Finding the perfect gift for dad can be tricky. How do you find something that says thanks for all those years you spent bailing me out of trouble without focusing too much on the past? Alternatively, you might not have any time to dedicate to thinking about the perfect gift. A good middle ground is something we can all agree on — caffeine. Whether Dad drinks matcha or a cortado, caffeine is always a good idea. Making a cup of coffee every morning is likely part of dad’s routine, but if he doesn’t have a working to-go mug, he’ll have to settle for the often sub-par coffee at work, or at a local gas station en route.
These ten travel coffee mugs pair best with one (or more) of the twenty-five best coffee roasters in America and make for the perfect gift. While we won’t say this is the be-all end-all gift (we’ve got plenty more gift ideas here), this is a pretty good place to start.
RTIC Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Tumbler
RTIC makes top of the line coolers, so it’s no surprise that they also crush in the insulated beverage game. This deep green thermos also comes in 13 other colors to make Dad happy. The double wall vacuum insulation keeps each sip hot, so he’ll be sure to think of you in a good light with each sip.
S’well Bottle Traveler
The sleek look of Teakwood will fit in quite nicely in Dad’s office. Pick from a 12-, 16- or 20-ounce bottle that will keep a latte steaming for up to twelve hours thanks to stainless steel and triple-walled insulation. If the wood is too dark for Dad, check out the upscale marble, metallic or deep navy colors instead.
Contigo Autoseal Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug
This 16-ounce jet black to-go mug will keep any beverage hot for up to five hours, and a cold brew good for 12 hours. The non-slip grip prevents drops, and the lifetime warranty is certainly something to consider.
Thermos 16-Ounce Travel Mug
There’s a reason coffee mugs have handles — the body of the cup gets just as hot as the boiling water you pour in it, so a handle is the best way to combat that. This Thermos is made of all stainless steel (both inside and out), so the handle is a necessity. The vacuum insulation will keep tea hot for up to four hours.
Yeti Rambler 14-Ounce Mug
If dad’s trying to cut back or limit how much coffee he’s drinking, this 14-ounce mug is a great way to help him keep track. It’s practically a single serving (even though it’s several ounces over one cup), but as long as he leaves room for milk, it’s all fair game. Be sure to grab a lid with a Magslider ($10), so he can take it in the car with him.
Zojirushi SM-SD48AM Stainless Steel Mug
Offered in 12 colors, the Zojirushi is one of the best-rated travel mugs on the market. It also comes in a variety of sizes. Pick from 12-, 16- or 20-ounces. It’ll maintain hot beverages for up to six hours, and by that time, Dad’s likely on his third or fourth cup of joe. There’s a five-year warranty on the heat retention, so you’re essentially gifting Dad five great years of hot coffee.
Ello Campy Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug
If dad loves to get outdoors, this backcountry-inspired mug looks just like the ceramic mugs that used to be everyone’s go-to for camping. The leak-proof lid keeps things hot and secure for up to five hours. We recommend you pair this with some easy-to-make camp coffee like Kuju’s single serving pourovers or Alpine Start’s instant coffee.
Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Travel Coffee Mug
Hydro Flask’s double-wall, vacuum-insulated, stainless steel water bottles are known to keep beverages cold or hot all day long, and the same goes for its coffee mugs. What we love about this one is that the wide mouth lid is extremely easy to clean. The variety of colors Hydro Flask offers is unparalleled, and the lifetime warranty is ideal to have. Pick from a 12-, 16- or 20-ounce bottle.
Klean Kanteen Insulated Cup
In a perfectly measured eight-ounce cup, this Klean Kanteen single serve mug comes with double-walled vacuum insulation to keep macchiatos hot for up to two hours. If Dad switches to cold brew in the summer, this will keep it cold for up to 10 hours. Shop now, while it’s on sale!
Aladdin Insulated Coffee Travel Mug
Keep it simple with Aladdin’s stainless steel insulated coffee mug in a solid black color. The best part of this mug (aside from keeping your cortado hot) is that when Dad’s done for the day, he can pop it in the dishwasher to clean. No hand-scrubbing with this one.
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