10 Nov 2015

a christmas gift guide for stationery lovers, the paper lovestory edition

With Christmas less than two months' away, I thought this would be a good time to discuss presents. Those of you who are organised may well have already completed your Christmas shopping already! However, for those of you still struggling, here are some gift suggestions for your friends and family who are stationery lovers.


one. Smythson 2016 Soho diary / Smythson ; two. Rifle Paper Co Honeydew Weekly Desk Planner Pad / The Fox and Star ; three. Aspinal of London A5 Leather Croc Diary / Aspinal of London ; four. Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Weekly Diary / Rymans ; five. Kate Spade 17 Month Organiser / John Lewis
What better gift to give someone than a cute or luxurious diary? My picks include the higher end Aspinal of London and Smythson to the mid-end Kate Spade and then a cheaper option of the Leuchtturm 1917 diary.

Having used Smythson diary paper before, I can definitely vouch for how great they are - if you're a fountain pen lover, then they will be heaven-sent for you. The blue hue also screams luxury and the gold-gilted edge makes you feel like you're a man/woman about town rather than a university student going to placement (if you're like me).

If you're know a lover of desk diaries, this Rifle Paper Co one could be a cute addition to their desk. They're also undated so they are a bit of a timeless gift which could also work for a birthday present.


one. Leuchtturm 1917 A5 notebook / Rymans ; two. Kokuyo B5 Campus Notebook / Stone Marketing ; three. Rifle Paper Co Birds of a Feather Notebook Set / The Fox and Star ; four. Clairefontaine 1951 Clothbound Notebook / Cult Pens ; five. Midori Traveler's Notebook Star Edition / The Journal Shop
Name me someone who wouldn't use a notebook? There are so many uses for them, a notebook is definitely a gift that would be good for the majority.

For the university student, a campus notebook from Kokuyo or a clothbound notebook from Clairefontaine would be ideal. They are both cheap stocking fillers too! A cuter option would be a notebook set from Rifle Paper Co (how happy am I that these are now available in the UK?!) with a super durable option being a Leuchtturm 1917 notebook (I love these as you can tell in this blog post).

A Midori Traveler's notebook is a versatile system for the hardcore notebook user - you can customise them until your heart's content. The leather cover adds a touch of luxury and I've chosen the Star Ferry one for this gift guide due to my Hong Kong heritage bias.


one. Kuretake Zip brush pen set / Cult Pens ; two. Staedtler Set of 30 Fineliners / Cult Pens ; three. Pilot Vanishing Point in Raden / Pen Chalet ; four. Muji set of twelve gel pens / Muji ; five. Pilot Juice Set of 12 Gel Pens / Jet Pens ; six. Platinum 3776 Century 'Nice' Fountain Pen / Pen Heaven
I've tried to include pens here that I think most stationery-lovers would like to find in their stocking on Christmas morning - if you think I've made a glaring omission, please do let me know. After all, I do love trying out new pens!

In this part of the guide, I've chosen six different pen products (with a little bit of bias, I must admit). Two luxury fountain pens (I'm a strong advocate for fountain pens right now!), two sets of gel pens, a set of fineliners and a set of brush pens. This pretty much caters for most ages and most interests!

Incidentally, I've also blogged about most of these pens (which is why I would recommend them as gifts!):
Kuretake Zig Cocoiro (not quite the same but almost)
Staedtler Fineliners
Muji Gel Pens
Pilot Vanishing Point in Raden
Pilot Juice Gel Pens
Platinum 3776 Century Nice Fountain Pen

Other Stationery

one. Midori Brass Number Clips / The Journal Shop ; two. Kate Spade Bow Paperclips / Selfridges ; three. Paperchase Magnetic Dot List / Paperchase ; four. Midori Soft Pen Case / The Journal Shop ; five. MT Masking Tape Set of 20 / The Fox and Star ; six. J. Herbin 1670 Ink / Cult Pens
Still stuck on gift ideas? How about these stocking fillers?

These Midori brass clips are a quality product and will undoubtedly last for a long, long time. They are great for anyone who uses paperclips or page markers on a regular basis (for example, students) and can be used in a variety of scenarios: diaries, textbooks, novels - the world is pretty much your oyster. Kate Spade paperclips are seen all over the planner community and although I think they are a little on the pricey side, they can make a good gift if you're stuck for ideas!

A memo pad is a great option for anyone of any age and this magnetic one would be perfect for the kitchen. Imagine it as a list you add to every time you realise that something needs to be bought on your next grocery shop or if something runs out and needs replacing.

Pencil cases are used by pretty much all stationery users and this orange Midori one is super cute. (Orange is one of my favourite colours!)

Finally, MT washi tape is great for stationery lovers who also like being creative and J. Herbin inks are just so dreamy to look at and use. 

So there you have it - Paper Lovestory's first ever Christmas gift guide. I had a lot of fun searching out products that would make great gifts and it was so hard not to buy every cute thing I came across! Has this given you a better idea of what to ask for/gift at Christmas? What are you asking for this Christmas?

{ all images belong to their respective owners - the links provided - unless otherwise stated. This gift guide is NOT a sponsored post and I do NOT receive commission if you buy through any of the links. }


  1. What is the thickness of the muji gel pens that you're using? :)

    I use Pilot hi-tec-c 0.3 to take lecture notes. They are a little expensive for college students like me, but my handwriting looks very neat using them!