Do you have a planner girl on your gift list this year?
This last year has been a major journey of sorts for me, as I discovered just how beautiful and fun a paper planner can be. Sure, I used one in school, and tried different systems off and on as my seasons of life changed, but I never really found anything that stuck. Then, two years ago, I dropped the ball big time on some major events, and had had enough. I officially had too many balls in the air, and needed a way to manage everything that I’d actually stick with.
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That’s when a friend of mine suggested the Erin Condren Life Planner to me. She showed me hers and it just looked so fun. That’s right. A planner looked fun.
It’s been a little over a year, and I now you use a different (but no less awesome) planner, and I’ve joined an entire community of like minded planner girls. The planner community is huge, and there are just so many businesses and products that cater to it, now. If you love planning, hopefully you’ll find a unique gift in this guide to add to your collection. If you don’t plan, but no someone who does, I hope you consider one of these items as a gift this year!
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Lots of planner girls prefer a coil-bound planner, because they are convenient, but if you know someone that likes to use printables or add extra pieces to her planner, than a binder is a must! There are all sorts of brands and price points out there. I’m a big fan of Webster’s Pages, and have had several of their ring-bound planners.
For those who love the ringbound system, planner inserts are a must! This is how you turn your binder into a planner. My favorite inserts are from Sew Much Crafting on Etsy. You can also find a lot of options on Amazon, like these!
Yes, pens can be really awesome! I personally never understood it until I had awesome pens, but now I get it. My personal favorites right now are the new Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens. The grip is fantastic, the ink dries incredibly fast, and it writes smoother than butter. (yes, I just compared a pen to butter). If you haven’t tried them yet, pick up a pack and see what all of the fuss is about!
Another pen I love using in my planner is the Pilot Frixion Pens (which also come in all black). These are erasable, which is awesome for pre-planning. No one likes to see things scratched out in their planners, and these pens solve that problem!
Washi and Stickers
My planning time is basically a creative outlet, now. I coordinate colors, design a layout, and really just get in the zone. It’s almost like scrapbooking, but without pictures! Using washi tape and stickers is my favorite way to make my planning time more fun, and both of these items are usually a big hit with most planner girls I know. I really love using this style of super skinny washi as a border between different sections in my planner, and this set is a great way to get you started!
I talked here about my favorite sticker shops, and I still recommend each and every one of these women! As an added bonus, by ordering through them, you are supporting other lady bosses and mom bosses!
Maybooks aren’t necessarily planner related, unless you get the one that has a calendar in it, but making lists and planning kind of go hand in hand. I’ve mentioned before that I always have a notebook with me, and these are the perfect size to toss in your purse (or the front of one of those awesome binders!) and have a place to jot down anything you need throughout the day. I have a May Designs book as well as a few others in the same style, and I truly love them and use them all the time.
These are so versatile and easy to carry around! I personally own a Foxy Fix and highly recommend them for anyone wanting a high quality TN! If you’re looking for a more budget friendly option to see if you even like it, I really like the Webster’s Pages brand. This one is only $16!
Heidi Swap Memory Planner Kit
So many of the ladies I know use their planners as a sort of scrapbook. It’s a fun way to look back on what happened in your day-to-day life years later. This is part of the beauty of decorations to a planner girl. This Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Kit looks like it has everything she’d need to get started using her planner as a memory book. I’d love to get one myself and dig around through all the goodies!
Awesome Pen Case
If you have awesome pens, you need an awesome case to put them in! There are no shortage of choices, but a pretty case that holds lots of pens is always a bonus. This is especially nice for those that like to color code, because it’s easier to carry multiple pens while out. Just fill one of these with the colors you use and toss it in your purse so you can jot things down while you’re out!
The one in my picture is from a subscription box and can’t be bought individually, but this one is really similar.
Bullet journals are increasing in popularity lately, and it seems like every planner girl I know either has one, or has given it a try!
This is actually my primary system this year, and I really love it! If you know someone interested in a bullet journal, most of the supplies mentioned here will still work! You can also grab a simple dot grid journal to give as a gift. My favorite is the Leuchtturm1917. It’s the perfect size, and the paper quality is really good!
Erin Condren Life Planner
The first planner I ever bought for myself was an Erin Condren Life Planner. I loved it, and it really helped me fall in love with planning. There are so many options available, and the brand really makes planning fun! They also have a whole line of art prints and accessories to go along with your planner, so there’s something in the budget for everyone!
If someone on your list is truly obsessed with planners and planner supplies (ahem, like me), then a utility cart like this one is the perfect gift.
A Fun Planner Girl Mug
We can’t plan without our favorite beverage by our side. Everyone knows that. This is the perfect mug for your favorite planner girl! Grab it here today and give it a place of high importance on your desk!
The Silhouette Cameo is a die-cutting machine. It’s great for making your own planner stickers, bookmarks, dividers, and page markers. There are all sorts of things you can use it for to really make your planner fun!
I use my laminator a lot while making planner goodies! I laminate all of my dashboards, make bookmarks, and use it for pages I want to re-use with dry-erase markers! This is the one I use. It works well and is really budget friendly.