It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ‘Tis the season of gift-giving and let me tell you, shopping for the perfect gift gets tricky sometimes.
That’s why I, your friendly, stationery addicted, college/university blogger, have decided to help you shop for that friend, family member or colleague in your life who has more pens on their desk than one could possibly ever need.
There are so many options out there when it comes to giving the gift of stationery. Even if the person you’re buying for isn’t an avid bullet journal fan or note-taker, everyone appreciates a good notebook and some fancy pens, so you can’t ever really go wrong with stationery!
So, before I begin rambling on about how great of a gift stationery is, let’s get into the Gift Guide already!
Quick note: This post does contain affiliate links, all of which are marked by an asterisk *. I’m not getting paid to feature any brands, or say any of the following things about products. I do genuinely love and recommend everything in this Gift Guide.
Let’s start with a personal favourite and a great all rounder gift – Journals and Notebooks! There are so many out there, with a variety of colours and types and the ability to fit in any budget! They also make great gifts paired with other stationery, too!
TYPO BUFFALO JOURNAL
If you’re looking for something cheap, fun and personalised you can’t go past the Typo Buffalo Journals. These journals are one of my favourite for actual journaling because they’re really nice quality, they’re inexpensive and there are some really cool designs available. Something else I love about these journals is you have the ability to personalise them for which makes them a great gift! My current favourite is the Marble design with Rose Gold foiling for personalisation!
LEUCTTHURM 1917 JOURNAL
The Leuchtturm 1917 is the holy grail of bullet journals. If you’re shopping for a bullet journal lover, you cannot go wrong picking up their dotted purposefully designed Bullet Journal*! Not the cheapest of journals but definitely superb quality and they come in some brilliant bright colours, too. They also have a range of normal journals* which would also be lovely as a gift as well!
MOLESKINE JOURNALS AND NOTEBOOKS
Moleskine have been around forever and I don’t know a single stationery lover who hasn’t lusted after one of their journals or notebooks*. There’s a variety of types, colours, sizes and paper types and whilst I don’t love the paper quality, they are really well made and they can handle a beating. Again, not exactly the cheapest for a journal but if you’re looking for something with longevity and want to spend a bit more, you should definitely look at giving a Moleskine.
Whitelines Notebooks are glorious. They’re really popular with the Studygram community right now and with good reason; they’re really freakin’ cool. Whitelines Notebooks* main feature is that they have grey pages with white lines (hence the name) to reduce eye strain. They also have a nifty feature of being able to scan your notes straight into your phone with their app and your phone camera, so you can take your notes with you on the go. Not exactly the cheapest for a notebook but I swear, the paper quality is beyond anything I’ve ever used and for a college student or high school student who relies heavily on handwriting notes, this could be a perfect present.
STAPLES ARC NOTEBOOK
Again, another notebook that’s much loved in the Studygram community, the Staple ARC Notebook* is not your typical notebook. The ARC notebook uses a disk spine instead of binding meaning that you can reuse, remove and reorganise things in your notebook to suit your preferences. There’s also so many different add ons and accessories you can add to help you with note taking such as dividers*, sticky notes* and list paper* all of which are relatively cheap. An added bonus is that if you buy a ARC notebook hole-punch*, you can add any paper you want to the notebook! Super easy to use, really handy for students and not too badly priced when you consider that after the initial expense of buying the notebook, you only have to replace the paper, which is some of the nicest I’ve ever used!
Notebooks aren’t the only thing loved by stationery addicts like myself, we also tend to have a weakness for pens. As such, I have narrowed down my ridiculously long list of favourite pens to some of the absolute best to help you shop this Christmas!
You cannot go wrong with Fineliners. Inexpensive, there’s a bunch of different brands out there and they come in a variety of packs and colours which make them the perfect gift! I personally love the Staedtler Fineliners* but I know the Stabillo Fineliners* are also well loved in the community.
Fountain pens are the epitome of class when it comes to pens. I feel like when you see someone using a fountain pen, you know they’ve got their life together. It’s the top of the pen hierarchy, if you will. Now, I’m not gonna lie, I do not have my life together, nor am I classy enough to use a fountain pen, so I cannot give you any personal recommendations but I come from a long line of stationery addicts who love and use the LAMY 2000 fountain pen*. I’ve also heard pretty good things about LAMY Safari Fountain Pens* for a cheaper alternative.
