There is no one on the planet who couldn't use another mug. They may not think so, but the second they see the one you've so thoughtfully selected, they'll know it to be true—and think warmly of you with every morning cup. Here are 10 uniquely expressive mugs for lovers, bookworms, geeks, go-getters, and more.
For your fed-up friend
This is a direct order from Queen Bey, herself. Your friend can fill it with lemonade or spill all the tea—they won't be sorry.
For your socially-conscious friend
The revolution starts at home, and it requires plenty of caffeine. Your pal can spend breakfast fueling up with inspiration from with Rosa Parks, Silvia Rivera, Bayard Rustin, Malcom X, Maya Angelou, Susan B. Anthony, Fred Korematsu, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, Harvey Milk, John Lewis, and Shirley Chisholm, then get out there and change the world.
For your works-from-home friend
In the modern day employment system, a work-from-home gig is considered especially awesome.
In this economic reality, the dedicated freelancers who toil from their couches are members of an elite squad known as the people who have seen every single episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.
For your perky friend
The unicorn latte and toast trend may have dimmed a little, but your most optimistic pal can still get their morning blast of cuteness and cheer via this colorful, sculptural, and mythically gassy cup.
For your couple-y friends
No one said love was easy, but it sure doesn't have to be dull. Pay homage to the famously turbulent marriage (and remarriage) of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and raise a cup to couplehood—however that happens to work out.
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For your geek friend
Don't roll the dice on a meh mug for your RPG-loving friend. Not only is this mug 20-sided delightful—it's got a lid to keep things tidy and toasty during a long campaign.
For your bookworm friend
They'd probably get shushed and ushered out if they actually tried to sip coffee in the stacks, so curling up with this adorable card catalog-inspired cup is the next best thing.
For your fancy friend
Nothing cures a case of the mean reds quite like a trip to Tiffany. With this Manhattan map mug highlighting the flagship store, your fancy pal can always find their way back.
For your morbid friend
The deeper they sip, the more death reveals itself. And a good morning to you, too!
For your go-getter friend
Like an iron fist in a velvet glove. (And maybe your friend could consider decaf.)