We chose the Rifle Paper Co. Holiday Village Porcelain Mug as our winner because of its sturdy design and cheerful illustrations with silver accents, sure to get anyone in the holiday spirit. If you're looking for the perfect gift for the coffee or tea lover in your life, the Ember Smart Mug 2 comes in four festive, metallic shades and uses self-warming technology to keep drinks hot during the cold winter months.
From festive coffee cocktails to hot chocolate, nothing says "the holidays" quite like a warm beverage in a favorite mug. Adding a few holiday coffee mugs to your kitchen can help tie together seasonal decorations or even establish new traditions.
Since these mugs will likely only come out during special occasions, it's important to find sturdy pieces made of high-quality materials so they will stay free from chips and cracks year after year. Plus, finding mugs that match the rest of your decor will help heighten the holiday spirit at home. We researched the most popular mugs and top brands to help you choose which size, design, and overall value suit your needs this season.
Here are the best holiday mugs to match any aesthetic, according to our research.
Rifle Paper Co. Holiday Porcelain Mug in Holiday Village
Available in different styles
Not microwave safe
With its gold or silver accents, bright hues, and illustrated designs, this porcelain mug from Rifle Paper Co. is the perfect vessel for your holiday drinks. Rifle Paper Co. is known for its vibrant, hand-painted images that highlight attention to detail and whimsical characters, and this mug is no exception. The image of a scenic holiday town features a skating rink and snow-capped farmhouses centered around a tiny Christmas tree farm, while the metallic rim adds a touch of elegance.
Although the 16-ounce mug is handwash only and isn't microwave safe, we're willing to overlook that fact since you'll probably only bring it out for special occasions. If you have other kitchen pieces from the company, such as serving trays, aprons, or tea towels, this coffee mug will match the overall aesthetic—which certainly comes in handy during holiday entertaining. For those not interested in the holiday village scene, Rifle Paper Co. offers a couple of different holiday styles, including nutcrackers and mistletoe with metallic handles.
Price at time of publish: $22
Material: Porcelain | Capacity: 16 ounces | Dishwasher Safe: No
Pottery Barn Gnome Shaped Ceramic Mug
Lead, latex, BPA, and phthalate free
Dishwasher and microwave safe
Comes in single or set of four
Unique shapes may chip easily
This friendly little gnome mug is sure to add some personality to your space. It has the signature long beard, prominent nose, holiday sweater, and classic oversized cap. Serve up some hot cocoa, whipped cream, and even a marshmallow or two, or enjoy your morning coffee with this lucky—and affordable—gnome mug.
Made of ceramic earthenware from Pottery Barn, the gnome mug is both dishwasher and microwave safe thanks to the glazed finish. However, the material does warm quickly, so handle it with caution while unloading the dishwasher or taking the mug out of the microwave while it is still hot. The mug holds 13 ounces of liquid and is lead, latex, BPA, and phthalate free. Pottery Barn offers three other holiday gnome designs in its mug collection, meaning they are easy to mix-and-match and will look great displayed on your kitchen counter. Each mug style comes in single or four-piece sets.
Price at time of publish: $10 for single mug, $40 for four-piece set
Material: Earthenware | Capacity: 13 ounces | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Ceramic Connoisseur Christmas Tree Mug
Each one is unique
Fired three times at high temperature
Not microwave safe
Ceramic Connoisseur's handmade mugs are created using 24-karat gold sourced from Italy and high-quality ceramic. Sure, you can grab a set for a special occasion like a holiday party or Christmas morning brunch, but they'll also add a magical touch of winter cheer when it comes to your everyday cup of coffee. Choose between a single mug adorned with hand-painted, delicate scenes of fir tree branches or serene Christmas trees accented with real gold.
Since these mugs are handcrafted with pottery wheels, each one is unique with its own color variations and imperfections. This personal quality (no two mugs are exactly alike) makes them fantastic gifts for your loved ones. The beautiful craftsmanship speaks for itself, but the ceramic is incredibly strong as well. It's fired three times at high temperatures—around the 1240°C / 2264°F mark—for extra strength and durability. A single piece will hold about 14 ounces of liquid, and they are all dishwasher safe.
