If you're stumped about what to get someone for the holidays, consider a mug. Now, I know that, on the surface, mug gift ideas might seem lazy, but these adorable mugs can be great gifts for basically anyone in your life: your cousin who is obsessed with LEGOs, your coworker who can't stop talking about their most recent trip to the driving range, or your BFF who's constantly posting pictures of their food to Instagram. It might sound easy to just pick a mug off the internet, but the best mugs for coffee-lovers are those that are individualized in some way, specifically chosen to represent that one person's interests and personality. Picking out a mug for someone else is a way to subtly show how much you know about them, their sense of humor and style. Plus, a mug is practical, which always makes for a good gift.
If you still think a coffee mug is a disappointing gift to give, you're clearly not looking in the right places, so let me help you out. Here are 13 different coffee mugs, each of which will make your favorite coffee-lover smile—almost as much as they'd smile about about a fresh pot of brew.
Doughnuts and coffee are a classic breakfast combination, so why not combine the two with a doughnut-shaped mug?
BigMouth Original Donut Mug, $12.99, amazon.com
This mug is a perfect gift for the doting dog parent—or wannabe dog parent, for that matter. There's a choice of eight different breeds including dachshunds, pugs, French bulldogs, and black labs, so any dog-lover will be satisfied.
Dog Mug in French Bulldog, $12, surlatable.com
Build On Brick Mug
This mug is probably best suited for folks with a large collection of Legos to start with, since it doesn't actually come with any bricks. But it's a great gift for anyone who likes to tinker, and chances are good that the added distraction of the bricks will keep them as alert as the coffee itself.
Build On Brick Mug in Metallic, $14.99, thinkgeek.com
Cutie Baby Porcelain Mug
This adorable porcelain mug features a design by artist Tuesday Bassen, and it's a great gift for anyone in your girl gang.
Cutie Baby Porcelain Mug, $15, friend-mart.com
Soapstone and Copper Mug
This mug, made of natural stone and copper, is designed to stand out. But the unique materials serve a practical purpose, too, since the soapstone helps maintain the coffee's temperature longer than porcelain or ceramic.
Soapstone + Copper Coffee Mug, $40, rodales.com
Love Potion Mug
Coffee might not technically be an aphrodisiac, but being served up a hot cup of coffee, first thing in the morning, can make you swoon—especially when it's in a mug that's this cute.
Hot Stuff Ceramic Mug in Love Potion, $14, bando.com
Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Can Mug
You could actually eat tomato soup from this pop art mug, straight from the Museum of Modern Art's store, or you could just enjoy your coffee and confuse everyone a little bit.
Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Can Mug in Blue, $15, store.moma.org
"I Love Coffee" Mug
This mug is ideal for the person in your life who likes coffee more than people in general, even you.
Adam J. Kurtz I Like Coffee Mug, $14.95, fishseddy.com
My Cuppa Coffee Mug
If you've got a graphic designer friend (and don't we all these days) or someone who's just a sucker for anything with a Pantone number, consider this mug, which has color swatches on the inside rim to help your design-conscious coffee drinker know how much milk to put into their morning cup.
Suck UK My Cuppa Coffee Mug, $12.95, amazon.com
This mug is as much a game as it is a practical household object. It comes with a putter, which doubles as a ballpoint pen, and a tiny ball, so your golf-obsessed coworker can work on their sports skills while sitting at their desk.
Golf Mug, $12, kikkerland.com
Climate Change Mug
If you've got a hardcore environmentalist in your household—or at least just something who believes in science—then this climate change mug will certainly give them something to talk about over breakfast. It's heat-sensitive, so when you pour in coffee, the map changes to show you what will happen when the polar ice caps melt (which, you know, is actually happening).
Climate Change Mug, $13.95, philosophersguild.com
There's no need to settle for printed designs on a regular, old round mug when you can have a mug that is actually shaped like an adorable animal, like this ceramic mug fox-shaped mug, with its ears sticking up and its tail as a handle.
Fox Ceramic Mug, $9.90, forever21.com
Eat Cake For Breakfast Mug
This mug from Kate Spade is a welcome reminder to always live your most fabulous life, especially if that means eating cake for breakfast (though cake is not included with this gift).
Things We Love Eat Cake For Breakfast Mug, $20, katespade.com