You might be riding the Third Wave coffee and tea movement if you can discuss the aromatic nuances and mouthfeel of your preferred region of coffee bean or tea leaf, if you’ve made your own cold brew at home, or if you own anything decorative that extols the virtues (and necessity) of coffee or tea.

Even if you’re not a proud coffee/tea snob, we know you jones for your java, and to a lesser extent, your leaves. Just under two-thirds of U.S. adults drink at least one cup a day, according to Gallup research released in 2015. Coffee drinkers average 2.7 cups per day, which hasn’t changed 1999. And a quarter of you say you’re addicted to coffee, but you don’t care. Only 10 percent of you want to cut back. While not as popular as coffee in the U.S., tea consumption has grown by 20 percent between 2000 and 2014, according to YouGov, a survey research company.

You may grind your own beans and use the pour-over method or go the French press route. Some of you traipse to your neighborhood cafe for your daily blend or you simply switch on your auto-drip coffee maker for a couple morning cups. Whatever your way is, we’ve got some must-have items for you (we know you’ll stay awake for this) or the lovable coffee-obsessive in your life. Oh yeah, and tea too.

Warning: Scanning through this list could cause impulse buys. We’ve (ahem) heard it can happen.


1. Coffee-Scented Candle


With the No. 112 Fresh Brewed Coffee 4 oz. Soy Candle Tin, you can wake up to the rich, warm smells of freshly roasted Colombian coffee beans, with just the tiniest hint of buttery caramel and a splash of vanilla cream to give this scent a balanced finish. These 4-ounce tins are suited for bedrooms, smaller spaces, and make great party favors for weddings, bridal showers, and baby showers. The candles are made of natural soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, phthalate-free fragrance oils, and no dyes. The tins are made of seamless aluminum with rolled edges that can be cleaned with soap and warm water for recycling or re-use, after the candle has burned down. That candle should keep giving off its perky aroma for 25 to 30 hours. Get the coffee-scented soy candle here.


2. Knit Coffee & Tea Cozy


Cardboard coffee sleeves are nice for protecting your hands from the drink’s heat, but when you want your to-go java to be a little more environmentally friendly,  a knit sleeve for your travel mug is the cutest way to keep your fingers cool. This neutral-colored coffee sleeve with a wooden heart embellishment cuts down on the waste created by disposable coffee sleeves and is best suited for standard sized travel mugs without a handle. Get the knit coffee cozy here.


3. Hand-Stamped Spoon


The stirring spoon for your coffee or tea could be a personalized, hand-stamped vintage spoon that makes you feel warm and fuzzy or makes you smirk, depending on the message. This hand-stamped vintage spoon is imprinted with “you’re my person,” but there are many other kinds of sayings, from “His Coffee” and “Her Coffee” to “I Love You Mom” and “Cereal Killer.” It could be a unique gift for that special someone. Include it with a fancy mug and some quality cocoa for an even bigger and more thoughtful gift. Get the vintage hand-stamped spoon here.


4. Cat-Shaped Tea Bags


You can cover two obsessions in one go with these cat-shaped tea bags. The feline-friendly tea bags would make a quirky gift for someone who loves to curl up on a comfy couch with her/his cat and a cup of tea. Each of the six handmade tea bags is filled with an original blend of tea. Allow your tea to brew for 3 to 4 minutes. Get the cat-shaped tea bags here.


5. “But First, Coffee” Sign

There’s good reason this phrase is so well-loved: Many things can be tackled, once we have our cup of coffee. Before that first cup, there’s no telling what we’re capable of, and that’s not meant in a good way. This 10-inch-by-10-inch hand-stained, hand-lettered wooden sign is ideal for your coffee bar, kitchen decor, or a cute gift to give to someone who can’t live without a little (or a lot of) caffeine. The back of each sign is finished and has a sawtooth hanger attached for easy hanging. Get the sign here.


6. Pour-Over Coffee Stand

A pour-over stand is a great way to make coffee for the discerning drinker. Or so the converts claim.  The hand-poured method of coffee brewing gives you control over the speed of the pour, which usually means making it happen slower to allow the water more time to come in contact with the grounds, which can make a more flavorful and richer brew. This YuccaLane pour-over system is made with hand-cut copper pipe and cedar wood. You can get the glass-cone dripper as well, if you need one. Get the pour-over coffee stand here.


