If you are having a hard time figuring out what to get someone, taking the time to think about their interests and the things they love can help. For example, if someone you know spends their time on a computer, consider a tech gift. Or perhaps a family member is always planning their next camping trip — outdoor gear would fit the bill.
As for those people who are the hardest to shop for? Consider something coffee-related. After all, many people appreciate a nice cup of java. Whether you splurge on a fancy coffee maker, pick up some top-rated beans or opt for an accessory that will elevate their morning cup, there are plenty of gifts for every budget. To help you find the best gifts for coffee lovers, we rounded up ideas based on products Select staffers love, our previous coverage and items that have high ratings.
Gifts for coffee lovers
To recommend the best gifts for coffee lovers, we asked Select staff for their recommendations, included products from brands we’ve previously covered and found highly rated options from popular retailers like Amazon and Walmart.
Coffee and espresso maker gift ideas
Nespresso makes some of the highest rated single-serve coffee makers you can buy — and Select updates editor Mili Godio says it’s her “prized possession.” The Nespresso Vertuo Next is compatible with Nespresso Vertuo coffee and espresso capsules, giving the coffee lover in your life dozens of beverage options to choose from. The machine automatically adjusts coffee size, temperature, pressure and brew time after reading the barcode on the capsule you insert. The appliance is 5.5 inches wide, making it compact enough to fit on small countertops. You can also remove the water reservoir, which holds 37 ounces, when it needs to be refilled.
Some people prefer brewing a cup using non-electric options. The Chemex has always been a solid choice for making pour-over coffee. The brand suggests buying its special filters, which are 20 to 30% thicker than the standard kind, according to Chemex. The wood collar and leather tie serve as an insulated handle and can be removed when putting the carafe in the dishwasher for easy clean-up.
As someone who loves espresso but has no room in their small kitchen for an espresso machine, the Bialetti Moka Express is one of my favorite coffee tools. It allows me to make espresso shots on my stovetop using my favorite ground beans. The Moka Express is available in a variety of sizes, too — I use the 1-cup model when I’m making espresso for myself, and I also own the 6-cup model for brewing large quantities if I’m serving multiple people.
Recommended by experts as one of the best coffee makers of 2023, this option from Ninja lets you brew multiple sizes, including a single cup, half carafe or full 10-cup carafe. You can also choose between five custom brew styles — classic, rich, over ice, cold brew or specialty — that lets you make both hot and iced coffee. It also features a thermal carafe that keeps your coffee hot for up to two hours, according to the brand. Want foamed milk? This model has a fold-away milk frother to heat your milk.
A French Press style lets your ground coffee steep in hot water for an extended amount of time, which some experts say creates a more robust cup of joe. The Bodum Chambord French Press, which made our list of best coffee makers, comes with a stain- and heat-resistant borosilicate glass carafe, and it includes a stainless steel plunger, frame and lid. This model is dishwasher-safe, according to the brand, and it comes in multiple sizes, including 12-, 17-, 34- and 51-ounce options.
Shari Uyehara, Select’s manager of editorial operations, purchased this portable, hand-operated espresso machine to take with her on trips when she needs her caffeine fix quickly — which is why she recommended it as a gift for coffee lovers like her who travel often. To use the Minipresso, just add ground coffee to its filter basket and boiling water to the water tank before pumping the piston to make espresso.
Another option that made our list of best coffee makers, this one from Cuisinart is meant to mimic the pour-over approach. It does this by pre-wetting the grounds, allowing the coffee flavors to “bloom,” according to the brand. You can choose between mild, medium and bold flavor strengths and hot or extra hot temperature control. The coffee maker also has a self-clean feature and can be programmed to brew your coffee up to 24 hours in advance.
Looking for a splurge-worthy gift? This semi-automatic espresso machine made our list of best espresso machines in 2023. It has an integrated grinder that provides ground coffee on demand, and the built with a heating system is designed to hit near-boiling temperatures in just 3 seconds, according to the brand. It comes in several colors, including damson blue, royal champagne and black truffle.
Coffee mug gift ideas
The Ember Mug2 is a heated cup that keeps beverages warm while you’re sipping. The mug pairs with the Ember app so you can set an exact drinking temperature between 120 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s available in a 10-ounce or 14-ounce model; the built-in battery lasts 1.5 hours and 80 minutes, respectively, or you can keep the mug on the charging coaster to maintain the beverage’s temperature for longer, according to the brand. Godio owns an Ember Mug and says it’s her favorite work-from-home accessory.
I never leave for work without bringing a steaming hot cup of coffee with me in my reusable KeepCup. The 12-ounce glass travel mug fits under my single-serve coffee maker’s brew spout and it comes with a tightly fitting lid that doesn’t leak, in my experience. The lid is built with a plug closure that keeps the mouthpiece covered when you’re not drinking from it, and the cork band gives me a place to grip while protecting my hand from the hot liquid.
Uyehara’s favorite travel mug is designed with a built-in French press, allowing them to make and drink coffee in the same vessel. Just add ground coffee and hot water to the mug, allow the grounds to steep and press the plunger down to finish making your beverage. The dishwasher-safe, double-wall stainless steel mug keeps coffee hot for hours, says Uyehara, and its sip-through lid is leakproof, according to the brand.
This travel mug from Yeti, a Select staff favorite brand, makes a great gift for people who are always on the go. The double-insulated stainless steel cup keeps beverages hot or cold for hours, and the lid twists on and off for a more secure close, according to the brand. This travel mug holds 20 ounces of liquid and comes in a variety of shades, including black, charcoal and canopy green. It has a 4.7-star average from over 20,614 reviews on Amazon.
