Extra Crispy
Updated Mar 28, 2017 @ 3:27 pm
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The deal with color-changing mugs is that, when hot liquid is added, a new picture magically (OK, magic is relative) appears. While it’s more fun to pretend that they’re the product of Hogwarts-style magic, heat-sensitive mugs work through something called thermochromism. Heat-sensitive mugs are made with special paint that takes advantage of thermochromism by swapping shades based on low and high temperatures. Think of these mugs as adult mood rings that use body heat to read your emotional state. It’s the same concept, more or less.

Now, go forth and gift your buddy or bae the perfect color-changing mug based on his or her personality.

For the space nerd


Can you connect the dots (or the stars, rather)?
Heat Changing Constellation Mug, $13.95, Amazon.com

For the historian


You know what they say, “Life is better naked.”
Great Nudes Heat Changing Coffee Mug, $14.95, Amazon.com

For the arcade lover


Don’t let the ghosts catch you.
Pac-Man Heat Change Mug, $14.46,

For the gamer


Paladone Tetris Heat Changing Mug, $5.50, Amazon.com

For the gamer who also loves anime


With hot coffee, you can become Super Saiyan Blue, too.
Dragon Ball Z Goku Super Saiyan Blue Color Changing Cup, $13.29, Amazon.com

For the Super Mario Bros. fan


You will defeat Bowser and save the princess.
Super Mario Bros. Heat Change Mug, $9.99, Thinkgeek.com

For the Harry Potter fan

Harry Potter Shop

Colovaria *whizzes wand around*
I Solemnly Swear…Mischief Managed Heat Transforming Mug, $17.95, Harrypottershop.com

For the Star Wars fan


May the force be with you.
Star Wars Death Star Heat Change Mug, $12.99, Thinkgeek.com

For the one who stole your heart


Lub dub, lub dub, lub dub.
Pixel Heart Heat Changing Mug, $11.99, Thinkgeek.com

For the chronically tired


Open your eyes, dude.
Wake-Up Cup Heat-Sensitive Color Changing Mug, $13.95, Amazon.com

For the friend who refutes evolution


“God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.” —Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park
Disappearing Dinosaur Mug, $13.95, Amazon.com

For the one who always needs a little recharge


Power up.
econoLED Battery Color Changing Thermometer Cup, $12.99, Amazon.com

For the IT guy at work who takes pity on you when the Wi-Fi is down


A cromulent substitution.
Fred & Friends HOTSPOT Heat-Sensitive Mug, $11.55, Amazon.com

For the climate change denier


Give the skeptic a daily reminder of how much global warming SUCKS.
Climate Change Disappearing Coffee Mug, $14.95, Amazon.com

For the thalassophile


Dun, dun, dun, dun.
Shark! Heat Changing Coffee Mug, $13.95, Amazon.com

For the one with quick bowel movements


brb gotta go.
Nevermind I Have to Go Poop Now Heat Sensitive Mug, $16.99, Amazon.com.

This article originally appeared in Extra Crispy.