Coffee Lover’s Gift Idea

My friend Katie turned still-in-her-twenties and graduated with her master’s degree recently.  Considering she’s one of my favorite people* I wanted to do a little something special to celebrate her big month.

Katie’s a bit of a coffee addict and one of her favorite java stops is a little cafe about two blocks from her office, called Lazy Jane’s.  The thing about Lazy Jane’s is that they’re cash only – no credit cards, no debit cards, no pay-with-your-iPhone-app – just an honest to goodness little local stop with some of the best food and coffee in town.

Katie’s afternoon caffeine fix costs her exactly $2.11 per cup, and keeping enough cash on hand at all times for this purchase is one of her top priorities. . .yet doesn’t always happen.

Enter my gift idea:

Coffee Lover’s Gift Idea

I decided to hook Katie up with a month’s supply of Lazy Jane’s!  I put exactly $2.11 in enough individual envelopes to cover each work day of her month.

Envelopes with cash for exactly one cup of coffee and a unique coffee-loving quote.

For an added touch, I also wrote a unique coffee-related quote on the front of each envelope for her to enjoy each time she grabbed one.

A month’s worth of coffee, all tied-up and about to go through withdrawals.

As much as we love local, we do still love our Starbucks, so I also added a Starbucks reusable iced coffee cup and gift card to complete the package.

Got a coffee lover in your life?  Consider feeding their caffeine habit the next time they have something to celebrate!



  1. 1

    Oh this is a great idea!

  2. 2

    This is so fun and thoughtful D! LOVE it! :)

  3. 3

    You are so sweet! That is an awesome idea!

  4. 4

    You are such a sweet friend! What a fun idea. :)

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    This is so thoughtful. And so clever! I love the quotes. She’s going to be so happy. Butwhataboutthetip??


  6. 6

    Can you post the quotes you used? I love the two that I can see from the pictures, but one can never have enough coffee quotes to throw around :)

  7. 7

    Another request for a list of the quotes you used. This is an awesome gift!

  8. 8

    SUCH a creative and amazing gift!

  9. 9

    Cute! I love that you put coffee quotes on all of the envelopes. I probably would have rounded up a bit so she had money for a tip though.

  10. 10

    That is so awesome! You are truly a great friend. She’ll love it :-)

  11. 11

    Thank you for your comments, everyone! I didn’t keep a copy of the coffee quotes I used, but I’m sure I can find them again with a little help from Google. I’ll do a search tomorrow!

    Regarding adding money for tip, I have to admit, I had a mini panic after reading those comments because:

    1. The thought never occurred to me to do that! And…
    2. I also don’t tip for a cup of coffee when I go there.

    I felt like an asshole on both accounts and texted Katie with my apologies. Turns out, none were needed – she also doesn’t tip for a cup of coffee when she goes there!

    Here’s the thing- I can see tipping if we’re ordering some frappa-double-mocha nonsense…but this is just a plain ol’ cup of already brewed black coffee we’re talking about here! Does that really require a tip?

  12. 12

    AWESOME idea and SO nicely executed! You are so thoughtful and creative. And I usually don’t tip on a regular cup of coffee unless they are being especially nice that morning. I am sure Katie can tip at her own discretion! She may have all sorts of extra change left over since she isn’t digging around for that extra eleven cents every morning!

  13. 13

    D, your gift is so thoughtful! Tipping is a personal thing– if Katie wants to, she can leave her own tip. No need for you to worry about it.


  14. 14

    Thank you so much, ladies!

  15. 15

    I nearly forgot! Here’s the website I used to find the coffee quotes – hope that helps!

  16. 16

    SUCH a cute idea! I am such a fan of thoughtful gift giving!!! :)

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