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Our Fave Coffee Mugs, Travel Mugs, and Mug Warmers

Coffee mugs, travel mugs, and mug warmers
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January 5, 2023

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On a cold and dreary winter day, there’s nothing to help put a little extra pep in your step like preparing your hot beverage of choice in your favorite mug. And if you’re in the market for a new one, we’ve got some recs. Whether you need a matcha latte to get you going or pour over coffee is more your style, snag a ceramic mug, travel mug, or mug warmer that’ll keep your drink warm so you can stay cozy no matter the weather. (Oh yeah, and we’ve rounded up some of our fave bevs too if you need a little inspo.)

Cute mugs

Coffee mug

A vacuum-insulated Yeti mug that you can take on the road…

It’s made from super-durable stainless steel that’s both puncture- and rust-resistant and has a double-walled design to keep your bev hot (or cold) for longer. Plus, the lid has the brand’s signature magnetic closure that practically guarantees a no-spill experience. Bonus: It’s BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and has a tough Duracoat coating that’ll keep the color from cracking, peeling, or fading. ($25, Amazon)

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glass mug
BellaAndOakGifts via Etsy

A handmade monogrammed coffee mug…

Since personalization makes everything feel just a lil’ more special. It comes in seven different styles — from glass to metal to ceramic options in different sizes. Your initial comes printed directly onto both sides of your mug with high-quality inks that won’t fade or fall off in the dishwasher. Psst…the care instructions differ depending on the mug’s material, so check the brand’s suggestions before popping your mug in the microwave or dishwasher. ($13.99+, BellaAndOakGifts via Etsy)

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Ceramic Mugs

A portable ceramic mug that’s infinitely reusable…

This one’s an HQ’r fave thanks to its seriously cute design and quality materials. It comes in nine colors and patterns (hello, speckled terrazzo options) and two different sizes — 12-ounce and 16-ounce. The matte silicone sleeve and splash-resistant lid will keep your drink safe if you’ve got a commute ahead of you. And bonus: It can also be personalized with up to two lines of text. ($30, W&P

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glass mug

A double-walled glass mug set that’ll keep your hands safe…

And your drink temperature-regulated. These have been made from durable borosilicate glass that’s more heat resistant than normal glass — you can even safely pour in boiling water. Plus, they’re shatter-resistant, scratch-resistant, and microwave- and dishwasher-safe. ($21.50/set of 2, Amazon)

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mug warmer

A mug warmer with a custom ceramic mug…

So you can keep sipping all morning (or night) long. The heating base will keep your bev at a steady 130 degrees for as long as you need, and you won’t have to worry about overheating — it’ll automatically shut off if you don’t pick up your mug for more than an hour. Did we mention that it’s also slip-resistant and can double as a wireless charging station for your device? BRB, adding to cart. ($88, Food52)

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Mug warmer

And a mug warmer you can use with different kinds of cups…

Like your favorite stainless steel, glass, or porcelain cups. There are two settings — one that’ll keep the temperature between 122 and 140 degrees, and the other between 104 and 122 degrees. It’s got a flat glass surface that can be easily cleaned and an automatic shutoff feature after it’s been on for eight hours. See ya never, lukewarm drinks. ($25.99, Amazon)

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mug set
Urban Outfitters

A stackable ceramic mug and teapot set…

Your morning tea ritual doesn’t get much cuter than this. The split-dye design and speckled glaze finish make the set feel both classic and modern. It’s microwave-safe, but you’ll want to wash these by hand and keep ’em away from the dishwasher. Let’s get this par-tea started. ($42, Urban Outfitters)

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warming mug

An ember mug that can keep itself warm wherever you are…

Thanks to its smart heating technology that lets you set your ideal drinking temp (anywhere from 120 to 145 degrees) and keep it there for up to three hours — or all day when placed on the charging coaster. It’s easy to clean and safe to wash by hand and submerge in up to 1 meter of water. Plus, it can connect to your smart device, so you can create customized presets and receive notifications when your ideal temperature has been reached. The future? It’s here. ($199.95, Ember)

