The 5 Worst Coffee Gift Ideas Ever


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If you are a coffee snob like me, then you have gotten some coffee themed gifts from people who have no business buying coffee stuff unassisted.ย  I’ve gotten some things that I have to say, “Gee…thanks!”, but of course it is the thought that counts and I really don’t expect anything special, but some of this stuff makes me laugh ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Here are a few items that I have found that some people actually spend their money on, although I can’t figure out why…


toilet bowl mug


Toilet Bowl Mug

Perhaps this is a great gift idea if you know someone who drinks nasty coffee.ย  Who would actually use this thing though?ย  Really, who wants to be seen drinking from a toilet bowl?! LOL

Toaster / Coffee Maker Combo

It’s really too bad that this little number is no longer available.ย  When I first discovered this gem, it was a mere $40!ย  What a treasure.ย  My favorite line from the description is “Now, you no longer have any excuse for passing on your morning bite.”ย  What a joke.ย  It is more likely that the coffee tastes like butt, and it only toasts on one side ๐Ÿ˜›




Barista Sips Caffeine Strips

Nothing like coffee flavored caffeine tape.ย  I can’t figure out why this product is discontinued!ย  What more could you ask for?

Starbucks VIA

The most unwanted coffee item among CoffeeNate facebook members!ย  The only thing worse than instant coffee?ย  Instant coffee that costs $2 for 16oz.ย  Why don’t you just buy me some Jamaican Blue Mountain, which is cheaper pound for pound!


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  • I don’t even drink coffee and loved this video! I think my favorite part was “The coffee mug warmer. That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of. It may sound like a good idea to have something that will keep your coffee warm. You know what’s a good idea for that? A travel mug. An insulated travel mug.”

    • Thanks for watching Tricia! I suppose we can count that as one of your ‘weekly’ affirmative comments ๐Ÿ˜€ LOL

  • Jill

    I can’t believe there’s an appliance that actually intentionally mixes water and a toaster.

    • Yup, make sure you wear rubber soled shoes when using this toaster!

  • C’mon Nate..with all the crappy coffee I have been given in the past, the Toilet Bowl Mug would be a great gift for me!

    • So you have no qualms about drinking from a toilet bowl? Hmmm ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Stefan Sigfinnsson

    Sorry to bring it up again

    But the travel french press mug just has to be on that list because you most likely own a french press so why not brew it there and transfer it over to your travel mug and still be able to joy the coffee after 10-15 minutes because the coffee will keep steeping in the travel press and will be BITTER!!!!!!!!!

    • C’mon Stefan! The travel french press does have its place. I use mine at work as a small brewer and transfer it to another cup. I don’t advise people to let the coffee sit in it, just as I don’t advise them to let the coffee sit in the french press brewer. I agree with you, but disagree at the same time. Thanks for posting, I appreciate your time and contribution!

  • Luke

    This past Christmas I received a pound of 100% Kona (whole bean). Wonderful right? I turned it over and found “Best if sold by 8/15/2010” …AARRGGG SERIOUSLY?! Who sends someone specialty coffee FOUR MONTHS OLD?! *deep sigh* And yes…I did open it in a half hearted hope to use it. No dice. Straight into the trash it went.

    • Hi Luke! Bummer man, if it was stamped “Best if sold by” then it was likely roasted 6 months before, so really you got 10 month old coffee ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Anonymous

    I heard that VIA just came out with a new flavor – french/dark roast or something like that. A. I can’t believe how much they’re putting into these VIA packs (and that people are buying them). B. How much darker can they get. I just had the first two that they had and they were pretty over the top to me. Anyways, saw the toilet bowl mug and now I knew what to get you for Christmas next year.

    • WoooHoo! No worries, my kids will break it within 2 days anyway. As far as the french roast via goes, I won’t even subject myself to that sludge! It just goes to show that people will by anything if it is branded a certain way.

  • Shawna

    I don’t care who makes it, instant coffee is just nasty! Whether it costs 2 bux or 2 cents….ewww! What makes it really special though, is the cute little Christmas fairy mug that comes with it! Not! LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m such a coffee snob, that I have my favorite couple of mugs and all the rest in the cupboard are for company! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m weird like that too! There is a hierarchy to my coffee mug selection. If I end up with the 6 oz glass ones, it’s time to run the dishwasher ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • The toilet bowl coffee mug is hilarious, you gotta give whoever invented it, that much ๐Ÿ™‚ I love for its funny gifts, and I’ve seen it there!

  • Smashbravo

    Totally right on, that toilet bowl mug is pretty nasty. I love me all kinds of mugs but that would be a big NO No…. noooooo! Also the Via is completely overpriced, I was willing to give it a try but when I got to the store and saw the price tag, I could not pay it. Not for those teeny tiny little baggies, no way. Loved this post and I look forward to more. Cafe es como aire para mi!

  • Bonafideliberal

    That toilet bowl mug is disgusting!

  • rewcath

    I can not imagine starting my day with a toilet bowl cup – I wouldn’t give that to my worst enemy

  • I can’t imagine wanting to gift some of these to people. I mean the recipient has to have a pretty lowbrow sense of humor.

  • Nieceyd

    I HAVE to get the toilet mug for my husband. hehe. Yes, he drinks nasty coffee that he makes in the micro. And loves nasty gifts.

    • Perhaps he should come to Taipei, where he can eat in a toilet bowl restaurant great food served in mini-toilet bowls. And… And… for desert, he can find the same gimmick served in night markets with… Ice CREAM!

  • I’ve tried the Starbucks Via, and I don’t particularly like it. I CAN tell the difference between the two. Somehow the way I drink or make coffee with Via interacts with the milk. It could be that I use two sachets per cup as well. So it’s not tasty, not cheaper, and not really desirable!

  • Last
    time I gave my father a gift which was a coffee mug. He was happy having it
    that coffee. Maybe next time I will have to give him coffee already.ย 

  • Oh my gosh.

    1. That mug is gross!
    2. Some things just should not be combined no matter how “efficient” it may seem.
    3. GROSS.
    4. see #3.

    Where’s #5? Either way, the other 4 are bad enough, I shudder to think that there’s another one!!


  • David

    Good stuff! Based on the many complaints I’m seeing on Twitter, Keurig should be in this list! ย Not only stale coffee, but a bonus: being overpriced!

    I’ve been chilling with sun-dried Ethiopian this week. ย ๐Ÿ™‚

    You Rock, Dave