Are you the type of person that pops everything into your smartphone diary and sets alarms for important dates? Or do you, like us, prefer to write down your birthdays and anniversaries in paper diaries or planners?
For us, there is something about the act of taking pen to paper that commits the date to memory. It’s more than simply tapping in a few names onto a screen, it serves to cement the date, casts it in iron if you will. And if you spend your life staring at a computer screen you’ll probably relish the chance to get back to basics.
With this in mind we have selected all different sizes of diaries for 2017. See which diaries or planners you might buy.
- Emma Bridgewater Emma Bridgewater 2017 Diary, A6 – £6.00
Cheap and certainly cheerful, from Emma Bridgewater’s ‘Hearts’ range, this A6 diary is small enough to pop in your handbag but big enough to put in all your essential dates and important meetings/birthdays etc. You get one week on every page.
Even if you do not possess a Radley handbag, this Spell Check diary is still pretty eye-catching, and it will help you plan your year in style. Nice and compact, it will fit in your bag, it has a week-to-view format, the cover is quite hard so it is sturdy and there are loads of colourful doodles and lettering inside.
Did you know that Lett’s created the first commercial diary back in 1816? Nowadays they are considered experts on the product, and produce modern diaries that accommodate both school and office work. This one highlights London’s most iconic structures in cartoon form. It features a softer spine so that you can fold over the pages easily and there’s a day-to-day planner.
- Broadway A5 Day to a Page 2017 – £10.25
Lovely big A5 diary here that has a page for every day and comes with the current and next year’s planners. Hardcover with lamination, all the UK bank holidays are listed and there’s travel information and a ribbon marker to keep your place.
Most people associate Joules with outdoor products such as wellington boots and shower-proof jackets, but this diary proves they can do stationary just as well. You get one week spread over two pages on this A5 diary which gives you plenty of room to write down important dates and notes.
- Moleskine 12-Month Daily 2017 Planner – £16.95
Moleskin has a great reputation when it comes to diaries, notebooks and planners, and for good reason. The quality and craftsmanship are second to none. There are lots of options to choose from, including weekly and monthly planners, but we love this daily one. You get a whole page for each day which starts at 8am and ends at 8pm. They come with an elastic closure and a book mark and available in six colours with either a hard or soft cover.
There are so many gorgeous designs to choose from this company’s diaries but we settled on the cats and butterflies in midnight blues. Inside this midi-sized range, which is in-between A5 and A6, there’s an easy week-to-view format, and handy pouch for any notes or receipts.
This planner diary from Kate Spade features a hardbound cover with an elastic band closure and includes interior golden metallic spiral binding which makes the pages lie really flat. Inside you get sections with the holidays on, a notes section, yearly views with monthly and weekly views for the months of August 2016 through to December 2017.
This diary is from an American company so it does not have UK Bank Holiday dates in it, but we loved the cover so much we thought we would feature it anyway. The cover is fabric and the planner includes inspirational quotes, a pocket ruler, is accented in gold and has extra sections at the back for additional note taking.
Aspinal’s leather diaries are handmade by craftsmen and women in workshops here in the UK. This lizard print A6 diary also comes in other sizes and in red or navy. You get a page for everyday with the hours from 8am to 7pm marked down for you. You can also get four initials embossed on the front as an option.