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Christmas Holiday Mugs

Updated on June 26, 2014

Mugs make Great Holiday Gifts

I find that Christmas mugs fit many of your small gift needs for the holidays. 

They can be filled with small gifts such as candy, small trinkets, or a special drink mix or they can be added to a basket of Christmas treats.

I have used mugs to present gifts to the staff at my Mother's nursing home.  One year I filled them with a hot chocolate mix and the next I made cake in a mug.

In this lens I have picked a selection of Christmas mugs that I thought would make good gifts.  I have also included my instructions for cake in a mug.

May you have a Merry Christmas!

photo by Mary Beth Granger

Mugs for Gifts

many different presentations

When you think of giving someone a Christmas mug, look for an interesting way to present the gift. The mug is perfect for holding a variety of items that is limited only by your imagination.

Some of the more common uses for mugs are using them to hold candies, chocolates or perhaps a hot chocolate mix.

Mugs make a great container for almost any small gift. For women you might add small sized hand lotions, sewing notions, or perhaps a special Christmas pin. For men look at small tools, golf tees, or even a festive pair of socks. For children small figurines, marbles, a small stuffed animal or stickers work great to put in a festive Christmas mug.

Food and drink items are always welcome and many work well to put in a mug. Some that come to mind are trail mixes, nuts, cheeses, small cookies, and crackers.

For a unique mug gift you might want to try a 'cake in a mug'. I have the recipe listed below.

Special Holiday Mugs - great gift containers

A mug is a nice gift by itself, but add something inside and it can become a special gift. Here are some mugs that would also make great gift containers. Just add you items inside, wrap in some clear wrap and tie and a bow!!

Adorable Top Hat Snowman Mug Christmas Believe Holly
Adorable Top Hat Snowman Mug Christmas Believe Holly

Snowmen are great for the winter holidays, and this one just begs to be filled with your favorite beverage.

Merry Christmas Y'All Coffee Mug/Cup Adorable Holiday Drinkware Designed by Carla Grogan
Merry Christmas Y'All Coffee Mug/Cup Adorable Holiday Drinkware Designed by Carla Grogan

This fun mug will delight your recipient filled with a gift just for them.

Spode Christmas Tree Candy Cane Mugs, Set of 4
Spode Christmas Tree Candy Cane Mugs, Set of 4

This is an elegant looking tree mug. By a set of 4 and then separate them for 4 special gifts.

Boston Warehouse Holly Jolly Santa Mug
Boston Warehouse Holly Jolly Santa Mug

This jolly Santa will delight your favorite child filled with a special gift just for them.

Vandor LLC 65066 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 18-Ounce Oval Ceramic Mug, Multicolored
Vandor LLC 65066 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 18-Ounce Oval Ceramic Mug, Multicolored

This extra big Rudolph mug would be the perfect container for some holiday treats.


Cake in a Mug

a favorite Christmas treat

Are you looking for a unique small Christmas gift ? This gift would be great for a teacher, mailman, nurse, or someone who you would like to remember with a small gift.

First you buy a Christmas mug, then gather the ingredients for cake in a mug and add them to the mug. Wrap the entire mug in cellaphane and tie with a Christmas bow and a tag with instructions for the cake.


Cake Mix:

1 box cake mix, flavor of your choice

1 small instant pudding mix (not sugar free), flavor of your choice

Glaze Mix:

1/3 cup confectioner's sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons dry flavoring such as:

lemonade mix

orange breakfast drink mix

cocoa or vanilla Powder

instant flavored coffee or cappuccino


Combine cake mix ingredients and blend well. Measure 1/2 cup of mix into a sandwich bag. Label this bag "Cake Mix."

Place the glaze mix ingredients into a sandwich bag. Label this bag "glaze mix" and attach it to the other bag with a twist tie.

Place one bag cake mix and one bag glaze mix in each coffee cup and attach the baking instructions.


Attach the following note to the gift:

Spray inside of coffee mug with cooking spray. Empty cake mix into cup. Add 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon water. Mix well. Microwave on full power 2 minutes.

Empty Glaze Mix into a small bowl and add 1 teaspoon water. Mix well. Pour glaze over baked cake.


Soup Christmas Mug - mugs are great for soup

There is nothing like a warm mug of soup on a cold winters night. Enjoy your soup in this festive holiday mug. For a special gift you might fill it with a homemade soup mixture that you just need to add liquid and heat. A great gift for the shut-in.

Christmas Hot Chocolate Mug - gift for the chocolate lover

This beautiful winterberry design mug makes a great gift with chocolates and hot chocolate mixes. Great gift for the chocolate lover on your gift list.

Reindeer Christmas Mug - holiday cheer

This cheerful reindeer mug features a reideer handles.

Santa Mug - wonderful hot chocolate

Here is a mug already filled with gourmet hot chocolate. This would make a wonderful thank you gift for those you'd like to remember with a small gift at Christmas!

Christmas Mugs

I have found eBay to be a great place to buy mugs to use as containers. Just watch for the descriptions to make sure they are new.

How do you use Christmas Mugs? - share you holiday ideas

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      6 years ago

      Cake in a mug - that's a heat idea. I think I'll give it a to this year. Thanks for the share.

