21 pieces of grown-up stationery to organise your life beautifully

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

Acrylic stapler, £18, kikki.K
White marble notecard, £1.09, Papier

 Shadow spot A5 hard cover notebook, £10, Cath Kidston

Gradient stork scissors, £17, & Other Stories

Rifle Paper Co. Let’s Do This notepad, £8, The Fox and Star
Rectangle photo pin board, £45, Oliver Bonas

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

Pink exercise book, £2.50, Papermash
Marble tape dispenser, £12, Mustard

Alphabet correspondence cards, £15, Smythson

Brass arrow paper clips, £4.25, Papermash 

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

Coffee date cards, £30 for 30, Quill London
Rifle Paper Co. weekly desk planner, £12, The Fox and Star

Gold washi tape, £1.99, Busy Bee
Multicoloured accordion folder, £35, & Other Stories