Nearly everyone starts their day with some kind of warm beverage, whether it’s a steaming cup of joe to crowbar your eyes open or a gentle tea to ease you into your day. The point is, everyone can use a good, dependable mug. And if that mug can make them smile or remind them of something they enjoy, all the better.
We found a wide variety of mugs that range from tasteful and elegant to goofy and fun—we guarantee there’s a mug here for someone you know.
Spoon not included. Amazon
This is the perfect middle ground for someone who wants something that looks delicate and handmade, but can’t be bothered to actually, you know, hand wash anything. Although the Kimdio has the look of an artisan coffee mug, it’s actually made of high quality ceramic that is dishwasher and microwave-save, and non-toxic. It holds an ideal 10 oz of hot or cold liquid, and its glazed blue gloss is elegant and unisex.
Cup that is a mouthful. Amazon
There are novelty mugs that serve only one purpose—amusement—and then there are those that go a step further and throw in a side of wry practicality. Your initial instinct is to laugh at this 4.6 in x 3 in x 3.7 in ceramic mug, but we guarantee your second thought is, “That’s not a bad idea.” Stuff the open mouth with the cookie or biscuit of your choice (the blank, white face offers no judgment) and kickstart that afternoon in style.
Raise one for Valhalla. Amazon
Maybe there’s someone on your list who either loves to make a statement with their drinkware, runs a weekly D&D game, or just loves to pay tribute to their Scandinavian heritage by drinking hot liquids out of the skulls of the vanquished. No matter where you fall, you have to admit this is a beautifully sculpted mug, with a cold cast resin tankard with stainless steel insert. And it holds a hefty 12.25 oz of your beverage of choice.
Better by the half dozen. Amazon
There might be someone on your list who either loves the simplicity of a good solid coffee mug, or is looking to stock up—either way, this elegant set has them covered. The chic, matte black finish has an air of sophistication, and each of the six mugs in the set have a splash of color on the inside. Made of strong porcelain and dishwasher/microwave safe, this is a great gift for a new homeowner or recent married couple, too.
Construct the perfect morning. Amazon
LEGO sets are one of those things you just never, ever grow out of. And what better way to delight the LEGOMaster in your life than with a coffee mug that let’s them start their day in the company of their favorite multi-colored bricks? It’s made of BPA-free plastic, so it’s not advisable to put in the dishwasher (and absolutely can not be used in the microwave) , but the extra fun is worth the extra work. It can hold a significant 16 oz of liquid, and even comes with some starter bricks.
Java is…inevitable. Amazon
Made of strong ceramic and glazed with a metallic gold sheen, this is a mug that commands attention even before you notice the embedded Infinity Stones. A must-have for the Marvel fan on your list, this mug holds a Thanos-appropriate 20 oz of liquid. It’s not dishwasher or microwave safe, but rinsing it out is…a snap.