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DIY Coca-Cola Holiday Gift Bottles with Free Printables

There are lots of “angels” and “elves” and “Santas” to be found at this time of year…and I’m not even talking about the make-believe kind!

I see so many people that are busy making things merry for everyone around them right now – like the teachers at my kids’ schools, the extra-cheery employees at certain stores, the friends hosting festive parties, the moms and dads lighting up the yard and trimming the tree and cooking special meals (not to mention working extra hard to pay for it all!), etc.

It’s always great to recognize these people with a special thank you for all they do, and that thank you doesn’t need to be super expensive or fancy…just thoughtful and from the heart. I’ve partnered with Coca-Cola and their #ShareaCoke program this month to encourage more people do just that – to shine a spotlight on those special people and “unsung heroes” that go the extra mile to make the holidays a special time for other people!

Holiday Angel Coca-Cola Bottle

DIY Holiday Gift Bottles and Notecards

One of the best ways to make a person feel appreciated is simply to tell them! But of course there’s nothing a little creativity can’t make even better, especially when it comes to the holidays. ;)

So on that note, I’m excited to share a few ways to turn personalized #ShareaCoke glass bottles into thoughtful holiday gifts with you today -– by using simple crafty details and festive presentation. I also designed a matching notecard for each bottle style so that you can pair them with a heartfelt message. All of the printables are available to download for free below, along with the instructions.

Before I jump into that though – there’s also a GIVEAWAY!

***Winner Update, 12/15: This giveaway is now closed. Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and congrats to our (randomly selected) winner – Mersadee M!***  For your chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card and a six-pack of personalized “Share a Coke” glass bottles ($130 total retail value), just post a comment here telling me who the unsung hero (or heroes) in YOUR life are that deserve some special recognition this holiday season. And this part isn’t required for entry, but I’d also love to hear which style of bottle decoration you’d give them (elf, angel, Santa… or something else maybe?!). Enter by Monday, December 12th at midnight PST.

P.S. Enjoy 20% off 6+ personalized bottles at ShareaCoke.com until December 25th with the discount code NEWYEAR20!


Holiday Gift Idea - Personalized Coke Bottles - Elf Theme

Gift Idea #1 – ELF (The Merrymaker)

We all know a few people that seem to have an extra big dose of holiday spirit…the ones that take the decorating and gifting and parties to the next level! This “Merrymaker” gift idea was designed with those people in mind. It would also make a great hostess gift for a holiday party!

For this design, you’ll need Printable Elf Hats, mini craft poms, and felt.

Hot glue the mini craft poms to the elf hats for added detail, and use adhesive glue dots to attach the hats to the bottle caps. Cut small strips of felt to tie around the necks of the bottles as “scarves”. For the packaging, I found a cute $3 metal pail in the dollar bins at one of my favor stores and used felt and mini craft poms to add a decorative border to the rim. 

Free Printable Elf Notecards

I customized this particular gift for a friend that’s also a fellow mom at my daughter’s new preschool (we moved across the state earlier this year). She’s definitely gone above and beyond as far as planning fun playdates and helping out with creative projects at the school and coordinating parties and events… the true definition of a “merrymaker” (all year round, really!). Download the matching Elf Notecards here.

And if you want to add an edible treat to this gift, white chocolate confetti popcorn with coordinating sprinkle colors is a great choice!


Holiday Gift Idea - Personalized Coke Bottles - Santa Theme

Gift Idea #2 – SANTA (YOUR Favorite One)

When it come to Santa, there’s usually someone that’s REALLY playing that role in your life. For me, it’s my dad. He works super hard and gives a lot of what he makes away to help both immediate and extended family… not just during the holidays, but all year round. He may not literally wear a red suit or fluffy white beard, but we all know he’s got them in spirit. ;) There might be someone else playing the role of “fav Santa” for you – and of course the bottles can be customized however you like!

For this design, you’ll need the printable Santa Elements and craft pipe cleaners (1 black, 1 white).

Hot glue the beard and belt pieces to the center of pipe cleaners for easy on and off, then twist in the back to secure. Using pipe cleaners also keeps the printables securely on the bottle even when the bottle is ice-cold! (Adhesives can lose their stickiness when condensation happens.)

DIY Santa Gift for Dad

This cute red drink holder is also from the dollar bins section at my favorite store. I hot glued mini bells to the handle for a little “jingle bells” flair. ;) For the finishing touches: confetti popcorn with red, black, and white sprinkles + a printable Santa Notecard.


Holiday Gift Idea - Personalized Coke Bottles - Angel Theme

Gift Idea #3 – ANGEL (The Giver)

Last, but not least, is the Angel design! I really love how this one turned out… it kinda makes me want to have an angel themed party just for an excuse to cover a drink station with these fun bottles. ;) 

I customized this design with “A Giver” because it feels especially appropriate at this time of year… and the term “giver” doesn’t just have to mean monetary – it can be someone that’s generous with their time, their advice, their efforts, etc. My mom is definitely a giver all year round and has given a lot of time to helping out with my kids lately, for which I am eternally grateful!

