Coffee is a popular holiday gift, but too many coffee gifts miss the mark. Some are too complicated, and others are just clichéd.
In 2014 alone, more than 46 million people received a gift card to a chain coffee shop, and roughly 2.5 million of those cards were activated on Christmas Eve. Nothing says “I love you” like a last-minute gift card for a coconut mint sparkleccino.
To help you avoid a gift-giving faceplant, we’ve put together a li st of practical and affordable coffee gifts, including some great DIY options.
Before we get started, a quick disclaimer: We have no partnership with any of the brands mentioned in this article, and we don’t make a penny off name-dropping. We also can’t guarantee the quality or durability of these products since we have no involvement with the companies who make them. However, our recommendations are based on both experience and research.
A lot of us have a cupboard jammed full of cheap travel mugs that don’t work very well. If your loved ones are road warriors or coffee junkies, they’ll appreciate an upgrade. While there’s a bewildering array of brands out there that promise high-quality and affordable travel mugs, we like these options best:
You can find offerings from all the above brands online for under $35. That’s a hard-to-beat combination of thoughtful and wallet-friendly.
Most people who own a coffee grinder have a blade grinder. These grinders cost less than higher-end options, but they rarely produce consistent results, and heat from the blade can compromise your coffee’s flavor. We think it’s worthwhile to shell out a little more for a burr grinder.
Instead of bashing your coffee beans to bits with an increasingly hot blade, a burr grinder uses two abrasive surfaces that methodically crush the beans. With a burr grinder, you typically get more control over grind size and end up with a more even grind. This makes for a more consistent brew and better flavor overall.
If you’re looking for a burr grinder, we’d suggest the following machines:
If your loved one is more low-tech or could stand to bulk up their forearms, consider the Hario Skerton coffee mill, which will let them grind their Regular Coffee by hand. A manual grinder like this is especially handy for travel and camping since it fits easily in a suitcase or backpack and requires no electricity.
Whether it’s your kids’ teachers, your office fixer, or the family member who hosts the holiday party, you probably know someone who deserves a moment of peace and quiet this holiday. DIY coffee-based facial and body scrub is a great (and cost-effective) thank you gift that can make a bath or shower feel extra luxurious and invigorating.
While there are lots of different recipes out there for homemade coffee scrub, most follow a similar and simple formula:
Mix everything, put it in an airtight container, and you’re done. The scrub will last for months if you store it in a cool, dry place.
For some, the holiday season provides time to sit by a crackling fire, sing carols, roast chestnuts, and bask in the glow of togetherness. For the rest of us who don’t live in cartoon Christmas specials, we often need a cocktail or two to survive.
Consider giving your family and friends DIY coffee cocktail sets. Coffee cocktails can cover the bases of both hot and cold beverages. Along with a bag or two of Regular Coffee, give your loved one the ingredients for a recommended cocktail:
Hazelnut liqueur, peppermint schnapps, and other cordials are all great options too. Want to go all out? Check out this DIY recipe for Irish cream.
Ground coffee can add color, richness, and complexity to barbecued meats. While you can buy pre-made barbecue sauces and rubs that incorporate coffee, this homemade coffee barbecue rub recipe, created by Sprudge, is easy to make, affordable, and delicious.
Feel free to adjust the proportions and flavors to suit your grillmaster’s preferences. For example, choosing a chipotle chili powder will add smokiness, while cayenne pepper can bring in a bit of heat.
There’s something magical about the combination of caramelized sugar and coffee. When you add in the crunch of almonds and the bitterness of dark chocolate, you can’t go wrong. While a lot of toffee recipes rely on espresso powder, Recipe Girl has a recipe that uses traditional brewed coffee.
Chocolate-covered coffee beans provide a crowd-pleasing gift option that’s even easier. Simply melt chocolate, coat your coffee beans, and let them chill in the freezer. For step-by-step instructions, check out Home Grounds' recipe.
Do you know someone whose idea of a perfect morning is sitting with a good cup of coffee and an absorbing tome? This holiday, they might appreciate a cozy blanket, Regular Coffee, and some reading to get lost in.
If you think your loved one would enjoy a book about the science and culture of coffee, consider getting them The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffman or The New Rules of Coffee: A Modern Guide for Everyone by Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen. And if they’re a history nerd, they’re almost certain to appreciate Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast.
We all want a morning routine that’s simple and smooth. While a Regular Coffee subscription won’t get your loved ones’ kids out the door fully dressed, it will eliminate emergency grocery store trips and make sure their cupboard is always stocked with high-quality, approachable, consistent coffee beans.
At Regular Coffee, we offer gift subscriptions of our 100 percent Colombian coffee. We only offer one bean and one roast so we can deliver the best and most consistent results without the hassle of choosing between beans. However, subscribers can still choose from a variety of bag sizes and coffee pod options that will meet their needs.
To subscribe for yourself or a loved one, just fill out our quick and easy online order form. Happy holidays from the Regular Coffee team.
Kell, J. (2015, January 5). Nearly 46 million Americans received Starbucks gift cards this holiday. Fortune. Retrieved from http://fortune.com/2015/01/05/starbucks-holiday-gift-cards/
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