11/13/2012 12:52 EST | Updated 11/13/2012 12:53 EST

Best Mugs: Find The Perfect Mug For Everyone On Your Holiday List

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Hot drink lovers know the importance of a truly great mug — the kind that allows for the perfect amount of liquid, the right temperature, and yes, one that looks good sitting on your desk as well.

So what is it, exactly, that makes for the perfect mug? Well, like any other item that you use every day, that's going to depend on the person. This Pinterest board, for example, demonstrates about 50 different kinds, from wide to shallow to, frankly, kind of awkward-looking.

Often, it's not about what's on the outside of the mug (though we don't deny that's definitely part of the appeal), but instead, the weight of it, the circumference of it and in many cases, the sentimental value of the piece.

But for the purposes of the holidays, we felt it would only be appropriate to suss out some of the best all-around options to give as gifts, based on our experiences, and a nifty gimmick or two. What we particularly love about the giving of mugs as gifts is that they're so easy to build upon if you so choose — add in some bags of gourmet coffee, a gift card to a favourite shop, even a container or two, and you have yourself a very impressive, much-appreciated present.

SEE: 11 of the best mugs to give as gifts (or keep for youself). Have a mug you love that we missed! We want to hear about it in the comments below:

The Best Mugs To Give (Or Keep)