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Searching the BEST gift for your friend/family member/coworker who’s a coffee lover? We’ve compiled a list to help you choose the most helpful (and fun!) gift that they’ll use time and again. While some of these gifts are for making coffee, others are for bringing coffee on-the-go or just drinking it at home.
Another week, another GIFT GUIDE!
This week, we’re talking coffee-centric gifts.
Why? When I was planning content for this fall and winter, I wanted to put together several very specific guides to help you purchase gifts for your people. So whether you’re shopping for a birthday present, a holiday gift or a just because, we’ve got you covered.
This guide? It’s all for your favorite coffee lover.
My friend, Valorie, scoured the Internet to find the best coffee gifts (and coffee gift ideas!) out there. And she knows her stuff, y’all, since she’s an incredible friend AND barista… and she’s personally answered all my coffee questions time and again. (Because–shocker–I have lots of questions about everything.)
A few years back, she and I teamed up for a #NationalCoffeeDay series, and we made several coffee-infused cocktails. The Boyfriend Irish Coffee, African Sunrise and The Ginger Pomegranate Experiment were all part of this fun series!
All that’s to say that Valorie has written the ultimate gift guide for coffee lovers. Hooray!
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Contigo Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug
Okay, sure, this isn’t the sexiest gift. And Contigo doesn’t have the name recognition of a Yeti mug. But trust me: This is the single best travel mug I’ve ever used.
Why? The locking mechanism and auto-seal technology means it really actually won’t spill or leak. The double walled cup means your coffee stays hot (or cold!) for hours. Really.
The Contigo mugs come in a really wide range of colors, and they fit really nicely in your hand, too. They’re also so easy to clean—just throw them in the wash.
Pair these with a gift card or a bag of coffee, and you’ve got a gift that your loved one will be thanking you for over and over again.
Chemex Classic Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker
This six-cup pour over coffee maker is the classic. It’s one of the most flexible and most forgiving of the hand brewing coffee styles, which means it’s hard to mess up. And let’s be honest, it’s also one of the prettiest brewers out there.
The thing is, a lot of coffee lovers won’t buy it for themselves because they’re intimidated by the glass! But it’s much sturdier than it looks. Just warn them not to put it on a hot stove or, you know, throw it at the wall, and the Chemex will last for years.
Personalized Coffee Mugs
Can’t find the exact pre-made coffee mug you think your friend would like? Totally understandable. Sometimes you can’t find the perfect one.
This shop actually lets you personalize a mug for a loved one. They have several different mug shapes and a lot of different colors.
Best of all — there are eight different designs you can personalize the mug with. So whether you’re giving your sister a mug or a newly married couple a matching set, you can make sure that it is perfect for them.
The designs are laser-etched, which means it shouldn’t easily fade. The mugs will always need to be hand washed, but that’s worth it for something so meaningful!
Coffee Coloring Book
The allure of meditative coloring with the delight of a good cup of coffee? Yes, please!
When you gift this coloring book to a friend, you know they’re going to have a great time relaxing with this and their favorite cup of java.
The book has 30 pages of detailed and different pictures of coffee just waiting to be colored in. Each design was drawn by an artist. They range in skill level too—from very beginner to absolute expert, or so they say.
Make a day of it—get all your friends a coloring book and a gift card to your favorite coffee shop and go bond. That’s such a relaxing way to spend time together during the holidays.
Specialty Coffee Subscription
Subscription boxes are ALL the rage these days. What could be better than having the things you’d normally have to leave your house for delivered right to you? And on the same day every month! I’m pretty sure this is why we invented the internet!
Trade has two amazing coffee subscription programs. Your recipient either receives a 12 oz. bag of single-origin specialty coffee once a month, or two 12 oz. bags of a blended coffee once a month.
These are both great deals and everyone can use either one or the other. After they’ve gotten their first bags, they can give Trade feedback so that they are receiving coffee that matches their tastebuds.
Mug Painting Kit
If your coffee lover is also the artistic type, this set of two paint-your-own mugs might be a fun gift for them. These white ceramic mugs come with a paintbrush and the four primary colors so they can create their own designs!
It’s a great craft project for kids, too, so spend some time helping your niece or nephew paint these mugs for their parents. It’s a great way to pass time, and it makes you everyone’s friend.
The mugs are safe to use in the microwave and dishwasher after they’re baked to lock in the color. Still, hand washing is recommended.
Acaia Pearl Scale
OK, this scale is the top of the line. It’s the best coffee scale that money can buy. If you’ve got a barista for a friend, chances are they’ve eyed this item jealously.
What makes it so amazing? Beyond just being incredibly sensitive (blow lightly on it and watch it weight that), this scale gives you tools to make you a better coffee brewer. It monitors the weight, time, and flow-rate of your coffee pour. It uploads that data to an app on your phone that it connects with via bluetooth. That way, you can track how you’re brewing coffee over time. This helps you keep track of the cups you liked best over time, so you can more easily repeat them.
But, pro-tip: Don’t get the white. The led lights for the numbers are blue-ish, so they’re nearly impossible to see on the white scale. But the black one is aces.
Color Changing Mugs
The ultimate novelty mug, the color changing mug is always a delight. Everyone becomes a kid again, at least for a moment, while they watch their mug change colors or designs. They’re so fun, and you can also watch them fade to judge if your coffee is cooling.
These mugs almost always have to be hand washed, but that’s okay—it’s worth the extra work.
There’s this one that turns a plain starry night into diagrammed constellations. Or if you want to give them something a little closer to earth, buy the mug that brings Bob Ross’s art to life when you pour the hot coffee in. Maybe best of all, you can personalize one of these to show a beloved photo when the mug heats up. What a sweet gift is that?
Ember Temperature Controlled Mug
The Ember mug is coffee drinking on another level.
This coffee mug has its own built in heater to ensure that your coffee stays warm. And it’s not arbitrary—you hook up Ember to an app on your phone and set the exact temperature you want Ember to hold your coffee at.
It has an hour of battery life, so you can walk around the house with it, or you can leave it on the charging coaster so that it keeps your coffee warm indefinitely. If you’re wandering around with it, an indicator light will let you know when the battery is running low.
The Ember mug is made of stainless steel, but it has a ceramic exterior for looks (and to reduce scratching.)
This mug needs to be hand washed, and treated pretty gently in general. But what an exciting and convenient idea! This is a great gift for your friends that can nurse a mug for hours.
Toddy Cold Brew System
Is your coffee lover really a cold brew lover? If they spend their winters in the south, I wouldn’t be surprised if they drink cold brew coffee year round! And if so, then they’re going to get excited over this system that allows them to make cold brew the way it’s made in good coffee shops.
Many, if not most, commercial specialty coffee shops use the Toddy cold brew system. Your loved one probably doesn’t need to make 5 gallons of coffee at once, though, so this home brewer version will be enough for them.
The Toddy is designed to hold coffee and water in a filter inside the top plastic chamber for 12-24 hours. Then, drain it into the glass below. If you’re using the filters, the clean up is very easy!