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10 Amazing Holiday Gifts for Bookish Tea Drinkers

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Mikkaka Overstreet

Senior Contributor

Mikkaka Overstreet is from Louisville, Kentucky by way of Saginaw “Sagnasty”, Michigan. She has been an educator since 2006 and earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in 2015. By day she is a mild-mannered literacy specialist. By night she sleeps. In between, she daydreams, writes fiction, and reads books. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and cats.

There are few things that got together as well as books and tea. There’s something idyllic about the imagery of being snuggled up with a good book and a steaming mug (and perhaps a few cats). Bonus points for a rainy day.

Actually, I am tardy to the tea party. I never cared for tea, mostly because I’m southern and that’s always meant sweet iced tea in my world. However, when I got one of those adult jobs that required lots of meetings, I realized how much coffee is a part of work culture. Since I never liked coffee either, I decided to give hot tea a try.

Suddenly, I could join the cluster around the refreshment table and joke about how I couldn’t function without my steaming cup of brain fuel. I found the perfect combo for me — earl grey with almond milk and honey — and began to consume it religiously each morning. Now it’s a ritual of mine and the day doesn’t seem properly started without it.

I know what you’re thinking. “Mikkaka is writing another post about herself.” Well, you’re not wrong. If you don’t know any bookish tea lovers, I am drinking my daily tea while writing this Book Riot post and I enjoy receiving presents.

Seriously, though, I know I’m not the only book nerd who feels like an Austen heroine when reading over tea. The gifts on this list are sure to delight all of the sophisticated bibliophiles on your holiday shopping list. Happy gifting!

Quali-tea Gifts for Book Lovers

Image of two tea tins with illustrated Austen characters on the front

I love, love, love these tea and bookmark sets inspired by Jane Austen novels. $30

image of tea bags named labeled with classic book titles like Great Expectations

If you’d like a more diverse selection of book-inspired brews, try this literary tea sampler. $17

sticker featuring an open book reading "a cup of tea and a book please"

There’s always room for more stickers, especially this cute floral reminder of perfect combinations. $4

two side by side photos, one of a brown tea box and one of the candle that goes with it

This really cool box comes with a surprise book, tea of your choice, and handmade vintage teacup candle that I want immediately. $23

image showing a tea cup with a tea infuser inside and a book-shaped charm on the infuser chain

Tea infusers don’t have to be boring. This handmade infuser and beaded charm will definitely add a little razzle dazzle to teatime. $13

metal book mark with handstamped letters reading "you can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough for me"

Keep your place with this hand stamped metal bookmark featuring an apt quote by C.S. Lewis. $22

a photo of a shirt saying DRINK TEA, READ BOOKS, BE HAPPY next to some flowers and shoes and jeans

Do you really need anything more? Any bookish tea-lover will appreciate this simple T-shirt. $9

picture of a bag of loose leaf tea labeled "The Shire"

Capture the feeling of coming home to a peaceful and cozy Hobbit house with this loose leaf tea inspired by the iconic location from Lord of the Rings. $12

bent spoons with stamped letters reading "drink tea, read books, be happy"

I am enamored with these vintage spoons-turned-bookmarks. They’re hand stamped and upcycled so each is unique. $16

wooden coaster engraved with stack of books and cup of tea

How cute are these handmade and engraved wooden coasters? (That’s rhetorical. They’re obviously too cute to quantify.) $9

Trust me, all your tea-drinking, book-loving friends will be ecstatic about any of these gifts. If you want more ideas, check out this list of The Perfect Literary Gifts for Tea Lovers.