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coffee mug

A cute coffee mug with a sense of humor…

Oh, to be a part-time adult…truly the dream. This funny mug with a distinctive pedestal shape comes in a gift box and is dishwasher-safe, so you can save that extra few minutes for non-adulting. Phew. ($12, Amazon)

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Travel Mug
Uncommon Goods

A showstopping handmade travel mug…

These ocean- and cloud-inspired travel mugs are slender enough to fit in your car’s cup holder or slip into the mesh sleeve on your backpack. Choose from two color options — though since these are handmade, no two tumblers will be the same — each of which comes with a silicone lid to prevent spills and retain heat. ($40, Uncommon Goods

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Hot drinks

matcha powder

Pre-ground matcha powder you can use to prepare your next matcha latte…

It takes less than three minutes to make. All you have to do is blend in water, and pour over your hot or cold plant-based or dairy milk. The original flavor is an HQ’r fave — it’s rich in flavor and slightly sweetened — but if you’re looking for a sugar-free option or one with added benefits like collagen, they’ve got those too. Use a matcha whisk to blend the powder evenly, or shake it up in a blender bottle to take it on the go. ($9.95+, Amazon)

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Matcha latte
Cuzen Matcha

And a device that prepares freshly ground whole matcha leaf in a special way…

If pre-ground powders aren’t for you, look no further than this machine and starter kit for the true matcha enthusiast. It comes with everything you need to make authentic matcha at the press of a button, and can store, grind, and whisk. Just pour in your matcha leaf, select your preferred strength, push to start, and enjoy. This kit comes with three matcha leaf packets of different blends and a booklet with instructions and recipes. Psst…it also makes for a great gift for any matcha lover. ($299, Cuzen Matcha)

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Chocolate bombs

Hot chocolate bombs that’ll make the traditional winter drink a bit more fun…

This gift box comes with a set of five fudge brownie and caramel candy cocoa bombs filled with marshmallows. All you have to do is heat up your hot cocoa base and drop one in. It’ll dissolve and reveal the sweet treats hidden inside — classic marshmallows or even a color changing chocolate — so you can stir up and enjoy. ($14.99, Amazon)

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Tea subscription
Atlas Tea Club

A tea subscription that’ll keep you caffeinated throughout the month…

Upgrade your stash with regular deliveries of tea from some of the best tea-growing regions in the world. Choose from caffeinated (green, black, or a variety) or herbal, and get two unique teas in each monthly shipment. Every delivery includes two bags of loose-leaf tea (enough for 30+ cups), tea filters, tasting notes and steeping tips, and info about the tea’s country of origin. Save $10 off your first order with code LOVETEA. Sip sip. ($14/monthly, Atlas Tea Club)

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coffee alternative

A mushroom coffee alternative meant to help avoid the energy crash…

Since it has a fraction of the caffeine found in coffee, you may find yourself feeling focused and refreshed minus the jitters or midday yawns. It’s made with 100% organic masala chai, Lion’s mane, chaga and reishi, cordyceps, turmeric, cinnamon, and cacao — with no sweeteners or sugars added (and it’s only 20 calories per serving). Just add a tablespoon of it to water or milk and mix with a spoon, frother, or blender and you’re good to go. This starter kit includes a 30-serving tin plus a USB-rechargeable frother, guidebook, creamer and sweetener samples, and stickers. Let’s do this. ($40+, Mudwtr)

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Hot toddy

A portable hot toddy kit for drinks on-the-go…

Whether you’re heading to a party or planning a boozy camping trip, this kit’s got everything you need to craft the perfect hot toddy (minus the alcohol). It comes with two serving sizes of ingredients and an easy-to-follow recipe for your next cocktail creation, all stored safely in a little green tin. Bottoms up. ($18.25, Amazon)

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Tea bags

Tea bags for homemade mulled wine or apple cider…

These mulling bags can be used in apple juice, cider, red or white wine, and any other fruit juices you want to try crafting a wintry bev with. They’re packed with sugar- and caffeine-free cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and orange peel and can be used up to three times per bag. ($15.99/24 pack, Amazon)

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