If you like your coffee handcrafted, then shouldn’t your gifts be too? Since everyone is loving on coffee these days, there is no shortage of handmade goods that are made with coffee, inspired by coffee, or meant to be used with coffee. If you’re in the market for a gift this holiday season that says “I care about you and I care about how this was made,” look no further.
Cactus Coffee Mug
If the cowboy in your life is making cowboy coffee, they’re going to need something to drink it out of. To create a desert/cowboy ambiance no matter where they are in the world, all they need is this Cactus Hug mug. Hug a cactus and enjoy your cup of joe.
Cinnamon Coffee Bar Soap
Inspired by Mexican coffee, this soap by Meow Meow Tweet is made with cocoa butter, Fair Trade coffee, and cinnamon. With those coffee grounds, it’s an excellent exfoliant, which means it’s perfect for anyone in your life who’s known to get their hands dirty, with coffee grounds or otherwise.
Coffee Cup Journal
Handbound and made with wildflower seed paper, if the ideas that get jotted down in this 76-page journal from Porridge Papers aren't worth keeping for posterity, you can just plant them in the ground and hope they grow into something new. Probably best to add some of your coffee compost while you're at it.
Coffee & Cacao Bitters
Know a barkeep in need of a gift? Look no further than Stockade Farm & Apothecary’s handmade Coffee & Cacao Bitters. Made with bitter orange peel, roasted coffee beans, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and orange rind, it is the perfect addition to any winter cocktailing you might have planned this holiday season.
Coffee Beard Oil
For the bearded barista in your life (up to and including The Bearded Barista of Edinburgh) comes this Connoisseur Beard Oil from Whiskey, Ink & Lace. “The scent is deep, smelling just like a home-brewed cup of coffee mixed with real cocoa.” So double up on coffee in the morning with oil in your beard (and maybe even the full set that comes with beard shampoo) and a full-bodied coffee in your Chemex.
Coffee Printed T-Shirt
This t-shirt is one of many different coffee-related designs from the Coffee Printed line by Domestic Stencilworks. But what makes these hand screen-printed t-shirts truly unique is that they are printed with a dye made from spent coffee grounds, sourced from local cafes.
Coffee Tea Towels
Featuring the original illustrations of Sara Selepouchin, this handprinted tea towel will bring just a little more coffee into your kitchen. They are printed on natural, unbleached cotton, so you can feel good about using them and is perfect for any coffee-loving cook.
In a world ruled by Amazon and the Internet, isn’t it nice that people are still making (and reading) zines? Illustrator Evah Fan put together this beautifully illustrated coffee zine, that’s about the size of a cappuccino, so you should be able to afford at least a couple, perfect for all your book and bean loving friends.
Creation of Adam Print
Karen Eland isn’t the only artist to paint with coffee, but what gives her work an edge is reinterpretations of classic works, all with a touch of caffeine. About this piece, inspired by Michelangelo’s famous piece Creation of Adam from the Sistine Chapel, Eland writes, “God made coffee plants and gave man creativity, then man created coffee and offered it back to God.” Couldn’t agree more.
Damn Fine Cup of Coffee Sign
We could all use a few more Twin Peaks references in our lives, couldn’t we? We’re sure this handmade wooden sign by 6 by 6 Arts is Agent Cooper approved, and the ideal gift for anyone counting down the days until the Twin Peaks comeback.
Grocery List Notepad
Not like you really needed reminding about stocking up on coffee, but here’s the grocery list intended for the caffeinated crowd. The 50-page notepad is letterpress printed on recycled paper by Power and Light Press.
Make Coffee Not War
Given the toxicity of the recent election season, this screen print from Department of Brewology feels particularly timely and is perfect for the coffee-loving activist in your life.
Seattle Coffee House Candle
For the nostalgic in your life; have them put some grunge on the cassette player, pour a big mug of black drip coffee, light the Seattle Coffee House candle, and take themselves back to the '90s. This hand-poured candle has a whiff of freshly roasted coffee with a hint of hazelnuts, like a flavored mocha from Monorail Espresso between your bike delivery shifts.
Munich-based Jens Reuter is a coffee lover and a skateboard lover. He combines the two by tracking down old skateboards from ramps and parks around Europe and turning them into unique espresso tampers. The tampers come in a variety of colors and sizes: 49 mm, 51 mm, 53 mm, or 58 mm. The result is the perfect gift for the barista in your life who has everything…everything but this badass, upcycled tamper.
The Curator Pour Over Stand
Feeling bored with the standard pour-over options? Then you need The Curator, a handcrafted pour-over system that is adjustable to the size of your mug or decanter. The base is made from American walnut, and the brass fixture gives it a steampunk kind of feel.
Anna Brones (@annabrones) is a Sprudge.com staff writer based in the American Pacific Northwest, the founder of Foodie Underground, and the co-author of Fika: The Art Of The Swedish Coffee Break. Read more Anna Brones on Sprudge.