You'd think I would have done this before, but only this year have I started assembling tea-themed gift baskets. I'd seen other authors give away gift packages to promote their books, so when I published my "Teatime Tales" earlier this year, I decided that donating some tea baskets with a signed copy of my book to local charities I'm involved with might be a good idea. This is my third and latest gift basket this year (all destined for silent auctions), and it's one of my favorites yet. In addition to my book, this Tommy Bahama basket contains a tea towel, peach and other teas, a green tea candle, a white teapot, and two teacups.
This gift basket is for a fundraiser for our local community foundation, whose logo features a peach, so I thought this "Thanks, You're a Peach" tea would be a perfect item for some supporter to win. (At least I hope they do, as this event hasn't been held yet!)
The basket also includes two 222 Fifth teacups. These are more contemporary teawares than my style, but this is aimed at a younger, hipper crowd, so I hope I guessed correctly about their tastes.
Earlier this year, I donated this gift basket to another local nonprofit, and again it included a signed book, tea towels, a teapot, and two teacups.
Now these were two teacups I absolutely adored, and if I'd seen one more, I would have gotten it for myself, but alas, that T.J. Maxx had only the two! But isn't this design lovely? I especially liked the scalloped shape of the teacups.
Whether or not donating such items ever works as a "marketing tool" for book sales, I must say I have enjoyed finding and packaging these baskets while supporting local nonprofits. (And I failed to get a picture of the last basket, but it was different too. I don't think any two will ever be just alike.) So I've learned that a plain teapot, two teacups, and some teas is a great basis for a tea-themed gift basket. I'm thinking an "adult coloring" basket with a tea theme might be fun later on. Do you have any ideas for tea-themed gift baskets?