The ten best mugs
CAMERA LENS: No not the lens of some paparazzo's camera, this is actually a mug, with a handy lid that also doubles as a coaster. £14.50, clickshop.com
ERICA: Go retro with Habitat's Erica. Not only do they have a funky 1970s pattern, the mugs, which comes in sets of two, can be stacked on top of each other to save precious cupboard space. £7, habitat.co.uk
PANTONE PROCESS BLUE: Simple but fashionable, this mug was inspired by Pantone's famous colour charts. It also comes in blue, orange, yellow and red, so get a version for every room in your house. £8, occa-home.co.uk
SELF-STIRRING: Too busy, or just too lazy to stir your tea? This mug has the solution. Pour your drink in and watch as the mug creates a whirlpool of coffee or tea. £8,debenhams.com
LONDON LANDMARK: Get the London look at tea time with this mug from John Lewis. The pretty red and black design features all of your favourite landmarks from around the capital, including the London Eye and Tower Bridge and even an iconic red bus. £8, johnlewis.com
BLACKBOARD MESSAGE: Write a message to your friends or note down those Booker Prize-winning novel ideas on this handy mug, which comes with two special 'chalk pens'. £5.99, findmeagift.com
BLACK AND WHITE: Looking for a mug that is cheap and low key? You can always rely on M&S. This black and white number is made of bone china and looks as good in minimalist kitchens as it does in chintzy country cottages. £4.00, marksandspencer.com
MOUSTACHE: Are you a sharp and tidy or long and twirly fan? Urban Outfitters has a profusion of different moustache mugs to suit your every mood. £9, urbanoutfitters.co.uk
ROYAL ALBERT 1930 POLKA ROSE: With its elegant shape and restrained, gold leaf trim, you'll feel like royalty drinking out of this mug. £20, selfridges.com
ANIMAL: This adorable mug is one for all you dog lovers. But don't fret if you're not a pooch fan, John Lewis also sells cat, tortoises and pig versions. £3, johnlewis.com
Think any old receptacle for your tea and coffee will do? Think again. Here are some jaunty designs and clever features that make the humble cuppa a reat treat...
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