As you can see in photos of the cups (shown above), they feature a pair of hands holding red cups (maybe last year's design?), festive ribbons, and other joyous holiday scenes. The only colors you'll find when your barista hands your drink over are splashes of red and green. The rest is up to you to decorate with ornaments, wreaths, mistletoe, Festivus Poles, and more. So, uh, maybe bring some markers on your next coffee run?
"This year’s cup is intentionally designed to encourage our customers to add their own color and illustrations," Leanne Fremar, executive creative director for Starbucks, said in a statement. "We love the idea of everyone making this year’s cup their own."
Along with the coloring canvas, the cups come with a bright red (there it is!) cardboard sleeve bearing Starbucks' "Give Good" holiday theme. Last year, the company did all the work for you by putting 13 different designs on its decidedly red holiday cups. In 2015, Starbucks faced criticism from some customers when it introduced minimalist red ombre holiday cups.
Of course, they're just cups. You're going to throw them away. The best part about their arrival is that you can finally get your hands on your first Gingerbread Latte, Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, and Chestnut Praline Latte of the season. You know what to do.