With the proximity of the Christmas season, coffee machines are a handy and sophisticated gift, with which it is easy to make a good impression. Still, you also have to be careful and think about the person you are giving it to.
In this article, we would like to provide you with some advice on the subject of coffee machines as gifts, which can be a good gift and which not so good, and also on which aspects you should look at before considering an espresso machine or a capsule machine as a gift this Christmas.
Capsule coffee makers for Christmas
A capsule coffee machine is always a good gift. They are practical, beautiful, and make life a little more pleasant. However, it is an item of a certain value, and it also compromises the gift recipient to a certain extent, as they will need to buy the capsules of the beverage of choice on or their own to enjoy it.
The market for pod coffee machines is wide open, and there are many options, so if you want to know which is the best capsule coffee machine to give as a gift without making a mistake, we will help you.
In this section, we will show you what we think are the best options if you want to buy a capsule coffee machine as a gift, and what our final choice would be considering all the factors.
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What should I consider before giving a coffee machine as a gift?
Firstly, the price of the capsules, so as not to compromise too much on the gift recipient. Secondly, the product should be attractive and cheerful since it is a gift. And since you have to have everything in mind, if you are very interested in the machine’s price or you have to adjust your budget, we recommend that you take a look at our post on the best single-serve coffee machine for less than £100.
We must consider the tastes and availability of the person to whom we will give a capsule coffee machine, as it is not a single-use product, but its owner will have to buy the pods needed to enjoy it over time. And these will come out of your pocket. We do not recommend, for example, giving someone a magnificent Nespresso coffee machine as a gift without first checking the availability of physical Nespresso shops in their area. You could be forcing them to continually turn to the Internet to buy their capsules. This is just one example.
In any case, if we want to ensure 100% success with our gift, our advice is to invest a little less in the purchase of the coffee machine and dedicate that money to complete the gift with a good pack of assorted capsules so that the recipient doesn’t have to worry about anything for a long period. Or even some practical accessories to complement it. This detail will undoubtedly be much more appreciated than if you only give them a coffee machine, however splendid it may be.
Our recommendations are the three cheapest and simplest coffee machines from the main capsule brands on the market: the Nespresso Essenza Mini, the Tassimo Happy and the Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS.
Finally, we recommend you read this summary of the top 6 reasons to buy a capsule coffee machine.
Espresso coffee makers as a gift
On the other hand, if you prefer to buy an espresso machine as a gift, you might want to take a look at these three rankings:
- The cheapest espresso machines
- The best high-range espresso machines
- Coffee makers with a built-in grinder
Things to consider before giving a coffee maker as a gift
Before buying a coffee maker as a gift, you should consider the recipient. A coffee maker is an extraordinary gift and of high distinction, but you cannot buy it the same way as if it were for your home use.
If you are going to buy a coffee maker as a gift, we advise you to first take into account the following factors:
- The price of the capsules: If you give someone a capsule coffee maker as a gift, you will force them to buy the capsules of a particular brand later, which will cost them money for life. So study this section first and ensure you know the tastes of the person you give the gift to! Read our annual spending comparison to find out more before you decide to buy.
- The price of the coffee maker: We know you want to give your loved one the best possible gift, but high-range coffee makers are expensive. If you’re going to give a good gift but have a limited budget, you might want to take a look at our rankings of cheap espresso machines and offers on capsule machines. Prices frequently vary in the market, but you can always use them for reference.
- Design: A gift symbolises distinction and elegance and says much about the person making it. Pay attention to the colour and external appearance of the coffee maker you are giving away to be sure it will impact your loved one from the very first moment.
- Be practical: A coffee maker is not a whim but an everyday utensil. Perhaps instead of spending a lot of money on a top-of-the-line coffee maker to make a gift, you should opt for a more normal coffee maker and accompany it with some accessories or a good pack of capsules. What about a milk frother or a good book about coffee?
The best coffee machines as a Christmas gift
OK, once you’ve read all the previous articles and are well-informed about the options you have in the market… it’s time to select and decide what your gift will be. We will propose a ranking based on different criteria, but always think you will buy the coffee maker as a gift and not for your use.
A coffee maker for the car? Yes, friends, if the person you want to gift is a hardcore traveller, this Handpresso Auto is the best option for him. You will not be providing a simple coffee maker but a comfortable, practical and, above all, original travel tool. That’s what giving a gift is all about.
Dolce Gusto Oblo
The Dolce Gusto Oblo is a great option to give away this Christmas because it is one of the latest models from Dolce Gusto (launched in September 2014), the most popular brand of capsule coffee makers. Moreover, its spectacular design will always surprise and please the gift recipient. For the same reasons, the Jovia is also an excellent option, although you will find it a little more expensive on Amazon.
Homever 4-in-1 multi-capsule coffee machine
A multi-capsule coffee machine is compatible with Nespresso, Dolce Gusto, ESE single-dose, and traditional ground coffee. What more could you ask for?
Even though the article is about Christmas gifts, this Bialetti Cuore coffee maker has a particular purpose. And it’s also perfect for giving to your partner for Valentine’s Day. Need any further explanation? Well, you only have to look at their pictures to understand.
The Bialetti Cuore is a capsule coffee maker from the prestigious Bialetti firm, which is heart-shaped, has a pressure of 20 bars and a half-litre capacity reservoir. You can buy it in several colours (although we recommend the red passion if it is a gift for lovers). The price is a bit high, but it’s a unique gift that will make you look great. Irresistible!
Ariete retro coffee maker
But if we’re talking about design and you want to leave the person receiving the gift open-mouthed, opt for Ariete’s retro coffee maker. You only need to look at the pictures to realize that this is the perfect gift to give if someone likes coffee.
We include the Tassimo Vivy in this recommendation of coffee machines to give away because it is very economical, and we think it is the best option within the Tassimo range. Tassimo is a positive value when giving away. Besides offering the best quality coffee, it also has other drinks in its catalogues, such as infusions or chocolates from top brands.
Other alternatives to coffee machines as a gift
And if none of the previous models has convinced you, check out these options. Gifts should be not only practical but also distinguished, original, and out of the ordinary, and that is what we are going to propose to you next: super useful and little-known coffee makers.
If you give a gift to someone who likes coffee and usually prepares it at home, why not surprise them with a manual coffee maker? It is an original and affordable gift that will undoubtedly make any coffee purist enjoy their coffee. There are many options, none of which is like any other extraction method you know. Look at these coffee makers: Chemex, Aeropress, Bodum Pebo or any French press. Or how about a Delonghi super-automatic coffee maker for those cases where you need to make a big-money gift?
You’ll leave the gift recipient with their mouths hanging open and looking forward to getting to work as soon as they set foot in the kitchen.
Another good option for a gift, although already on a bigger budget, another good option for a gift is the splendid breakfast centres or combi coffee makers. You will also achieve the objective of surprising the person who receives the gift, although you must first ensure that all the qualities and versatility of this type of coffee maker will be used.
Mega automatic coffee machines are also a resource if you need to give someone a special gift as long as it is a great occasion and a big budget accompanies it.
An original personalized coffee cup or a coffee-related accessory such as paintings or coffee T-shirts will make you look great, too – you can find all this and more in our coffee store!
We’ve recommended all these coffee machines as ideal gifts for someone else, but I’m sure more than one of you will have taken note of giving them as a present to yourself, right?