There’s truly nothing better than finding the best notebook and starting something new in it - fresh new set of pages on which to make plans, indulge your creativity or just to keep track of your to-do list.
UPDATE: We've added two new notebooks to our best notebooks guide - and both are well worth an upvote. The first is the Paperchase A5 'Less Monday' Notebook, which is not only the perfect size for jotting down notes at your desk, but slipping into your backpack to keep nearby when you're on-the-go. It'll also keep those environmentally friendly jotters happy, as the paper is FSC approved.
The second notebook addition to our list is the Matilda Myres A5 Notebook in grey and rose gold. Complete with an elastic strap to ensure your pages don't get crumpled, this notebook features a fetching geometric pattern that will ensure it takes pride of place on any side table. It's also available in a range of colours, so if rose gold isn't your thing, there's sure to be a colour way that suits your taste.
You might be a doodler, drawing all manner of things in the margins, a writer plotting a novel, an entrepreneur planning out their business strategy or a keen diarist – whatever it is you want or need to do, choosing the right notebook is the very first step in the process.
There are all kinds of styles and designs to choose from, from the plain and functional to the beautiful and luxurious. Read on to see our pick of the best.
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1. Moleskine classic lined notebook in Daisy Pink
Moleskine notebooks are classic for a reason – you can’t get much better than this. The good quality, ivory coloured paper is also acid free, meaning you can use whatever pen, ink or paint you like.
This particular version is hard covered, but you can also get soft covers if you like to take your notebook out and about and want something lighter, and there are a wide variety of other options, too, including paper type and colour.
2. Paperchase A5 Less Monday Notebook
If you're after a notebook that's both eye-catching and practical, this Paperchase A5 Less Monday Notebook might just be the option for you. With it's bold 'Less Monday More Sunday' tag line - something that most of us can relate to right about now, this handy pad measures in at 210 x 148mm making it an ideal on-the-go jotter or table side companion.
3. Matilda Myres A5 Lined Notebook
This Matilda Myres A5 Lined Notebook is the ideal desk companion. With its geometric cover and elasticated strap to ensure those precious notes don't get crumped, this notebook is as practical as they come. Available in a range of colours, there really s a design to suit every taste.
4. A5 Make Your Own Sunshine notebook
If you like your notebooks with a side order of positivity, this is the one for you. Inside, the notebook is pretty standard – A5, lined white paper. Its cover is its real selling point. With bright colours and a sunny message, this will perk up even the dullest meeting.
5. Red velvet notebook by ICE London
We could all do with a little more everyday luxury, in our view. And what better way to introduce it into your life than with this beautiful red velvet notebook from ICE London? Hardback and entirely encased with gorgeous, tactile velvet, you'll feel like a VIP every time you take it out.
6. Electric Beach personalised notebook by Papier
Papier has a stunning selection of stationery on its website, where you can buy everything from notebooks, journals and planners to wedding invitations and cards.
What's even better is that you can personalise each and every notebook. Want it soft back? They can do that. Lined? Dotted? Blank? All available. And you can even get your name or the name of a friend printed on the front – an extra special little treat to really make th notebook yours.
7. To the Moon and Back notebooks
Available in stapled A6 form or spiral A5 form, this sweet little notebook will add sparkle to your day. Rosie Wonders has a whole range of brilliant stationery, as well as jewellery, blankets, cushions and more, so if this doesn't float your boat then there's plenty more to choose from
8. Oversized shell notebook
Alright, so this isn't the most practical option out there – if you want to look mega professional in a meeting or job interview then getting out a sparkly shell notebook is probably not going to be your first move.
But if you want something to brighten up your day as you jot things down at your desk, this is perfect. The company has a wider range of fun designs, too – amongst other things, you can also get a fried egg and an avocado.
9. Going Places notbook
If you're the sort of person who loves to plan holidays, travel itineraries or just likes to dream about faraway beaches while they're at work, this notebook's for you. Exhorting you to go places and do things, this is the perfect place to jot down all your plans for work, home and further afield.
10. School of Life Ideas Journal
Containing dot grid 100 gsm Munken paper, this A5 notebook gives you the flexibility to write, draw and get down your thoughts without the limitation of lined paper. It’s linen-bound and the vibrant orange cover is the splash of colour we all need in our lives.