There’s no better time than the New Year to get organised - so what more excuse do you need to gift some beautiful stationery?
A stationery lover’s appreciation for pens, pencils, notebooks, cases, journals and, pretty much all paper goods out there, is a serous thing.
It’s a category of products that demands a special kind of adoration from those who collect it. Walk into any independent stationery shop, and we guarantee you’ll hear many an ooh or ahh rising from the shelves.
From the pure beauty of a pastel-hued notebook to the mental health benefits of using a bullet journal, there are plenty of reasons to treat a friend to a beautiful stationery gift.
So, to help you out with choosing one, we’ve gathered together the best of the stationery game right now, all of which would make a thoughtful, lovely Christmas present.
Independent East London designer, Rosie Wonders, is a master at creating loveable paper products. As the celestial trend rages on, we’re mooning over this must-have notebook, £4.50.
This Kate Space £26 leather pencil case nails professional florals.
Who can argue with the gorgeousness of this Smythson flamingo covered £55 leather notebook? Not us, that’s for sure.
There’s been a mechanical pencil-shaped hole in your life, hasn’t there? Go on, admit it. We love this OHTO one, priced at £10.
We reckon every woman should own a Moleskin at some point in her life. Why not start with this £15.99 weekly planner?
Despite the #buju trend taking off spectacularly, and the benefits to your mental health being well-recorded, aesthetically appealing bullet journals are still harder to find than you would think. Thank god for this £5 beauty from HEMA.
Own your story - is there much else to say? We couldn’t agree more. Give this £15 journal gift set to a friend and remind them to own theirs.
So much better than a Post-It note, scribble your ideas down on these pastel-hued coffee cups instead. Priced at £9 from kikki.K.
Papier’s Minnie Mouse collection has gone straight on our Christmas lists, this hardback lined delight is £19.99
This Kaweco minty blue pocket fountain pen is the work pen of dreams. Imagine how fancy you or a pal would feel pulling this beauty out in a meeting? It’s unique shape and size make it a cut above the rest, all of which can be yours for £18.
Busy B’s combined list pad and pen is a clever desk accessory that will mean you’re never without a quill - and it’s only £7.50.
Take your love of velvet to the next level with this marigold velvet £36 classic planner. Just divine.
Behold, the most tonally coordinated set of envelopes we’ve ever had the pleasure of encountering. Preempt your pal’s post-Christmas thank you card posting and gift them with this £10 set to make it a little brighter.
Marvelously monochrome, this statement notebook would look on-point on yours, or a friend’s, desk. Get it in your basket for £19.50.
East London’s Papersmiths sells a selection of gorgeous pens, but this one has to be one of our favourites. We can’t get enough of this shade of lilac, that seems to pop right out of the pen. For £3, it’s a brilliant stocking filler.
You think this £12.50 Katie Leamon marbled notebook is exquisite now? Wait until you turn it on its side and see those glamorously gold gilded edges. Wowsers.
Answer us this: who doesn’t need a peony motif wax stamp? Exactly. We all need one. It’s simply too charming not to have a place on our desks. This one from Quill is £32, but if peonies don’t take your fancy there’s lot of others to choose from.
Thought your gel pen days were behind you? So did we. Until we saw these bobby dazzlers. So, we’ve taken a unanimous vote and decided there’s no shame in reverting back to our year three stationery habits, and will be stocking up on these £12 bold metallic and glittery beauties ready for January.
These £13 satisfying chunky notebooks, are bound in a leather like material (vegetarian friendly) with alternately ruled and plain pages, just to you know, mix it up a bit.
This £15.99 ‘perfect planner diary’ is exactly that - pink perfection. We love the metallic embellishment on the cover and pen loop to ensure you never lose a biro again.
A staple in every stationery lover’s pencil case is one of these adorable £4.50 rubbers from Present & Correct.
This £40 Brass Bolt Eye Pen by Ink and Osprey has a practical locking mechanism, a key ring and an easy ink refill capability - but most excitedly of all, it’s solid brass, making it the most badass pen around. We think any budding writer would appreciate this under the tree.
This Walk With Me light blue leather pouch may look pretty-as-a-picture, but there’s a lot more to it than that. It’s constructed from one single piece of smooth recycled leather, which means its a sustainable as it is stylish. Bag it for yourself for £26.
Papersmith’s £6 Bindewerk Linen Notebooks can be embossed using the store’s shiny foil press with up to three letters, making it a very personal present.
Buy this pack of seven Pentel pens for £22 and have all your note taking prayers answered in one.
Who could resist these heart-ended pencils? Not us, that’s for sure. And for just £2.75 a pop, we’ll be buying enough at fill a whole pencil case.
What comes after Christmas? Well, New Year of course! The festive season is the time to look ahead at the next year, making a diary, like this £25 Ponderlily coral one, a practical present.
Made from faux leather, this cute £16 pencil case has a dusty salmon pink colour and a stylish contrasting gold zip closure.
With a luxe nod to Art Nouveau, these £17 bird-inspired paper and sewing scissors make for an ever-elegant Christmas gift.
Have you ever seen a more sumptuous pencil colour palette? We certainly haven’t. Katie Leamon doesn’t just have a way with paper you see, but her pencil game is unbelievably strong too. This lovely bunch can be yours for £15.
We challenge you to resist this £4.50 trio of notebooks which champion these three iconic women on its covers. If this isn’t the ideal present for a best friend, we don’t know what is.
Ever look to your mechanical pencil for encouragement and feel a little let down with its response? Well, that need not be a problem anymore. This Ban.do £9 female empowerment pencil set has got your back with phrases like ‘serious business woman’ and ‘going places’.
Ladies and gentlemen, the king is in the building. Nab this Elvis-covered hardback notebook for £19.95.