For some people the holidays don't begin until after Thanksgiving. For some it's when the holiday movies start or Christmas movies are on the radio. For Starbucks, that day is Friday.

The coffee giant announced the return of their holiday beverages on November 6 and to celebrate they're hooking everyone up with a gift --

...a red collectible holiday cup when they order a handcrafted holiday beverage of any size at participating stores in the United States.


The holiday cups at Starbucks are usually all the rage so getting a free reusable one is a big deal. The seasonal flavors to choose from so you can get your free cup are:

  • Caramel Brûlée Latte
  • Chestnut Praline Latte
  • Eggnog Latte
  • Peppermint Mocha
  • Toasted White Chocolate Mocha

Hot chocolates and the fall flavors also apply towards receiving the free gift. So yes, you can still order a PSL if you're not ready just yet to put up the Christmas tree and play Mariah Carey music. Drinks can be hot, iced, or blended.

You can make your order [t qualify for the holiday cup] at the store in-person, through the drive-thru, ordering ahead on the Starbucks app, curbside, and by delivery.

The free red cup that Starbucks is giving away on Friday is different from this year's holiday cups that were recently unveiled and come in four different fun and festive designs: Ribbon, Dot, Sparkle, and Brand Wrap.

Starbucks Holiday Cups 2020
Connor Surdi/Starbucks

Starbucks says they went with four designs because it was the same number when they introduced their holiday cup collections in 1997. The coffee retailer's creative director said the this year's theme is "Carry the Merry."

Our thought behind the cups this year was about people carrying them out in the world as messengers of joy.

Joy is something we all could use after a rough and weird year.

The free cup is only available Friday, November 6 while supples last.

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