I received store credit to purchase the following products from uncommongoods.com in order to facilitate my post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anyone who knows us knows that coffee is kiiiind of a big deal around here. The Ingles are known for their perpetual coffee drinking and when I joined the family, I quickly learned to love black coffee. Now, Adam even roasts his own coffee beans, and has filled our cupboards with multiple different methods for creating the perfect brew. So needless to say, we’ve got a few coffee mugs laying around these parts!
Back in December, I hopped on Uncommon Goods and immediately gravitated towards these adorable custom family mugs, which I knew I just had to have. I love a good unique mug, and somehow drinking coffee is much more enjoyable with a cute mug in hand. Mugs are vessels of joy, if you think about it. Is there anything better than a hot cup of coffee? I think not. And this pregnant mama is really missing her coffee right about now!
So these mugs are definitely larger than your average size coffee mug, but a perfect size all in all. On one side of each is a hand drawn caricature of Adam, myself, and even Adeline. I was able to choose from a selection of skin tones, outfits, hair, facial hair, etc. in order to make them as similar to us as possible. On the back they all say, The Ingles, est. 2012. Now that we know we have a little guy on the way, I can’t wait to order another one with a baby boy on it! Once we know what color hair he has, that is!
I. Love. These. Mugs. We keep them on a coffee mug rack on our dining room table pretty regularly simply because they’re fun to look at! And when we entertain, they’re always a good conversation starter and make great “company” mugs. I mean come on, you never want to serve your guests your old crummy coffee mugs, right?
Like I mentioned earlier, we make our coffee several different ways, but since I’m not currently drinking any it makes the most sense for Adam to use the AeroPress. (We usually rely on our Bunn coffee maker or use our Chemex.) The AeroPress though allows Adam to make just one cup at a time so as to not waste any of that liquid gold. It requires just 6 easy steps using the upside down method – 1. boil water, 2. grind your beans, 3. fill container with ground beans, 4. pour in and stir hot water over ground beans, 5. put on filter and plunge into mug, 6. add hot water to taste, depending on how strong you prefer your brew. It takes probably 5 minutes and you’re good to go!
If you’re unfamiliar with Uncommon Goods, think of it like a craft website where individual vendors can sell their creations. They focus on handmade, recycled, and organic products with a company focus overall on sustainability. They’re also passionate about giving back, and at checkout you can choose a non-profit organization and Uncommon Goods will donate $1 as part of their Better to Give initiative.
It’s basically a fun place to find those perfect unique gifts for any occasion, easily sorted and organized for convenience. I especially love their housewarming gifts category and their kitchen gadget selection. I feel like the website is chalk full of products you didn’t know you needed in your life. You can even utilize Sunny, their digital gift guide expert. With Mother’s Day coming up, cough cough, now is the perfect time to check them out!
I always promise to write honest reviews and not sugarcoat anything. I would be remiss if I didn’t also include the shipping debacle we dealt with before finally receiving our mugs. Once I ordered my mugs, I actually received a set of 3 mugs – 1 was broken, and 1 was a duplicate – so we returned them and asked for a new order. A week or two later, we received a replacement mug but the wrong one. It took about another month before I finally received my correct, unbroken, and unduplicated order. It was definitely frustrating, but I was assured this was simply a fluke and that Uncommon Goods’ customer service wouldn’t stand for it. Regardless of this experience, I would still order from the company again, on my own dime, because the products are so unique and fun!
Are you a coffee drinker? Do you like shopping for unique gifts? What would your custom family mug look like?