Stationery Christmas Gift Guide for 2017

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There are so many gift guides out there at this time of year. Some of them are great however I always think that stationery items get a raw deal when it comes to these things and given that I firmly believe that stationery is what makes the world go around, I decided to redress the balance somewhat.

I’ve put together a small selection of stationery-related items for you to consider when you start your Christmas shopping this year (anyone who comments to say they’ve been organised enough to finish theirs already gets a black look as I’m no-where near).

This isn’t a paid feature. These are items I know well, have held in my hand and used or honestly, just really like the look or sound of! I’m all for sharing a little stationery love.

 

Hand turned Cocobolo Wood Twist-Action Pen from Nashwood Crafts

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There’s something special about wood, something magical. I’ve always thought that it speaks to you as if it has a story to tell. Whether you’re looking to hear a story or indeed write one these gorgeous handcrafted Cocobolo wood twist-action pens would make a fabulous gift for someone special (or at just £15, you could treat yourself to one too). Available in a chrome or copper finish, these pens (which write beautifully by the way) are all unique, which is the wonder of choosing a handcrafted item made from a natural material.

Nashwood Crafts, a super-creative husband and wife operation, create a number of wonderful imaginative wooden pieces from bowls, to bespoke coffee tables and much more besides. If one of these fabulous pens doesn’t quite hit the mark, check out their website, and social media links below.

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My Perfect Journal

stationery,my perfect journalThere are hundreds of journals out there, from blank ones to ones which guide you towards kindness, mindfulness and more. My Perfect Journal is, for the want of a better description, a way to stop and think about the good in your life, even when, quite frankly, you feel pretty crappy.
You’re encouraged to find a perfect in every day, it’s a simple as that. I started this journal (yes, I have one) yesterday. I have two perfects recorded…
1) Snuggling up with T and sharing silly giggly jokes.

2)Roy’s birthday, a rare day off together x

There are some days when I might struggle to find anything big to jot down but by stopping and thinking about it, it can help you put things into perspective. Over time it’ll also become a wonderful record of self-care moments and activities which you can go on to replicate.

There are other exercises in the book, which is undated by the way which is always useful, however for me the overall simplicity is key. There’s also plenty of scope for colouring in and making this journal your own.

If you know someone who would love such a gift you can find it on Amazon here.
Catch up with Ali, the creator of this fab journal, over on her Facebook page: Hidden Perfects

Ultimate Diary Planner 2018

If you have someone on your list to buy for who is self-employed, a freelancer or just someone who needs a stationery, ultimate diary plannerkick-ass planner to help keep things in check and boost productivity, this is the one. I’ve watched The Ultimate Diary Planner from afar for ages but for whatever reason never bought one. It was a chance “Meeting” on LinkedIn with this fabulous planner’s creator Sophie Jewry that had me take a proper look and of course having done that, I had to buy one (I chose the Marble design).

I’m a self-diagnosed planner tart. I go through a number of planners each year looking for the perfect one. I don’t actually think that there is any such thing as our lives, both home and work bend and change shape regularly and therefore so do our planning styles. To sum up what I loved best about this planner I’m going to direct you straight to the review I left for it on Amazon which you may read here.

If you’re serious about planning or the person you are buying this for is, it might be worth pointing them in the direction of the Facebook community group for planning enthusiasts that goes hand in hand with this product.

Wild Home Online: Ujumbe Sticky Notepads

Stationery, UjumbeYou need to ask yourself sometimes if you can claim to be a true stationery fan if you don’t have sticky notes in your collection. I mean really, they are perfect for quick removable notes, for making sticky note pictures, mini-origami (great for creative procrastination) and more. I stumbled across Wild Home Online over on Twitter and just love their Ujumbe Sticky Notepads.

Handmade in Kenya and sold via the Wild Home base in Dorset, UK, these wonderfully colourful hessian-covered sticky notepads feature unique beading on the front and really add something special to your home or office desk. Available in various colours, these make a great gift on their own or as part of a stationery bundle.

More than anything I just love what Wild Home is all about. Every item is made in Africa and provides an essential and fair income for the talented crafters, both men and women, that create by hand the wonderful items Wild Home sell. Using ethically sources, renewable and natural materials wherever possible, a gift like this is something special indeed.

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Penguin Washi Tape from Penguin Patrol

Whether you’re a washi tape fan or not, you can’t deny that these little guys are cute! I spotted Penguin Patrolstationery, washi tape. peguins over on Twitter and having had a nosy I was thrilled to see that not only was this a site dedicated to penguin-related stationery items, but that when you buy something from the site you are supporting local artists and independent businesses.

For the penguin fan in your life there are a number of fab fun penguin stationery items on the site, as well as the Penguin Washi Tape and more besides, from plushies to prints and more.

