Buying someone a funny gift isn’t always easy. For coworkers, finding something light and fun that isn’t offensive can feel like side-stepping landmines. For friends and family, a gift that taps into an inside joke or a passion of the gift receiver can be difficult to find. Then there’s the cost. Funny gifts are great, but not many of us want to spend big bucks on an item that may get a few chuckles but has no real use. Enter: the funny mug.
Useful, budget-friendly and available in a wide array of humor styles, the funny mug may be the holy grail of gift giving. It makes a great gift for birthdays and retirements, Secret Santa and Valentine’s Day. Plus, with the need to stop the spread of germs at an all-time high, giving someone a mug they can clearly identify as theirs is an easy way to cut down on drinkware sharing.
1. Bob Ross Heat Changing Mug
FOR THE ARTIST
It’s no mistake that we’ve put the Bob Ross Heat Changing Mug at the top of our list of funny mugs. If there’s anything more hilariously soothing than watching Bob Ross paint happy trees, we don’t know it. Celebrate the artistic genius and accidental inventor of ASRM (we could be soothed for hours by Ross’ cheerful narration) with a mug that changes color when hot water is added.
2. Dunder Mifflin Mug
FOR FANS OF THE OFFICE
Fans of The Office will love this official-looking Dundler Mifflin mug, which will give them the professional-looking drinkware they need if they ever want to be promoted to assistant (to the) regional manager. And if you spend enough time hanging around the company coffee pot, you may even get the receptionist to fall in love with you. Or, you could just appoint yourself the ‘World’s Best Boss.’
3. Aviento Grammar Mug
Teachers deserve all the chocolates, balloons, awards, accolades and raises in the world. They care for your children, teach them about all the math and science terms parents forget as soon as they graduated and explain unexplainable grammar lessons. For teachers and grammar experts, this mug sums up the utter lunacy of the English language.
4. FUBARBAR Creative Building 12oz Coffee Cup
FOR THE FIDGETY DRINKER
Fidgety drinkers, we have your mug! For those who like to keep their fingers moving while drinking, typing, writing, working or doing just about anything, there’s the FUBARBAR Creative Building 12oz Coffee Cup. Customers can choose from six brightly colored mugs, which all come with building blocks to help pass the time. When you’re done designing a new battleship, you can actually drink out of the BPA-free mug.
5. Bernie Mood Mug
FOR THE POLITICAL THINKER
Not since Kim Kardashian magically balanced a champagne glass on her butt has an image broken the Internet quite like the picture of Bernie Sanders at the Biden/Harris inauguration. Instantly becoming the meme that keeps on giving, the Vermont Senator’s attempts to keep warm on a frigid January day created an image that continues to show that Sanders is just like one of us — he is also hating this year. Sanders is selling the meme in t-shirt and sweater form on his site and donating the funds to Meals On Wheels, but is currently out of stock. Until then, there is Breaking T, which is also donating part of the proceeds from sales of their mugs to Sanders’ chosen charity.
6. Work From Home Commuter Mug
FOR THE WFH EMPLOYEE
For many people, commuting took on a whole new meaning in 2020, which has carried over into 2021. Rushing to the subway or fighting through traffic has been replaced by a leisurely stroll from the bedroom to the living room. For those who suddenly find their commute shorted from 20 miles to 20 feet, there’s the Work From Home mug to help reminisce about the days of sneakers with pantsuits.
7. Personalized Hobby Mugs
BEST CUSTOM OPTION
For a mug that will never end up in the donation bin, we like the personalized drinkware from Uncommon Goods. Gift receivers will love seeing themselves in an illustrated form on the ceramic mug, complete with their name and a drawing that highlights one of their passions. Customers can easily customize the image to match the gift receiver to create a one of a kind personalized gift that is made in the US.
8. My Horoscope Mug
FOR HOROSCOPE FOLLOWERS
Devout hororscope followers will appreciate the accuracy of this tongue-in-cheek mug, while those who refuse to rely on their birthdate and astrological sign to predict their future will appreciate the irony of the cup. Either way, this 15-ounce ceramic mug is a perfect companion for sipping coffee or tea while reading your ‘scope or skipping straight to the sports section.
9. Yoda Best Mug
Who’s the best dad? Yoda best dad. Show your dad that he is the greatest in the galaxy and not someone you would ever fight to the death with a lightsaber by gifting him this fun and funny baby Yoda mug. You will quickly become the favorite ‘child.’
10. Alcohol Mugs
FOR THE BOOZE LOVER
For mugs that are perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee or tea, or wine, or beer, or whiskey, or really anything that is wet, we like these camping style mugs from Odysea. The black and white enamel mugs have a rustic finish and are tough enough to be used outdoors while still boasting a high-end finish that makes them a great indoor everyday mug as well. The cast iron mugs, which feature a stainless steel rim, are perfect for cold beverages.