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There are few things I love more than giving gifts. I spend weeks, if not months, scouring my favorite stores and sites for the perfect thing to give someone. Sometimes, the perfect gift isn’t something you can buy – but it’s something you can make.
That was the case for my gift for my friend Taylor this year. Taylor is one of my closest friends – we’re so close that she came to visit me in Oxford last spring. Taylor and I both love tea, so over the course of our friendship we’ve spent many evenings spent sitting on our beds, drinking from steaming mugs while we talk about our dreams, goals, and just-slightly-overwhelming assignments. Tea, for us, is something special – what sets apart a moment for rest, friendship, and laughter in the middle of a hectic semester.
After doing a little brainstorming, I decided to decorate a tea chest for Taylor, so she could store her favorite teas in style (and not in a plastic container, which had been their previous home). To complete the gift, I wanted to stock the chest with some tea already, so it would start to get that lovely spicy, herbal smell. For this, I went to Walmart to pick up some Bigelow tea. I chose their Constant Comment, which is a lovely black tea with sweet spice and orange rind. I thought it would be perfect for cold winter evenings after Christmas.