Visit the online store to find out more about what Penguin Patrol offer and you should most definitely visit their Instagram account to find out what adventures Pici the Penguin has been getting up to (I love stuff like this).

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Busy B Family Diary 2018

stationery, busybI have already reviewed this family diary in depth here, so feel free to read that. What I will say is that if you are buying for someone who has a busy life, juggling home, work, family and so on, that this really is one of the planners that does it all. Featuring a dual function double spread weekly layout there is plenty of room for family appointments, reminders and your own tasks and important dates.

The Busy B Family Diary 2018 also features handy monthly overviews, tear out lists and more. It’s well worth looking up, especially as it is as fabulous-looking and feeling as it is wonderfully practical.

Catch up with Busy B and see more wonderful products via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

So there you have it, a handful of stationery-related gift ideas that may well be just what you’ve been looking for in terms finding something fun, function, quirky or just downright cute for your Christmas shopping.

 

*Disclosure: This is not a paid feature. I’ve picked out items I like, I want or I have. I do however have to tell you that I am a BusyB stationery brand ambassador. Featuring their 2018 family diary in this piece is not something I had to do, as I’ve already reviewed this item. It here because I rate it highly.
I also have to mention that Nashwood Crafts is run by my brother and sister-in-law. I love them but if I didn’t rate what they make, I wouldn’t include them so know they’re included in the list purely because they offer some truly gorgeous items.

 

Busy B Family Diary Review

Busy B Family Diary

I have the pleasure of being a Busy B Ambassador (I’m known as a #BusyQueenB I’ll have you know). This means that myself and a few other fellow stationery tarts/fans/addicts users have the opportunity to receive some Busy B products every month. What do we have to do? We have to write honest and open reviews about the products we are sent. That means that if we love it, we say we love it. If we think something could be improved, we’re going to tell them that too.  You know me, if I write a review, I mean what I say. And on that note, let me introduce the Busy B 2018 Family Diary….


Now, I have made four videos to showcase this fab diary. Three were lost when I dropped my phone then stood on it (don’t ask) and the fourth was NEARLY complete when someone called me on my new phone and I managed to delete it. Rather than make you wait any longer, I figured a written review would do the job just as well.

First of all, I am going to struggle to describe to you the quality of this diary as you really need to feel it and see it to appreciate it. I’m really fussy when it comes to paper quality and insist on flawless printing and the Busy B Family Diary 2018 tickets all my QC boxes. If you are new to the brand I have to ask you to just trust me on this one.


The weekly layout of this diary is the real winner. You have a week to view which is split into two pages/two sections. On the lefthand side, you have Your Week. Here you have a section for each day of the week, Monday to Sunday and a handy reminder section that runs the length of the page. On the righthand page, you have Their Week. This page features a grid format for you to use for other members of the family. For me for example, I would have a section for Roy, Kieran and Taylor (for school dates, reminders, appointments etc) and the fourth column I would use as a home planner. Here you’d find home-related reminders for example, “Gas man 4pm” or “Asda shopping 10-11am”, and so on.

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The flexibility of this layout is what makes this planner the wonder that it is. You could fill the diary purely with these weekly spreads and it would still be popular. Busy B do however like to spoil us all so other features inside the diary include:

  • Spaces for your personal details and your partner’s details. Busy B
  • Children’s information.
  • Useful info (i.e. your dentist, hairdresser etc).
  • Contact pages (don’t rely on having all your numbers on your phone. I did and lost them all when I broke my phone).
  • Monthly birthday pages.
  • A 2018 and 2019 calendar.
  • Monthly calendar spreads.
  • To do list page 
  • A 2019 forward plan section
  • Notes
  • Don’t Forget tear-out sheets (one of my favourite features)
  • Pen loop
  • Elastic closure
  • Document page (for popping paperwork in to keep safe). 

Those clever cats at Busy B really have thought this planner through, making it as close to perfect as I’ve ever seen a planner get.

More Busy B Goodies

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I was sent two other Busy B products to compliment the diary and they do a fine job of it. 

The Busy B Black Rollerball set (two pens) co-ordinates brilliantly and more to the point writes really nicely too. I’m not known for my handwriting (an understatement) however even I manage a pretty decent chicken scratch with one of these in my hand.

The second accessory is these Contemporary Busy B Page marker. On their own, they are great however coupled with this planner they are fantastic. Busy B has left a little slot in the back of the planner so that you may slot these right in, having them safe and sound for whenever you need them.

My Busy B Family Diary 2018 Conclusion

I’m not easily pleased when it comes to planners and so on. I’ve been known to buy a planner, use it a month or two then move onto something else. The problems have always been that they don’t cater for everything in my life (my business, family and home) or/and offer flexibility in how I plan. This ticks both boxes AND it’s gorgeous. 
If I was giving this a star rating, this diary would get a 5/5 from me, with the accessories receiving the same.