One of the many things Select’s staff has in common is our love of coffee. We frequently compare notes about the best at-home brewing techniques and break up the work day by visiting our favorite cafe for a latte. So, as coffee lovers ourselves, we’re constantly shopping for coffee-related products. And if you know someone who takes their java seriously, you may be shopping for coffee-minded gifts, especially with the holiday season quickly approaching.
From iced-coffee connoisseurs to espresso enthusiasts, coffee drinkers come with many different preferences, which can make the gifting process cumbersome. To help you narrow down options, we rounded up some of Select staffers’ favorite coffee products, as well as some we’ve previously covered. We also included a handful of gift ideas for coffee lovers we think you should know about.
Best gifts for coffee lovers
To recommend the best gifts for coffee lovers, we asked Select staff for their recommendations and included a few products from brands we’ve previously covered. As shopping experts, we also added gift ideas we think readers should know about based on our research into what people are searching for.
Coffee and espresso maker gift ideas
Nespresso makes some of the best single-serve coffee makers you can buy — and Select associate reporter Mili Godio says hers is 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 countertop appliance is 5.5 inches wide, making it compact enough to fit on small countertops. You can also remove the water reservoir when it needs to be refilled.
While cold brew is often thought of as a hot-weather drink, some people prefer it year-round. If that sounds like someone you know, Instant’s Cold Brewer can help ensure they have a steady supply of the drink on hand at home. The device uses Instant’s FlashExtract technology to make cold brew in less than 20 minutes, the brand says. They can use your favorite ground coffee (or tea leaves for iced tea) and even customize the brew strength. The machine’s glass pitcher holds up to 32 ounces of liquid and is dishwasher-safe, according to Instant.
Instead of making coffee using an appliance, some people like brewing a cup of joe using non-electric options, such as pour-over coffee makers. The Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker is available in 3-cup, 6-cup, 8-cup and 10-cup sizes and pairs with the brand’s filters. Its wooden sleeve and leather tie are removable, too, so they can clean the glass.
Gift those who want to learn about manual coffee brewing this French press, which experts previously told us is easy to use. OXO’s French press is designed with the brand’s GroundsLifter — it acts like a squeegee, according to OXO, and makes it easy to lift used coffee grounds out of the pitcher to clean it. The stainless steel plunger separates grounds from the brewed coffee after they’ve been steeped, and the French press also has a non-slip grip on its handle.
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.
This Ninja appliance is a great gift for those who value versatility in a programmable coffee maker. It allows you to specify whether you’re making a hot beverage or a drink over ice, and you can choose from multiple brew sizes like a single cup, a travel mug and a full carafe. The machine has a built-in milk frother and comes with two brew baskets: one for coffee grounds and another for tea leaves. It’s also designed with a removable water reservoir. When you purchase the coffee maker, you can decide if you want it to come with a glass or stainless steel carafe.
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.
Coffee mug gift ideas
The Ember Mug2 is a heated cup that keeps beverages warm while you’re sipping on them. The mug pairs with the Ember app, through which 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. Godio owns an Ember Mug and says it's her favorite work-from-home accessory.
When your giftee has time to slowly sip their coffee at home, they can use this decorative ceramic coffee mug. It holds up to 6.7 ounces of liquid and sits in a matching sunflower-shaped coaster. The mug is safe to put in the microwave and dishwasher, according to the brand. It’s available in four pastel colors: Pearl White, Blue-Green, Lemon Yellow and Peach Pink.
These porcelain espresso cups come with matching saucers and are decorated with hand-painted gold lines. They’ll look elegant on a coffee bar or shelf in their kitchen, and can be used while sharing coffee with loved ones.
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.
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.
Not all coffee lovers drink the beverage for the caffeine — some simply like the flavor a cup of joe offers. You can purchase your favorite decaf-coffee drinker the Velty’s Limited Edition Holiday Tin, which is filled with 20 servings of the brand’s decaffeinated instant coffee and a gold stirring spoon. Velty says the coffee has a buttery, smooth flavor with sweet chocolate notes.
Bean Box’s Coffee + Chocolate Tasting Box gives your loved ones a sweet treat to snack on while trying different java blends. The box comes with four types of coffee, and you can choose whether you want it to come as ground or whole beans. They’ll also get four chocolate varieties with information about tasting notes for each chocolate and coffee pairing.
A coffee subscription ensures that your giftee doesn't have to worry about running out of beans — coffee gets automatically delivered on a consistent basis, and you can cancel the subscription at any time. Reveille Trading Company is one of our favorite Black-owned coffee brands and offers a coffee subscription box packed with a different blend each time it ships. You can choose from whole beans, medium ground beans or finely ground beans, and decide if you want .75 pounds, 1.5 pounds or 3 pounds of coffee sent with each shipment. The company also allows you to pick from light, medium, dark or espresso roasts, but for those who want to be surprised, you can let Reveille choose a roast for you. With this subscription, coffee can be delivered to your loved one every one, two, three or four months.
Select staffers are big Blue Bottle fans, and we felt our gift recommendations for coffee lovers wouldn't be complete without something from the brand. Blue Bottle’s Comforting Coffee Set comes with three bags of beans: The Winter Blend, which the brand says has a dark, rich flavor, as well as Winter Espresso and Hayes Valley Espresso.
Coffee lovers can keep these instant coffee packets in their bag or at their desk for when they need a quick caffeine fix. The single-serve packets (like you might see in a hotel) are filled with Chamberlain Coffee’s Wildcat variety, a medium roast coffee that has flavors of dark chocolate and sweet caramel, the brand says. You can purchases boxes with 10 or 32 sticks of coffee.
Coffee accessories gift ideas
Rebecca Rodriguez, Select’s editorial operations associate, swears by this coffee grinder, which lives on her 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 grind coffee into a portafilter, grinds container, filter basket and more.
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.
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 the kettle on the included power base and click the power switch into place. The appliance automatically shuts off once water boils. I leave my kettle out on my coffee bar; its matte black exterior is sleek and adds to the area’s decor.
If the coffee lover in your life finds they are spending too much on oat milk lattes out, they might like this device from Almond Cow, which allows you to make homemade plant-based milk from nuts, seeds or grains. All you have to do is fill the appliance’s base with water and fill the filter basket with oats, or almonds, for example. Then, just click the button. The Essentials bundle comes with Almond Cow’s Milk Maker, a glass jug to store the milk and a brush to clean the appliance.
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.
Some people like to cut the bitter taste of coffee with something sweet. Transcendence Coffee offers a bundle of its two flavored coffee syrups: Indian Gulab Jamun Syrup, which contains cardamom, saffron and rose petals, and Algerian Baklava Syrup, which has orange blossom buds, cinnamon and honey. The syrups come in mini 4-ounce bottles.