This is my favorite mug. It's from the new Alice In Wonderland movie and I bought it on clearance at the Disney Store. I'm not a fan of that movie, but I love the colors and design of the mug. Specific characters, designs, or colors that match someone's particular taste can make a great gift.
Simple mugs like these are inexpensive and easy to find. The mug on the left was only a couple dollars from a retail store. The Christmas mug was only $1 at a craft store. I received them both as gifts and were filled with chocolates and chocolate covered pretzel sticks.
Another great mug idea is to personalize it with pictures. I gave my husband and father mugs with pictures for Christmas. There are many photo sites where you can simply upload pictures, pick a background, add text, and you're done! Also, any photo center offers the same thing. If you keep an eye out for photo deals, it will cost next to nothing to make a personalized mug.
When my husband's family gathers for the holidays, I always try to pick the same theme for gifts for all 7 nieces and nephews. This year I decided to give them each a mug filled with a treat. I wanted to pick plain white mugs that my kids can personalize with markers. I found this box of 8 mugs for $8 at a discount store.
The mugs were exactly what I was looking for!
I purchased these paint markers at a craft store using a 40% off coupon. Then my kids personalized each mug for their cousins.
I placed a packet of hot cocoa and Christmas cookie in a cellophane bag and placed them in the mug. They were a hit!