Recently there was an event to celebrate the launch of the Toronto-based Sloane Tea Company. Sadly I was unable to attend (but with good reason, I think that Des was born the day before!) but fortunately a beautiful tin arrived at my home office. As a tea drinker this would always be a welcome delivery, but as a new mom I was particularly pleased. In fact, it may become my new go-to gift for new parents. Of course it's lovely to acknowledge the newborn (and any young siblings) with cute clothes & toys but it's a thoughtful gesture to gift new parents with something that may allow a few moments of pause to enjoy. Not to mention how pretty the canister is – reminiscent of Fortnum & Mason – perfect for flowers once the tea is finished. The only thing that would make this any better is to prepare a pot for the recipient along with a sweet treat. (No rattle can hold a torch to the instant gratification of dessert :)).