Yeah, one of the dumbest things you can do as a regular tea drinker is to let friends and family find out. You will receive a lot of shitty flavored teas around the holidays if you don't nip it in the bud. (Unintentional tea pun. BOOYAH.)
Speaking of nipping it in the bud, I planted a tea bush two springs ago. I've been giving it a chance to settle in and grow out a bit, but I might try harvesting some this spring/summer. I'll probably try making green and black tea. My region (Virginia) isn't the ideal tea-growing climate, but the bush seems to be surviving, so maybe it'll work. I'm not expecting it to be stellar; I'm just shooting for decent.