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12 Days of Christmas Stocking Stuffers: Coffee Mugs

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Crate & Barrel Every Day Mug ($3)

A few weeks ago, I bought four basic white mugs like the ones above and personalized them using colored Sharpie markers and personalized them using this tutorial.  I am really happy with how they turned out, and I’m not crafty, by any means.  This would be a great gift to give co-workers, or have your kids personalize them and give them to relatives.

If you prefer your mugs pre-decorated, Crate & Barrel has a large selection of mugs from basic to beautiful.  West Elm also has a nice selection of coffee cups, including this sweet gold heart-printed coffee mug, and half of the proceeds from their charity mugs are donated to various non-profits (both are $10).  Nordstrom is carrying these whimsical Magpie alphabet mugs ($16) and these colorful Kate Spade mugs with a message written inside the rim ($20).

As for travel containers, Barney’s is selling these chic and simple Pantone color mugs for $17.  I own this Bodum 15-oz travel mug ($13) and I use it all the time for my morning tea.



  1. BN says:

    share pix of your decorated mugs!

    December 20, 2013/Reply
  2. A says:

    Belle, did you bake your mug like in the tutorial?

    December 22, 2013/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I did bake it. Not sure how they will hold up over time, but they made a good cheap gift.

      December 22, 2013/Reply
  3. Wilma says:

    Thanks for the gift and craft inspiration. So far we’ve done mugs and ALSO used the same technique on a solid color round christmas ball ornament. Now to convince my kids that they can do it too!

    December 22, 2013/Reply