We all have a coffee lover in our lives. Well, let's be real; most of us love coffee, but some are so enthusiastic that it makes it a treat to buy gifts for them - as the world of coffee products is so endless.
I write about coffee for a living and know a thing or two about what's important to have in a home setup. You could choose from one of the best coffee makers to upgrade their espresso machine and barista skills. Or perhaps a smaller accessory, like a reliable travel mug or a milk frother, will be something they'll get the most use out of.
Regardless, I've rounded up the 27 best gift ideas for coffee lovers - that they'll genuinely use and love. From espresso tamping kits to stylish and high-quality coffee makers and accessories, you'll be sure to find something here.
And if you missed your chance over the holiday sales season, you may be able to find some of these discounted during the after Christmas sales.
For the coffee lover who loves the convenience of pod coffee or is perhaps looking to upgrade their current machine, the Vertuo Pop+ is Nespresso's smallest and most affordable coffee maker in the Vertuo range. Plus, it comes in 9 available colors - so you can really personalize the gift with their favorite color.
Ideal for coffee enthusiasts who enjoy the process of manual brewing, the top-rated Kalita Wave takes a bit of practice and precision, particularly in terms of water temperature and pouring technique, but it's worth the effort - ensuring a smooth and even extraction for the perfect cup. Also available in stainless steel at Seattle Coffee Gear.
Find out more about the Kalita Wave at our guide to drip coffee vs pour over.
The Aeropress Go is a wonderfully easy way to get a delicious cup of coffee, with a mug and lid that doubles as a traveling case to take it on the go. All you need is hot water and your favorite coffee grounds, and you press the coffee maker down to pour a cup, combining French press, pour-over, and espresso brewing methods.
For lovers of pour-over coffee, the Bonavita Enthusiast has a pre-infusion mode to give coffee grounds the right amount of time for full-flavor extraction. It has a showerhead design for even saturation and a heater with advanced control to nail the optimal temperature for the coffee grounds.
Give the gift of easy, quick, and simple coffee this year with the K-Duo, Keurig's coffee maker that can pour both single-serve cups and full carafes. It comes with a 12-cup glass carafe, and you can program the machine to turn on and off at certain points for coffee as and when you need it.
We gave the K-Duo 4.5 stars in our review thanks to its speed and efficiency.
If you're looking for an investment gift this year, something big for the truly special coffee lover in your life, this espresso machine from Breville may just be the best you'll get.
Our reviewer gave the Breville Barista Express Impress 5 stars, noting its smart and user-friendly design and plenty of customization.
A travel mug is an easy win for coffee drinkers - and YETI's Rambler is a fantastic choice to go for. The stainless steel cup is vacuum-insulated with a MagSlider lid and can hold 14 oz of coffee. It's available in a load of different matte or stainless colors, and it's even dishwasher-safe, too.
A good milk frother can upgrade any simple coffee setup to a station capable of coffee and drinks. Heated, steamed, and frothed milk helps create milky beverages like lattes, cappuccinos, and flat whites - not to mention warm, frothy hot cocoa. There are also five colors to choose from.
Once you have a milk frother, it's super simple to make 8 easy barista coffees with a Nespresso machine.
Any avid coffee drinker needs a high-quality coffee grinder in their setup. This manual burr grinder from TIMEMORE has everything you need to get it right: internal adjustable settings, double bearing positioning, and 36 levels of coarseness. This is essential for any coffee lover to be able to perfect every type of coffee. It comes in a range of colors and sizes.
A coffee scoop is a simple but guaranteed way to make the coffee-brewing process more enjoyable. There's a sense of satisfaction that comes with measuring out your coffee grounds with a scoop, and this scoop from CheBuono has a walnut wood handle with a hemp rope loop. It's a great design, and you can choose from either gold or black metal for the scoop.
For barista coffees that demand a more precise approach, a small measuring cup can make things a lot easier. When it comes to adding the right amount of milk, or foam, or espresso, sometimes you need to get the exact amount. And what better way to do it than with a double-spouted measuring cup with a solid wooden handle?
For anyone who loves drip coffee, why not give the gift of convenience this year by buying some of the best coffee paper filters available? Melitta's premium filters are designed to extract as much flavor as possible while making sure the bitter oils aren't seeping through. They're even compostable!
It may be a little more expensive than you'd expect for a French press, but this one from ESPRO is highly rated for a reason. It's double-walled, meaning that it's insulated enough to keep your coffee warm for longer, and the double filtering helps to pour a perfectly smooth cup of coffee. A thoughtful upgrade for any coffee lover.
