Forget coveting a buttery leather handbag or the beauty product du jour – for increasing numbers of us, the ultimate self-gift purchase is a gorgeous notebook. No, really!
Remember the thrill of new stationery from your school days – freshly sharpened pencils, luminous highlighters, erasers in a rainbow of colours? Well, we can confirm that the glory is just as great when you’re an adult – especially when you’re browsing the wares of brands like kikki. K, Typo, Papier and Papermash, all of whom sell stunning, highly Instagrammable stationery that’s much too good for children.
Plus, putting pen to (suitably posh) paper provides a very welcome respite from a world of fast-moving texts and emails. Whether you’re bullet journalling, saying thank you or posting a personalised birthday card, the handwritten thought really does count.
To mark National Stationery Week (23rd-29th April), we’ve scoured the shelves and rounded up some of the most beautiful pens, paper and excessive to dress up your desk with. Stationery isn’t just for schoolkids anymore…
22 pieces of gorgeous grown-up stationery
Shadow spot A5 hard cover notebook, £10, Cath Kidston
Gradient stork scissors, £17, & Other Stories
Blues metal bullet point list pad, £12, Paperchase
Ferm Living Brass Pencil Holder, £72, Amara
Adhesive note set, £6, kikki.K
Suede pencil case, £35, & Other Stories
Colour blocking sticky note, £1.95 (was £3.50), Oh Deer
Magnetic close journal and pen, £20, Typo
Peony stamptitude wax stamp, £32, Quill London
Kate Spade Strike Gold magazine holder, £40, Paperducks