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.
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!
1. For Your Culinary Friend:
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
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.
4. For the Politically Correct Intellectual:
A mug with a daily reminder of all their heroes including MLK, Gloria Steinem, Harvey Milk, and more.
5. For the Purist/Minimalist:
6. For Your "Kooky" Buddy:
These distinctive mugs are all handmade, so each one is unique. Much like your friend!
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.
10. For the "Artiste":
11. For the Cat/Dog People:
Guaranteed animal-lovers' crowd-pleaser. Plus, it was designed by ELLEN! Double win.
12. For Your Work Spouse:
For your work wife/husband/spouse: a mug that encourages them to keep going until 5 p.m.
13. For Your Best Friend:
14. For Your Mate With Very Large Hands:
Workaday's hand-thrown mugs feature extra-large handles, perfect for your giant-like friends.
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.
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Leonora Epstein is Hunker's Senior Director of Content. She has previously served as Executive Editor at HelloGiggles and as BuzzFeed's Deputy Editorial Director. She is the co-author of "X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story" (Abrams, 2014). Feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.