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Back to School Gift Ideas - Tea Gifts for Students and Teachers

Whether you're a student, a teacher, or a parent looking for gifts for their student or student's teacher… this guide will list all the things needed to get through this school year!

We can't believe it either - but school is almost back in session! It's time to get back into the grind, but we understand that it's easier said than done. Luckily, we're here to help you one sip at a time.

Tea and tea related gifts are perfect for back-to-school, providing a warm and welcoming touch to the start of the school year. Whether you're a student, a teacher, or a parent looking for gifts for their student or student's teacher… this guide will list all the things needed to get through this school year!

Tea Gifts for Students

Believe it or not - many students enjoy tea! Younger U.S. consumers are prioritizing mindfulness and the other health benefits of tea, which makes it a great gift while they get ready to get back into the grind. Whether you're buying for a kindergartener or a college senior, these gifts are sure to make your student smile!

1. Monthly Care Packages

Whether it's their first-time leaving home to go to school or a return to school after the break, it never gets easier to leave our loved ones. Sending college care packages is a great (and subtle) way to show your student how much you miss and care about them, while providing them with some things that remind them of home. The Tea of the Month subscription is a great way to send your student a monthly care package while also encouraging them to slow down and appreciate the small things. If your student isn't really a tea lover, or if you want to up your care package even more, consider sending them some fresh baked scones! They come in packages of 6 or 12, so they can enjoy them all themselves or share with their dormmates/friends.

2. First Day Outfit

What's back to school without back-to-school clothes shopping? If your student loves tea and puns - our tea shirts would be a great addition to their new wardrobe. Don't forget to finish the fit with a Whistling Kettle Ball Cap!

3. Travel Flask/Tumbler

Between going to school, seeing friends, extracurricular activities, and more, students are constantly on-the-go. Keep your student hydrated with a travel flask or tumbler to keep their drink of choice hot or cold for hours! A go-to to stay energized is to resort to drinks like soda and energy drinks that contain high amounts of caffeine and sugar, which result in crashes. Tea is a great way to stay hydrated, and also gives the option of having caffeine which can provide just the right amount of energy to get your student through the day.

4. Starbucks at Home

We understand that the vibe of Starbucks can be a great place to sit and focus on your work while also enjoying some great caffeinated drinks. However, those $6+ drinks add up FAST! Thankfully, you can easily make a lot of those drinks at home for a much more affordable price. Bring a reusable cup or tumbler to school and grab the ingredients you'll need to make your favorite Starbucks dupes. Snag a USB rechargable electric milk frother to top off your drinks with that classic Starbucks cold foam (which normally costs $1.25 per drink!?!).

5. A Way to Boil Water

When it comes to living in a dorm room, convenience is key. Most dorms only have bedrooms and a bathroom, so when it comes to cooking or heating things up, students will have to get creative. Make it easy by investing in an Electric Kettle, which doesn't require a stovetop making it easy for students to heat up water with the touch of a button. Who said a kettle can only be used for tea? Need water for ramen? You've got it. It works for anything you might need hot water for. If your student doesn't have access to hot water, grab them a Conflicted Brewer for cold brewing! Most dorm rooms have a refrigerator, so cold brewing is an easy and super convenient way to have iced tea or coffee ready to go. Just add tea leaves or coffee into the infuser basket, fill with cold water, and pop into the fridge until the next day!

Tea Gifts for Teachers

Back to school is a great time to show your teachers just how appreciated they are - or for teachers to stock up on things they'll need for the school year.

1. Desktop Organizer

Let your teacher store their tea in style with our stylish metal tea tin! Tea tins are great because they're not only affordable but also serve more purposes than just holding loose leaf tea. They are perfect for storage in general, so whether your teacher uses it to store tea, to pick names out of, or to store their school supplies like pens and pencils, they're a great way to add some style to their desk.

2. Travel Flask/Mug/Cup

If you're a teacher, you know that convenience is key, especially when you have a class to teach. Teachers rarely get to sit and enjoy a whole cup of coffee or tea in peace before it gets cold. Having a cup with an included stainless steel tea infuser or even just a travel mug with some paper tea bags makes it quick and easy to enjoy a cup of tea, especially when in the classroom. Make it even more convenient with an insulated tumblers/flask - one of the BEST teacher gifts! They can brew their tea in the morning, and it will stay hot for hours.

3. Electric Kettle

You can make teatime even more convenient by keeping an electric kettle in the classroom. The Stagg EKG kettle has a 60-minute hold time, so your teacher can enjoy their first cup during class and easily make another after class is over.

4. Back-To-School Tote

As a teacher, it's important to be organized even outside of the classroom. Teachers have a lot to worry about and carry between papers and other school supplies. It's a good idea to have a trusty tote bag for all those supplies, and the jute tote bag marks all the attributes of a great bag: handle, size, shape and durability.

5. Tea!

Put the tea in tea-cher by getting your teacher or professor an Herbal Tea Sampler! Your teacher will appreciate the assortment of calming, delicious caffeine-free teas to help get them through the start of the school year.