Liliana Buckner. Mugs. September 24th , 2018.
If you are just going to be drinking coffee or tea from your cup, pretty much any spout will do. But if you if you are going to drink anything other than a normal beverage, such as soup, the type of spout can be important. Most thermal mugs are designed for coffee or other "thin" liquid beverages. Due to this they usually have a thin or small spout. Although this is actually beneficial most of the time as it helps to limit spills, it can be a problem if you plan on using your mug for soup or other "thick" beverages. If this is your plan, you will want a lid with a larger spout.
Collectible Mugs. Exactly what is collectible is sometimes difficult to identify, but understanding one's recipient brings the possibility of filling a gap in someone's collection. For example, collectors of that perky mouse with big ears can be gifted with a variety of mugs. One such mug uses just the mouse's pants with legs with one arm as the mug's handle. Still another in this vein is composed of the entire head. A third sports the mouse wearing a top hat, where the top hat becomes a lid that flips open or closed. Star Wars collectors can find Darth Vader, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, and "Let the Force be with you" mugs, in addition to the previously mentioned R2D2. Trekkies can choose from Mr. Spock, Kirk Spock Warp Speed Ahead, Klingon, Borg Queen, Star Fleet Academy, and, of course, the official Star Trek mug collection. Even television shows have their mug following. "I'm not crazy. My mother had me tested," "You're in my spot," "Knock, Knock, Knock, Penny?" and "Soft Kitty" mugs celebrate The Bang Theory while even the show Dangerous Catch offers coffee mugs.
Animals tend to lend themselves more easily to a lidded mug. One such mug is the Naughty Cat where the cat's tail becomes the handle, and the cat's head - sporting a smile that suggests, "Who me?" becomes the lid. Cows are also a prime subject for a lidded mug with their heads (with horns) becoming the lid and their tails the mug's handle. Even Star Wars' R2D2 has been turned into a ceramic lidded mug.
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