One of the beauties of journaling is that it doesn't require a ton of supplies or special tools. You can do it anywhere, any time, with any paper and pen you have.
However, finding the perfect notebook, pen, or accessory that speaks to you is part of the fun! A beautiful notebook can feel like a sacred place to store your thoughts, and a pen that glides can motivate you to express yourself. While they may be just "things", having the right tools can actually make a big impact on how we feel.
Because of this I am always on the lookout for unique products that can make my journaling more enjoyable, inspire me to make some art, or motivate me to write more often. With the holidays just around the corner, I wanted to share a few recent finds that I've personally fallen in love with.
If you're still on the lookout for the perfect gift (or gift to yourself), then read on!
6 Unique Gifts for Journal Lovers, Artists, and Writers
Leuchtturm1917 is a company well known among bullet journalers, but you may not have heard of their more recent invention, the Some Lines A Day notebook. This book does just what it sounds like -- it provides enough space to write a few lines each day -- but the way it's laid out is pretty genius.
Each page has only one day on it, with enough room to write lines for that day for the next five years. As you fill your notebook, you can see what you wrote on that same day a year ago, and a year before that, and a year before that -- imagine being able to see at a glance what you wrote on your birthday for the past five years! The minimalist format also encourages you to be creative in your journaling -- it would be a great way to practice gratitude by writing your favorite part of each day, or you can use the limited space as incentive to make journaling a daily habit.
For that person who loves lists. (Um... everyone?) 52 Lists is just what it sounds like -- one list for each week of the year. These aren't just lists, though. They are unique and insightful journaling prompts that can really make you stop and think. Along with each list is a small way to take action, so you're actually inspired to make changes and learn from the insights you've gained.
I used this notebook last year, and filling it out each week was something I looked forward to, a time of quiet reflection. Looking back on what I wrote reminds me of where I was then, and makes me think it would be fun to answer the questions again and see how I've changed. (Also, the author has since come out with another title called "52 Lists for Happiness" -- I have yet to try this one, but I plan to!)
For the bullet journaler who loves the flexibility of a blank notebook, but who doesn't have time to draw out those monthly and weekly spreads by hand. Laying out your BuJo from scratch is a great way to get creative, but if you're short on time it can mean that your planner isn't there for you when you need it most. That's been happening a lot to me lately, so when I saw the Bullet Keeper notebook I just about jumped for joy.
The Bullet Keeper aims to fall right in the middle of a fully-laid-out planner and a blank, do-it-yourself bullet journal. Half the book is pre-printed with a year of undated monthly and weekly calendars, while the second half is plain, dot-grid paper you can use for taking notes, drawing your own spreads, and getting creative. The notebook comes with one ribbon bookmark, a pocket in the back, a small ruler to help draw out your own spreads, and a unique magnetic latch that helps keep the book from falling open (in place of the standard elastic band). I'll be using this notebook myself for 2018, and I can't wait to NOT draw a calendar in January!
The Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen is a great introductory pen for someone just getting started, but it's also a solid writer that deserves a place in any pen enthusiasts collection. It's inexpensive, and comes in a variety of colors and nib sizes. If you have a little extra room in your budget, pick up a bottle of ink to go with it, or a Rhodia dot-pad, and the person you're gifting to will be all set!
Side note: I highly recommend buying any fountain pen related goodies from GouletPens.com -- they're an honest, family run business, and if anything goes wrong with your order they'll go the extra mile to make it right. I'm not affiliated with them in any way, I've just personally been blown away by their customer service! Plus, if you sign up for their newsletter you can get $5 off any order of $50 or more... bonus!
For the hand-letterer or artist in your life, Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens are a great place to start. They are flexible enough to give some decent line variation, but firm enough to make learning brush-lettering easy. Plus, while they aren't advertised this way, I've noticed that they are nicely water-resistant, and can even be water-colored over once the ink has dried.
On their own these pens would make a great stocking-stuffer, or, if the person you're gifting to is just getting started, you can pair them with the book Creative Lettering And Beyond. I haven't used this book personally, but have flipped through it enough to know it's a gift I would have loved getting when I was first getting started!
This notebook is perfect for the more tech-oriented person on your list. The Everlast Smart notebook is special in a couple of ways. First, the pages are engineered to work perfectly with Pilot Frixon Pens, making it so you can completely erase your notes with ease and re-use the book again and again. (I was skeptical at first, but am actually really impressed by how well this works! Just be sure to use the right pen so your notes can be erased.) But of course, you don't want to lose those pages you wrote, which is where the second special feature comes in: the notebook actually syncs to an app that allows you to easily scan and save the pages you want to any cloud service you choose, like google drive, evernote, or dropbox. Write, save, erase, repeat.
When Smart Notebooks first came out I was hesitant to get on board, but I am slowly being convinced they help bridge the gap between the feel and ease of writing by hand, and the convenience and storage of the cloud. This notebook is a bit more expensive than most regular notebooks, but because it can be wiped and re-used multiple times, the price doesn't feel unreasonable. While I don't use this notebook for my regular journaling (I'm still a fan of having a physical archive on my shelf) I definitely enjoy the Everlast for brainstorming, notes, and ideas I want to save online.
I'd love to know...
What's your favorite item on the list?
Do you have a favorite journal-related product or accessory?
Is there a product you wish existed, but haven't found?
Let me know in the comments below!
A couple of these brands were kind enough to send me a sample of their product upon my request. I am not otherwise sponsored in any way by any brand mentioned here. These are all items I personally use and love, and my opinions are completely unfiltered. This post does contain affiliate links to Amazon. This means if you make a purchase through one of these links, I receive a small portion at no extra cost to you.