9 Fun Milk Bottle DIY Christmas Gifts for Everyone on Your List
If you’re wondering how to save money on Christmas, DIY crafts are the way to go. Homemade Christmas gifts not only save money, but they’re personal and unique.
Some people prefer getting homemade gifts because it shows that you put some thought into what you’re giving them instead of buying a generic product.
These types of gifts also make great gifts for teachers, coworkers, and distant relatives. For those times you just don’t know what to get someone, this is your solution.
1. Hot Chocolate Mix in a Bottle
It’s super easy to make hot chocolate mix in a bottle. When it comes time for them to make their hot chocolate, they can just pour the ingredients into a mug and mix with hot water or milk.
All you really need to do is buy some hot chocolate powder and fill the bottle with it. Make sure you throw in some marshmallows. Hot chocolate isn’t the same without them!
You could also get festive and throw in some candy cane pieces to make a peppermint hot chocolate. If they drink, you can include a little bottle of Bailey’s or other cream liqueur on the side for a fun twist.
2. Homemade Milk Bath
Milk is a great tool for the skin. Cleopatra famously credited her beautiful skin to the milk baths she took regularly.
So it’s a perfect fit to give someone a milk bath in a glass milk bottle!
Here are some instructions for a lavender milk bath. It’s made with powdered milk, epsom salts, baking soda, cornstarch, and some essential oils.
It’s perfect for those who could use some relaxation in their life. You can also find tons of other homemade milk bath ideas online.
It’s super easy to make. You just mix the ingredients together in a powder. Then just put it in your milk bottle and decorate!
Make it personal by creating a custom tag or label. If you want it to look rustic, you can hand stamp the label too.
3. Kits in a Bottle
Put together a “kit” for a friend who has a specific interest. If you have that one friend who loves the outdoors, make them a survival kit complete with small items like Band Aids, tweezers, and matches.
Tons of themes work for these kits, like beauty supplies, candy, a little sewing kit, or even a little office supplies kit.
Once you’ve assembled your custom kit, you can decorate the outside accordingly. Fasten stickers on it, paint their name on the outside, or attach fun items you find at the dollar store.
4. Candy Reindeer
This craft is super easy and makes a great Christmas idea for kids to make for their teachers or other adults in their life.
Just glue some googly eyes and a red pompom for the nose on the front of the bottle.
Then, fasten some antlers out of a brown pipe cleaner. To do this, just fold each end into one of the antlers, then wrap it around the neck of the bottle with each end facing out. Glue it in place if you need to.
Fill the bottle with brown candy, like chocolate covered peanuts, malt balls, brown M&M’s, or Kit Kat bites.
5. Milk Bottle Snowman
This one is a hit if you’re looking for something for your child to make for their grandparents. It’s also just one of those classic Christmas ideas for kids to do for a fun holiday craft.
All you have to do is glue some buttons down the middle of the milk bottle, then put some fabric around the neck for the snowman’s scarf.
Once the bottle has milk in it, the snowman comes to life. Then you just need a fun straw to drink from, and it’s done.
6. Christmas Cookie in a Bottle
Chances are, if you’re a fan of Pinterest, you’ve probably seen those cookie-in-a-jar recipes floating around the internet. They make great gifts for teachers, your in-laws, or a secret santa.
Basically, you add all the dry ingredients of a cookie recipe and layer them in the bottle. When the recipient goes to make them, they just add the wet stuff, and you have some cookies.
If your bottle is too small, just cut the ingredients in half to make a “personalized” size recipe. Then tell them they don’t have to share!
The best part about giving someone this gift is that you can tailor it to their own tastes. If they’re gluten intolerant, or allergic to nuts, you can try a different recipe or get creative with the ingredients.
Decorate the bottle however you want, but it’s a good idea to include wet ingredients and baking instructions. You can glue things to the lid, like pieces of fabric with twine tied around it. Or you can find some cool stickers and labels at the dollar store.
7. Other Homemade Mixes in a Bottle
Most recipes that call for mostly dry ingredients can be made into gifts in a bottle.
Pancake recipes also work well for milk bottles. Or you could try bread mix, dry dip mix, or another dry sauce mix.
You can even try trail mix or dry soup mix. The choice is yours, so find out what your recipient likes and get started. Then, decorate accordingly.
8. Milk Bottle Terrarium
Plants and flowers have actually shown to improve mental health and reduce stress. So when you give someone a terrarium, you’re giving them the best gift of all: stress relief.
Terrariums make a cool Christmas gift for just about anyone.
Start with a layer of small pebbles, then a layer of larger ones. They help with the plant’s health, but they also look nice too!
Then, add your soil and then your plant of choice. Low maintenance plants work best here, because you don’t have to rely on your recipient knowing how to take care of it.
9. DIY Body Scrubs
If the milk bath doesn’t really sound like your recipient’s thing, why not try a homemade body scrub? We can all benefit from a scrub to help our skin.
This recipe for candy cane sugar scrub is festive and soothing.
To form the base of a homemade sugar scrub, just take 2 cups of white granulated sugar and mix it with ¼ or ⅓ cup of almond or coconut oil. Then add some drops of an essential oil of your choice.
Decorate the bottle accordingly. You can make labels, glue things on, or pick up some cool stuff from the craft store to glue on.
Getting Your Milk Delivered in Glass Bottles is Easy
The glass bottles used to make these DIY Christmas gifts can all be recycled when you sign up for home milk delivery.
Support a local dairy farm and save money on Christmas gifts at the same time.
You get fresh milk delivered to your door, and you’re left with high quality glass milk bottles when you’re done. If you don’t want to make any crafts that week, just send them back for recycling!
Use our database to find a local dairy near you and sign up now.