DIY Bookish Gifts for Your Friends

The saying goes that Christmastime is the best time of the year… but it can also be one of the most expensive. I’m a girl who loves a good DIY project and the fact that I can customize the gift to my friend’s specific liking. My sister was thrilled last year when I made her a wreath for her first apartment as part of her gift. When she hung it on her door, she texted me a picture of it. When she later moved to a new apartment, I received another text from her showing me that she was still enjoying it in her new place.

It felt so, so great to know that my sister loved the gift I spent a few hours making for her. It was a way we stayed connected and it helped me (much to my husband’s surprise excitement) stay on budget.

I’ve pulled a few DIY bookish gifts you could make and gift your friends. If you’ve seen something that you love (and maybe have pinned on pinterest), please share the link below!

*Please note — all images taken of the projects are borrowed from the sites linked with the instructions below.

DIY Bookish Projects

01. Decorative Wreath Made Out of Book Pages — I need this in my life. I think I would flip a lid if someone gifted me with this. Lindsay, the blogger who posted this wreath tutorial, spent $2 making this wreath compared to the $40-50 she saw it being sold for. Ah-mazing! 

02. Vintage Book DIY Garland — I’m pretty sure I should make my Christmas tree book-themed next year. This would be spectacular. I love this garland because it could really be left out all year. I would love to have it draped over my bookshelves in my living room.

03. DIY Telephone Bookends — I don’t know about you guys, but bookends can sometimes be a little underwhelming. Finding an item your book-loving friend loves and turning it into a bookend is a fantastic idea. Love the vintage feel of these telephones. And the fact that I just said vintage and remember using them growing up makes me feel super old.

04. Yarn Ball (Pom) Bookmarks — Ok, so I always, always lose bookmarks. Always. If I received a bundle of these, I’d be a happy girl. A skein of yarn is a few dollars and will make tons and tons of these guys. I want some of these just to be cute and decorative in my books on the shelves.

gift ideas for book lovers

05. DIY Kindle or Nook Cover — Every e-reader owner I know (myself & E included) is always on the lookout for an adorable cover. It’s hard to find one that’s not overly priced and super chunky. Why not make one for your friend? You could have a field day with fun fabrics. I know if a friend made one for me, I’d be over the moon. That’s thoughtful, friends.

06. DIY Pillow with Stenciled Quote — I don’t think this project was originally suggested as a bookish project, but if you knew a quote from one of your friend’s favorite books, you could easily stencil it on burlap and whip together a custom pillow for him or her.

custom note cards and DIY magnet board with scrabble letters

07. Custom Watercolor Note Cards — This photograph is for cards that say “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” BUT I think they’d make awesome custom cards for a friend. Make a series of cards from one book or a set of random favorite quotes – any way you do it, this is awesome!

08. DIY Magnet Board with Scrabble Piece Letters — Is anyone else super obsessed with scrabble letters? This project seems so simple and so impactful. What a fun way to incorporate book pages and make it a useful gift too!

themed gift idea for welcome caller this is chloe book

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe Themed Gift-Pack


Welcome, readers! Estelle and I are so excited to be doing something fun over the next couple of weeks to help you guys get creative with your gift purchases. We’re choosing books that we loved and pairing them with items you could give along with it. The items we’ve chosen are drawn from the books — the character’s style, activities, musical preferences, etc. We hope you love it as much as we’ve loved putting these together.

First up is a book Estelle and I have both loved, Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell. (My Review) Chloe is a spunky character with a lot of personality. She made us laugh out loud and really feel for her as she went through a bad breakup with her friends. We loved her grandmother and swooned over her love interest, Duncan. Pick up a copy of the book and maybe an item or two from below and gift this Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe themed gift-pack to a friend!

themed gift idea for welcome caller this is chloe book

01. MMM… Burritos Shirt, $21.00 — Chloe works in a fast-food Mexican restaurant. She spends a bunch of time dressed up like a burrito, on the streets passing out coupons to passerby. Any Chloe-themed gift pack would need a burrito t-shirt. Some of the scenes where Chloe was at work had my mouth watering for Mexican food.

02. Blue Retro Headphones — This Chloe-themed gift pack would be perfect for a music lover. Chloe works at the school’s dying radio station and has to fight to keep it from being shut down. Inspired by the awesome blue headphones she’s wearing on the cover, I think these would be awesome to include as a gift.

03. iTunes Gift Card — If you’re not sure what kind of music your friend is into, gift cards are awesome. You can customize your gift cards from Apple and they have really cute Christmas-y ones available right now.

04 and 05. The Lumineers Album, Mumford and Sons’ Babel — Maybe you need some music recommendations and would rather include albums instead of a gift card (I always prefer giving something I’ve chosen instead of handing over a gift card. It feels more personal, like I put more time into purchasing the gift.) These are a few of my current favorites I’m sure Chloe would approve of.

06. Dainty Dramatist Heel in Cream, $80.00 — So these aren’t true vintage like the ones Chloe scours for, but um, I kind of love them. They have these shoes in cream or in fun a fun mint color. Want, want, want. Please notify my husband. Size seven and a half, please.

07. Red Loofa, Pink Light Up Rubber Ducky, Stress Relief Bar Soap, and Bubble Bath — Chloe and her grandmother (whom she’s extremely close to) keep up with their soaps. Maybe you could include these and see if your friend could figure out their significance after reading the book?

08. Microphone iPhone Case Cover, $8.85 — Chloe is a girl who likes to talk. She gives advice to callers and helps them fix their problems. Sometimes her talking gets her in trouble, but she’s overall kind and extremely thoughtful.