Gift Guide 2016 – Afternoon Treats

I always get my best work done in the morning. If I’m in the midst of a good writing project, I can slam out a thousand words in the hour or two after I get the kids to school. If I’m in between projects, like I am now, I’ll use that prime time to get in a run or do an hour at a spin class. After noon, productivity takes a huge dive. Rather than squandering time on social media or my iphone, I might squeeze in some brain-less errands during those hours of vast waste. I also rely on my old buddy, caffeine, to revive me.

So, what are good gifts for people who need afternoon treats to trick themselves into doing more work?

I need a new set of mugs. I have strong feelings of dislike for mugs for words, so these are word-free mugs:  I like Fishs Eddy‘s 212 Skyline and Math patterns. Octopus mugs are cool. Crate and Barrel’s Ito mug is minimalist. Some options on Etsy are a T.S. Elliot mug, a Kracken mug, or an elephant mug.

I’m drinking Palais des Thés, Darjeeling with Kusmi Tea Filters right now. Steve got it for me in a shop in the city, but they have a nice website, too.

If there’s tea, there must be biscuits! I’m not terribly picky in this area. I’ll eat the kids’ lunchbox cookies, if there’s nothing better. If there’s some IKEA’s biscuits in the cabinet, I’ll grab them. Doing a quick google search, there’s some really cute gift options from Harrods and Fortnum & Mason (more here).

I have a basic minimalist tea pot from Crate & Barrel, but here are some other great options from Fortnum & Mason, Denby, and Certified International.

4 thoughts on “Gift Guide 2016 – Afternoon Treats

    1. Speaking of coffee, a yemeni spice mix named hawaij is heavenly mixed into coffee. Just a teaspoon. The recipe is 2 tbsp ground ginger, 2 tbsp ground cardamom, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp nutmeg. I grind the beans fresh for each french press and add a tsp with the ground coffee. Subtle but makes a yummy difference!


  1. Coffee, all the time coffee. If I don’t have today coffee, yesterday coffee will do. So my absolute thing on mugs is, does the glaze heat up in the microwave and burn me when I pick it up? if so, no pretty pattern will win me. If not – Hell, I’d prefer a MAGA mug which didn’t heat up to a pleasant-and-tasteful which did.


  2. I’m drinking more tea these days. Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend, Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger Aid tea, or Tetley British Blend. I’ve found a mix of teas, with a pretty mug, is a nice gift, especially to a coworker or someone you don’t know all that well.


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