Over the years it seems as though coffee aficionados have successfully built (brewed?) their very own culture. It’s less like a secret society, and more like an exclusive club, where membership is based on how many cups you throw back a day. Even though their Starbucks order might be super complicated to recite off the top of your head, and they aren’t shy when it comes to pointing out your pot is too weak or too strong, it’s actually super easy to buy gifts for coffee lovers around the holidays, even if you’re not a professional barista yourself.
Trust me, you don't have to know the difference between a macchiato and a cappuccino to know an awesome holiday gift when you see one. Coffee-lovers will appreciate any present that involves their favorite sip; it's just a matter of finding something a little more creative than the standard "but first, coffee" t-shirt (because chances are, they already have a few).
Of course, taking your coffee-obsessed friend to a hipster cafe to catch up would be fitting enough. Coffee-shop regulars love just being in that atmosphere, and sharing the experience with good company is an added bonus. But if you're anything like me, and you love spreading holiday cheer with a gift or two for your loved ones, here are a few suggestions to get you started.
1. On-The-Go Cold Brew Pods
Personally, I forgo anything cold once temperatures turn chilly, but even if your BFF switches to steamy mugs at the first sign of winter, I can guarantee they'll make an exception for these to-go pods.
I'm a tea-bag hoarder myself, and I have yet to come across anything as convenient coffee-wise until Chameleon Cold-Brew. Throw a pod into a glass, pour cold water over the packet, and let it brew. The process is simple, and this holiday package comes with not one, but two "Buzz Big As Texas" glasses perfect for storing in your kitchen cabinet and at your work desk.
2. Something Deliciously Seasonal To Sip On
Listen, I milk pumpkin-flavored everything well into the new year if I can, but once Thanksgiving passes, I am all about peppermint.
While Starbucks' Peppermint Mocha has my heart, Califia Farms is a close second. If the person you're gifting for is sensitive to dairy, Califia Farms' chilled brew is made with almond milk, so they can sip without worrying about stomach aches later on.
3. A Graphic Tee That Screams Coffee
Any self-proclaimed Gilmore Girl knows coffee was a recurring theme on the show. The beginning and end of the series was set in Luke's very diner, with Lorelai pleading for coffee and Luke being all scruffy and cranky and attractive.
This tee not only represents Gilmore Girl fandom, it's a bona fide symbol for all of those who understand the dire need to have coffee shooting into their veins through an IV all day, every day.
4. A Bangle To Represent Their Love Of The Brew
Alex and Ani bracelets are still bae, but if the collection doesn't offer the type of charm you're looking for, there are a ton of alternative bangle bracelets that look the part (and cost less).
This coffee to-go cup charm bracelet from SigmoCreations is the perfect accessory for your older sister who runs on Dunkin, Starbucks, and any other cafe that provides a drive-through service. It even comes customizable, so you can pick out your receiver's initial and birthstone.
5. A Poster That Breaks Down The Essentials
If you're not a coffee connoisseur, walking into a cafe can be confusing AF. The choice between a latte, americano, espresso, macchiato, frappuccino, and so on is enough to make your head spin. And don't even get me started on flavors, whip, and pumps.
Gifting your overly caffeinated loved one this wall print works as pretty wall decor for them, and a genius cheat sheet for you! Now you'll be able to speak java lingo like a pro.
6. A Grind For Every Time Of Day
Choosing the right cup of coffee for a certain time of day is vital. You don't want to be chugging espresso before it's time to go to sleep, and you definitely won't wake up if you opt for anything decaf in the a.m.
Uncommon Goods is offering up a trifecta of brews this holiday season to ensure coffee-lovers get the correct fix any time of day. Genius.
7. A Box Of Brew, And Chocolates, Too
Dark chocolate with a glass of wine is a heavenly treat, but if you prefer coffee over spirits, you're in luck. Chocolate also pairs well with a cup of coffee, and if your BFF likes both, she'll absolutely love this taste-testing package.
This special Bean Box is full of goodies, like four handpicked gourmet coffees, each paired with a chocolate bar that's said to be the "perfect tasting symphony for your palate." Sold!
8. Kitchen Decor That Speaks To Their Soul
I'm such a sucker for wall decor, and if your coffee-lover likes to publicize their obsession, I'm willing to bet they'll be all about this rustic kitchen sign.
The country-chic craft is handmade, distressed, and coated with a "latte" brown hue. And, because your giftee's heart beats for coffee, they're sure to appreciate the monitor detail blending into the lettering.
9. Clothes Made With Coffee
I know, I know — that sounds weird, but Rumi X's offerings are anything but.
What's super cool about this company is that every high-quality piece was derived from sustainable manufacturing methods like recycled plastic bottles and up-cycled coffee grounds to bring you the best athleisure for both your body and the earth.
10. Coffee Mug Wall Mount
I actually own a sign that is very similar to the one photographed above, and I can honestly say it definitely adds personality to the room.
Aside from the fact that this catchy phrase is probably your coffee-lover's trademark, it's always handy to have a mug at the ready so you don't have to scour your kitchen cabinets to find your favorite one.
11. A Coffee and Cacao Spread
If your girl's a chocolate- and coffee-lover, just wait until she slathers this decadent spread over her morning toast. Rest assured, you'll be receiving "thank you" texts throughout the day.
4th And Heart's latest initiative is caffeinated and flavorful, made with Brazilian Guarana, single-origin Brazilian cold-pressed coffee oil, and naturally sweetened with dates. That's right, friends, your favorite jar of ghee just got a serious upgrade.
12. A Soap That's Blessed With Their Favorite Scent
You could buy a bundle of these Cardamom Coffee soap strips from Lush and still make it under a strict $20 budget.
Infused with Cardamom oil, apple pulp, cocoa absolute, and rose, this caffeinated lather is scented like a steaming cup of joe with a hint of spice for the cozies, warmest suds.
13. The Perfect Wintertime Coffee Mug
When the snow falls down in Tinsel Town or, you know, outside your bedroom window, a coffee-lover's best companion is their signature mug.
This speckled ceramic mug is super cute for holiday sipping, and it's big enough to please any caffeinated loved ones who can't have just one cup.