Your address will show here +12 34 56 78
Gifts, News

Easter 2021 is just around the corner and it provides the perfect opportunity to look back upon the origins of Easter and some Easter holiday traditions that have developed throughout time.

The Christian holiday, celebrated since the 2nd century, is an event to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A holiday celebrated for nearly 2000 years has naturally developed a variety traditions that have organically changed over time.

 

Food & Drink

As with most festivities, food and drink plays an integral part of the Easter Holidays. At the forefront of these Easter holiday traditions is the Easter Egg. From coloured eggs to chocolate ones they have become an intrinsic part of Easter. The first chocolate eggs are reported to have originated in France and Germany in the 19th Century*. The chocolate doesn’t stop at just eggs though, with chocolate bunnies also being prominent.

 

However, these tasty chocolate treats are not for everyone. When you want all the delicious flavours of chocolate but without the sugar or calories it can be hard to find an alternative. This is where we come in, with our limited edition Chocolate Bunny tea. All the Easter Egg flavours you could want in a tea, and presented in a delightful Easter themed caddy.


Chocolate easter Bunny Tea Caddy

 

Simnel cake and Hot Cross Buns have also been staples of Easter. These fruity delights pair perfectly with our new limited edition Easter Tea. A smooth and sweet tea that does in fact go perfectly with all of your Easter favourites, including Roast Lamb… trust us!

 

Decorations

Easter Eggs aren’t limited to the chocolate variety. Collecting, dyeing and decorating eggs has been a long standing tradition. Whilst it has evolved, this decorating of eggs is something that has been around for centuries. According to Martha Zimmerman in her book, Celebrating the Christian Year, this is a tradition that can be dated back to many ancient cultures including Greeks and Egyptians. They saw eggs as symbols of fertility and new life that were used in religious rituals. This symbolism seems aptly appropriate alongside the story of resurrection and perhaps goes some way to explaining why Easter Eggs exist.

 

End of Lent

Our Easter indulgence is largely due to it signalling the end of lent. Originally a 40 day fast, lent is now more commonly observed by giving up some of your favourite indulgences such as chocolate, sweets or puds. Then by time Easter arrives people are excited to indulge. However, Lent is not easy and we are more than aware of this. So we have a few ways in which you can solve your sweet tooth fix without breaking any rules. Our Puds Without Sin and Chocolate Tasting Menus provide the perfect opportunity to get the flavours of all your favourites without any of the guilt. The Chocolate Tasting Menu also doubles as the perfect gift this Easter.




*https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/17597617#:~:text=A%20lot%20of%20us%20may,given%20to%20children%20as%20gifts.

0

Gifts, News

Our Mother’s Day gift ideas at a glance:

 

Mother’s Day 2021 is just around the corner, March 14th for those of you that need a gentle reminder… but when it comes to gift ideas there’s need to stress because we’ve got you covered with this Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

 

We all know mum’s are pretty great and we also know that we haven’t been able to see them as much as we’d like over the last year. So why not utilise the opportunity to spend some time together and host a Mother’s Day Virtual Tea Party . With everything you need to replicate a nice afternoon tea including some very special blends and a mystery tea, this is the ultimate Mother’s Day gift idea. 

Included in this Virtual Tea Party pack is our Limited Edition Mother’s Day Blend. A sweet and floral blend, To Mother With Love is the perfect alternative to flowers for any tea lover.

 


As always, we have a fantastic range of personalisable gifts. A specially designed Mother’s Day Tea Caddy, simply choose the favourite tea of your mum, nan, wife or whoever else you are celebrating this year and get their name put on this beautiful love heart caddy. Or increase your chances of sneaking yourself some tea with a Personalised Mother’s Day Tasting Menu. Choose 6 blends from our wide range, some classic earl greys or mint teas, or maybe one of our more exotic fruit and herbal blends. We’re sure she’ll love them all (but those that she doesn’t you can keep to yourself). Or go the extra mile with the Pyramid Tasting Menu, 16 delicious blends beautifully presented in individual pyramids each with a different teabag inside. You’re bound to find a new favourite.


Mother's Day Tea Caddy GiftMother's Day Tea Bags Inside Tasting Menu













Our Pick & Mix: Four Pack and Pick & Mix: Six Pack are more perfect personalisable gifts for that special woman in your life. Choose 4 or 6 blends and receive 8 teabags of each or the loose-leaf equivalent, making this a truly long lasting gift. Once again, personalisable with the recipient’s name, all presented in a lovely and reusable selection box.