TOMBOW DUAL BRUSH PENS
If you’ve ever scrolled through a Studygram, bullet journal Instagram or hand-lettering account you’ve probably seen the Tombow Dual Brush Pens*. They’re some of the nicest brush pens ever but they are a little bit on the expensive side, so I’d only gift these to a serious bullet journalist or hand lettering pro.
ARTLINE STIX BRUSH MARKERS
Still want to gift some brush pens to your handlettering beginner friend? Have no fear, I have an alternative to the Tombow’s with the Artline Stix Brush Markers*. These pens are super cheap, super easy to use and despite being marketed to children, are actually really nice to use when beginning with bullet journaling or hand lettering. The colour options are limited, especially when compared to the Tombow Brush Pens but at this price, you can’t really complain.
Look, I know what you’re thinking Crayola Supertips* are something you’d buy a small child as a stocking stuffer but don’t judge a pen by its brand, friends. The Crayola Supertips are a favourite amongst journal lovers and hand-lettering fans because they’re cheap and easy to get. They’re also available in a multitude of colours, so if you’re in need of a cheap gift, stocking stuffer or Kris Kringle present, the Crayola Supertips are kind of perfect.
SAKURA PIGMA MICRON PENS
The pen of Bullet Journalists dreams. It seems like everyone who bullet journals uses this pen. Whether you’re shopping for a bullet journal enthusiast, beginner or even putting together a bullet journal pack for a friend, you cannot go wrong including a Sakura Pigma Micron Pen*.
MUJI GEL PENS
Muji Gel pens* are kind of the pen de la crème of the studygram community. Everyone loves them. I love them (although I will mention, in the name of honesty, I’m currently obsessed with the Zebra Sarasa Clip Pens* but I think the Muji Gels Pens are probably a nicer present!), my thirteen-year-old sister loves them, my mum loves them. They’re just really nice, really smooth, really aesthetically pleasing to look at pens that would make the perfect gift for any stationery lover.
Yet another Studygram favourite, which you can read more about in my Battle of the Highlighters post, the Zebra Mildliners*are really aesthetically pleasing highlighters/markers that students and bullet journalists alike all love. There’s a bunch of colours and they’re not super expensive, so if you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or for something small, Mildliners are perfect.
If you want to get your stationery loving friend, family member or co-worker something a bit different than the typical journal and pen set or you want to add on something small then don’t worry, I got you covered.
A handy gift for anyone interested in hand-lettering*! This would be a great gift paired with some brush pens or Crayola Supertips, too!
Again, this would be a great gift paired with some colouring pencils, crayons, markers or Fineliners. There’s so many out there but some of my personal favourites are the Harry Potter themed ones*, these ones aimed at reducing anxiety* and this clean swear word themed one*!
WRECK THIS JOURNAL
I don’t know if these are still as popular as they were a few years ago but they’re a great gift! I personally received a Wreck This Journal* a few years back and adored the heck out of it despite being a obsessive perfectionist. The whole premise is that you ‘wreck the journal’ using the hilarious prompts on each page. Throw in some markers, some stickers and maybe even some craft paint and you’ve got a unique gift for someone of any age!
PERSONALISED LETTER WRITING SET
I know, I know, letter writing is so old school and nobody does it anymore but you’re wrong. Letter-writing is one of those old fashioned things that are slowly becoming cool again and it’s stationery lovers who are forging forward with this movement. A Personalised Letter Writing Set is literally the perfect present for a stationery addict because 1. It’s stationery. 2. It’s personalised and 3. Even if they don’t write letters, they’re probably the type too, so throw in some stamps, maybe even a wax seal and you have the perfect present for a stationery lover.
Anything personalised is a win in my books, so a Personalised Notepad for quick notes, doodles or to-do lists is the kind of thing I dream of. There’s a bunch out there but I’ve fallen in love with this one from Etsy to replace my old, battered and nearly all used up one from Kikki-K.
There you have it, my Stationery Gift Guide for 2018! Hopefully that helps you shop for the stationery lover in your life and if not, hopefully you found something to add to your own Christmas list! Let me know in the comment below what you’re asking Santa for this Christmas, I’d love to know what you’re hoping to get!