Anyone can slip one of those cardboard covers over a cup of hot coffee or tea. Why not make your beverage a little more original with a “mug hug,” hand-knit by a local artist? Throughout the holiday season, we are offering suggestions of gifts for $20 or less, available at local merchants.
Name of the store: The Chartreuse Muse Gallery & Art Boutique
Item: Hand-knit mug hugs
Price: $12 each. Buy three or more, and they are $10 each.
Item description: Mug hugs are hand-knit cozies to keep your coffee, tea and cocoa warm and your fingers safe. Pass on the paper sleeve and slip a mug hug on your to-go cup.
This is a perfect gift for: Anyone. It makes a great stocking stuffer, or gift for teacher, co-worker or neighbor.
About the store: The Chartreuse Muse opened its doors as a contemporary gallery in Modesto in 2002. In September 2007, The Muse moved to its current location at 10th Street across the street from the Gallo Center for the Arts and into the heart of downtown Modesto. The Muse offers items in a wide range of media from talented local and regional artists. In 2012, the Muse added an Art Boutique stocked with original items, handmade by local and regional artists and crafters. Whether your interest is painting, ceramics, glasswork, photography, metalwork or handcrafted jewelry, you’ll find unique artwork with a modern sensibility at The Chartreuse Muse.
Pertinent info: 918 10th St., Modesto. Open Tuesdays through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (209) 522-0935 or visit www.thechartreusemuse.com.