Fifteen years ago (in America, anyway), having a cup of tea meant dunking a Lipton or Earl Gray tea bag into a mug full of hot water. Nobody paid attention to what kind of tea leaves were being used. Nobody even knew what the concept of "loose tea" was, and if they saw it in practice at one of their more exotic, hippie friend's house, they would dismiss it off-hand. "I don't want sticks in my drink," they'd say.
Well nowadays, just like we all know more about food (whether it's organic, whether it's GMO-free, whether it's gluten-free), we know more about tea. People like your mother will call you up and declare that they've spent $200 at the David's Tea in the mall. There's an abudance of loose teas to try and a ton of tea gadgets to waste your money on.
So, for the newly-enlightened tea drinker in your life, this Bulbo Kettle ($135, Nordstrom) is the perfect gift.