If you were around these parts this time last year, then you’ll already know that I am great at doing Christmas. Like, seriously great. Potentially better than I am at anything else, which is a bit worrying. One thing in particular I’m really good at is finding perfect presents for people, which I’m guessing has something to do with the inordinate amount of time I spent online window-shopping when I’m procrastinating…
But, um, anyway. I’ve made a Christmas (or Holiday, American friends) Gift Guide. We’ve already done Gifts for Writers and Gifts for Book Lovers, so today is our final installment, Gifts for Coffee Drinkers. Since there is LOADS of stuff you can get coffee lovers for Christmas, I’ve ever so slightly broken the “5” rule today…
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- If you’re a Starbucks lovin’ coffee fan, you know it’s—three months before—Christmas when your morning grande Americano gets handed to you in a red cup. (Fun fact: do you know why it’s called an Americano? Because during WW2, the American GIs in Europe found the traditional espresso too strong, so they added hot water to it, thus an americano is an espresso topped up with hot water.) Starbucks VIA, individual sachets of better-than-instant instant coffee, has a special Christmas Blend 12-pack, $11.95, which would be perfect for a stocking filler or even Secret Santa at work. Or you could thrown in this utterly adorable ceramic red mug too, $6.99. (I’m seeing it now: the VIA pack is peaking out of the mug, and the whole thing is wrapped in snowflake speckled cellphone, tied with a red bow and a gold covered chocolate Starbucks coin…!) Of course, the evil Starbucks Store doesn’t ship internationally, but if you live in Ireland or the UK, Boots have some fabulous Starbucks themed gift sets in their 3 for 2 selection this year. One of my faves is this candy cane handle mug and House Blend set, £10.00.
- If your morning coffee isn’t having the same effect that it used to, ThinkGeek.com has Shower Shock caffeine-infused soap, from $6.99.
- Ponoko.com has this super handy polypropylene coffee carrier, $8.00, that carries two cups safely and efficiently, has space for stirrers and sugars and even comes in a lovely Christmassy red
- NotOnTheHighStreet.com has this beautiful silver coffee bean necklace, £48.
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- WARNING: Refill of coffee required T-shirt from ThinkGeek.com, from $19.99
- Also from ThinkGeek.com, caffeine molecule travel mug, on sale at $9.99
- In first place for the CUTEST COFFEE-RELATED THING I HAVE EVER SEEN are these little biscotti holders from NotOnTheHighStreet.com, £4.95 —they’re the purple and green plastic baskets you can see hanging on the sides of the mugs in the pictures. How fantastic is that? Presumably they also hold Oreo Caketsers…
Clockwise from top left:
- A starter Nespresso machine is now a bit more reasonable €129 and I know that in Ireland, you get a €50 Coffee Club credit with each new machine purchase, which means you won’t have to pay for coffee until after St.Patrick’s Day at least. Pictured is the Magimix.
- I blogged about Coffee Joulies before, when they were looking for Kickstarter backing. Not only did they get it, but they became something like the 3rd most funded project in Kickstarter history—they were looking for $9,500 but they got more than $300,000. Joulies are small stainless steel coffee bean-shaped shiny things with a secret substance inside that first absorbs heat from your coffee, cooling it to an ideal drinking temperature, and then slowly releases the heat back in, keeping your coffee warmer for longer. They’ve now began general production and are offering a gift pack including a tumbler for $95, or a 5-pack of made-in-the-USA joulies for $50.
- Dark Side Roast: where Star Wars meets coffee beans. From ThinkGeek, for $14.99
- Wake Up and Smell the Coffee framed print from NotOnTheHighStreet.com, £42
- And finally—13 suggestions later—for something a bit different, why not try these ec0-friendly coffee paper envelopes? Made from coffee beans, apparently. From EcoPaper.com, $9.95 for 10. I wonder if they smell…
In other not very coffee-related news, I CANNOT stop listening to Cold Coffee by Ed Sheeran. It’s on constant repeat—it’s like Damien Rice’s O all over again. I can’t turn it off, and when it’s not on I’m singing it in my head. Listen to it at your peril, and then send me help…
You can re-live 2010’s exquisite home décor, too-good-to-open gift wrapping and adventures in calorie preparation—read: baking—by clicking here, if you like. Help a coffee-addict in need of caffeine this Christmas: tell every new Kindle (or other e-reading device) owner you encounter about my cheap and occasionally amusing e-books, pretty please. I find a Post-It to the forehead works wonders.