Mugs are a funny item in most homes. We either have too many of them and they clog up the cupboards, or we don't have enough, say when company comes for tea or because we keep dropping them on the floor at silly moments.
One thing that's true, for me at least, is that I tend to develop a relationship with a particular mug. I choose my current favorite consistently and will even do a few dishes so that I can use that special giraffe mug again instead of settling for the old and stained cartoon mug that is just not funny anymore. Or the flowered mug that has a crack where I place my lips.
So even though you may think that giving a mug is a dumb idea, you may be surprised to know that lots of people secretly love to get a new mug that will be fun to drink out of. And if you find a mug that is personal to them, they will like it even more.
I have bought a couple of mugs from Zazzle, and they are of better quality than most mugs you send away for. Most Zazzle mugs can be personalized if you choose to add a name or even a photo. Or you can simply purchase them as is. Because Zazzle animal mugs are designed by small-time designers, you won't find identical mugs at the local gift shop. In fact, you probably won't see them anywhere else at all.