The Hot Holiday Gift of the Year Is Here (Order One Now in Case It Sells Out)

updated Oct 18, 2019
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Last year, during the holidays, I couldn’t say hi to a fellow Kitchn or Apartment Therapy editor without ending up in a conversation about the Ember Mug. All my friends and family members were talking about it, too. As a picky coffee drinker, I totally understood the buzz (pun intended!): It plugs in or gets charged up and works with an app (which you sync via Bluetooth); it then heats and keeps your coffee or tea to the desired temperature. It was the hottest gift of the season (another intended pun!) and, when thinking about it recently, I figured it’d be pretty big again this year too. But now there’s some news: As of today, there’s a new generation of the Ember Travel Mug and the regular Ember Mug.

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The re-engineered Ember Travel Mugand Ember Mug now comes with a battery that lasts up to 50 percent longer, so that your drink will stay hotter for even longer. (That’s one-and-a-half hours for the regular mug, and up to three hours for the travel mug.) And the Ember Travel Mughas a more streamlined experience: The rotating temperature dial at the base of the mug has been replaced with a sleek, hidden-until-lit touch display for on-the-go temperature customization that works without your phone. It’s also lighter than the previous model, which is clearly a plus for those of us who also have to tote our lunches, work papers, and various other nonsense on the train in the mornings and evenings.

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Whether you’re shopping for loved ones or yourself (or both?), you’ll have a few options. The new generation is available in a 10-ounce mug (for $100), a 14-ounce mug (for $130; only available in black) and a travel version (for $180; this is available for pre-sale now but won’t ship until November). And in addition to the black and white options we had last year, there’s also this cool copper version.

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What do you think? Will you be buying one of these?