Handmade Coffee Mugs Make Great Gifts

There is just no comparison between a good handmade mug and one that was produced in a factory. Wheel thrown or hand modeled mugs have a totally different feel about them. They’re weightier without being heavy and, because they were molded by hand, they fit better in our hands. And handmade mugs don’t have to fit within molds that have to fit within machines, so they come in many different sizes and shapes. Serious coffee drinkers will tell you that the mug is an important part of the coffee drinking experience. And, although a nice mug can’t make bad coffee good, a beautiful mug definitely makes good coffee better. And good handmade ceramic mugs are about as good as they get. When you add all that to the fact that we have an intimate relationship with the vessel that serves up our morning brew, it’s no wonder that people who have ever drunk from a handmade mug thereafter prefer them over anything made by a machine. Coffee drinking is a private relationship between the drinker and the mug, so it’s just better when the mug is special.

This is a double-duty handmade coffee mug collection, because handmade mugs make great gifts but you also need one for yourself. Make a gift list of friends, family, co-workers, teachers, neighbors, and whoever else you’ll be giving gifts to this year (be sure to include yourself), and make this your year of the handmade gift mug. The folks you give them to will silently thank you every day as they sip their morning coffee.

These are my picks, but you’ll find more handmade mugs and cups in Tableware.

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  • Celadon ceramic mug, 'Yellow Elephant Family'

    Celadon ceramic mug, ‘Yellow Elephant Family’

    $27.99
  • Beehive Coffee Mugs

    Pottery Mugs in Spring Colors (Set of 4)

    $120.00
  • Wooden Travel Mug

    Wooden Travel Mug

    $55.00
  • Hand-thrown Pottery Chalkboard Mug

    Hand-thrown Pottery Chalkboard Mug

    $34.99
  • Celadon ceramic mug, 'Blue Elephant Family'

    Celadon ceramic mug, ‘Blue Elephant Family’

    $27.99
  • Talavera ceramic mugs, 'A Taste of Mexico' (set of 4)

    Talavera ceramic mugs, ‘A Taste of Mexico’ (set of 4)

    $42.99
  • Mix It Up Latte Mug

    Mix It Up Latte Mug

    $58.00
  • Moon Rabbit Stoneware Mug

    Moon Rabbit Stoneware Mug

    $29.99
  • Big Cup of Crazy Mug

    Big Cup of Crazy Mug

    $29.99
  • Handmade Polka Dot Mug Set

    Handmade Polka Dot Mug Set

    $56.99
  • Old Glory American Flag Stoneware Mug

    Old Glory American Flag Stoneware Mug

    $27.99
  • Stoneware Pottery Cow Mug

    Stoneware Pottery Cow Mug

    $29.99
  • Handmade Stoneware Coffee Mug, 13-oz, Brown/Blue Glaze

    Handmade Stoneware Coffee Mug, 13-oz, Blue Glaze

    $27.99
  • Hot Mama and Big Daddy Handcrafted Mugs, Set of 2

    Hot Mama and Big Daddy Handcrafted Mugs, Set of 2

    $57.99
  • His and Her Handcrafted Mugs, Set of 2

    His and Her Handcrafted Mugs, Set of 2

    $57.99
  • Personalized Porcelain Faux Bois Mug Set

    Personalized Porcelain Faux Bois Mug Set

    $72.00