Mugs may not seem the most exciting thing to talk about, but I am a fan of mugs, and so will talk about them, at least for a while. If you are indifferent about mugs, perhaps this will not be for you.
For the most part, my boyfriend and I don’t have many matching mugs in our flat, preferring more of an assortment, for variety is the spice of life…or, well, consuming hot beverages. I have provided a collage of some of our favourites.
I like having lots of different types of mugs and reach for different ones depending on my mood: it allows me to feel impulsive, even though I am only selecting a mug from which to drink. But since I drink an awful lot of hot beverages from coffee in the mornings to tea in the afternoons, and many other herbal or fruit teas, and sometimes even a hot water with lemon, this freedom to choose probably takes up a significant portion of my day, so seems justified. I also like different mugs for different types of hot drink; I am quite clear about what is a tea or coffee mug, and rarely the ‘twain do meet.
So that’s my mug background. I like choice and mis-matchy-ness. And I was happy with my mug collection, until I discovered the Anthropologie Monogrammed Mugs – I refer to it as my ‘alphabet’ mug generally, but it’s always nice to be fancy – one day whilst wandering around their shop in Edinburgh. Anthropologie has many, many lovely things, and I especially love their homeware in general, but these mugs have fast become my favourite. Here’s a picture here unfortunately not of our actual mugs, for reasons that will become apparent below – and no, they didn’t break:
Since my name is Julie and my boyfriend’s is Chris, we bought a J and a C. It made sense at the time, and we’re not that creative. You could also buy a J or a C, or even one with the letter that reflects your own first, last or even middle name. You could even get lots of different mugs that spelled out a whole person’s name, in case you were staging a surprise birthday party, or an intervention. Just a few handy suggestions there…
In addition to the cool reminding-of-first-initial feature these mugs are lovely quality, and made from porcelain. They are quite big mugs: 10cm high, 13cm wide according to the website, which also makes them perfect for tomato soup or any kind of soup, I imagine. The handle is a little small for my liking, so when the liquid is super hot I am not such a fan, but once your beverage of choice has cooled down these mugs are perfect for holding in your whole hand with a finger or thumb through the handle.
We’ve had our Anthropologie mugs for a while now, and have bought them as house-warming presents for a couple of people we know, and they would make a perfect small gift for weddings, anniversaries or birthdays too. Who doesn’t love mugs? We were certainly happy with ours.
AND THEN THEY BROUGHT OUT CHRISTMAS ONES.
Chris discovered these on the Anthropologie website when we went to buy the normal alphabet mugs for his sister and her family, who had just moved into a new house. Without hesitating, we snapped up a couple of the Christmas ones for ourselves. What? it’s not like our initials are likely to change anytime soon… And as you can see these are the very mugs that we own. And since we have the festive ones at home just now, the regular alphabet mugs are in our respective university offices, hence the generic picture. They’re basically the same but without the gold.
The best bit is that these Christmas mugs are not overly Christmassy, which normally means they need to be locked away from January to November. The festive edition of the monogram mug comes with gold gilding on the letter and the handle not sure how this will hold up, dishwasher-users, but we’re too poor for a dishwasher so are free from this worry hooray!
The normal alphabet mugs are priced at £6.00 each or the Christmas limited edition ones are £8.00. Considering how expensive mugs can be I think this is a pretty good price; they are very nice quality, wash well and are pretty sizeable too.
What are your favourite mugs?