In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 10th to enter for this gift below.
I didn’t know to like hot tea when I was young, having grown up in the South and being offered black coffee by default and iced tea when the weather was so hot we slept above the sheets with the windows open. Hot tea wasn’t an option until later, when I was old enough to visit my grandmother in Munich, Germany, during the summer months. From age nine on, my breakfasts abroad consisted of Weißwurst, a mustard that’s often called “Weißwurstsenf,” fresh rolls, local jams, sometimes Pflaumenkuchen, and always tea for breakfast. The meal was so beautiful, the company so good, that the brewing of a pot of tea became – and still is today – a daily breakfast ritual.
My grandmother loved making childhood memories for me as much as she liked her little teapot from which they were served. In honor of her, I’m giving away a Gareis Waldsassen China Teapot from Bavaria, my grandmother’s hometown.
If you plan to invite a loved one to your home this holiday season, this gift is meant for the two of you. A teapot is a vessel for tea, of course, but also good conversation, a reason to wind down, and a warm reason to sit down in a home full of activity. As my grandmother would say, have “zum Kaffeetrinken,” meaning coffee and a substantial slice of cake, “but with tea,” and there your pot will sit. Here are some of her tips for making the perfect cup:
- Remember that oxygen helps the flavor develop.
- You should use cold water in the kettle.
- For black tea, don’t over-boil it.
Other Great Gifts
This little vintage teapot from Hintage is a one-of-a-kind keepsake that can’t go to all. Luckily, there are many beautiful items with which my grandma would love to set the breakfast table in the Krrb Holiday Gift Guide:
- Ensure that the meals are made according to your guests’ tastes with these vintage Salt & Pepper Shakers.
- In Mississippi and Germany alike, no table was complete without a vintage Sugar Bowl.
- Perfect for snacks like mints and nuts, these Mid-century Snack Trays are a rare find.