Dec 5, 2013

Buy Irish: Barry's/Santa's Tea

I hate to generalize but if you have an Irish person on your holiday gift list, you can't go wrong with a tea-related gift. Irish people like tea the way all other people like oxygen. It's a ritual, a hobby, a lifestyle, a necessity ... and a no-fail gift. When you live away from Ireland, it's the simple stuff that really brings you home – the cheese-and-onion Taytos, the Salad Cream, the black pudding, the Milky Moos, oh! and the milky teeth that I just can't seem to find anywhere else in the world besides Talty's shop in Lissycasey! It's also the tea.

I've featured personalized Barry's Tea here in the past but—strickenface—it looks like the company is not offering this option at the moment. Not to panic, second best to a personalized brew is a festive Santa's Tea box, designed especially for the Christmas season, and perfect for a grab bag, Secret (tea-drinking) Santa gift, and an intervention with a certain red-suited delivery guy who likes to drink and fly on his busiest day of the year. Bonus points: the personal touch might persuade Santa Baby to accidentally reroute Beyonce's gifts to my house ...

HURRY! Friday the 6th is the last US (and outside Europe) postage date if you want Santa to have a hot cuppa with his gingerbread cookies. Don't forget to put the kettle on!

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