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Melting Mug by Studio Arhoj

The thick glaze of the Melting Mug will hopefully give you a better grip so you don’t spill your tea/coffee all over your desk/boss/coworker. Each mug is made of hand-cast porcelain and will fit nicely in the hand, especially as the mug is similar in shape to traditional Japanese Yunomi tea cups. Available in pink, mint, yellow, white, and gray.

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Price: $29.00
Available from: Gessato

Long Drink Set

If you’ve not seen Cool Hand Luke, you need to watch it this summer, preferably with a cool drink poured from the pitcher of this Long Drink Set. Now, this set isn’t cheap like the loads of plastic pitchers and tumblers stuffing the shelves of every store right now, but it does add an air of sophistication no matter the event. Each piece is hand crafted using age old glass blowing techniques and is presented in a nice gift box, so it’s also an option for a very nice gift- maybe for a wedding?
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Price: $170.00
Available from: Lekker Home

Arne Jacobsen cups

Think you can’t afford an Arne Jacobsen piece? Sure, maybe not the furniture, but you can now own… (drum roll) a cup. Who doesn’t want some Bauhaus-inspired typography on their cup of coffee/tea/pencils/pens/miscellany? The letters were originally created by Jacobsen in 1937 for Aarhus City Hall, and now they’ve been revived (with permission) on these porcelain cups. Need I point out this could be a good gift for Jacobsen fans? (No need to go broke- just get two cups with the recipient’s initials if their name is prohibitively long.)

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Price: $21.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Beer Goggles Glass

As a companion piece to the Good Grief Glasses, this pint glass shows the unfortunate decline of our standards as our alcohol intake increases. Funny, right? Keep it in mind for the next birthday gift for your favorite drinking buddy, but be sure to buy two as one alone is just depressing.
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Price: $14.00
Available from: set editions

Scholten & Baijings’ Colour Crystal Stemware

Welcome all, please take your seats. Did you sign in? Do you have a name tag? Good… the Scholten & Baijings’ fan club is now in session. First order of business is admiring their new modern, crystal stemware with pinstripes and gradient colors. Fantastic, isn’t it? The colors and stripes are hand-applied, hence the cost, and have been noted to cause feelings of extreme distress to those individuals who can’t quite afford the whole collection, so please be aware and conduct yourself appropriately.
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Price: $36.00
Available from: A+R Store

I Love You Mug

How do you say ‘I love you’ in a different way? With a knife, a bloody heart, and a horseshoe, preferably in picture form upon an enamel mug, of course. Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari (of Toilet Paper magazine fame) are responsible for this drinking vessel, and it seems to strike the perfect balance between creepy-weird and very practical, as it won’t break and, perhaps more importantly, if you take it to work, it’s unlikely anyone will accidentally grab it thinking that it’s just some generic coffee mug for his or her own use. Take a look at the rest of the collection over at MoMA Store.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Timo Termo glasses

These glasses have a spiral silicone layer, ensuring that you’ll have a better grip on hot or cold (or slippery) beverages. It’s a pretty simple idea that’s executed elegantly. The Timo glass is also heat resistant.
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Price: $78.00 for s/4
Available from: Plastica Shop

Nesting Steel Shot Cups

It’s not a bad idea to have steel shot cups. You could throw them at the wall, as Wintercheck suggests, or keep them pristine and be confident they’ll last a lifetime. Each set comes with four cups and is dishwasher safe. Choose between Polished Nickel-Plated, Industrial Satin Nickel-Plated, and Slate Gray Teflon.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Wintercheck Factory

Silicone Wine Glass

Finally, a wine glass that won’t shatter when one throws it against a wall for emphasis. There’s also a Martini set, if that’s your choice of drink. We can all thank the wondrous material silicone for helping us to avoid those annoying glass shards at home, the park, or the beach. Now all we need is a bottle-sized version to decant the wine (with an adequate stopper) and the full set would be a permanent fixture in the picnic basket.
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Custom Silhouette Mug

Now, don’t go thinking silhouettes on mugs are only for parents. We all know you have enough imagination to think of some pretty good options for silhouettes for friends and family (a dance move? pets? inappropriate hand gestures? etc.) and there’s no reason to not immortalize said silhouette on a mug. It’s the perfect gift that’ll seem uninspiring until they see the custom image- then it’ll be awesome. (‘oh, it’s a mug…how nice…OH-MY-GOD-it’s-a-mug-with-so-and-so-doing-the-ROBOT! HAhaha!’ etc.)
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Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Custom Silhouette Mug here

Geometry Cups

A little black and white geometry always catches the eye, and these cups from Ferm Living are no exception. However, upon first glance, a person might think ‘haven’t I seen these before?’ and that person might search their memory (and the internet) only to find an image of Masahiro Mori’s Mini Cups. Quite similar, indeed, yet there’s a sizable difference in dimensions. Ferm Living’s Geometry Cups are larger and more suited for water, tea, or coffee, while Mori’s Mini Cups are smaller and more fit for sake and spirits.
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Price: $21.00
Available from: Ferm Living

Pi Glassware

As the retailer says, “Mix your drinks with a bit of math.” Just don’t start the conversation off by asking people if they’ve memorized the first hundred digits, because that’s a bit of a turn off. There’s also a Pi Kitchen Towel ($25), if that’s more your style. Glasses are etched.
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Price: $20.00 - 36.00
Available from: theuncommongreen

Stainless Steel Spoon Straws

No need to wish upon a star for a fancy spoon straw, because here it is. Stir and sip your drink with the same utensil! Amazing, isn’t it? And I’m only partially being facetious, because it is actually a smart drink accessory.
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Price: $37.95
Available from: Cocktail Kingdom

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Simply Glass sets

So, if you like slightly-tinted glassware, such as the Future Glass Set by Peter Svarrer, check out these glasses by Klaus Rath for Stelton. Plus, good news, they’re slightly less expensive: the Tall Simply Glass set is $68* for set of 4 and the regular Simply Glass set is $45 for set of 4.

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Price: $45.00 - 68.00
Available from: Plastica

Hidden Message Cups

Not many of us know how to read braille, and I’m not sure that owning these 4 cups with the lines “Be Kind,” “Breathe Deep,” “Love Yourself,” and “Make Time” will actually help us learn, but they do look nice, don’t they? The phrases are also printed on the bottom of each cup, so perhaps you can test yourself each time you use one.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00 for s/4
Available from: Uncommon Goods