide
Tea is a year-round treat. In the summer, iced tea and Arnold Palmers are a necessity. But in the wintertime, a nice mug of hot tea is the 8th wonder of the world. A hot cup of chai by the fireplace is just the thing to calm the holiday stress. Maya Tea has an extensive catalog that can be a bit intimidating, so we made this holiday guide to ease you through it.
If you’re looking for a great gift, but having a hard time finding something, we recommend the Maya Tea Gift Cards. Tea is a super broad subject, but if there’s a tea lover in your life, a gift card is a great opportunity for them to explore and find they're new favorite tea. The gift cards also electronic, so keeping track of them is way easier!
At Maya tea, we have over 70 teas. They are all a little different, but they taste great. While you’re figuring out which ones you like, we recommend you stick to 2oz packages. They’re smaller, so you can order a bunch and try a little a bit of everything! If you’re unsure of where to start, we recommend you start with our best sellers. They’re classics that everyone should have in their cupboard regardless of tea experience. Once you’re a bit more comfortable and ready to try some advanced tea, we recommend the Oolongs. The Oolongs are packed with flavor and are similar to black tea. They are a bit maltier than our black teas and bring a much more complex flavor. They add an earthy vegetal flavor to the dark and smooth flavors of black tea. If you’re looking for a gift to impress, we recommend the Ti Kuan Yin Oolong. We also made this handy guide if you want to learn about which teas are for you.
Now that we’ve gotten the essentials out of the way, let’s talk about chai. At Maya Tea, we make a concentrate that will leave you with an authentic cup of chai. It’s effortless to make, you just have to mix 1 oz of chai with 11 oz of any kind of milk. If you want it warm, you can heat the milk before you add the chai to it. We offer an Original, Devi (spicy), and Low-Sugar option to cater to different tastes. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, we recommend even adding a bit of the concentrate on top of ice cream.
Now that you have all the goodies, you have to have all the equipment to make them. Although it’s possible to make tea without them, we recommend that everyone has a few gadgets to make the process a bit easier. My personal favorite is the Aberdeen Tea Infuser. It’s like a regular teapot, but instead of having to pour the tea out, you put the infuser on top of your cup or bottle and let gravity do the work. It avoids any spills and is super durable, so it’s a great tool to have in your tea-making arsenal. We also like the Chicago To-Go Tea Infuser. This is great for people moving around a lot as they don’t sit around waiting for the tea to steep. They can add the hot water to the bottle and the tea to the infuser and get going while the tea is steeping. It’s insulated, so it’ll stay nice and warm for a while. Lastly, we have to mention the French press. Making tea in a french press is just as easy as making coffee in one. Just steep the tea for a few minutes, and push down on the plunger. Because the french press restricts the flow of tea, you can leave your tea in the press for longer without over-steeping it. We offer a variety of french presses in different colors and styles, so you can find one that works for you!
As you can tell, Maya Tea makes a lot of different products. Although we specialize in teas, we also make fantastic spice blends. Our Terra Cotta Spice Blends make awesome dips, glazes, salsas, and other tasty sauces. We’ve been known to sometimes play with recipes and make them into our own. Once you get familiar with the spices, you can add them to your favorite dishes to create fun fusions. But, if you prefer to color within the lines, we also have some top-notch recipes printed on every package.
I’m going to let you in on a little unknown fact about Maya Tea. You can use our tea to make other recipes. In fact, we’ve made a bunch for the holiday season. So if you’re entertaining family, or throwing a holiday party, check out our recipes to take your beverage game to the next level.
With the holidays coming around, Maya Tea has plenty of great gifts for your loved ones. Our loose leaves are great for any tea lover young or old. Our chai is one of our best-selling products, so you can never go wrong with that. If you’re cooking a holiday meal, our spices are a great way to add a bit of southwestern flavor to your favorite dishes! And our new recipes will make your good cup of tea, amazing! We have lots of little goodies that are sure to delight you.