Nearly everywhere I look I see "mug rugs". And I wondered what they were. According to wikipedia, a mug rug is: "A coaster, drink coaster, beverage coaster, or beermat, is an article used to rest beverages upon. The main purpose is to protect the surface of a table or any other surface where the user might place their beverage.
I've always had "coasters" to protect my furniture, and I wondered if a mug rug is the same thing. The wikipedia definition leads me to believe that yes, they are. I researched a little more, and found this site. I think that they would make a great gift, stocking stuffer, or a "just because" gift. From what I've seen, you can make a mug rug for whatever theme you desire. I've found some with a cup of tea or coffee on them, some with elephants, some in a Christmas theme, some with other holidays. I guess you can make them any size that you like.
If you want to see some wonderful mug rugs, just "google" mug rugs and click on images. You will be amazed at what you find. The one above caught my eye.
And look at this one. Wouldn't it be great for Valentine's Day?
I know I don't have time to make any for Christmas; but after the first of the year, I may have to give making some mug rugs a try. I have a die cutter that I rarely use, and think that some of the applique shapes would make great mug rugs.