Using a microwave to make tea, as many Americans insist on doing, is unsatisfactory for a number of reasons.
In particular, you have no control over temperature, and even if you use good tea, pouring lukewarm water over it will always result in an insipid, flavorless brew.
Even if you actually heat it to boiling, you may not see bubbles until you put the teabag in, at which point Mount Vesuvius erupts all over your kitchen counter. Not ideal. Neither is accidentally using the wrong kind of container, which may become too hot to handle, shatter or even catch fire.
Using a proper kettle avoids all of this. This particular one can handle up to 8 cups of water at once, whistles when it’s reached the right temperature, and is made to the quality standards you’d expect from KitchenAid. Its body is coated in ceramic, too, keeping the contents warm for longer and reducing the chance of burns.
What makes this such a good gift is the wide range of color options on offer. No matter whether you’re hoping to fit it into a modern, minimalist kitchen or one that’s already a riot of color, at least one of these striking styles is sure to satisfy you.