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How to Create the Best HomeBrew Gift

Create stunning homemade gifts using our professional design templates.

You’ve brewed your seasonal beer and are ready to gift it for the holidays. Now what? Creating your perfect custom beer bottle label for the holidays should be easier than assembling a gingerbread house. Use our online design templates and we’ll help you create stunning homemade gifts with a professional touch. Start with labels and finish it with a custom bottle cap for a package that will look as good as it tastes!

First, decide what size bottle you are shopping for.

The most common size bottles used in homebrewing are 22-ounce brown bottles, also known as “Bombers”, 16-ounce Grolsch or “Swing-tops”, and 12-ounce bottles (called either “tall” or “short” depending on the neck).

If you are bottling up 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles we recommend either a Landscape Square with Necker or Basic label. We love the polish that a necker lends to the finished product.

If you are bottling up 4-packs of 16-ounce bottles, make sure your swing-top bottles aren’t embossed or cut. You’ll want smooth round glass or your label will not stay on. Consider the Full Wrap or Front and Back Set. (The Front & Back may be called a wine label but it works great on a beer bottle too!) Have a textured glass? Don’t despair! You can still decorate your bottle with a custom Hangtag. Think of it as the best holiday sweater your bottle could ask for.  

If you are bottling up bottles of 22-ounce Bombers, we love the Square with Necker, Oval with Necker or the Volo.

Check out our Shop By Bottle page to see more options.

Next, pick your design.

You know what size label you want, now it is time to pick your design template. Too many choices? We understand! Let us help you narrow it down by sharing a few of our seasonal favorites.

Drinking Season

This has almost every size label covered in its expansive set. Choose one of the fun pre-loaded vintage graphics or upload your own graphic. Customize your label further by choosing from different color backgrounds and different font sets.

Ugly Sweater

Ugly holiday sweaters aren’t just for the gift bearer. Dress your bottle in the unexpected. This simple design is great if you don’t have much beyond a sense of humor and a great beer name. Gift the best sipper for the slopes.

Hop Nog

Another simple design that will design up quickly. This one says winter wonderland. Customize your holiday beer so your friends can frolic in the snow with a frosty one.

Upload Your Own

Don’t forget you can always build your own offline. If you want to design your own to fit one of our sizes, we recommend starting out by reading our handy checklist. It will walk you through all the steps, from downloading guides and artwork tips so you’ll love your finished product.

Finally, add those personalized finishing touches.

Don’t stop at the label! Dress your bottle from top to bottom, and make your recipients wonder if a new microbrew opened up in town. Consider adding custom bottle caps, a small pack of personalized coasters, and even a metal sign.  

Crown it with a personalized bottle cap.

Match your new custom label with a cap that was designed to complement it! Many of our free professionally designed templates offer a template for a matching white cap.

If you are designing your own, remember, bottle caps are now offered in a range of colors. Go gold, silver or black and make a statement!   

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