The cold is setting in and, if you’re anything like me, you’re not reaching for a hot toddy or stout beer or hot cocoa to warm you up. You’re reaching for tea. It’s the ultimate comfort drink year round, but comes especially in handy as the temperature dips. A cup of black tea helps to start the day, ginger or lemon tea soothes sore throats, a matcha latte functions as an afternoon pick-me-up, and a steaming mug of chamomile assists in unwinding after a long day. It’s the perfect drink—and because of this, makes for the perfect gift.

If you have a tea fanatic in your life, give the gift of daily tea with these advent calendars. Fill your mug up with holiday-themed flavors, international blends, and classic versions this winter.

Price: $60

Tea Forte’s superb pyramid shaped tea bags arrive in yet an even larger pyramid, which vaguely resembles a snow-dusted Christmas tree. The packaging is beautiful, but what’s more special are the teas inside. This set includes 24 different tea bags in cozy holiday flavors like cherry marzipan, a green tea infused with the nutty flavors of almond and rounded out by tart cherry; raspberry ganache, which is like having tea for dessert; and cinnamon-laced spiced ginger plum. You can also expect a couple of classics, like English breakfast tea and a wintery chai, as well.


This entry is a three-for-one. Every year, I look forward to David Tea’s new advent calendars because each one delivers something entirely different. There’s a matcha version that boasts holiday flavors like maple, gingerbread, and pumpkin pie—as well as standard favorites like strawberry and vanilla matcha. There’s an herbal tea version for the caffeine-sensitive that features holiday blends like apple cider and caramel shortbread. And then there’s the regular tea advent calendar that holds black, green, and herbal teas in joyous flavors like fireside mocha and roasted chestnut. Buy one or all three—especially right now, as they’re having an early Black Friday sale.