We've Got the #MondayBlues & the Only Cure is Coffee

Get through Monday (and the rest of the week) with these coffee-centric recipes.

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Oh, the Monday blues. It can be a struggle waking up on Monday morning after a nice weekend to the realization that there’s an entire work week ahead. You know what helps? Coffee. And when that doesn’t work? More coffee. For all the coffee lovers that need some morning encouragement, here are five ways to help you defeat those #MondayBlues all day long.  

Coffee Exfoliating Scrub

Coffee Beauty Scrub

Coffee Beauty Scrub

Yes, the heavens have answered and you can wash your skin with coffee grounds. Even better, you can make your own scrub. So the next Monday you roll out of bed, start off your morning with a little coffee exfoliator for an early boost of energy.

Make Your Own: Coffee Exfoliating Scrub

Caramel Cinnamon Latte

caramel pumpkin spice latte with cream

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Getty Images/rez-art

For the mornings when a cup of black coffee won't cut it, give yourself five extra minutes and whip up a caramel cinnamon latte. It's totally worth it, and you'll be happy to be sippin' on that deliciousness all morning.

Make Your Own: Caramel Cinnamon Latte

Iced Coffee

So lunchtime rolls around and you've finished your latte. Maybe you need a little push to get you through the afternoon. What's better than a refreshing cup of iced coffee? Nothing.

Additional Recipe: Simple Iced Coffee

After Work: Boozy Irish Coffee 

Photo by: Food Network/Valerie Bertinelli

Food Network/Valerie Bertinelli

Depending on your desired caffeine intake, you may want to indulge in some boozy coffee to unwind from the work day. Plus, fall is right around the corner and this just seems like the perfect drink to transition into the chilly season.

Make Your Own: Irish Coffee

Mocha Pops

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Food Network

While coffee is my favorite thing to drink every morning, I would definitely hop on the coffee dessert train. Just one look at these and I'm ready to curl up on the couch and end my day with a mocha pop or two. You should definitely finish a Monday with one of these beauties.

Make Your Own: Mocha Pops

Coffee-Themed Gift Ideas

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Coffee Mocha Mix

Put a fresh spin on classic hot chocolate by incorporating coffee into the mix. Add one part instant coffee, cocoa powder, sugar, powdered vanilla creamer, a dash of cinnamon and chocolate chips. Package your homemade mix in a glass canister or Mason jar, then finish with a gift tag and some ribbon.

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Coffee Bean Ornaments

If you have leftover coffee beans, place them inside clear ornaments. Once the bulbs are on the tree, the warm lights will heat your ornaments and give off a warm coffee-scented aroma.

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Coffee Lover Gift

Put your favorite coffee beans into a burlap gift bag inside a custom or store-bought coffee mug. Adorn with a simple gift tag, your friend’s name and a piece of gold ribbon. It makes for a simple and savory gift they'll love.

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Coffee-Stained Gift Tags

If you have some basic gift tags that need a little pick-me-up, soak them in a mixture of water and instant coffee. The longer you let the tags soak, the darker the intended look will be. For added color variation, sprinkle with instant coffee grounds and allow them to air dry.

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Coffee Grounds Soap Bar

Use your leftover coffee grounds to make homemade coffee-scented soap. In addition to adding a contrast of color, the coffee grounds aid in exfoliation.

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Coffee Nuts

Add some pizazz to raw nuts by glazing them in maple syrup, pinches of salt, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, sugar and finely ground espresso. Package your concoction in a glass canister with a sweet bow.

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Coffee Grounds Candles

Add texture to your candles by coating them with coffee grounds. Once the candle melts, the grounds will give off a pleasant coffee scent.

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Coffee Syrups

For your friend who prefers a more flavorful coffee experience, gift them with specialty coffee syrups. Pour the syrups into oil pourers from the craft store and label the bottles for a more personalized touch.

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Coffee Maker

Has your coffee fanatic been extra good this year? Get them a brand-new coffee maker to replace that noisemaker from college. Rain or shine, every morning will seem so much brighter.

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Coffee Lover's Gift Basket

Create a thoughtful gift basket for your coffee-dependent friends. Place a personalized mug and their favorite coffee inside of a basket. Take your gift to the next level by including a French press.

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