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Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The Best Ideas For Coffee Lovers

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Nothing says love like a nice, piping hot cup of joe. Coffee is not only a caffeinated beverage you drink to wake you up in the morning. It's pretty much a way of life.

That's why coffee-related gifts are the best kind of gifts for all your loved ones into this caffeinated beverage this holiday season. They're functional, often look great and make you seem very sophisticated. Who hasn't seen a French press in someone's home and instantly felt inadequate?

Coffee items have gotten way more complex and diverse over the years, so there's so much more available out there than just your regular, old drip maker. These 11 gift ideas are sure to impress all of the coffee snobs and occasional sippers on your list.

1. Zoku Iced Coffee Maker

If you've got an iced coffee fiend on your list, you have to get them this nifty thermal, which will allow them to easily make the chilly drink by pouring fresh-brewed coffee right into it, no ice required. (Williams-Sonoma, $29.95)

2. Coffee Classes

There's an art and a science to coffee making, which we thankfully don't have to figure out on our own. A coffee course is a wonderful gift idea because it's something many people won't think to purchase for themselves but that anyone with just the slightest interest in coffee will surely find fascinating. These are available in a variety of locations across the country, but Counter Culture Coffee, which has training centers in eight cities around the U.S., offers some great options in topics such as brewing the best cup of coffee, the origins of coffee and how to create latte art. You can find the full list of courses here.

3. Nespresso VertuoLine

The Nespresso VertuoLine is the company's latest and greatest coffee maker and espresso machine for when you don't want to choose between the two. (Nespresso.com, $299)

4. Bodum Double-Walled Chambord French Press, 32-oz.

Some people say the tastiest coffee comes from a French press, and Bodum makes some of the best. This one makes eight cups, so it's especially useful for households with multiple coffee drinkers... or those borderline coffee addicts. (Sur La Table, $99.95)

5. Kinto Animal Mugs

Coffee can't just taste good. It has to look good, too. These adorable mugs from Kinto, which come in designs featuring such furry critters as a cat, squirrel and hedgehog, will help you sip your java in style. (AllModern.com; $15.50 to $19.99)

6. Coffee Mug Rack

If your loved one has limited space in his or her pad, a coffee mug rack that can be affixed right to a wall is a perfect solution. This wooden one on Etsy that features real silverware as hooks is especially neat. (Etsy.com; $38.50)

7. Designer Pattern Coffee Stencil Set

If you want to make latte art but have absolutely no idea where to start, these beautiful coffee stencils will make your cup of joe look good enough to drink. (OpenSky.com; $24.99)

8. Timbuk2 x Blue Bottle Travel Kit

This is the perfect gift for those who need their quality caffeine fix everywhere they go. This travel kit includes everything from coffee beans to a grinder to a dripper to tumblers. You literally just have to add water to this thing. (Blue Bottle; $179)

9. Williams-Sonoma Shaved Chocolate Topper Sampler, Set of 3

The only thing better than coffee is coffee with chocolate. Need I say more? (Williams-Sonoma; $29.95)

10. Mistobox Coffee Subscription

Getting premium coffee delivered to your door is as close as you can get to Heaven on Earth. There are several different companies that offer home subscriptions to get premium coffee beans sent to your home, such as Mistobox, which allows you to gift one to 20 shipments of this good stuff to your loved one based on their own preferences. (Mistobox.com; $21 to $420) 

11. Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker

This new coffee maker looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it's real. The automatic filter brewer on this baby creates the exact right amount of water and perfect temperature to brew a divine cup of coffee. (Williams-Sonoma; $249.95 to $329.95)

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