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A 2017 diary for every kind of woman

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Anna Pollitt
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Useful as it may be, iCal will never replace the place in our handbags – or our hearts – for a hard copy diary. Tapping a reminder into our phones and being beholden to our battery life to know where we’re going, who we’re meeting and at what time is no way to navigate 2017. 

Here’s a selection of our favourite diaries – with a view inside and out – for every taste, be it led by fashion, travel, positivity, practicality, or good old-fashioned partying, there’s a planner to suit. You (or the woman you’re gifting it to) may well use it every day of 2017, so make sure it’s a good one.

  • Child of the 90s

    Anyone lucky enough to own a FunFax organiser as a child will recognise the flutter of excitement a Filofax style diary offers. Kikki. K has a glossy grown-up version for organising those important dates and top secret notes…

    (£51, kikki.k)

  • Child of the 90s

    What it lacks in stickers it makes up for in handy pocket compartments.

    (£51, kikki.k)

  • One-Off

    Urban Cottage Industries subtly personalises Leuchtturm hardcover diaries with up to 28 characters using hot metal typography.

    (£17.76, Urban Cottage Industries).

  • One-Off

    There are two ribbon bookmarks, project planning pages, official holidays in 58 countries, and those ever-important phases of the moon. To save your writing hand in 2018, it also includes a removable booklet for contacts and birthdays.

    (£17.76, Urban Cottage Industries)

     

     

  • Social Director

    Your social life is so important it requires its own diary.

    Aspinal’s handcrafted Italian leather offering not only brightens up a desk, it contains comprehensive listings of all major British sporting, social, music and cultural events in 2017, along with advance booking reminders, contact and booking details.

    (£40, Aspinal)

  • Social Director

    Each week-to-view has details about what's happening that week, as well as what’s coming up. There’s still plenty of space for your own fabulous social entries.

    (£40, Aspinal)

  • She's In Fashion

    Frame important plans in a couture setting with a daily dose of iconic fashion items deemed worthy for display in the Victoria & Albert Museum.

    (£8.24, V&A)
     

  • She's In Fashion

    There are beautiful close-ups of the labour-intensive details often too fragile to display in the museum, while the week to view highlights important dates.

    (£8.24, V&A)

     

  • Dreamer

    The new year will be filled with multicoloured unicorns.

    (£6.50, Paperchase)
     

  • Dreamer

    While it’s whimsy on the outside, it’s business on the inside with Paperchase’s binder format. There’s also handy info such as international time zones and dialling codes.

    (£6.50, Paperchase)
     

  • Motivator

    Goal-driven? Self-disciplined? Positive outlook?

    Not the beginning of a demanding job ad, but the would-be owner of the Dear Diary, which focuses on self reflection, goal setting and habit tracking. It helps you through with positive reminders and challenges, as well as inspirational suggestions.

    (£32, Etsy)

  • Motivator

    "The purpose of this diary is to help you get from where you are in life to where you want to be."

    Wow. Roll on January.

    (£32, Etsy)

     

  • Party Animal

    This pearlescent disco diary is here to keep an exciting life in order.

    (£10, Selfridges)

  • Party Animal

    Each page comes with a silver gilt edge and there’s a separate section for scrawls, doodles, numbers and notes.

    (£10, Selfridges)

  • Free Spirit

    Esmie’s arty hardback design is handmade and covered in silk screen printed paper showing a beautiful image of birds in flight.

    (£19.95, Liberty)

  • Free Spirit

    A clean, simple layout with plenty of scrawl space.

    (£19.95, Liberty)

  • Bookish

    Inspired by a classic hardback novel, Rifle’s Agenda features inspirational quotes and beautiful illustrated floral endpapers.

    (£27, Papermash)

  • Bookish

    Inside, months are clearly divided, each page is trimmed with copper foil and there’s a section dedicated to contacts.

    (£27, Papermash)

  • Scandi Lover

    Practical, simple and inexpensive, yet with a hint of that valuable Scandi chic.

    (£5, Hema)

  • Scandi Lover

    This petite weekly diary comes in a ring binder format with tab sheets that have convenient pockets, an envelope, a sticker sheet and greeting card.

    (£5, Hema)

     

  • Multitasker

    A pocket diary, but not as you know it. The Iris “pocket” refers not only to the size, but also to the compartment on the front cover that stores your diary essentials – pens, pencils, stickers and so on. The yellow insert is removable, so it can display a picture of your choice.

    (£25, Present and Correct)

  • Multitasker

    Inside it displays both monthly and weekly views.

    (£25, Present and Correct)

  • Organised...

    For the woman who has too much going on – and she knows it.

    (£10, Marks & Spencer)

  • Organised...

    A minimal layout with two days to a page, it includes notable dates, useful facts and figures and a tube map. There’s also a section for addresses and notes.

    (£10, Marks & Spencer)

  • Wanderluster

    Always make room in the backpack or suitcase for Midori’s travel minded diary pack.

    (£39.95, The Journal Shop)

  • Wanderluster

    The limited edition pack comes with a passport-size leather cover that looks better with age, stickers to customise and both week and month-view formats.

    (£39.95, The Journal Shop)

     

  • Timeless Classic

    It would be remiss to discuss diaries without mentioning the legendary Smythson. The iconic British brand is approaching its 130th year creating luxury leather accessories for the discerning stationery lover.

    (£155, Smythson)

  • Timeless Classic

    The navy Soho comes with week-to-view on the left and a to-do list to the right, printed on gilt-edged, pale blue Featherweight paper and bound in tactile cross-grain lambskin. Gorgeous.

    (£155, Smythson)

  • A Memorable Woman...

    Who appreciates other memorable women.

    This diary is filled with the most striking images of some of the world’s most iconic female stars, as photographed for Life magazine.

    (£9.99, Calendar Club)

  • A Memorable Woman...

    Begin every Monday with a new beautifully shot image of an inspiring celebrity in this book bound, week-to-view planner.

    (£9.99, Calendar Club)

  • Well Versed

    A true classic for poetry lovers, the 2017 Faber Poetry comes in either coral or heather, both  covers inspired by Hugo Williams's 2009 collection, West End Final.

    (£12.99, Trouva)

  • Well Versed

    The hardback diary comes with each week laid out on the verso page and a poem or illustration from the Faber archives on the other.

    (£12.99, Trouva)

     

  • Time Poor

    This planner serves as both an academic diary and a way to let people know you have no intention of speaking to them.

    (£30, John Lewis)

  • Time Poor

    Inside there’s plenty to waste even more time on, including emoji-like stickers, secret codes and weekly to-do lists.

    (£30, John Lewis)

  • Golden Girl

    Carry a tiny slice of New York in the new year with Kate Spade’s stylish foil strapped planner, made in the Big Apple, for busy city types.

    (£34, The Paper Parlour)

     

  • Golden Girl

    There are monthly and weekly spreads, note pages and the organiser’s favourite - laminated dividers.

    (£34, The Paper Parlour)

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Anna is a freelance writer and editor who’s been making her dime from online since 2007. She’s a regular at Stylist.co.uk, ITV News and Emerald Street and moonlights as a copywriter and digital content consultant. The baby is borrowed.

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