Although the mugs ship from Poland where they're made, reviewers from the United States and worldwide were impressed with "surprisingly fast" shipping times and safe packaging. Another reviewer even called these mugs one of their favorite all-time Etsy purchases.
Price at time of publish: $36 for single mug or $160 for four-piece set
Material: Ceramic | Capacity: 14 ounces | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2, Metallic
Temperature controlled through app
Auto sleep feature
When the colder months start to roll around, this self-warming Ember mug will keep drinks like coffee and tea at the optimum temperature without extra trips to the microwave. The Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2 holds 10 or 14 ounces and comes in several brilliant-finish, metallic colors—gold, rose gold, copper, and stainless steel—that are absolutely ideal for the holidays.
This second-generation model has a longer-lasting battery than its predecessor, keeping drinks hot for up to 1.5 hours on a single charge. Paired with the charging coaster, however, the temperature control mug will last all day. The Ember App lets you choose the exact temperature for a beverage between 120°F and 145°F, customize presets, and even receive notifications when your drink reaches the preferred temperature—right from your smartphone. The LED light color on the mug's charging base is customizable, as well.
For safety, the mug has a built-in auto sleep function that senses when it's time to turn the heat on and off, entering sleep mode when the mug becomes empty and waking itself up when it senses liquid. Thanks to the stainless steel construction and scratch-resistant ceramic coating, the Ember mug is also safe to hand wash and is fully submersible at up to 3.28 feet deep.
Price at time of publish: $144 for 10-ounce mug or $180 for 14-ounce mug
Material: Stainless steel | Capacity: 10 ounces or 14 ounces | Dishwasher Safe: No
ZWILLING Sorrento Glass Coffee Mug
Microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe
Glass helps maintain the temperature
It may be too lightweight for some
The advantage of using a glass mug is the easy-to-see drink inside, making them great for parties with special holiday drinks like hot toddies, spiked cider, or creamy cocoa. Speaking of parties, these Sorrento mugs come in sets of four with a winter-themed flurry of snowflakes etched onto the glass.
Double-walled borosilicate glass helps maintain drink temperatures, whether hot or cold, and matching handles will feel sturdy in hand. They're also microwave and freezer safe. ZWILLING Glassware has been around since the 1700s, known for its mouth-blown borosilicate glass made by skilled artisans in Italy and Germany. Another perk of the long-lasting borosilicate material? Cold drinks stay cold without any condensation.
Reviewers were torn about the weight of the glass mugs—some preferred how lightweight they were, while others favored a heftier feel to their cups—so that feature may come down to preference. Most agreed that the glasses themselves are beautiful in design and easy to wash by hand or in the dishwasher, which is certainly a plus when the holidays already have dirty dishes piling up.
Price at time of publish: $45 for four-piece set
Material: Borosilicate glass | Capacity: 12 ounces | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Pottery Barn Rustic Reindeer Terracotta Mugs
Phthalate, BPA, lead and latex free
Part of a larger collection
May have imperfections in the glaze
For those who want to take a break from brightly-colored holiday decor, the Pottery Barn Rustic Reindeer Terracotta Mugs offer a minimalist, organic design—without sacrificing style. Each one of the mugs in this four-piece set is embossed with a dainty, hand-painted reindeer and coated with a reactive glaze. The glaze is restricted to the inner section of the mug, giving it a speckled effect on the inside while maintaining a rougher, more rustic texture on the exterior. Due to the hand-painted artisanal process and speckled effect, each mug has variation with its own distinct design and character.
Part of Pottery Barn's Rustic Reindeer collection, these mugs can be paired with matching tableware that shares the same hand-painted reindeer design and speckled glaze, so it's easy to plan an entire holiday dinner party around them. The whole collection consists of a serving bowl, serving platters, soup bowls, salad plates, and dinner plates. Pottery Barn also offers a 16-piece dinnerware set that includes four of the Rustic Reindeer mugs. Each piece is also dishwasher safe and phthalate, BPA, lead, and latex free.