7. Mesh Tea Ball Infuser with Pendants


One of the delights of steeping tea is all the choice you have in cute tea infusers. This mesh ball tea infuser by Owens Farm is adorned with an Indian elephant at the end of its chain. The stainless steel tea ball is 2 inches in diameter, and the charm is just over 1 inch. Your order includes a sample of our loose tea so you can use it right away, if you don’t have loose tea at home. Get the mesh tea ball infuser here.


8. Vintage Tea Kettle

If you like tea, you gotta have a cute kettle, no? This mid-century modern Japanese electric tea kettle is so sweet with the bright green color and daisy border, but it’s practical too. You can heat up a bunch of water for a tea party, or just a bit for your own personal use. The kettle is from the 1960s and is made of porcelain. It has a detachable cord that fits in the bottom-back of the kettle just under the handle. Do not submerge the kettle in water when cleaning it. There’s only one of these, so if someone else snatches it up, there are tons of other vintage kettles to choose from. Get the vintage tea kettle here.


9. Travel Mug with Personality


Many of us need a vessel to take our coffee and tea on the go, because we don’t have time to sit around staring at the flowers in contemplation as we sip. Like us, you have places to go, people to see. Some travel mugs come with insulation that protects your hands from getting too hot, but this handmade ceramic owl travel mug does not. It’s adorable though! You can always buy this owl mug along with a hand-knit mug cozy. Ooh, now that’s an idea. Get the owl travel mug here.


10. Vintage Tea Cups and Saucers


Drinking a cup of tea in a delicate, beautifully painted cup with matching saucer is an experience that makes you slow down and enjoy the moment. You could add some biscuits, cookies, pie, or cake with the beverage to really max out the effect, especially if you’re sipping with a friend. While each cup should match its saucer, your pairs don’t need to match each other. It’s actually shabby chic that way. That’s a good thing. Get vintage tea cups and saucers here.


11. Coffee Mug Rack


A coffee mug rack is a stylish way to show off your favorite cups. It’s a fun, attractive wall piece to organize your coffee mugs, daily mail, magazines, bills, or whatever you have. This wall-mounted cup holder has a mail slot, chalkboard, and six hooks, blending functional design and old-fashioned charm. It’s hand-crafted from western cedar, stained a golden oak color, and completed with a clear satin finish to protect it for years to come. Get the coffee-mug rack here.


12. Rustic Serving Tray


These rustic trays are constructed from kiln-dried, high-quality sustainably sourced wood, handcrafted in Yorkshire, England, and feature natural rope handles for easy carrying. They are great for serving coffee with cake or afternoon tea. You can select different finishes and colors too. Get the rustic serving tray here.


13. Coffee, Tea, Sugar Canisters


Store your coffee and tea in opaque containers where the light can’t shine through. These mid-century modern canisters are for four kitchen staples: coffee, tea, flour, and sugar. The design is clean enough to keep your counters looking uncluttered. They’re made in the 1950s by Masterware with chrome lids and plastic white knobs on top. There is only one set of these, so if you miss them, check out all the other kinds. Get the canisters here.


14. Coffee Subscription


Sign up the discriminating coffee lover in your life for a three-month coffee subscription. Each month, Perk u Latte sends a totally different 240-gram bag of single-origin coffee in either whole beans or ground, your choice. Each coffee is unique and from small, independent farmers. The delivery recipient can learn more about the farm, the people involved in growing the beans, the flavor experience, and the coffee’s strength. Get the coffee subscription here.


15. Signature Mug


The most obvious gift for a coffee lover (or tea fanatic) is a mug. But you can find one with a funny, sweet, or raunchy phrase, or just a classy, artistic pottery version with no message on it. Or you can get a set of matching mugs. Julia Smith Ceramics makes powder-blue and cream mugs with different hand-drawn pictures of birds, trees, or in this case, a bicycle. This medium-sized handmade mug was thrown with rustic red clay in Smith’s pottery studio in rural Inverness, Scotland. She then decorated it with a food-safe glaze and the hand-drawn decal.  It holds about 300 milliliters and isn’t microwave safe. It is dishwasher safe, but hand-washing is recommended to prolong the life of the bike decal. Get the ceramic mug here.


— Head image: Bella Housewares; other images: Etsy.

Amy Sowder is a writer and editor based in NYC, covering food and wellness in publications such as Bon Appétit, Women's Health, Eat This, Not That!, Upworthy/GOOD, Brooklyn Magazine, and Westchester Magazine. She loves to run races, but her favorite finish lines are gelato shops. Learn more at
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