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      6 years ago

      Christmas mugs are perfect for hot chocolate! I really like mugs as gifts, especially when filled with goodies!

    • Jogalog profile image


      6 years ago

      i don't have any christmas ones but whenever my husband goes somewhere without me he brings me back a mug.

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      6 years ago

      Holiday mugs are such fun to use and add a nice festive touch to my coffee!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      Back for a refresher :)

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      6 years ago

      We have a lot of different ones that come out every year starting Thanksgiving day and we use them through New Year's. I love your cake in a mug recipe! I will have to add that to one of my Christmas baskets this year!

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love (and collect) coffee mugs and these Christmas mugs are perfect for the holiday season. Love your holiday ideas for special 'Christmas Mug Gifts'!

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      7 years ago

      What cute mugs!

    • Susan300 profile image


      7 years ago

      Cute Mugs! :)

    • Amoonlighter2011 profile image


      7 years ago

      you have some cute ones here...

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      John Dyhouse 

      7 years ago from UK

      loving your hints and tips, thanks again for some inspirational ideas

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      8 years ago

      Great lens and I know a few who would love the cake in a mug idea. Featured on Gifts on the Internet and thanks for blessing Angel Blessings Mean Something. I will be adding your December Blessings lens to it as well. Hugs

    • WildFacesGallery profile image


      8 years ago from Iowa

      I love all the clever ideas you've included with the mug selection. It makes these a truly wonderful gift.

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      8 years ago

      Ho Ho Ho and a very Merry Christmas! I have a merry Christmas smile on my mug this morning thanks to YOU! Hugs.

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      The cake-in-a-mug recipe is genius! Everyone would love getting a mug with that. I used to put candies in a mug to give the library staff for prizes in a contest we had.

      Great holiday gifts!

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      These are such fun festive mugs and I love the 'cake in a mug' idea! Great choices. The snowy evergreen mug is very pretty and perfect for wintertime.

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      8 years ago

      You have a couple links in amazon need fixin :)

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      8 years ago

      These are fabulous looking mugs! I love the reindeer and santa mugs.

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      Liz Mackay 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      My sister usually gives me mugs for Christmas which is handy as they have a habit of getting broken.

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      8 years ago

      Christmas and holiday mugs do make a nice package for gift giving. You have showcased some really cute ones.

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      8 years ago

      They made a cute gift filled with wrapped chocolates.

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      8 years ago

      I agree - mugs make a great gift for all ages! You've selected some nice ones here. Lensrolled to our "Glogg" recipes lens. Another great winter warmer to fill your holiday mug. Cheers!

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      8 years ago

      Your lens is great. Very informative. I liked your lens with a thumbs up.

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      8 years ago

      This is a great lens. Thanks for making it. Very informative. I gave you a thumbs up

      cause I like your lens.

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      8 years ago

      What a-dough-able mugs. I really like the soup mugs and the cake in the mug idea. Will have to try that one out myself.

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      Yvonne L B 

      8 years ago from Covington, LA

      I love your selection. There are so many pretty ones here.

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful mugs :) My favorite is the Santa Soup Mug.

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      Seeking Pearls 

      9 years ago from Pueblo West

      Lovely selection of mugs... love the idea of cake in a mug and may have to make a few of these for the Holidays. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Thank-you Mary Beth for the Angel Blessings. It is such a lovely feeling to see that particular blessing on a lens. Thank-you so very much!

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      9 years ago

      Oh yes... I have a huge collection of Christmas mugs. I like to make brunch on Christmas morning, and there's always lots of coffee, eggnog, and hot chocolate.

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      9 years ago

      Great mugs! Blessed by an angel!

      p.s. thanks for taking my do you know me quiz!

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      dc64 lm 

      9 years ago

      I'm a mug collector, and being exceptionally fond of Christmas, I must go holiday mug hunting! It's been a while since I've bought myself a mug of beauty. Most of the mugs I see around here have much to be desired. Oh... you mean cups, huh?

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      9 years ago

      I think I may have to get a snowman mug!

    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nice picks! Every year the holidays seem to get here sooner than the year before. We have some mugs that we use for hot chocolate and coffee (it's good combined, too).

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      9 years ago

      Oh, I love these. I have a great Santa mug I got at Hallmark a few years back. Come to think of it, it's time to take it out. :-)

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      Wendy Henderson 

      9 years ago from PA

      Christmas mugs make the perfect gifts.

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      9 years ago

      I love Christmas mugs and you have a good selection in this lens.


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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wonderful Christmas mugs. My favorite is the Reindeer Mug. Very nicely done. blessed.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      Love those Snow Laden Evergreens!!! All of these mugs are wonderful. Getting out my Christmas list though to add those Evergreens! Oh yeah, I love the cake in a mug recipe! I will definitely have to try that!


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      9 years ago

      Really good selection of mugs. Great job!

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      9 years ago

      Cute mugs - a very nice selection. The perfect little gift for anyone on your list.

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      Cute selections!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Yes I love Christmas mugs! I have received and given them with candies inside. And I love to use the ones I'm given for my tea, long after the holidays are past!

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      9 years ago

      You have some delightful selections of mugs my dear! ;)

    • ZenandChic profile image


      9 years ago

      I love these mugs and cake in a mug sound fun!


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