17 Eye-Catching Ceramic Gifts You’ll Be Tempted to Keep

ceramic dinner plate in two colors
credit: Helen Levi

Check out the full Hunker Holiday Gift Guide for more ideas and inspo. Whether you're shopping for midcentury modern lovers, ceramic fiends, self-proclaimed foodies, or budding astrologers, we can help.

If you can name a friend who constantly DMs you Instagram posts with cute ceramic pieces, we've got an idea or two about what to get them for the holidays. From big-name retailers to independent artisans, you can find plenty of unique pieces that say "you're basically the coolest, so here's a gift that's equally as uncommon."

Here are some of our favorite ceramic gift ideas for the friend who loves adding unique pieces to their mantel or settling down with a cozy cup of coffee.

ceramic espresso cup
credit: East Fork

The ever-popular pros at East Fork obviously know the art of ceramics. This espresso cup serves a dual purpose as a functional item and an aesthetically pleasing, minimal addition to any kitchen.

ceramic in the shape of a figure lying down with a hand on their hips
credit: POT Studio

A charming figure by Anjelica Alubowicz, ideal for holding everything from a toothbrush to chopsticks. Also works great as a decor item on any surface.

blue ceramic vase
credit: CB2

Sometimes a little bud vase in a bright color can make all the difference. Sculptural yet simple, this gem is great for the bold maximalist.

black ceramic candle holder
credit: Etsy

We love a classy candlestick holder, and this black one fits into your decor no matter the time of year.

blue ceramic planter
credit: West Elm

Louisa Podlich's ceramic creation was inspired by Minnesota winters. Bookmark this planter for the green thumb in your life.

burgundy edge pot
credit: HORNE

This hand-thrown terra cotta pot was inspired by ancient Greek-Egyptian pieces. We love the deep, earthy color, too.

ceramic dinner plate in two colors
credit: Helen Levi

Helen Levi continues to impress us with her work, and this dinner plate is no exception. It's inspired by 5 p.m. in January, and we can totally see how.

soju cup with face
credit: Rami Kim

Rami Kim's whimsical designs always catch our eye. This sculptural soju cup would fit right into a happy hour at home.

two black stoneware vases with flowers
credit: Sara Paloma

This sophisticated matte look is for those friends who know how to decorate a seriously elegant tabletop.

pink ceramic bowl
credit: MINNA

Why store your fruit or trinkets in a standard bowl when you can use this millennial pink one instead?

ceramic sugar bowl
credit: Etsy

Kitchen essentials are so much better when they're done creatively, and we can't help but swoon over this charming sugar bowl.

ceramic cactus-shaped pot and two candlesticks
credit: H&M Home

A quirky find for the friend who appreciates some desert vibes in their space.

Jonathan Adler's signature face designs always catch our attention, and this candle is no different. Bonus points for the black wax filling.

ceramic tabletop vase
credit: Need Supply

You're probably thinking "enough with the vases," but how about one that is inspired by "volume and void?" We thought so.

colorful coasters
credit: Wolf & Badger

A great holiday and housewarming gift in one, these abstract coasters are a perfect dinner party essential.

A tray that can sit easily at home on a desk or dining table — with a little humor added, too.

This bright yellow jug is basically a splash of sunshine, and a great addition to any bar cart.

Eva Recinos

Eva Recinos

Eva Recinos is an associate editor at Hunker. You can reach her at eva@hunker.com.