A mug can make a statement about personality as much as clothing or accessories. A unique mug can be an icebreaker or a conversation piece at the office water cooler, over your master’s degree dissertation desk, or with guests at home. Below are some examples of attention-grabbing mugs sure to break up the ordinary morning routine just a bit:
The Melting Iceburg Mug:
The melting iceberg mug features an image on the exterior of the mug that changes with the temperature. The mug has a second layer of heat-sensitive ink that reveals the hidden image when a hot beverage is poured in. The image of the iceberg is replaced with water, simulating melting due to global warming. It’s a nifty little novelty that’s also an environmental reminder.
The Face Mug:
The face mug has a nook in the open mouth for placing food, such as cookies or crackers. A doughnut produces the most humorous effect because it only partially fits. This mug looks comical even when there’s nothing in the nook.
The Disappearing Civil Liberties Mug:
The disappearing civil liberties mug has the Bill of Rights printed around the outside. When hot liquid is poured in, some of the individual rights disappear. As the liquid cools or is consumed, the words reappear. It’s a subtle and satirical comment on the effects of the Patriot Act.
My Cuppa Coffee Mug:
The “My Cuppa Coffee Mug” has several different shades of brown color swatches on the inside rim. The purpose is to provide a color guide for adding cream to achieve the desired amount of creaminess. Colors range from black to very light. This is a good choice for experienced coffee-drinkers or demanding diehards set on calibrating the perfect cup of coffee.
The Skase Mug:
The Skase cup set has a very sophisticated, high-end modern look. An uncommonly shaped white cup fits perfectly in a beautiful wood base. The pieces are lovely individually, and together produce a striking aesthetic effect.
The Black Ceramic Golf Mug:
The black ceramic golf mug is a perfect gift for a golf enthusiast, or anyone who likes to have something to fiddle with on his desk. The mug is arched on the bottom to practice hitting a ball through it. Don’t expect improved golf skills, but it will provide a few minutes of amusement in the middle of a long work day. Included with the mug are a miniature ball and a club that doubles as a stirrer.
The Two Carat Mug:
The two carat cup boasts a handle with a gold glaze and a Swarovski crystal in the center, simulating an oversized diamond solitaire ring. Perfectly positioned, one appears to be wearing a large diamond ring holding the cup. It comes complete with a gift box that positions the mug with the ring on top, giving the appearance of a ring in a jewelry box. An appropriate gift for that someone who believes only bling will do.
There are always occasions for gift-giving, be they birthdays, holidays, and congratulatory events. Something useful like a mug is more likely to be utilized and avoid the donation pile. Mugs make a suitable gift for almost anyone, and choosing one uniquely appropriate for the recipient will make the gift more appreciated and the giver more memorable.