This 18-ounce ceramic travel mug from Ello looks more like a regular coffee mug than it does a travel mug. The bottom is wrapped in silicone to act as a coaster, and the lid can be slid closed to prevent spills. All parts are dishwasher safe, and the lid is made from BPA-free plastic, according to the brand. This travel mug has a 4.3-star average from over 4,900 reviews on Amazon.
Beautiful and functional, these glasses are great for someone who loves to sip espresso. They are made in Italy from double walled glass to help keep your drink hot or cold.. These glasses are dishwasher safe, hold up to two ounces of liquid and have a 4.6-star average rating from over 29,000 reviews on Amazon.
Coffee beans and instant coffee gift ideas
I love finding new coffee products to try, and I recently bought Cometeer’s Mixed Roast Box after discovering the brand on Instagram. Cometeer pods have flash-frozen brewed coffee inside, and the Mixed Roast Box comes with 32 pods in four different roasts so you can try a variety of flavors. To prepare a hot beverage, you peel back the lid, pop the frozen coffee into a cup and pour warm water or milk on top. You can also make cold drinks by melting the pod first and pouring it into water or milk. Cometeer allows you to get coffee delivered every week, two weeks or four weeks, and you can stop the subscription at any time.
NBC Select commerce editor Lindsay Schneider loves the Bluestone Lane cafes located across New York City. This coffee set comes with three bags of coffee — the Maverick blend (which has notes of cocoa and clove), Flagstaff blend (which has notes of almond and vanilla) and a bag of decaf. The bags are filled with whole beans, so it is an ideal gift for someone who prefers to grind their own beans. To make it a more elaborate gift, you could also include a grinder.
If you’ve got a Starbucks lover in your life, consider this set of three different medium roast blends. This set includes bags of pre-ground Breakfast, House and Pike Place blends — three of the brand’s most popular roasts, according to Starbucks. This variety pack has a 4.7-star average from over 4,000 reviews on Amazon.
This box comes with four 1.8-ounce bags of whole bean coffee. Based in Seattle, Bean Box features all small-batch, locally roasted artisan beans. You’ll get a mix of light, medium and dark roasts, and the packaging is recyclable, according to the brand. Also nice: The bags come packaged in a larger box, so all you have to do is gift wrap it, and it’s ready to go.
This box contains eight individually wrapped packets of instant medium roast coffee. “I travel a lot and received these as a stocking stuffer last year. I can’t always rely on wherever I am staying having good coffee. So, I just tuck a few of these in my suitcase and take relief knowing a good cup is never far away,” says Select contributing editor Bethany Heitman. To make a cup, just empty a packet into the bottom of a mug and add 10 ounces of hot water.
Coffee accessories gift ideas
Select editorial projects manager Rebecca Rodriguez swears by this coffee grinder, which lives on her kitchen counter since she uses it daily. The grinder has a stainless steel conical burr, and you can choose from 60 grind-size settings, as well as adjust the electronic timer as coffee is grinding. You can store up to 18 ounces of coffee beans in the grinder, and you can directly grind the coffee into a portafilter, grinds container or filter basket.
Before Rodriguez invested in Breville’s coffee grinder, she purchased the brand’s milk frother, which she says elevated her coffee game. The milk frother also warms milk — you can set your desired temperature — but it has a cold stir setting if you want frothy milk without the heat. The appliance comes with two stirring attachments, one for lattes and one for cappuccinos, which can be stored magnetically on the back of the machine. In addition to frothing milk, Rodriguez makes what she says is the best hot chocolate with Breville’s machine.
If you are looking to spend a little less on a frother, consider this one from Zulay. It works on all types of milk including soy, almond, half and half, cashew and other dairy products such as butter, according to the brand. You can also use it to mix protein-powder drinks. It’s powered by two AA batteries, comes with its own stand and is available in 45 bold colors and designs such as golden sunrise, hearts, grapefruit, pink with gold, and metallic green. It has a 4.5-star average from over 110,000 reviews on Amazon
Bodum makes my favorite gooseneck electric kettle, which I think is perfect to use when brewing pour-over coffee. The kettle is cordless, which makes filling it easy, and it has a 32-ounce capacity. To use the kettle, you place it on the included power base and click the power switch into place. The appliance automatically shuts off once the water boils. I leave my kettle out on my coffee bar; its matte black finish looks sleek and adds to the area’s decor.
I leave coffee mugs all over my apartment — and I finally invested in these Dorai Home coasters after leaving one too many coffee rings on furniture. The coasters come in a set of four and are made from a stone material that the brand says dries instantly if they get wet (which I can attest to). They’re available in sandstone and slate colors.
Instead of making ice cubes with water for my iced coffee, I make them using coffee — this way, when the coffee cubes melt, they add more coffee to my beverage instead of watering it down. This ice tray from Williams Sonoma lets you make cubes in coffee-bean shape. It’s made from silicone, which makes the cubes easy to take out of the tray once they’re frozen, comes with a lid and is dishwasher-safe, according to the brand.
Featured in our guide to top-rated coffee accessories on Amazon, this stainless-steel storage container is not only airtight, it also has a one-way carbon dioxide valve that expels any CO2 buildup from the beans to help preserve their fresh-roasted flavor as long as possible. Its silicone rubber seal is BPA-free, and there’s a date tracker on the lid to let you know when your beans will expire, according to the brand. It also comes with a stainless-steel coffee scoop that attaches to the side of the container. It has a 4.8-star average from over 12,900 reviews on Amazon.
Use these syrups to make gourmet coffee drinks at home — simply add a little to your coffee for flavor. This set comes with four bottles of syrup: vanilla, salted caramel, classic hazelnut and Irish cream. They are made with pure sugar cane and contain no artificial flavors, according to the brand. This set has a 4.7-star average from over 1,400 reviews on Amazon.
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Bethany Heitman is a contributor at NBC Select and a journalist who regularly covers topics like beauty, home and lifestyle.