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15 Indie Shop Mugs To Spend The Winter With

by Caitlin Kelch

Mugs are a bit like the whole magnet collection on the fridge phenomenon. They just keep appearing and taking up more and more kitchen real estate. While homes (and kitchen cabinet interiors) tend to be a whole lot more “curated” in the Instagram and shelfie age, I’ve been reminiscing about opening my grandmother’s cupboards in Florida and being visually overwhelmed by not only the sheer number of mugs contained within, but also the colors, slogans and multiple zodiac-related graphics emblazoned on too many mugs to count.  But boy, was her collection charming! I currently own three mugs and only one of them did I purchase for my personal own pleasure (thanks TJMaxx clearance section & Pantone!)

Since I bought my first home (at 50!) and kicked my eleven-year old out of the master bedroom, I’ve been doing a bit of #adulting. For me that means adding some small things to my home that are within my budget – think real shaving cream, a full set of matching cutlery and a mug or two I’ve chosen to start my morning with. So long Shepherdstown Chronicle (local newspaper) freebie mug! May you find a new home in a college dorm where you’re held gently and filled with powdered hot chocolate and mini-marshmallows.

Here are some of our favorite indie shop mugs to hold all your warm beverage this seasons! –Caitlin

Watercolor Painting above by . Available on Tictail as a beautiful print!


by California ceramic artist Linda Fahey and available at – $48


at – $17.95


handmade in California and available at – $72


from Katie Abey at – $52


at – $15


by at – $12


available on – $29.50


hand thrown & made in Portland, Oregon. Available at – $42 (5 colors available)


at – $18


on – $13


at handmade by Los Angeles ceramicist Beth Katz of Mt. Washington Pottery – $60 (per mug)




at – $72

(The Kami range is carved out of solid Castor Aralia wood native to Hokkaido, Japan. This wood is a natural heat insulator!)


by Nicholas Newcomb – $38


at – $25


Mug Print by  at $30

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