Given that today is the third Monday in January (AKA the most depressing day of the year) I thought it would only be appropriate to resurrect "Hiber-Nation," a weekly series of posts featuring home accessories and other odds and ends that help make housebound-in-the-winter life a bit more enjoyable or, at the very least, more tolerable. And certainly less depressing.


Last winter's "Hiber-Nation" series was chock-full of hunkered-down-at-home must-haves including mugs, slippers, books, coat racks and hooks, and throw blankets so in that same spirit of cozy cabin fever-dom, I'll be featuring more like-minded goodies over the coming weeks. Today, to kick things off, here's a handful of home tea-making accoutrement to warm the spirits (and the hands), awaken the senses, and bust bad cases of the trapped-at-home wintertime blues (disclosure: I'm currently wearing pajama pants and guzzling a heaping mug of organic chamomile with no plans of stepping outside). Although there's plenty of tea-making gear out there to tempt seasoned sippers, the emphasis here in on handmade, low-waste, and reusable products. I'm also including one novelty tea item — take a guess which one  that's just too fun to pass up (and is also very appropriate for MLK Jr. Day). 


Are there any tea-making accessories that you simply can't do without when wintertime rolls around?


Drop Tea Infuser by Luis Caicedo @ Supermarket ($45)



















Woodland Owl Teapot and Cup Set @ Poketo ($50)















Tea Diver by AbelPartners Design Studio @ A+R Store ($12 - 15% off with code TEA42)














Bellocq Organic Breakfast Tea @ Terrain ($36)















Blomus Utilo Tea Stick @ AllModern ($20.15)















Give Tea a Chance Set of 5 Teabags @ Donkey Products (€7.95)















Mr. Tea Mug @ SquackDoodle's Etsy Shop ($10)













Small Teapot @ Heath Ceramics ($75)
















Bodum Bistro Electric Water Kettle @ Bodum ($39.95) 















Steven Smith Teamaker Peppermint Leaves Herbal Tea @ Blackbird ($14.99)













Porcelain Gaiwan @ Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea ($14)











Tea Trivet and Coasters @ UncommonGoods ($20 - $30)










Health Ceramics photo courtesy Didriks.

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Hiber-Nation '12: Tea time
It's time to kick your soothing hot beverage-making operations into high gear with the help of senses-awakening, wintertime blues-busting tea paraphernalia.