Skip the predictable gift card to that ubiquitous coffee chain! You can still help your sleepy friends and family caffeinate this holiday season—just in a more surprising way. We spent all our energy combing through our shelves in search of the very best coffee gifts for 2018. Here’s what we came up with.
1. Rösle Frother, $35
This frother has two speeds and can turn a small cup of milk into coffeehouse-worthy foam for barista-level cappuccinos. We also find that it works wonders on nut milk, making it hard to tell the difference between dairy and nondairy coffee drinks. Bonus: This can also be used to whip up a homemade vinaigrette, so it’s a great gift for coffee nerds or anyone who likes to cook.
2. Espro Matte Black French Press, from $110
The problem with a lot of French presses is that they’re glass and don’t retain heat for long periods of time. This double-walled, stainless-steel carafe keeps coffee hot and fresh for hours. It’s also got two patented stainless-steel microfilters, which are up to 12 times finer than standard ones, to ensure no grinds make it through. Get this for frequent entertainers or your husband who laments about the sad coffee scene at his office.
3. Airscape Stainless-Steel Storage Container, from $22
The two worst things for unbrewed coffee: air and light. This canister protects your beans and grounds from both of those things. It’s got a patented valve that forces out air, then locks the lower lid securely in place. And because of the stainless steel construction and dual lid situation, ultraviolet light can’t penetrate the container. Choose from 32- or 64-ounce capacities and consider throwing in a bag of coffee to round out the gift.
4. Peugeot Antique Coffee Mill, $140
This coffee mill is modeled after the very first grinder made by the Peugeot brothers in 1840. Just like with the brand’s iconic pepper grinders, the steel mechanism has been designed to churn out an extremely uniform grind that’s fully adjustable from super fine to coarse. And it’s still made in France, which makes it seem even more special.
5. Love is Love Mug, $13
Get this for a coworker who wants to make a statement during Monday meetings. Not only does it work to spread acceptance when in use, it also helps support The Human Rights Campaign because we’ll donate 50 percent of the purchase price of each mug we sell. Don’t worry about the gold detailing: The mug can still go in the microwave.
This adorable espresso machine couldn’t be easier to use or take up less room on the counter. It works with coffee capsules and brews a single serving (either a one-, two- or three-ounce pour) at a time. Measuring at less than five inches wide, the machine fits well in a college dorm, should you happen to know a sleep-deprived student.
We made this premium coffee blend with hand-harvested South American Arabica coffee beans, which get roasted using traditional artisan techniques and then expertly ground to the perfect consistency for filter drip brewing. To make it worthy of the holidays, we added flavors of spicy cinnamon and Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. Your Secret Santa will like this a latte.
First, the brilliant minds at Fellow, a San Francisco startup, came up with their good-looking kettle. Then, last year, they launched this equally sleek electric version. The base features controls to heat water to 135°F or up to 212°F—and it’ll keep the water at your desired temperature for up to 60 minutes. We’re partial to the copper version, but you can also get it in matte black or stainless steel for $20 less.
9. Apilco Cow Creamer, $27
It doesn’t get much cuter than this porcelain cow creamer. She holds milk in her belly and, when tipped, pours from her mouth. She can even go in the dishwasher and the microwave. As her name implies, she’s made by Apilco, a company that’s been making fine porcelain for more than a century.
The Moccamaster tops lots of editorial lists of best drip coffee machines and it tops our own list, as well. Handmade and individually tested in the Netherlands, the Moccamaster brews a perfect cup of coffee in only six minutes. It’s got a special copper heating element that keeps water at the ideal temp (between 195°F and 205°F) and the insulated steel carafe keeps the coffee hot. It’s easy to use and pretty fun to watch in action, too.
Looking for the perfect gift for someone who is very special to you (or wildly under-caffeinated)? This is your answer. Engineered to deliver optimal espresso flavor with every cup, the Bambino Plus pre-infuses ground coffee with low, steady water pressure before extraction. This causes the grinds to expand and results in a super rich, balanced brew and thick crema. And it’s got that sleek coffee shop look but a teeny tiny footprint.
Get more gift guides, recipes, and holiday ideas at our Williams Sonoma Holiday Headquarters.