Looking for a gift for a book lover who already has a full library? These solid wood coasters from Cutting Boredom make a great present for bookworms. They come in more than 20 different designs, each inspired by the cover of a classic piece of literature. Sold in sets of two or more.
Nope, they’re not monogrammed pocket squares. They’re effin’ sly linen-poly Sweary Cocktail Coasters using acronyms that look like initials to discretely stand for curse words and phrases like “Bulls***,” “Son of a b****” and “What the f***.” Made by the otherwise classy folks at Dot & Army. Sold in a set of eight.
byKIEVWOOD’s unique coasters feature intricate fractal designs which can be taken apart and reassembled as jigsaw puzzles. They each come with an outer layer to protect puzzle pieces from sticking to your glassware. Sold in a set of six, with optional personalization. Their larger fractal puzzles are also worth a look.
If you’re going to sip whiskey at home, you should have coasters to keep your tabletops in tip-top shape. We can think of none more perfect than Urban Industrial’s coasters, made in Kentucky from reclaimed bourbon barrel staves. Also available in a dark, charred finish. Sold in sets of two or four.
Chicago’s Drinking Modern pays tribute to our hometown’s “L” train, along with public transportation systems in London, New York, Paris, San Francisco, D.C., Boston, Philly, and Los Angeles. Each coaster set assembles to form a map of its urban subway or rail system. They’re made from white birch with a non-slip cork backing.
Celebrate your love for classic video games every time you take a sip with these fun drink coasters from CoastyMarshmallow. These hard plastic coasters are inspired by both arcade and console games, from Street Fighter II to Dance Dance Revolution to Q*Bert. They also have an extensive pop culture coaster collection.
Artist Cameron Oehler of 1337motif makes awesome cutting boards and coasters inspired by video game pixel art. This set of six wooden coasters features pixelated images of Mario, Mushroom, Star, Boo, Bob-omb, and Goomba, each made from hundreds of cubes of colorful wood.
Etsy shop Mind The Minimal sells a variety of handcrafted home accessories made from concrete. Among them are these cork-backed hexagonal coasters. They’re made using a special light-toned concrete which can be painted with a splash of color, then sealed for durability. Sold in sets of four.
Scotland’s Wildflower Designs makes these unique coasters with tree-like patterns by applying high-voltage electricity to oak wood. They fill the one-of-a-kind patterns with colored resin then finish them with butcher’s block oil. They also make cutting boards and tabletops using the technique.
3D printers use a technique called “infill” to provide structure and reduce material use and print times. Breaks’n’Makes was intrigued by the geometric patterns and decided to create coasters out of some infill. He then wrapped them in wood and coated in resin for durability. You can buy sets of six on his Etsy shop.
Fans of 8-bit console gaming and adult beverages will love these wood coasters from Cutting Boredom. Each of the six available designs envisions a drunk version of a classic NES game, with titles like “Drunkey Kong” and “Mike Tyson’s Pass Out!!” Each one is printed in color then sealed with a two-coat polyurethane finish.
The perfect gift for aviation fanatics, this set of round nickel coasters features images of four critical instruments from an airplane cockpit – the turn indicator, the attitude indicator, the heading indicator, and the altimeter. Backed with felt to protect your coffee table.
Enjoy a journey to the moon every time you take a sip with these cool ceramic coasters. They’re ceramic, so they’re absorbent and feature durable, UV-printed images of the lunar surface. Sold in a set of four. Check out CatchtheBug’s Etsy shop for many more artful coaster designs.
Plane Pieces’ drink coasters are a great gift for aviation enthusiasts. They’re made using authentic Pratt & Whitney gears from WWII radial airplane engines. Each one is encased in clear resin, surrounded with a machined aluminum outer ring, and has a protective bumper underneath. Sold individually, or in sets of four.
Show your love for classic Nintendo games with this set of eight chipboard drink coasters made to look like flattened cartridges from the 8-bit gaming system. Includes Zelda, Metroid, ExciteBike, Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Duck Hunt, and Super Mario 2 and 3 designs.
We’ve all misunderstood the lyrics of songs from time to time. These amusing coasters from Bright Beam Goods memorialize some classics, from “I’ll never leave your pizza burnin'” to “Rock the cat spa” to our favorite “She was a fax machine, she kept her modem clean.” Sold in themed sets of six cork coasters each.
Baum Designs‘ custom faux leather coasters act as a not so subtle reminder to your guests to keep your drinkware from sweating all over your fancy table. The set of six includes a matching base to keep them organized when not in use. Also available in slate.
For those of us incapable of keeping house plants alive, there’s always the trusty cactus. But if you can’t even handle that, there’s always these coasters that look like a cactus, but require no care and feeding. Includes 6 cork coasters, a slotted lid, and a terracotta pot.
You may not really care about getting stains on your coffee table, but you still might want to grab a set of coasters so you don’t get yelled at anyhow. These should do the trick, plus they’re cut from the same Horween leather used to make real NFL footballs.