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Are you in search of a stationery treat for yourself or a thoughtful present for the creative soul in your life? Look no further than the ULTIMATE journal-lovers’ gift guide!

With the new year rapidly approaching, many creative entrepreneurs, free spirits, and multi-passionate millennials are setting their goals for 2019. There’s no time like the holiday season to reset and recalibrate your life! And no better place to do that than in a brand-spanking-new planner or journal.

This gift guide will walk you through some terrific (and affordable!) gift ideas for your journal-obsessed loved one. (Plus with Amazon Prime, most of these deals can be on your doorstep in just two days!)

Bullet Journals

Bullet journals are 100% customizable notebooks that you can use for literally anything you want — journaling, planning, reflecting, and anything else you can think of.

Lemome Dotted Bullet Journal, 4/5 stars – Hands down, my favorite bullet journal thus far (and I’ve tried 3). Your journal-lover will appreciate these thick no-bleed pages, the customizable format, and the simplet yet sturdy soft leather cover.

Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Bullet Journal, 4.5/5 stars – Before the Lemome came into my life, the Leuchtturm1917 was my favorite bullet journal. A great option for those who tote their journal around with them at all times. The hardcover is built to take a beating and comes in TONS of colors.

Minimalism Art Dotted Notebook, 4.5/5 stars – Highly recommended, this journal has thick pages, lays flat, and makes writing as smooth as butter!

These are the 3 bullet journals I recommend the most, but if you’d like to see a few other options, take a look at these bullet journals.


Let’s be honest, Amazon has some decent planners (like my favorite, the Get Shit Done planner). But when it comes to the BEST planners, Erin Condren is where it’s at.

I’ve tried the Erin Condren academic calendar for myself, but I’ve heard rave reviews about the Erin Condren Life Planner too.

hand-lettering practice books

Hand-lettering is a really cute and fun creative activity. It’s a great way to relax and produce something artsy to keep for yourself or share with someone special.

Hand Lettering 101: An Introduction to the Art of Creative Lettering, 4.5/5 stars – The first in its hand lettering series, this hardback, gold wire-bound guide provides step-by-step instructions for learning hand lettering. The thick paper allows you to practice without worrying about pens bleeding through. Create 9 different projects to show off!

Hand Lettering 201: Intermediate Lettering and Design Basics, 4.5/5 stars – Not quite a lettering beginner? Don’t feel left out! They’ve got you covered with a 201 workbook for intermediates. In this version, you’ll get to complete 6 projects, learn color and design techniques, and learn completely new alphabet styles!

Lettering and Modern Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide to Hand Lettering and Brush Lettering, 4.5/5 stars – A budget-friendly, introductory workbook that’s nice to your pockets! In this book, you learn 5 alphabet styles and complete 15 projects. At under $10, no wonder it’s an Amazon bestseller.


If you’re gonna be journaling or planning, you’ll need something to write with. Add some color to your life with these markers.

Tombow 56185 Dual Brush Pen Markers, 4.5/5 stars – These markers are great for faux calligraphy, journaling, and brush lettering. The pack contains 9 colors and 1 color-less blending marker. These are non-toxic, no-bleed, double-tipped markers.

Smart Colored Pens for Bullet Journal Planner, 4.5/5 stars – This pack comes with 36 colors and won’t bleed through the pages of your bullet journal.

Prismacolor Premier Beginner Hand-Lettering Set, 4/5 stars – This collection comes with 2 pencils, 3 illustration markers, 1 double-ended art marker and an eraser.

Dual Tip Brush Marker Pens, 4.5/5 stars – This collection comes with 36 pens, 2 sides each: a 0.4mm fine tip and a brush tip!


Stickers & washi tape make cheap and inexpensive gifts for millennials who love to journal! After all, what’s a nice journal without some colorful decoration?

The cool part is that you can find themed stickers that match perfectly with your interests.

storage supplies

Storage supplies give you a place to store all your art supplies, clutter-free!