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Kettles, infusers, mugs and more for teatime

If we were across the pond, this would be a more solemn affair, complete with fancy china and tiers of delicate pastries.

Though we have no qualms with going traditional (and are pretty sure the only people still having such tea services are limited to those in the Buckingham circles), we skew a little more modern in regard to our tea gear.

And by a little, we mean infusers shaped like deep-sea divers, to-go tumblers (the horror!), Neoprene-covered teapots and sugar bowls that would make the Jetsons proud.

  • Kinto Couture Double Wall Knit Cup

    Match your tea break to your Fair Isle sweater.

    allmodern.com, $20

    Photo: Courtesy of AllModern

  • Kikkerland Jacques the Diver Tea Infuser

    Who said teatime had to be serious? Lighten things up with a deep-sea diver-turned-infuser.

    amazon.com, $15

    Photo: Courtesy of Kikkerland

  • Karmi Tea Canister

    Keep leaves fresh in this traditional Japanese container with a lid that doubles as a measuring cup. Before you roll your eyes at the price, know this: Each one is handmade on a wood-turning lathe, lacquered five to 10 times and takes about a year to complete.

    rikumo.com, $192

    Photo: Courtesy of Rikumo

  • Normann Copenhagen Tea Strainer

    It may look simple, but this silicone-and-metal contraption is a mini design marvel. The silicone top holds in heat, has a handle so you don't burn your fingers when removing and flips up to act as a saucer for the metal infuser. Even better, it can be used for single cups or entire pots.

    normann-copenhagen.com, $26.50

    Photo: Courtesy of Normann Copenhagen

  • I-Wares I-Teapot and I-Tea Set

    Go pinkies up for a traditional china set made cheeky by a bright pop of color. And don't forget the cucumber sandwiches.

    teapot, yliving.com, $57.50; tea set, yliving.com, $44 each

    Photos: Courtesy of Y Living

  • Tom Dixon Form Sugar Bowl & Spoon

    Had the Jetsons lived in London and partook in tea service, you can bet this snazzy gold-washed set would be on the tray.

    hivemodern.com, $100

    Photo: Courtesy of Hive Modern

  • Eva Solo Tea Maker with Neoprene Cover

    Bring your tea game into the 21st century with a carafe-style vessel with a removable steeper (no one likes a bitter brew); a tip-up lid for drip-free pouring; and a snazzy scuba-style, zip-up Neoprene cover to keep the tea toasty.

    kitchen-universe.com, $90

    Photo: Courtesy of Eva Solo

  • Metal Tea Bag Tea Infuser

    Your palate may have moved past tea dust-filled bags, but there's something nostalgically sweet about the little guys. Harken back with a metal version of the classic shape that you can fill with your own blend.

    momastore.com, $30

    Photo: Courtesy of MoMA Store

  • Clear Double Wall Glass Tea Tumbler

    Rushing around is no excuse for subpar tea. Bring your blend on the road with a mug that not only has a built-in infuser but also double insulation to keep it hot.

    stashtea.com, $16

    Photo: Courtesy of Stash Tea

  • Palais des Thés Small Paper Filters with Stick

    Take a 10-minute T.O. wherever you may find yourself and brew a cup with lightweight, biodegradable filters.

    palaisdesthes.com, $6 for 100

    Photo: Courtesy of Palais des Thés

  • Tea Time for Two

    Tea parties aren't just for 8-year-old girls. Have a quaint party for two with delicate, royal blue cups.

    food52.com, $39

    Photo: James Ransom/Courtesy of Food52

  • More & Co. Essential Glass Cannisters

    Those dried blooms and fruit deserve to be seen. Show them off while keeping them fresh in understated jars that seal with a rubber rim.

    alittlemorelikethis.com, $25-$28

    Photo: Courtesy of More & Co.

  • Piao I Multiple Infusions Teapot

    If you're going to splurge on top-quality leaves, make sure you get every last sip out of 'em with a teapot designed for brewing several times.

    mightyleaf.com, $30

    Photo: Courtesy of Mighty Leaf Tea

  • CB2 Tea Stick

    Play chemist with your leaves by steeping them in this tube.

    cb2.com, $12

    Photo: Courtesy of CB2

  • Japanese Enamel Kettle

    Nothing wrong with an old-school kettle, especially when it's a crisply white, minimalist version with beechwood accents.

    poketo.com, $155

    Photo: Courtesy of Poketo

  • Ferm Living Triangle Tea Cozy

    Keep your kettle toasty with a modern, graphic-printed warmer.

    burkedecor.com, $35

    Photo: Courtesy of Burke Decor

  • Leaf Tea Nest Strainer

    Rest this handsome wooden strainer atop your cup for a traditional method of brewing a single serving.

    teachaite.com, $15

    Photo: Courtesy of Tea Chai Té

  • Era Glass Mugs with Porcelain Handles

    Porcelain mugs? Glass ones? Meet in the middle and go for both.

    burkedecor.com, $44 for six

    Photo: Courtesy of Burke Decor

  • Garde Shop Creamer and Sugar Set

    You may prefer your cuppa straight up, but it's good manners to set out some milk and sugar for company. (Gram would be proud.)

    gardeshop.com, $360 for the set

    Photo: Courtesy of Garde Shop

  • Perfectea Rock Sugar

    Avoid a cloyingly sweet brew with this subtle sweetener. Plus, it's a lot more interesting to put out than standard white crystals.

    teavana.com, $8.50

    Photo: Courtesy of Teavana

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