Best and most beautiful diaries and planners for 2021

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New year, new you? Nah, we don’t subscribe to that mindset either. But, one thing that we do like to be brand-spanking-new as the year ticks into the next is a fresh diary or planner

In those clean, empty pages lies 365 days of possibilities. From day trips and holidays to get-togethers with friends (fingers crossed we actually get to do some of these in 2021, eh?) or ideas for side projects and new jobs, our diaries become home to our dreams and aspirations as the year goes by. 

If like us, you’re a fan of stationery then you’ll go weak at the knees for these beautiful paper goods from some of our absolute favourite stationery purveyors.

There’s a whole mix to choose from including high fashion names like Hermès to stationery experts Papersmiths and old favourites like Papier. Happy choosing and, with that, a happy new year!

  • Papersmiths 2021 weekly planner A5

    Papersmiths brings you this checked planner by The Completist, an independent south London-based brand ran by partners in business and in life, Marko and Jana.

    As well as making beautiful stationery like this planner, they also produce music books. It’s a fact which is nodded by the music sheet paper feature inside. 

    This planner has a two-page spread per week and a two-page spread for each month. It comes with a matching bookmark and has conversion reference pages, a paper size chart and rulers printed at the front.

    Shop 2021 weekly planner A5 at Papersmiths, £20

  • Choosing Keeping hardback weekly 2021 diary

    Choosing Keeping’s exquisite dated diary range features a unique selection of patterned designs, taken from the store’s vast collection of vintage decorative papers from Japan and Italy.

    Opt for a surprise or email the store and ask which designs you can choose from. Each one is finished with a hardcover and stitch binding.

    This diary has a weekly layout with a broader monthly planning section at the beginning and plenty of cream paper at the back for general notetaking. 

    Shop hardback weekly 2021 diary at Choosing Keeping, £28

  • Papier Liv & Dom meadows diary

    Papier works with hundreds of independent artists to create a huge range of stationery finished with an array of pretty designs. 

    Here, they’ve partnered with twin design duo Liv & Dom, who draw inspiration from the female form and ancient mythology for their captivating artworks. 

    This diary comes in both hardback and softback and inside you’ll find weekly, monthly and yearly overviews, plus plenty of space for all your goals, important dates and to-dos.

    Shop Liv & Dom meadows diary at Papier, £21.99

  • Selfridges Smythson mid-year leather diary

    Want a diary that makes an impact? The fabulous colour and gloss finish of this beauty from Smythson does just that.

    Although we can’t pick faults with its aesthetic, this diary won’t quite see you through to next year as it runs from 11 May 2020 to 1 August 2021.

    But hey, it gives you an excuse to go shopping for more stationery and ensures you won’t get bored of having the same planner for too long.

    Shop mid-year leather diary by Smythson at Selfridges, £75

  • Hermès annual agenda refill 2021

    If designer brands are your thing, this exquisite ring-binder planner from Hermès will be right up your street. 

    Across the front cover, you’ll find the brand’s name spelt out in a rural scene, using trees and logs. 

    Inside there are small sections for each day of the week, with French spellings for an international twist. Oh la, la! 

    Shop annual agenda refill 2021 at Hermès, £80

  • Kate Spade pop floral mega 17-month planner

    Talk about flower power, this colourful Kate Spade planner is giving us some serious 70s vibes.

    This planner has already started, running from August 2020, but you’ll be able to use it until December 2021.

    Inside you’ll find a gold foil sticker sheet, laminated tabs, monthly and weekly spreads, space for holidays and celebrations, as well as notes pages and an interior pocket.

    Shop pop floral mega 17-month planner at Kate Spade, £34

  • Martha Brook personalised aspire 2021 weekly diary

    This sophisticated diary can be personalised so that it’s just perfect for you to start the new year with. 

    Start by picking the colour of the luxury book cloth covering, choosing between blush pink and stone grey. 

    Then detail your initials or name, to be embossed in gold on the front. 

    Shop personalised aspire 2021 weekly diary at Martha Brook, £26.95

  • Oliver Bonas green diary

    ’Work hard, play hard and be kind’: we are totally on board with this diary’s motto for 2021. 

    It comes with a sturdy and stylish buckram linen cover in a true green hue with gold foil detailing and a ribbon place holder.

    Inside it has both monthly and weekly views with activities, lists and inspirational quotes to help you feel motivated all the way through the year.

    Shop green diary at Oliver Bonas, £15

  • Notonthehighstreet personalised rainbow diary

    Start your year off with a smile with this joy-inducing rainbow dairy.

    It runs from January to December and is displayed in a week to view format, to let you see the next seven days planned out.

    Personalise your diary to make it feel even more special by adding your initials across the front in white writing.

    Shop personalised rainbow diary by Proper Goose at Notonthehighstreet, £22

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Megan Murray

Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.