How To: 4 Super Cute, Super Easy Gifts in a Mug

Putting gifts in a mug is the perfect and practical way to celebrate any occasion, be it your best friend’s new job or your coworker’s milestone birthday.

Personally, I love coffee mug gifts because they leave so much room for creativity. You can go with a specific theme, or you can simply go with the recipient’s favorite things. Either way, they can be both thoughtful and useful.

But if you’re not the creative type, or you’re feeling uninspired, they can be a little tricky too. Well, at least until you get your wheels turning, which I’m here to help you do!

Scroll down to see 4 super cute, super easy gifts in a mug I created using items from Amazon, Target, and my own Etsy shop.

Feel free to steal these ideas whenever you need to throw together a mug gift quickly and affordably. I’ve linked all of the products shown(or similar ons) so you can click the links and/or product pictures to shop.


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A filled mug gift idea for friends including travel-sized beauty products, blue light glasses, and motivational stickers.

Gifts in a Mug Idea #1: Desk Essentials

This coffee mug gift idea is perfect for someone who’s starting a new job! I don’t know about you, but I like to keep products like deodorant, hairspray, hand cream, and chapstick in my desk. You just never know when you’re going to need them! So these mug fillers are super practical.

BTW, you might recognize some of these items from my post This is How to Make Awesome Gift Baskets for Women (on a Budget). They’ve been hot sellers, and I actually use them myself, which is why I’m recommending them again.

Here are the links to the products shown above (or similar). Click the arrows to scroll through, then click the pictures to shop.

A filled mug gift idea for women including face masks, hair ties, hand cream, socks, and more.

Gifts in a Mug Idea #2: Self-Care Essentials

This coffee mug gift idea includes my favorite self-care essentials – a face mask, cozy socks, hair ties, chapstick, hand cream, and a pocket calendar (because if I don’t get everything out of my head, I can’t chill). This would make for a great just because gift idea. It could work for a birthday gift or encouragement gift, as well.

A birthday gift in a mug including mug cake mix, birthday candles, a gold fork, a gold spoon, and a motivational sticker.

Gifts in a Mug Idea #3: Birthday Essentials

A birthday party for one, this mug gift idea includes everything needed to make a mug cake and celebrate a fresh new start! I added fun candles and a motivational sticker to give it a festive touch.

PS: I’ve linked gluten free mug cakes to suit those with an allergy or intolerance.

A filled mug gift idea for Christmas including hot cocoa supplies.

Gifts in a Mug Idea #4: Holiday Essentials

If the mug gift you’re creating is to celebrate a specific holiday, just use mug fillers that are relevant.

For instance, some Christmas mug gift ideas you can consider are hot chocolate supplies (linked below), homemade Christmas cookies, or even a DIY stovetop potpourri.

But if you were creating a Valentine’s Day gift, you might consider a big bag of candy hearts or Hershey’s kisses.

Target always has cute, festive candies and supplies. So if I were you, I’d start there!

If you found this helpful, be sure to pin this post on Pinterest so you don’t lose track of it! I’ll continue to add my gifts in a mug ideas here as I come up with more of them.

Also, before you go, here are a few other gift guides you might like:

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