Daily rituals are one way we enhance our lives in small ways, and one of those is through drinking a hot coffee in the morning or having afternoon tea to quell the 3pm doldrums. Enhancing that experience through choosing the right beverage is key, but the tools with which you drink it are also important. Thus we’ve chosen some of our favorite mugs we could find that we feel will fit all types of personalities, interests, and needs.
Whether it’s beauty, cutesy charm, or well-crafted utility you’re looking for, we’ve covered it in the choices below. A Dolly Parton mug calls to the glamorous country music lovers. Lenox porcelain mugs will charm any gardener. Francophiles with traditional tastes will lavish the Le Creuset stoneware option. The mugs below are an easy choice for gifting yourself or others, so keep scrolling to see which captures your caffeinated fancy today.
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Few people in the celebrity world are as near-universally loved as the queen of country herself, Dolly Parton. Whether it’s donating over a billion books to underprivileged children or spouting off memorable quotes in movies like Steel Magnolias and 9 to 5, the prolific singer, philanthropist, actor, and icon’s visage will greet you every morning in its full, big-haired glory with this endlessly charming mug from West Virginia-based independent maker Full Circle. Remind yourself to be brave enough to try, and maybe you’ll be inspired to do a whole lot indeed.
This is another one for the music lovers in your life who tend to love rock n’ roll a bit more than country. A cool, curved guitar handle and swirls of various notes decorate the whimsical cup, and the universally positive reviews come from mainly buyers who purchased this piece as a gift for music teachers, aspirational rockers in the family, and anyone else who can’t live without their record collection and a strong cup of joe throughout the day.
White bone China is a timeless classic, and the clean hatch marks atop this piece give it a timeless sophistication that will bring visual peace to your coffee or tea drinking ritual. It’s also conveniently oversized, like most mugs today, so you can fill to the brim with 14 ounces of your favorite drink for a longer, more filling sipping experience. Pick up a few and display proudly on open-air shelving for a stunning effect in an all-white kitchen.
Astrology is always in, and for those who check their horoscope each morning while waking up, this mug is perfect. At 17 ounces with your personal sign on the front and traits on the back, this black, glazed sipper is a beautiful and well-loved product on Bed Bath & Beyond’s site that will run you under $5 without even applying the company’s legendary coupons. As one happy customer says, “Love this mug! It's microwavable, has a nice weight to it and goes through the dishwasher with no fading or chips.”
If you love everything about the mug above but aren’t into astrology, a mug displaying your home state is a nice way to wake up and show your hometown pride. Unfortunately there are only mugs for New York, Washington, New Jersey, Texas, Florida, and California, but that’s a good number of you so get to sippin’.
Sometimes you want to pretend you’re waking up in a rustic French countryside manor, but your cramped city apartment will have to do. If this describes you, this radiant Le Creuset stoneware mug is a nice little sturdy investment piece to bring homespun charm to even the messiest kitchenette. An array of color options lets you match your own decor, but we are living for this fiery red option that complements the mug’s stylish curvature perfectly.
We’re fans of Fiesta’s signature style and colorful options, and their classic mug is another must-have for collectors and those new to the brand alike. They offer jumbo versions, ones that are tapered, and even “Bathroom Tumbers” as you’ll see on the site, but we can’t get enough of the gorgeous simplicity of their original design and highly encourage you to grab a few in varying colors to create a rainbow collection of the timeless tableware.
Now that we’ve shown you some standard mugs for the kitchen or office, have a gander at this sleek traveler in satin rose gold that keeps hot drinks hot for eight hours, cold drinks cold for 24, and holds a whopping 30 ounces of whatever you’re drinking that day. While the rose gold is stunning, a variety of other color choices are equally as beautiful (especially the teal), making this a stylish and handy choice for those who are perpetually on-the-go.
This next pair of stunners is for a discerning collector who values the finer things in life and appreciates the old-fashioned beauty of a Wedgwood piece. The Wonderlust Mug set features two of the company’s best designs from the whimsical collection in contrasting color schemes that complement one another beautifully. Meant to invoke the feeling of travel in far away places, they come in a sophisticated Wedgwood gift box and would make a thoughtful and charming gift for the travel enthusiast in your life.
In keeping with high-class beauty, these Lenox butterfly mugs are utterly swoon-worthy and use the beauty of nature against a pristine white porcelain backdrop to convey a dreamy, polished scene to gaze upon during tea time. These were designed for treating the feminine soul in your life, as the scalloped edge and beautiful matching spoon for each mug practically begs to be handed over on a special birthday or anniversary.
For the more rugged folks who need their mug to function through any series of rough and tumble adventures like a camping trip or even just a less coordinated set of hands (folks with disabilities praise its sturdy build), the YETI Rambler 14 ounce mug is an ideal pick. It comes in plenty of colors, from a manly steel gray to an airy coral, and the price is right for a mug meant to last for life. Grab one for each member of the family.