4 DIY Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers

4 DIY Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers

They’re at their happiest when they’re curled up on the couch with a cup of tea, a warm blanket and a good book. You know the type: the book lover. Whether they’ve got their hands on the latest best seller or a beloved classic, you can bet that they'll always have a page-turner at the ready.

This holiday season, give the bookworm in your life some DIY literary love. Read on for our free, printable gifts that include a festive bookmark , a seasonal bookplate , and a helpful holiday reading list. Want something different? We'll also share tips for creating a DIY journal that can act as a book log. So, skip the trip to the mall for holiday shopping this year. Instead, download these free printables for your favorite reader, and let your PIXMA TS9521C printer do the work.

Snowman Bookmark

Surprise your book-loving pal with this adorable origami free template Rather than the traditional rectangular bookmark, this little guy slides right over the top or bottom corner of the page. No more dog ears! Here’s how to do it:

  1. Print out our free template
  2. Cut out the square space that frames the snowman.
  3. Fold the paper in half, so that the snowman face is up. The paper will be in the shape of a triangle.
  4. Turn the triangle over.
  5. Take the lower right corner and fold it up to the top point so that you can see the snowman’s face.
  6. Do the same with the lower left corner.
  7. Unfold the corners so you’re looking at a blank triangle again.
  8. Take the front sheet of the top triangle and fold it down so that the tip touches the bottom straight edge of the paper.
  9. Then, take each of the snowman folds and tuck them into the little pocket of paper above.
  10. Now, you’ve created a holiday bookmark that will snugly hold your place!

Bookplate for Hanukkah

There’s no better way to accessorize a book than with a custom printable bookplate . Bookplates, which are typically pasted into a book to indicate ownership, have been used for centuries (the earliest version that’s been found has ties to Germany in the 15th century - imagine that!). Carry on the tradition with vintage menorah template . Fire up your PIXMA TS9521C printer to print the template on adhesive paper, and it’s ready to go. Stick it on the front endpaper of your favorite book, or print out several dozen copies, and gift them to a fellow bookworm.

Print a “Book-it” List for the Year Ahead

It’s not a bucket list, it’s a “book-it” list! You might have a running mental list of books you've been meaning to read, but if you're anything like us, you probably tend to forget what's on the list when it comes time to choosing a new book. Write the titles down on this printable list so you don’t forget. Then, check the books off and add a rating as you go. That way, you'll be able to look back on 2019 and remember what you read and what really resonated. Print it out and put it on your refrigerator as a constant reminder, or print it on adhesive paper so you can stick it in a book log (check out our next entry for details). Want to challenge yourself? Set a goal of how many books you’ll finish before the ball drops in 2020.

Devise a DIY Journal for Book Lovers

A book log is an open invitation to record your favorite quotes, list books that inspire you or jot down details about lovable characters and action-packed plots. If you’re giving someone a DIY book log, don't skimp on the creativity! You can start by filling a binder with printable pages that offer writing guidelines and prompts, such as “My Meanderings,” “Quotes to Keep,” and “Plot Twists to Remember.” You might also decide to include a “book-it list” (see above) so your bookworm bud can track his or her reading next year.

Help embellish someone’s personal library this holiday season, and while you’re at it, print out an extra book-it list for yourself. It'll even make gift-giving easier next holiday season: when your friends ask what your heart desires, you can share a few favorite titles from your list!