In the second part of our Christmas Gift Ideas round-up, we have sought some of the best coffee and tea lovers ideas:-

Christmas Gift Ideas – Decorated Mugs

The next best things since coffee (and tea) is, of course, Sharpie pens.  The dullest mug is turned into a piece of art once decorated.  Decorated mugs are a very easy and more personal gift option.  The cup or mug may be filled with candy or chocolates, cappuccino sachets, tea bags, coloured sugar, a nice spoon and even a packet of special cookies.

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    1. A Sharpie tutorial with some free printables is first price at http://www.iheartnaptime.net/diy-christmas-mugs/
    2. A full tutorial is offered in the following post http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com/2013/11/sharpie-mug-art.html. Amy used her Silhouette cutting machine – hmmm makes me want to dust mine for a change and attempt this super fun craft.
    3. The next blog is not up and running anymore (though there is a link to her Instagram portfolio), but the mugs were so beautifully Sharpied, that I just had to include it – if you are like me, the picture will be enough to have the creative juices flowing – enjoy – http://maizehutton.blogspot.co.za/2013/02/the-monday-maize-likey-list-sharpie-mug.html
    4. Have you ever heard of “Mood” cups?  What a lovely idea.  If I choose to make these for my friends, I might have to give more than one!!  The blog is French but with Google Translate or a bit of imagination, the tutorial is self-explanatory.  The pens used here are Chalk pens and some porcelain paint for the bottom.  I am sure the Sharpie could also do the trick.  See this lovely option at http://www.leblogdartlex.com/diy-mug-happy-mood-or-not/#_a5y_p=3484817.
    5. If you are not quite the crafty queen bee but still love personalised mugs, you can find a few options available in this Etsy shop – https://www.etsy.com/listing/205326432/coffee-mug-a-yawn-is-a-silent-scream-for?utm_source=OpenGraph&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share.  The artist must know the effect of coffee deprivation!Christmas Gift Ideas 1 Christmas Gift Ideas   Decorated Mugs (Part 2)
    6. Another very interesting technique is a watercolor decorated or marbled mug.  Wow, there is a full tutorial and I am sure you can even call in the little ones for some fun! Check these out at  http://www.poppytalk.com/2014/07/diy-watercolor-mug.html and http://diycandy.com/2015/04/diy-marbled-mugs-with-nail-polish/ Beware that the cups may not be microwaved or put in the dishwasher.  The effect is stunning, though.
    7. Hand-warming mugs with little hands imprinted on the mugs – I would rather call these Heart-warming mugs, especially if one of my grandkids ‘made’ it! This is adorable.http://www.bhg.com/holidays/fathers-day/crafts/hand-warming-mug/
    8. The list will not be complete without chalk painted mugs.  With a tutorial, you will not have an excuse not to try these winners – http://witandwhistle.com/2011/12/14/diy-chalkboard-mug/
    9. You want a glitter mug or have a glitzy friend who will appreciate one – check out this lovely tutorial – http://www.whitehouseblackshutters.com/glitter-mug-update/
    10. Even more fun is a method with glitter vinyl – yeah uhh I get to use my Silhouette again. The tutorial used a Cricut, but that will not be any problem for all you creative ladies (and gents) out there, with or without any cutting machine!http://sweetcsdesigns.com/dishwasher-safe-easy-glitter-show-me-your-kitties-mug/Christmas Gift Ideas 3 752x1024 Christmas Gift Ideas   Decorated Mugs (Part 2)
    11. Just when I thought my list covers all the types of techniques to jazz up some mugs, I stumbled upon some very awesome pins – to add some bling to our collection here is a tutorial with some gold spray paint at http://www.lovesarahblog.com/uncategorized/gold-heart-mug-tutorial/.  A little note of caution is that the mugs are definitely also only hand washable.
    12. Off course, I skipped Permanent markers as an option and you might be bowled over by this wonderful stenciled mug and the effect it created – http://www.the36thavenue.com/diy-permanent-marker-mug/.  Whilst on that blog, you can check out the washable stenciled numbered mug as well http://www.the36thavenue.com/number-stenciled-mugs/ using Gloss enamels.
    13. All Silhouette enthusiasts, Vana Chupp made a vinyl decal and attached it to a mug as a father’s day gift.  She offers a full tutorial on how to remove the backing of the decal and to seal the ‘sticker’.  This is an easily adaptable idea to apply for Christmas – http://www.lepapierstudio.com/blog/2013/06/diy-tutorial-fathers-day-silhouette-coffee-mug.html
    14. Amber at Living your Creative changed her scope to use a black mug and some oil-based Sharpies.  The reason being, that apparently the black Sharpie might fade and is not too dishwasher safe.  I like what she created here – http://www.livingyourcreative.com/2014/01/diy-sharpie-mugs/
    15. Stacey at Glued to my Crafts made monogrammed mugs and beautifully dotted it – she makes it look so easy – yip, you guessed right, another child-friendly or granny-keeping-busy-craft.  Check her out at http://gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2013/12/diy-painted-mugs-that-wont-wash-away-craft.html

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