Finding the right mug is extremely vital; they hold our most important asset — coffee. New innovations, from a mug that keeps your donut warm to one that magically stirs itself, are challenging us to hang up our old porcelain cups. We are talking going way beyond looking cool while holding hot liquid. If you want to be the star of the office, bringing one of these bad boys to work is sure to impress. However, don't blame me if your coworkers get jelly scoping out your new cup. Even better, these innovating mugs are surprisingly affordable (making Secret Santa a breeze this year).
When I wake up, the first thing I think about is making my coffee. I'm not truly aware of the world until I take a few sips of my morning blend. I'll admit it, without my coffee, I am a husk of a person. But it’s not just the caffeine, it’s the entire ritual that I love. Holding a steaming mug, and thinking about the day to come. The vessel for my precious bean juice is important to me. And I never thought anyone could improve on the classic porcelain coffee cup. But, if I found one of these stuffed in my stocking I would not be disappointed (Hint hint).
1. The Best. Morning. Ever. Mug
For those among us that crave a little pastry with our morning brew-- this mug is for you! The insulated top on this mug keeps coffee warmer longer, all the while, gently heating your donut.
Best.Morning.Ever.Mug, $15, bestmorningever.com.
2. Self Stirring Mug
Dirty spoons cramping your morning style? One press of a button and this mug stirs and froths your cream and sugar to make the perfect cuppa!
Self Stirring Mug, $18.99, ThinkGeek.
3. minibru Coffee Press Mug
Cut out the middle man with this coffee mug that is also a sleek mini French press. This mug won't cramp your style, and will allow you to make the freshest coffee one cup at a time.
minibru Coffee Press Mug, $14.99, ThinkGeek.
4. USB Whirl Wind Warmer Cup
This high-tech USB chargeable cup does it all. Self stirring and self heating — it keeps your drink of choice at a cozy 40 degrees Celsius. Sleek and portable, it might be worth the splurge.
USB Whirl Wind Warmer Cup, $30, Brando.
5. Konitz Chalk Talk Classic Mug
Bored at the office? Distract yourself by doodling on this mug that doubles as a chalkboard. Show your artistic talent to all, as you get that much needed caffeine buzz.
Konitz Chalk Talk Classic Mug, $22.58 for a set of four, Amazon.
6. Plum & Bow Elephant Tea Mug
This elephant-shaped mug is as adorable as it is useful. The cute compartment for your teabag will help you steep the perfect Oolong.
Plum & Bow Elephant Mug, $16, Urban Outfitters.
7. Nikon Camera Lens Thermos
If you are searching for a stylish thermos, look no further. This picture perfect replica of a Nikon 70-200mm lens keeps your drinks warm, is easy to grip, and comes with a handled cup. It would surely make a great gift for any photographer friends.
CamLabs Camera Lens Thermos, $29.99, Amazon.
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