For many, coffee is an important part of the day, and if you’re shopping for someone who is crazy for java…the possibilities of finding unique coffee gifts are endless. When you’re looking to surprise a loved one or friend with something other than a coffee cup, gift basket or bag of beans, consider the following gift ideas for coffee lovers that have a quirky, distinctive or novelty twist:
1. Coffee Bean Jewelry
The coffee bean possesses a particular shape and durability that can be used to create unique artisan crafts and jewelry. From charm bracelets to eye-catching pendants, Etsy is a treasure-trove of creative gift ideas. For instance, shipped from Greece, Insou Jewelry incorporates polymer clay roses, glass pearls, and coffee beans to make the handmade jewelry dubbed ‘Cappuccino à la rose’ that is shown here.
2. Coffee-Flavored Lollipops
To combine a love of coffee and satisfy a sweet tooth at the same time, consider something like Kimberly Hadlock’s set of 20 lollipops, which sells for $24, and are made with cane sugar, coffee, and freshly-ground spices. Coffee house flavors include pumpkin spice, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and peppermint.
3. Coffee + Alcohol Gifts
To offer a celebratory gift that will please a coffee lover, a creative gesture might blend java with something more ‘spirited.’ Let’s take the Java Jive coffee liqueur making kit for example; it includes spices and botanicals, instructions, 500 ML bottle, 1 4″ stainless steel funnel, and one natural filter to create a DIY infusion experience. The end result produces a beverage with the flavor of vanilla, dark roast coffee, and a hint of chipotle. Refills are also available for purchase.
Although made with 100% Arabica beans which have been infused in merlot, the caffeinated Merlot-Infused Coffee shown here contains no alcohol. However, could make a sweet gift for a coffee/wine lover.
4. Hidden Animal Mugs
When shopping for someone who is also an animal lover, Uncommon Goods sells ceramic mugs with a hidden surprise. At the end of every cup of coffee, they will be greeted by a whimsical woodland critter. Sold individually, you can choose between the following Hidden Animal Mugs: owl, fox and bear.
5. Smart Mug for Travelers
When traveling, commuting and on-the-go, the last thing you want to deal with is a cold cup of coffee. To please a coffee lover who spends a lot of time in a car, camper or other vehicle, consider gifting the Smart Mug – a temperature controlled mug that allows a user to heat liquids to desired temperatures (from 85 to 160 degrees F). The 16-ounce mug plugs in with the help of a 12-volt auto adapter, and will monitor the temperature of liquid and alert coffee drinkers if their brew is Very Hot, Hot, Lukewarm or Room Temperature. There is also an audio alert when liquids reach a preset temperature.
6. Starbucks Themed Swag
Starbucks is one of the leading coffee retailers in the U.S., and some people can’t get enough of it. The iconic logo has been transformed into plenty of novelty gift ideas that you may want to consider gifting a coffee lover. Just a few to note include:
Personalized, reusable Starbucks cups by Pixidust Boutique can be customized to claim ownership of the coffee, latte, frappe, tea or cocoa contained inside. Limited edition versions are available, as well as an extensive rainbow of color options.
Handcrafted from used, unwanted bottles, Drift Candles turns glass Starbucks drink bottles into upcycled soy wax candles. In addition to fruity scents, coffee lovers may enjoy the following options best: Café Mocha, Columbian Coffee, Coffee Caramel Cream, Cappuccino, Spiced Coffee Cake, and Snickerdoodle Latte.
With the help of rubber stamps, index cards, and a little spiral binding, Campfire Designs transforms Starbucks coffee sleeves into upcycled notepads for coffee lovers. When browsing the shop, you’ll also find many different Starbucks-themed gifts, including refrigerator magnets and even a Tic-Tac-Toe game.
7. In Case of Emergency Break Glass Shadow Box
Ideal for office workers and decorating a kitchen, coffee lovers will find the humor in this coffee-themed glass shadow box containing the ‘essentials.’ Ideal for someone who loves their Keurig machine, Daisy Chain Online’s shadow box is outfitted with three containers (a K-cup, milk and creamer) accompanied by an “In case of Emergency Break Glass” sign. It’s important to note that this is a gag gift; the containers are empty and for decorating purposes only.
8. Coffee Talkies Prank Box
For some, there might be a brief moment of disappointment that this product doesn’t actually exist, but if you’re looking for a creative way to package a coffee lover’s gift, this prank box certainly surprises. This empty box is sold at FunSlurp, and offers a realistic product description of coffee cups that function as two-way radios. It’s up to you to package the real gift that hopefully outshines the thought of this non-existent invention.