For this design, you’ll need the printable Angel Wings, 2 silver pipe cleaners, and hot glue.

Wrap one pipe cleaner around the neck of the bottle twice and twist to secure. Trim off the excess pipe cleaner and set this leftover piece aside to use later. Take the 2nd pipe cleaner and form a small halo on one end, twisting to secure the loop. Fold the “tail” of the halo upwards, in half, and twist together to form a sturdy “base”. Hot glue the halo to the pipe cleaner that’s wrapped around the neck of the bottle, then glue the leftover piece across that. This is where you’ll attach the wings, as shown here:

DIY Angel Gift for Mom

I also think this angel bottle duo would work great with words like “an inspiration” or literally “an angel”, depending on how the recipient has affected your life. (“Inspiration” would work really well for a teacher or mentor too!) Download the matching Angel Notecards here.


#ShareaCoke Holiday Gift Bottles

I hope these bottles inspire you to spread a little holiday magic to the special people in your life! 

Don’t forget to to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY below by posting a comment about who deserves to be recognized in your own life! Enter by Monday, December 12, 2016 at midnight PST. Good luck!


Disclosures: This post is sponsored by Coca-Cola, and the Coca-Cola Company will provide the Giveaway prize. The Coca-Cola Company is not a sponsor, administrator or responsible in any way for the Giveaway. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and designs are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the companies that make it possible for me to keep the creative content coming your way!

By |2018-11-06T10:10:30-07:00December 6th, 2016|Christmas, Favors & Gifts, Free Printables|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (9) and Rylie (7). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. @GirlyGirlPartea December 6, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Creative DIY Holiday Gifts + #ShareaCoke Giveaway https://t.co/Cns0k2mwdW

  2. Lisa Brown December 6, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    My husband is the one to be recognized: very hardworking, generous, and kind, always trying to do more for us, a gentleman through and through, big heart for others, and he is my best friend. Thanks for the chance :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  3. Courtney F. December 6, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    My friend Kristin is one of those moms who does *everything* for everybody! She is a genuine Christmas miracle!

  4. Mersadee Adams December 6, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    My Mother in Law is the one to be recognized. She has had an extremely hard year! She almost lost her husband in a snowmobile accident and then was hit with thousands of dollars in medical bills. Despite the rough times she is going through she is always thinking of who she can help next and how she can help them. She is truly an angel and that is the coke I would give her.

  5. ELISE LANEY December 6, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    These are so adorable! I would give a bottle to my husband – the calm to my crazy. He is an angel and would probably get a kick out of the angel bottle. :)

  6. Brenda Haines December 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    My mom! She works so hard as one of the top caregivers in the area. She specializes in Alzheimer’s and Dementia and that can really wear on a person. So for a “break” she goes to Nevada every Spring to work at the mine shutdown. That’s a 7 days a week, 12 hours a day job. She does all this and still helps me with my 4 year old who has Cerebral Palsy. I’m very thankful that she can file for partial retirement soon, she deserves it more than anyone I know!

  7. Debbie N December 6, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    My husband is the one I would recognize. He works very hard for our family and is a great Dad. I would definitely decorate the bottles as Santa because he has dressed up as Santa quite a few times. Once he played Santa at a party and my Son didn’t even recognize him.

  8. Holly December 6, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    My boyfriend, who’s super sweet and patient, and doesn’t always get enough appreciation :)

  9. carol clark December 6, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I’d say my daughter as she is in college and still takes old mama me to town and helps me out when i need it bless her heart

  10. Tara of Spotofteadesigns December 7, 2016 at 3:01 am

    My hubby! Working hard with some weird job assignments this year while also working to get his masters and be an awesome daddy at the same time

  11. Victoria Lynch December 7, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Adding these to my list of possible sweet options for my daughter’s nursery school teachers. Love the personalized options! They are definitely angels to us.

  12. HS December 7, 2016 at 7:45 am

    My husband is my unsung hero, he helps with lots of chores at our new home. I don’t think I can ever get them all done by myself.

  13. alicia szemon December 7, 2016 at 7:54 am

    My mom deserves to be recognized because she is the most selfless caring person i know. She is so amazing!

  14. Kelly D December 7, 2016 at 9:07 am

    My husband deserves to be recognized. He goes to work so I can stay home with the kids. He is always there for their important events or if I just need him to help with their appointments. He is a great husband and dad.

  15. Alvina December 7, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Def my mom :)

  16. Nicole Stone December 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    The unsung heroes in my life are definitely my foster kids. They have overcome so much adversity in their short lives and yet they can smile, laugh, show love and kindness, and open their hearts even with the possibility of rejection. They remind me everyday what it means to keep going and hope for something better.

