The 9 Prettiest Mugs You Can Buy on Etsy

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The best-kept secret about mugs is that they actually make a pretty great holiday present. No, we’re not talking about the cheesy ones that say “World’s Best Mom” or even cheeky ones that say “World’s Okayest Mom.” No, we’re talking about the beautiful, lovingly handmade ones that you can get on Etsy.

Get a hand-thrown ceramic option and it’s an instant gift for your work wife, your brother-in-law, or your coffee-loving best friend. Take a look at these nine options and you’ll see what we mean.

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1. Marbled Clay Mug, $48 at SoulVesselDesigns

Hand-thrown on the pottery wheel, these marbled clay mugs actually remind us of wood grains for some reason. Whether you agree with us or not, we think you’ll agree that these are gorgeous. Pick your preference of lighter or darker colors at checkout.

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2. Modern Wabisabi Brush Strokes Mug, $42 at KatieMMudd

Etsy’s trend expert, Dayna Isom Johnson, specifically told us that brush strokes are huge these days — in ceramics, textiles, and more. “The handcrafted effect each brushstroke evokes lets shoppers know that there’s a real person behind each paint stroke,” she says. This mug is no exception.

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3. Ceramic Mug, $22 at IngridDebardCeramics

This mug holds around 10 ounces, but if you want it to hold even more, you can contact the shop owner for a custom order. Just note that the seller is based in Israel, so shipping may take a little longer than what you’re used to.

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4. Porcelain Boho Mug, $18 at FlordelvallemunozART

Gold and speckled polka-dots? Yes, please! These gorgeous mugs really do look best when paired together, so maybe get more than one?

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5. Pottery Coffee Mug, $42 for two at JehnCeramika

There’s something about a square handle that gets us every time. This mug comes as a set of two from Poland, so again, order now and give yourself plenty of time!

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6. Denim Blue Stoneware Mug, $32 at bartoncroft

We’re not sure what we love the most about this mug: the striking blue color or the sleek, clean lines. Not a blue fan? It also comes in a few other colors.

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7. Ceramic Fancy Mug, $25 at ClayTherapyCeramics

Would you just look at that beautiful ornate handle? It’s elaborate but not over-the-top. Oh, and that’s red earthenware on the outside with a white glaze on the inside.

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8. Ceramic Mug, $29 at roselinepottery

Looking for the perfect mug for a serious coffee drinker? This one holds up to 20 ounces. The handle is big and roomy for comfort, too. And the design — part raw earthenware, part black glaze — is sure to please nearly everyone on your shopping list.

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9. Whale Mug, $36 at CreativityHappens

“Unicorns and fairies are making way for real-life animals,” says Isom Johnson. These whale-shaped mugs are certainly more whimsical than any of the other mugs on this list, but they’re still pretty beautiful.

Which one is your favorite?

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