 

 
Four Section Tea Caddy
 

Six Section Tea Caddy 

Our Tea Club Membership is the gift that keeps on giving. Gift someone a monthly subscription of tea. They’ll receive a monthly supply of tea straight through their letterbox along with exclusive discounts and monthly offers. With 6 month or 12 month memberships available become the favourite, son, daughter or grandchild every month.

 

Browse our full Mother’s Day range.

 

 

0

News

The history of Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday. It has traditionally been a day when families unite to show love, thanks and appreciation to Mums, Nans and Wives everywhere. However, it has morphed into something much more. Not everyone has a mum and of those that do, not everyone is lucky enough to have them still with us. Mother’s Day has become a celebration of the significant women in everyone’s life, whoever that may be, whether they are your mother or not. It provides the opportunity for those who have unfortunately lost influential women to celebrate their memory. It is a day for you and your loved ones.

 

Origins of Mother’s Day

As with many traditions and festivities, Mother’s Day has some religious history and can also be traced back to Ancient Greeks and Romans. Both would have celebrations of Mother Goddesses in Spring.


In the UK, Mother’s Day has traditionally been held on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, it was a originally a day to honour and give thanks to the Virgin Mary, also known as Mother Mary. This has been the case since the 16th / 17th Century, interestingly around the same time that tea started to become prominent in the UK.


Traditionally everyone would return home and attend their ‘mother’ church along with their family. These gatherings reunited families who may not have many opportunities to spend time together throughout the year. This included domestic servants receiving the day off so that they could likewise return to their ‘mother’ church*. In the USA, Mother’s Day developed as a way to celebrate all mothers, even after their passing.

 

Mother’s Day Gifting

Like other seasonal celebrations, Mother’s Day has developed into a gift giving occasion. With Mother’s Day gift sets rising in prominence. Traditionally Mother’s Day gifts were a combination of flowers and cake. Why not replicate this with a selection of floral and cake based teas in our Mother’s Day Tasting Menu. Give a gift To Mother With Love this year.

Mother's Day Tea Tasting Menu

We think the best way to do this is to say it with tea & flowers.

 

Mother’s Day Food & Drink

Food seems to take centre stage on most festive occasions and Mother’s Day is no different. Mother’s Day was traditionally a break in the lent fast. This allowed people to indulge for one day during the long slog of lent.


From here, the concept of Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea developed. Any good afternoon tea is accompanied by the most exquisite of teas which is where we come in. With Mother’s Day 2021 being a bit different, we have put together a Mother’s Day Virtual Tea Party for you and your loved ones to enjoy. With everything you need to keep up that tradition virtually, be sure to take a look.

 

*https://www.fromyoutome.com/blog/the-story-behind-mothering-sunday-and-mothers-day/

0

Charity, News

2020 was a challenging year for everyone. From individuals to small businesses, such as ourselves, and even some very large, multinational corporations. However, one sector that has been significantly hit, and perhaps overlooked, is charities.

Many charities have seen a great impact on their ability to fundraise with almost all events being cancelled. From large scale events such as the London Marathon, which raised £66.4 million for numerous charities in 2019, to smaller local events organised in support of individual charities, fundraising has been a struggle.

And it’s not just about raising money. Thousands of people really do enjoy all kinds of fundraising events throughout the year. 

We all want to help where we can and at Twist we have tried to do just that, recently aligning ourselves with an amazing charity called Peterson’s Fund For Children.

Whilst we acknowledge that we are a small, family run business, and do not have the financial might of a multinational corporation, we are still committed to doing our bit. We have been involved in various charitable campaigns in the past, from our Brew For A Hero (which is back by the way!!!) to our Remembrance Caddies. However, this year we have committed to doing even more.

Many large businesses are able to donate millions to deserving causes, which we applaud them for, so we wanted to make a similarly significant impact relative to our size. So we are pleased to announce that 10% of all gross profits from Twist will be donated directly to Peterson’s Fund For Children.

 

Introducing Peterson’s Fund For Children

Based in Surrey, Peterson’s Fund For Children is dedicated to improving and enhancing the lives of children with severe mental and physical disabilities.

