Holiday gift guide: 6 journals and notebooks for your favorite writer
Something about pairing the words “digital” and “Christmas list” just doesn’t sound right.
If you agree, push that electronic device aside and pick up a good old-fashioned pen. To go with it, you’ll need to find a little something special. Namely, paper.
If you feel the art of handwriting is fading away, now is the time to bring it back to life. And, to resurrect fond memories of Christmases past, there’s nothing like pulling a hand-written holiday list out of your handbag—or, better yet, a wish list carefully printed on notebook pages by your children.
And here’s a little something you might add to that list you’re carefully working on: a journal. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for an aspiring writer—or, according to some scientists, any child. Casting aside the keyboard, and actually writing by hand, helps children generate and retain information, research shows.
We’re happy to hear that, and delighted to inspire our kids to put pen or pencil to paper and express themselves—print or cursive, we don’t care. Inspire the adults in your life to do the same. We’ll likely start working on our rusty handwriting skills any moment now—with those Christmas lists.
Nothing inspires a writer more than a cool notebook, so we’ll offer a few suggestions for the inspired scribe:
For the budding botanist
Avid gardener on your list? Gift them with this pretty botanical-inspired set of three notebooks, perfectly sized for tossing in your purse so you can always jot something down. Rifle Paper Co. Sweet Briar notebooks, 12.95, anthropologie.com
For the eternal optimist
What more inspirational words could any writer ask for? Start with “life is beautiful,” and anyone—from teenager to senior—can continue the thought within these pages. Life is Beautiful journal, $12.95, pier1.com
For the one on the naughty list
And for those who don’t want a sweet sentiment, we present the perfect notebook. Put pen to paper, and let those evil plans begin. Bring on the coal, Santa; our stocking is ready. Evil Plans journal, $9.95, pier1.com
For the glamour queen
Gold polka dots give a festive flair to this glam journal. Hostess gift, anyone? J.Crew Sugar Paper journal, $18, jcrew.com
For the book worm
This notebook, featuring the original cover art from the 1925 first edition jacket of The Great Gatsby, would make a perfect gift for lovers of classic books. Out of Print Great Gatsby composition notebook, $6, barnesandnoble.com
For the foodie
Have a friend who loves to Instagram every meal he’s ever eaten? He’ll be smitten with this notebook that allows him to elaborate on breakfast, lunch and dinner. A Food Lover’s Journal, $12.95, urbanoutfitters.com