  17. Linda December 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    My mom helps me out the most whenever I ask. I would use the Santa motif.

  18. Sara M December 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I would share a Coke with my neighbor and friend Alison. In fact, we often have a Coke together in the afternoons. She is the mom of three boys and yet often takes my two girls on to to help me out. She volunteers hours and hours to our school community and works as a substance abuse counselor. She is a great friend!

  19. Kristen December 8, 2016 at 12:05 am

    My friend Kati deserves to be recognized.

  20. Laura Holt December 8, 2016 at 6:58 am

    My daughter is my heroine, not only because she is always brightens my day with a smile or a bible verse reminder. But also because she is an ever-present reason to always do my best, and to never give up, even when the going gets tough. She truly is my abundant blessing from above, and if I was going to give her a bottle decoration, it would definitely be an angel!

  21. LISA PARSONS December 8, 2016 at 7:17 am


  22. Susan Christy December 8, 2016 at 9:09 am

    My boss is amazing. She has been extremely sick and away from the office for several weeks yet made sure that local charities received their donations from us, and that all of the employees received their Christmas gifts and bonuses. No matter how she’s feeling, she puts others first.

  23. @HWTM_Jenn December 8, 2016 at 10:16 am

    A fun way to say thanks to the REAL Santa in your life this holiday. ;) https://t.co/tvZsAZq8vs #ShareaCoke #sp… https://t.co/vvlmAH4c50

  24. Rocio Hernandez December 8, 2016 at 10:29 am

    My mom deserves to be recognized! She is the most selfless person that I’ve ever met. She puts others before herself. At 71 yrs old she still manages to cook, clean and take care of my 42 yr old brother who has MS. She reminds us daily to be better and serve others to the best of our ability. She is the glue that keeps our family together. She’s the unsung hero in my life!!

  25. Cindy Tejeda December 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Definitely MY MOM… I love her so much! She is my hero, she divorced from father when I was 9… More than 20 years ago, was very sad and sudden situation, she gets encoruge to life, she start school and graduate as pre k teacher, she help myself and sister to finish school and get a good job. She always are pushing us to go away with no fears, jusr with faith in God…

  26. Rotricia December 8, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    My uncle is a hero to me. He dedicated most of his life serving our country. The elf reminds me of him. He has such a giving spirit and will truly give you the shirt off his back

  27. David December 8, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    My brother is an unsung hero, not so much to me, but to his family. He works over 70 hours a week with his own small business, and is only off on Christmas and Easter. His life is very routine and mundane, but he does it for his family.

  28. Elizabeth December 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Our school secretary is always going above and beyond to make everyone happy.

  29. sara rai December 10, 2016 at 12:29 am

    I would have to say my dad:) He works hard everyday and even in his free time, he spends it with us. He makes sure we are always smiling. Thanks for the chance to win:) Happy Holidays!

  30. Deborah Saffell December 10, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    My Aunt is one of the most amazing people I know. She has always made sure that everyone is happy know matter what she has to do. Her thoughtfulness alone brings joy to my life. Ive never seen a person who has a heart as big as hers. Her lovely home and caring personality just makes the holidays worthwhile. I love her creative sense of decorations. My heart really goes out to her this season because last week she lost everything except the clothes on her back ,which included lots of cherished memories for over 45 years in the same home. There are lots of things that she can never replace but continues to be happy for others so they can enjoy this wonderful season. The most important thing that she has is her family and to make others have a very Merry Christmas! She is one of a kind and will never be able to be replaced. Any one that knows her talks about how amazing she is. She has made sure my kids have had a good Christmas in the past, and still makes sure all the kids get way more than they should. We have a very big family and she never leaves anybody out. I just wish I had just a little bit of the spirit she does. Know one will ever know what all she is going through, because the smile on heotface hides it well. All of my family counts on her for many things like decorations and especially food. She keeps all of us together so we can still be able to enjoy Christmas Day with everyone. And once again, we are all looking forward to a nice day. She needs the love showed to her the way she shares with others!!! #shareacoke, #wishing for her to rebuild her home, # thinking of those involved with the wildfires in the smokies!!!

  31. Jill Blardinelli December 11, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    The hero in my life is my best friend Beth. We have been friends since we were roommates in the college dorm at The University of Illinois in Champaign in 1978! We are there for each other through the ups and the downs of life. She is a wonderful listener. She is smart, has a fun sense of humor and likes a lot of the same things. We both sing so we share that over the phone from Illinois to Arizona. I wish we lived in the same town so we could go to karaoke together but we encourage each other to practice across the miles. I would choose the angel because she has been there for me when I most need it!

  32. @HWTM_Jenn December 12, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Cute personalized gift idea for the “Merrymaker” in your life! DIY info here: https://t.co/tvZsAZq8vs… https://t.co/klPl8cuAPn

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