It's insanely fresh tea. We're sipping on the Jasmine Jade right now, and the leaves have unfurled and look like sea creatures at the bottom of our thermos (that's a good thing.) Fancy tea is always a great gift, but Teabox also has a subscription service—that's the fun part and the key to this gift. Because as a new personalized box of tea or three arrives every month, mom will think of you and forget that whole thing about the beach house fiasco last summer. It's subliminal messaging, really. Other pros: •She'll get a "kick" out of filling out the questionnaire. •The questionnaire will mean the tea she gets is stuff she'll dig, and not some Christmas-tree flavored mystery tea that no one likes. No one. •The packaging tells you how to brew it, what to mix it with (if anything), how much caffeine is in it, what it's made from, even the palate. Lots of information for tea drinkers from novice to pro. •There are different levels of subscription so she won't be stuck with a gigantic pyramid of tea that she'll eventually pawn off on you the next time you're over. •Once she opens the teas, they'll last a whole year. Damn. •It's fun to get stuff in the mail. Especially surprises. Oh, your mom is a COFFEE, person? Stumptown, boom. Sign her up for a coffee subscription—roaster's pick is full of surprises. .
Sure, it's the thought that counts—and you've been relying on elaborate Kroger bouquets with sloppily handwritten cards for the past 10 years. Amazon gift cards delivered by email...are always an option, a cold option that will probably be used for something essential. And essential is no fun. So this year, we've got the perfect solution that still manages to be a lazy click away. Don't open the tab and "get to it later," get it over with now. THEN get the flowers and card because you can't show up empty-handed. Teabox. Teabox is an Indian company that vacuum-seals tea leaves and delivers them to the tea-swilling masses all over the globe.