For the last 10 years, and thanks to extensive fundraising efforts, they have been able to provide funding for a variety of therapies, specialised equipment and much needed respite care not available on the NHS. Their aim is to help as many young people in need as possible by improving the children’s quality of life enabling them to maximise their potential.

You can learn more about the work Peterson’s Fund For Children does, as well as reading some of the individual stories of the children, by visiting their website.

 

The Impact of COVID-19

As with many charities, the lack of fundraising events throughout the last year has had a notable impact. However, unlike some other charities, there is a further impact for Peterson’s Fund for Children, through the loss of business in Suite 109. Suite 109 is the Fund’s charity shop. This unique charity shop specialises in new and pre-loved fancy dress and accessories plus dance costumes, theatre and vintage wear for all ages, sizes, genders and needs. The enforced closure of the shop for the majority of 2020 has resulted in a significant reduction in revenue, greatly impacting the charity.

This has led to reliance on grants and support from donations for funding their vital work. The application process for grants is time-consuming and each will have a large number of deserving charities applying, meaning there is no guarantee of success. This has led to a reduction in avenues for funding.

As well as the affects on funding, COVID-19 has meant that the charity has been required to adapt the services it provides for the children. Where previously there has been a focus on face-to-face therapy and hands-on help for the children, from bespoke yoga or physiotherapy sessions to horse-riding lessons, social distancing measures have made this impractical. Therefore, the charity needed to rethink and change tack.. The current focus is on the health and nutrition of the children, with funds going towards supporting these efforts.


Ways in which you can support

There are ways in which you can support Peterson’s Fund For Children. As well as one-off donations, there are other ways you can provide regular support for the fund. You can ‘Become A Friend’ of the charity; this sets up a monthly donation and there are varying levels of donation you can sign up to, with indications of what each donation provides. Visit their website to learn more about what you can add if you Become A Friend’.

You, your company or a company you know can also become corporate sponsors for Peterson’s Fund For Children. Through mutually-beneficial association, you can forge a significant relationship with an exciting charity which is brimming with potential. 

0

Gifts, News

Christmas is fast approaching. In a year when many of us haven’t been able to share special moments with loved ones, you may be thinking of adding a little personal touch with a Twistmas gift. We’ve got you covered with 5 simple, yet effective, personalised gifts for your family and friends.

 

Pick & Mix: Tasting Menu

This is the perfect inexpensive but thoughtful gift. A personalised tasting menu with a selection of 6 different blends, chosen specifically by you. This is the ideal gift for that person you just don’t know what to get, but want to be certain it’ll make them smile.

Caddy of 50 Teabags

Twistmas is a time for sharing… but we all know someone who finds it hard to share the love when it comes to their favourite tea. We have the solution with this personalised caddy . Make sure there is no confusion over who this tea belongs to by putting the recipient’s name right there on the front of the caddy. The best thing about this gift is that they can use it all year, easily buying refills. Choose their favourite blend, add their name and we’ll take care of the rest – you can even get the loose leaf equivalent instead. All you have to do is make sure they’re not looking when you steal one! (We won’t tell if you don’t.)

Personalised Tea Gifts

Oh Christmas Tea Pyramid Tasting Menu
 
No one will be left unsatisfied with this Pyramid Tasting Menu Caddy. Bring Christmas cheer to all by sharing this caddy full of sixteen of our favourite blends, each beautifully presented in an individual pyramid box.

Oh Christmas Tea Pyramid Tasting Menu
Pick & Mix: The Six Pack

Personally curate a selection of six delicious teas, perfectly suited to the tastes of that special someone in your life. With over 50 different Great Taste Awards-winning, hand blended teas to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect combination. Just to add to the thoughtfulness, make sure they think of you with every brew by adding your own personal message to the caddy.

 
Oh Christmas Tea Stocking Filler


This thoughtful stocking filler contains 3 attractive pyramid boxes  of our Christmas blends. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice, everyone deserves this adorable gift. Perfect to fill up a stocking or as a little Christmas favour waiting for your guests at the dinner table, this makes a lovely well thought-out gift.
Oh Christmas Tea Stocking Filler

Turn your Christmas into a Twistmas this year. Hop over to the shop and place your orders in by December 21st to ensure delivery in time for Christmas.

0