6 Gift Ideas for Coffee Lovers Under $20

I love coffee. I spend more time making coffee each morning than most people do making breakfast. For those of us who've become obsessed, it's no longer a habit. It's a ritual. It's a ceremony. It involves fire, water, air, earth, and dare I say spirit.

If you know someone like me (or you are someone like me), I'm here to help you find the perfect gift. It's a tricky thing finding the right gift for the highly opinionated coffee lover. Chances are they already have their ceremony the way they like it, but that doesn't mean it can't be improved with a thoughtful gift. Here's my guide to buying the perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life.


1. Minerals For Your Water

Third Wave Water Mineral Supplement

I know this sounds like one of those things, and yes, you saw it on Shark Tank, but several coffee experts I trust all swear by these tablets. No, it's not special water; it's mineral tablets you add to water.

If you have a reverse osmosis water filtration system, it strips all the minerals out of your water. However, those minerals (supposedly) make for a better brew. These tablets add them back in. Again, it's not necessary, but I'd say it's worth trying if you have a reverse osmosis system and you find your brews are coming out bitter.


2. The Perfect Travel Mug

Contigo Autoseal Stainless Steel Travel Mug

I've had this Contigo mug for almost 10 years now and it has never once leaked or spilled, which is basically all I ask of a travel mug. As an added bonus, it will keep your hot items hot for about five hours and cold things cold all day. Not bad for 15 bucks. Grab one for yourself while you're at it.


3. Coffee Machine Tray Minerals For Your Water

Multiuse Handy Caddy Sliding Tray

If your coffee lover is suffering through lifting the weight of coffee machine every day and probably takes their time to drag the coffee machine out under cabinet each morning, pair them up with this sliding tray. This will effortlessly slide out the coffee machine nicely and push it back when you’re done. Also, it indirectly restricts the steam from the machine to harm your cabinets.


4. The Gift of Milk Foam

PowerLix Handheld Milk Frother

I'm a purist. I never add anything to my coffee. But I am in the minority. Most people enjoy milk or cream in their coffee, and even I know that it's better when it's hot and frothy.

With a little practice, this affordable handheld battery-powered frother can turn out cappuccino-quality foam. Even I keep one around for guests. For an even better gift set, pair it with the milk pitcher below.


5. A Milk Pitcher With Measurements

Star Coffee Stainless Steel Milk Frothing Pitcher

If the coffee lover in your life does enjoy a cappuccino or latte, grab them a stainless steel milk pitcher. Whether you pair it with the handheld frother above or use it with a cappuccino machine (check out our guide to the best latte and cappuccino machines for more gift ideas), the pitcher will help keep the temperature of your milk consistent as you steam or froth.


6. A Digital Weight Scale

Apexstone Coffee Scale with Timer

A digital scale is not necessary to make good coffee, but it's nice to have. It helps you reproduce your favorite cup accurately, and it's great for trying other people's brewing recommendations. If you, or your favorite coffee-loving friend, brew using the pour-over method, the timer on this scale will make results more reproducible, since you'll know the amount of water and how much time is spent moving through the grounds.