15 Giftable Mugs for Every Personality Type

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Is a mug one of those "easy" gifts that can be seen as a cop-out? Sure. But when done right, a mug is a perfect present — something the person proudly uses every day, that makes them think of you with each sip. So you can't gift just any mug; it's got to be a highly specific choice. We did our best to cover a number of different personalities below. Hope you find something they'll like!

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1. For Your Culinary Friend:

If they're a genius in the kitchen, chances are they have their fair share of Le Creuset cookware — so why not a mug to match?


Shop: Le Creuset Mug, $14.40

2. For Your Pal Who Always Has the Cutest Sh*t:

You know this person: All of their accessories are just a little bit extra. So a llama mug with little "feet" is sure to delight them


Shop: Urban Outfitters Llama Ceramic Mug, $14

3. For Your Type-A Friend:

For the person who's always on the go but likes to be busy in style: a handmade ceramic coffee cup with a very on-trend marble swirl and silicon lid.



Shop: Jessica Rust Handmade To-Go Cup, $32

4. For the Politically Correct Intellectual:

A mug with a daily reminder of all their heroes including MLK, Gloria Steinem, Harvey Milk, and more.


Shop: Fishs Eddy American Activists Mug, $14.95

5. For the Purist/Minimalist:

They've got a self-imposed uniform, and they despise clutter? Try one of these oh-so-touchable mugs from Portland collective Pigeon Toe — they're not fancier than they have to be.


Shop: Pigeon Toe Matte Ceramic Mug, $42

6. For Your "Kooky" Buddy:

These distinctive mugs are all handmade, so each one is unique. Much like your friend!



Shop: O-M Ceramic Geometric Speckles Mug, $56

7. For Your Friend Who Is Too Extra:

Okay, so chances are you're not really feeling like dropping $300 on a single mug for your fancy friend ... but perhaps this could serve as inspiration for the knock-off you'll hope they deem acceptable.


Shop: Gucci Panther Mug, $290

8. For Your Feminist Ally:

If they've already got at least one feminist T-shirt, chances are they could use a desk mug that proudly displays their stance.


Shop: Feminist Mug, $15

9. For the "Cool" Newlyweds:

If you've already gotten them a wedding gift but find yourself in a position where you also have to get them something for the holidays, try purchasing two of Atlanta-based ceramicist Christina Kosinski's mugs. Each has a unique glaze, and yet, they just go together. Awww.


Shop: Christina Kosinski "Mayhem" Mug, $43

10. For the "Artiste":

Here's a mug for your arty friend who eschews labels ... and yet wants everyone to acknowledge their superiority.

Shop: Poketo Art Every Day Mug, $14

11. For the Cat/Dog People:

Guaranteed animal-lovers' crowd-pleaser. Plus, it was designed by ELLEN! Double win.

Shop: ED Ellen DeGeneres Crafted by Royal Doulton Dinnerware Cat or Dog Mug, $9.99

12. For Your Work Spouse:

For your work wife/husband/spouse: a mug that encourages them to keep going until 5 p.m.


Shop: Ban.do "Yes You Can!" Mug, $10.99

13. For Your Best Friend:

If you're going to buy a mug for your VERY best friend, it either needs to be the world's best inside joke ... or something that's actually really gorgeous, like this handpainted Risa Nishimori mug.

Shop: Risa Nishimori Porcelain Mug, $60

14. For Your Mate With Very Large Hands:

Workaday's hand-thrown mugs feature extra-large handles, perfect for your giant-like friends.

Shop: Workaday Handmade Short Blue Mug, $44

15. For the Coworker Always Complaining That Someone Took "Their" Mug:

Not only can you put your coworker's name directly on this mug, but you can also choose from a "menu" to customize a character that looks like them — so there will never, ever be any more confusion.

Shop: Personalized Family Mug, $30

Looking for more gifts? Try:

18 Unique Gifts for the Woman Who Has Everything

Hygge Up Your Space With These 23 Winter Gift Ideas

15 Gifts for the Artsy Person in Your Life



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