A French press is a wonderful gift for any home brew lover, but for those coffee lovers who love the outdoors, this takes it a step further. The OXO Outdoor Campgrounds French Press is fully portable and built for the outdoors, with an 8-cup capacity so that the people you're with can enjoy a hot brew, too.
Espresso & barista kits
To take coffee making to the next level, this kit from coffee veterans Breville has pretty much everything a barista needs. An airtight bean canister, measuring scales, and a knock box are included, as well as a variety of espresso, latte, and ceramic cups. It's definitely an attractive kit and one that any coffee lover will get a great deal of use out of.
Espresso tamping kits are one of the more artisanal joys of coffee making, and this knock box from IKAPE brings it all together. Made from natural mahogany, you can keep your tamper, distributor, and portafilter basket in one place with a stainless steel knocker box that's fully removable.
For anyone without their own tamping kit, pair the IKAPE Espresso Knock Box with a 51mm coffee distributor and hand tamper from the same brand. Designed to work with all 51mm portafilters, the kit is made of food-grade stainless steel and has a 2-in-1 dual head design.
Ground coffee makes the morning brew a little bit easier, and it's essential for anyone without a coffee grinder. Plus, espresso lovers will know how convenient it is to brew with pre-ground coffee. This bag from Kicking Horse Coffee is a medium roast with notes of sugar cane, tart red currant, milk chocolate, and honeyed berry.
These latte pods come in flavors like vanilla, caramel, mocha, and red velvet - making them a perfect gift for anybody who enjoys a treat from time to time. Any coffee lover can appreciate the indulgence of a sweeter brew, and it's a thoughtful gift that many coffee drinkers may not usually splash out on.
Coffee purists understand the value of buying whole coffee beans rather than grounds. They stay fresher for longer, retaining their flavor and fragrance, and grinding up coffee beans can become a peaceful, almost-therapeutic part of the morning ritual. Plus, with packaging this nice, there's no doubt a coffee lover will be thrilled to unwrap this.
You'd be hard-pressed to find somebody who doesn't instantly recognise Le Creuset kitchenware. Gifting a set of six of their mugs is an instant hit, especially as the multi-color selection can appeal to anybody who opens them.
This is a ceramic mug with a protective silicone sleeve, and a splash-proof lid that keeps coffee warmer for longer. For slow coffee drinkers this can be a life saver, letting the coffee be drank slowly without going cold. And of course, a sealed lid means it can double up as a travel mug.
There's a reason you see Monin syrups in so many coffee shops. They're versatile flavors, designed to be used in coffees (and cocktails!) with mostly natural ingredients, with many bottles having the 'Clean Label' meaning it's free of artificial ingredients. This gives them a more natural, balanced flavor compared to many of the others out there.
We all know that Hotel Chocolat is one of the most indulgent chocolatiers out there, and now making a mocha at home can become even simpler, and tastier, with the help of their chocolate flakes. As flakes are bigger than chocolate powder, they bring a thicker, creamier texture to your beverage. And they're even great sprinkled on top.
What good are all these fancy, coffeeshop ingredients without a little whipped cream to top it off? Anything from a mocha to a Frappuccino would benefit from some whipped cream, and the Lucerne Extra Creamy Whipped Topping is a top-rated choice. You can even pair this with some Café Zuca marshmallows (Amazon) for the coffee lover in your life with a particularly sweet tooth.
Is a coffee maker a good gift?
A coffee maker can be a wonderful gift if you know how someone enjoys their coffee. Some people enjoy a quick and tasty cup in the morning but don't have a setup at home, so they end up using instant coffee or spending money at the coffee shop. These people would benefit from a pod brewer like a Nespresso or Keurig: they're convenient, affordable, and perfect for people who aren't too fussy or knowledgeable about brewing processes. They also often come in stylish and compact options, making them more exciting to unwrap and start using.
Others might be more particular about how their coffee is made, so it may take a bit of subtle digging to find out exactly what they'd want out of a home setup. Once you know what to go for, buying a coffee maker can be a very thoughtful present as it's such a big purchase.
But some people might want to make that decision themselves, so they would ideally benefit more from being gifted a coffee accessory that they're missing - like a milk frother or coffee grinder.
What pairs well with coffee as a gift?
An obvious choice is an attractive, quality mug (or set of mugs) to enjoy their new coffee in. Le Creuset's range of mugs on Amazon is a guaranteed gift success.
Or, to get the most out of the coffee, you could buy a milk frother (like the Starument frother listed above) so that they can create milky drinks like lattes and cappuccinos.
And I know it goes without saying, but you can't beat the chocolate and coffee pairing. Some Lindt Gourmet Truffles (Amazon) would definitely go down a treat.