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About Us

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We're Joyce & Joan, a store that specialises in gorgeous gifts for the home and kitchen. You might also notice that we have mugs - lots and lots and lots of mugs - because there's no such thing as too many mugs.

It might also be a bit because we used to be called The Mug Co and before that Nerd Supply - we've been through a few changes since we got going in 2011! We started out selling kitchenware and household goods to students but sold so many mugs we evolved into a specialist mug retailer. After 7 years of mug mania, we realised we'd been gradually adding on lots of lovely related products - tea towels, it turned out, were a gateway to a whole world of kitchen and home gifts.

Which is how you find us now! We still stock one of the largest ranges of mugs available online in the UK and we still truly believe that mugs make ideal gifts and we absolutely love personalising them - in fact, it's one of our favourite things about what we do! So far, we've written some wonderful (and not a few weird) messages down the handles of our china mugs as well as phrases in Welsh, Latin, French, German, Finnish and Greek. If you want to say it in mug form, we're happy to write it.

Anyway, in 2019, we felt that the name The Mug Co wasn't completely reflecting the store and our rapidly diversifying product range but we also didn't want to completely turn our backs on our core product. Taking our cue from our founder's amazing grannies, who were both avid tea-drinking mug collectors, we decided to name the re-branded store after them: Joyce & Joan. Joyce the home-bird and Joan, tech-savvy even into her 90s, they were both warm, fun and always focused on taking care of their families and friends. We hope to carry on their legacies with every new gorgeous gift idea that we feel sure they would approve of.

Knowing just how much they adored their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, we're also delighted to say that we donate all of our seconds and discontinued stock to Barnardo's, the children's charity. Have a hunt through your local shop as you might just find a barely-blemished bargain! 

We're only a small team but it means we get to add the personal touch and that's the way we like it. It's how the real Joyce & Joan would have liked it too.