Price at time of publish: $47 for four-piece set
Material: Terracotta | Capacity: 12.75 ounces | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Simonds Creative Co. Hanukkah Mug
Dishwasher and microwave safe
Two size options
No returns accepted
Sip your coffee or tea from this Simonds Creative Co. mug through the Hanukkah season and enjoy cheery doodles with custom colors. The art is hand-drawn using Procreate (no clip art or mass-produced fonts) and digitally printed onto the ceramic mug to create a truly special piece.
The backstory with the artist, who works from Royse City in Texas, goes back to an injury that left them stuck in bed for an extended period of time. They started creating art and lettering to help pass the time, and the hobby turned into a successful Etsy shop selling everything from shirts and stickers to prints and mugs—all drawn by hand. Today, the shop as a whole boasts over 2,000 sales and an average review rating of 4.8 or higher.
Reviewers love the bright, colorful doodles and the quality of the ceramic in this mug. Likewise, they praise the artist for their quick response time to inquiries. While this particular mug's illustrations come with a white background, the artist offers the same design with a yellow or blue background and handle. They're also dishwasher and microwave safe
Price at time of publish: $16 for 11-ounce mug or $18 for 15-ounce mug
Material: Ceramic | Capacity: 11 ounces or 15 ounces | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Swig Life 'Tis the Season Tumbler
Good for hot and cold drinks
Fits most standard car cup holders
Not microwave safe
Looking to take your mug on the go? These 22-ounce tumblers from Swig Life are triple-insulated, copper-plated, and vacuum-sealed to keep drinks cold for 12 hours or hot for three hours while traveling to visit friends and family. Even better, the slim shape makes them fit snugly into most car cup holders, and the double-walled technology keeps them free from condensation.
Swig Life offers over 40 designs to choose from, including three holiday-themed prints of poinsettias, ornaments, or gifts and Christmas trees. They use thick, professional grade 18/8 stainless steel to keep things nonbreakable and insulated, with a slip-free, scratch-free, noise-free silicone base. They're also made without the use of BPA.
Technically, these tumblers are dishwasher safe (though a few reviewers advise that the top rack is best), but the company recommends handwashing so as not to accidentally damage the finish.
Price at time of publish: $40
Material: Stainless Steel and silicone | Capacity: 22 ounces | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
What to Look for in a Holiday Coffee Mug
Mug material strongly dictates how long the product will last and how the drinker will need to wash—either by hand or in the dishwasher. Coffee purists or tea aficionados may not want a material like stainless steel since it can sometimes affect the flavor of the drink, opting instead for porcelain or ceramic.
Some coffee or tea drinkers prefer to keep their mugs smaller in order to support smaller-volume beverages like matcha or espresso. On the other hand, others want to fit as much liquid into a single receptacle as possible to avoid going back into the kitchen for refills. Since it can be difficult to tell the size of a mug in pictures, be sure to check the actual ounces to get a better idea of the volume.
With gift buying and vacations lined up, the holidays are already a good time to pay attention to value. Are you looking for something as a gift? Will you be throwing a holiday party that requires a set of matching mugs? Consider how much you're willing to invest in a piece that only comes out during the holiday months.
Choosing a mug that matches your overall decor and style may be more important during the holiday season than throughout the rest of the year. A house that is already covered with Christmas gnomes will likely benefit from a different mug design than a home with more rustic or glam decorations. Keep the theme in mind while choosing your holiday coffee mug.
How do I get stains out of holiday coffee mugs?
Coffee mug stains are more common with materials like porcelain, glass, and stainless steel. To remove stubborn stains, you can make a paste using baking soda and scrub it on the stains with a damp sponge. Rinse the mug with water as normal and repeat the steps if needed.
What drinks can I make with a holiday coffee mug?
Any warm (or cold) drink you would use a regular coffee mug for is perfect for a holiday coffee mug, including of course, a classic Christmas beverage like eggnog or mulled wine.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Katherine Gallagher is an associate commerce editor for The Spruce Eats, specializing in products for preparing and serving food and drinks. She is also a daily tea drinker and is always on the lookout for the best mugs and cups on the market. Apart from editing, Katherine has also written for Dotdash Meredith's lifestyle brands since 2018.