Our morning coffee routine is a sacred ritual. And so all the more reason to drink a piping hot cup of joe (or tea) out of a unique coffee mug. Because to be honest, we don’t even hear sounds or see colors before we have our coffee. The perfect cup can turn us from zombies to real, live humans, and so the perfect cup deserves the perfect mug. And sure, you could drink out of that same, beaten-up mug you got at the flea market a decade ago…or you could treat yourself to a new, cute one. Because these days, more than ever, it’s the little things that count. And if you’re looking for gifts for your girlfriends (whether it’s their birthday, or just because), a mug is always a thoughtful, but practical choice.
So we’ve found the most unique coffee mugs that will up your caffeine game and put an extra zip in your zang. Whether you want something artsy and handmade or kitschy and novelty (like a Bob Ross heat-activated mug or Disney character mug), we’ve got something for every coffee lover under the sun.
Below, see our picks for the most unique coffee mugs.
Unique Coffee Mugs
For all those 9-5 working girls out there: pour yourself a cup of ambition, Dolly Parton style.
Look, sometimes we just don’t feel like hearing the sounds of people talking before we finish our coffee. This mug from our very own Scary Mommy Shop is a not-so-gentle reminder to everyone that they’re on mute.
Plant lovers unite! This Plant Lady mug from Shelby Sells Co. is a must for anyone living in a home full of greenery. Reviewers rave about the amazing quality and the fast shipping.
If you’re a Curb Your Enthusiasm fan, you know.
Clear coffee mugs are all over Instagram right now, and this upside-down bear one is extra adorable.
Whether this gift is for your favorite mama or a gift to yourself (it’s okay to brag, mama — you’re awesome), this mug has the perfect message to wake up to every morning. Start the day off with this affirming message.
Novelty Coffee Mugs
When you pour hot coffee into this heat-activated mug, a happy little Bob Ross painting magically appears.
“Today I will do absolutely nothing.” Wise words. Pour yourself a hot cup of coffee when you’re feeling like a lazy sloth.
Moira Rose is the queen of one-liners, and she knows that sometimes you’ve simply had enough waking hours for one day. And that means it’s time for coffee.
This novelty cheeseburger mug reminds us of something we’d see “Clarissa Explains It All” drink out of in the ‘90s.
Like the Bob Ross mug, this one is also heat-activated. When you pour in hot coffee or tea, Mister Rogers’ jacket turns into one of his iconic sweaters.
Designer Coffee Mugs
Clare V. teamed up with Anthropologie to create this very cute, very French “oui” mug. Reminds us of something “Emily in Paris” would have.
Rifle Paper Co. is known for its lovely illustrations, and what better mug to curl up with a good book than this one?
Artist Audrey Lee collaborated with Anthroplogie to design this empowering “Year of Women” mug.
Le Creuset is a beloved, cult classic French cookware brand, and this set of 4 mugs comes in 8 different colors (shell pink, pictured here).
Handmade Coffee Mugs
These fanciful little mugs are $14 each and will make your morning coffee a little bit more whimsical.
This custom-made mug makes a really thoughtful gift for any cat mom in your life.
Instead of buying one boob mug, why not get a pair? Get it…? These lovely “boob mugs” are handmade from stoneware clay.