Christmas is a time for cozy fires, family gatherings, and of course-decorating! If you’re looking for a way to add some extra charm to your holiday decor, why not try using vintage Santa mugs? These festive mugs can be found in various styles and designs, and are perfect for adding a touch of nostalgia to your home.
Few things conjure up the Christmas spirit quite like a Santa mug. These festive mugs have been around for decades, and each year they seem to become more popular. But where did these mugs come from, and why are they so popular? Let’s take a look at the history of Santa mugs and explore some of the reasons why they continue to be popular choices for Christmas decor.
The History Of The Santa Mug
In 1949, the Santa mug was created by the Holt Howard Company. Two brothers, John and Robert Howard, and their college friend Grant Holt, started a company that produced a wide array of Christmas and kitchenware items. The company designed the iconic Christmas-themed coffee mugs and pitchers featuring Santa Claus. The Santa mugs quickly became very popular in the 1950s, so the company started creating mugs for everyday kitchen use. They were the original coffee mug innovators.
Santa mugs are highly sought after by collectors and can be quite expensive. But if you’re lucky enough to find one, it’s sure to add a touch of nostalgia to your Christmas decor.
Should You Buy Authentic Vintage Santa Mugs Or Reproductions?
Now that you know a bit about the history of Santa mugs, you may wonder where you can find one for your home. There are two main options: buy an authentic vintage mug or a reproduction. Which option is best for you? Here are some things to consider:
If you’re looking for an authentic vintage Santa mug, your best bet is to search online auction sites or visit antique stores. However, be prepared to pay a bit more for an authentic mug. And remember that the paint on these mugs is often quite fragile, so they may not be the best choice if you will be handling them often.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, you can opt for a modern Santa mug. These mugs look like vintage ones, but they’re usually much more affordable. And since they’re not vintage, they’re often more durable and less fragile.
I personally love collecting new Santa and other holiday figural mugs, and add some to my collection every year. This year these are the mugs that have caught my eye. Shop the Santa mugs I found below by clicking the individual photos:
The Best New Santa Mugs with Vintage Vibes
- Santa Claus Mugs from Pottery Barn
- 16oz Stoneware Figural Santa Mug
- Holiday Mug Santa
- St. Nicholas Square® Humble Estate Santa Mug
- Holiday Time Santa Mug, 12 fl oz Stoneware Ceramic
Whimsical with a hint of nostalgia, this figural mug is in the shape of the jolly ol’ elf himself. Inspired by vintage decor, his hat curves down to create the handle and his rosy cheeks and twinkling eyes make for merry sipping. Whether hot cocoa, tea or coffee, this mug will bring joy this season.
Welcome Santa to your home early this year with the 16-Ounce Stoneware Figural Santa Mug from Target™. Made from stoneware in red and white hues, this figural mug is designed in the shape of Santa's jolly face. Suitable for serving both hot and cold drinks, it's also dishwasher safe and microwave safe for easy cleaning and reheating.
Sit back, relax and put your feet up by the fireplace: whether you're sipping on hot chocolate with a peppermint stick, a cup of tea or hot coffee, this jolly vintage-inspired Santa Claus 3D mug will help you sip in style.
Fill up on holiday cheer with this St. Nicholas Square Humble Estate Santa Mug. This adorable mug features a jolly winking Santa!
This Holiday Time Santa Mug is perfect for the holiday season, showing off the festival spirit with its iconic look. Finished with both a hand-painted face and a glossy clear glaze, this Santa mug is perfect for a joyous family get-together or even to have around as a reminder of the season. With a capacity of approximately 12 fluid ounces, your morning coffee or warm holiday beverage will be at home in this cute mug. Don't miss out on this one!
Do you collect Santa mugs? Which do you prefer authentic vintage or new mugs?