This is the nicest mug I've ever owned. It will be my go-to-mug for the cold winter months to enjoy hot chocolate/tea/coffee etc. It's well made and on the heavier/sturdier side but not uncomfortable to hold and, the handle is wide/thick side and is nearly the length of the entire mug, which is more tall than wide but all is nicely balanced...feels good in the hand. The colours are exactly as you see in the picture though more rich and the simple details are beautifully done. The glaze on this ceramic mug is thickly coated so it should be quite chip resistant and, if treated with enough care it could last for years. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box and had a closer look, that on the other side of this mug was the *mother doe* and their *little fawn*...so it's a family of three! It comes gift boxed with the image of the three deer in black/grey print on a white box. This mug would make a lovely gift for anyone. Dishwasher/microwave safe too!