Not all gift shops are created equal. Some are significantly better than others, and I was happy to find that the Atlanta Botanical Garden's was wonderful! They had a great variety of offerings in all price points, ranging from inexpensive logo mugs to much more elegant South African teacups shaped like flower blossoms and silver and gold tea infusers and scoops. I got something quite practical: A new style of infuser mug I'd been tempted to try, only this time I didn't have to pay shipping.
The notable feature of this particular tea infuser mug is the fine mesh filter you see here. You simply add your loose leaf tea to the bottle, add water, screw on the mesh lid, and drink.
Of course ... that does present a tiny problem, doesn't it? The filtering works beautifully (not one speck of tea debris touches your lips!), but then you are left with tea leaves that steep and steep and steep. So I drank a peach oolong I hoped I could drink fast and then re-steep (I didn't drink it fast, alas, but it was a nice try). Next I think I'll use a green tea with water at a lower temperature, because it would be super convenient to just pour water through the mesh and enjoy those tea leaves four or five times. Clearly, I'm going to have to refine my tea selections and steeping times for use with this mug, but I think it's worth it.
My other ABG treat was this Green Tea Goods lip balm, a tingly peppermint one in a unique oval shaped tube.
Happily, the label lists green tea extract as an ingredient so I don't have to wonder!