It’s hard browsing online. If you know what you want then fine, but if you need inspiration then it can be quite hard to find anything. So we have trawled the web and made it easy by selecting the best stationery gifts out there, so you don’t have to.
We have neatly divided the gifts by price, so feel free to jump straight to the right price bracket:
Gift ideas over £25
Pelikan Classic M205 Fountain Pen Moonstone Special Edition
Lots of people swear by these Pelikan pens with their smooth nibs and plunger filling system, and the special editions are quite collectable. This is a very cool sparkling moonstone version.
TWSBI VAC Iris Fountain Pen
Absolutely stunning new fountain pen from TWSBI with iridescent trim around the trademark clear barrel. It’s a vacuum filler so no need for cartridges or converters, just fill with some suitably lovely ink and admire.
Lochby Pocket Journal
Nicely made waxed canvas case which holds a couple of A6 notebooks and a passport plus two pockets in which to store your pens. The zip closure will keep everything safe in your bag or jacket and it comes with a notepad, refills available.
Stationery gifts don’t come better than this – simply the most beautiful notebooks out there. Covers vary from Japanese silkscreens, vintage wallpaper or hand-cut Dutch Gilt papers made with genuine ‘printers waste’ from the 18th Century. They have hand mottled page edges, linen spines and the paper is thick and luxurious making these books a fabulous treat.
Fabriano Cartucciera Filled Pencil Case
Beautiful Italian linen pencil case filled with 24 coloured pencils which rolls up and ties with a ribbon.
Pilot Iroshizuku Mini Ink Bottle Set
Premium Japanese ink, sometimes described as the intensive care ink since it often works in pens where other inks don’t. This is a smartly boxed set of three inks which you can choose – any of the 24 beautiful colours. A great way to let someone try out this superior ink.
Herbin 350th Anniversary 10ml Ink Gift Set of 5
Beautiful set celebrating the 350th anniversary of the celebrated ink maker J Herbin and contains the original 5 colours of Les Perles des Encres.
Solar Radiation Light Mill
These handmade curiosities are really mesmerising and a lovely if unusual gift (I randomly bought one for my son’s 21st and he treasures it). They measure solar radiation so when placed near a window they will whizz at speed on a sunny day but slow to a crawl on a dull day.
Caran d'Ache 849 Ballpoint Pen
Paul Smith Limited Edition
Another stripy offering from Paul Smith’s ongoing collaboration with the classic Swiss ballpen. They come in the amazing tin, available in many colours, and are a bit of a luxury. Which is what a good present should be.
Blackwing One Step Long Point Sharpener
Blackwing has to feature on our stationery gifts list. It’s a must. These look like a rather satisfyingly chunky bike part and will sharpen your Blackwing pencils a treat as well as look good on your desk. An excellent gift for any Blackwing fan plus they come in a lovely box too.
Ordnance Survey Maps Subscription Gift Pack
We are certain there is a real synergy between stationery obsessives and map lovers, so this gets included in our list of ‘stationery gifts’. Packed in an OS map-shaped box, this subscription provides 12 months full access to OS maps across all devices. You get National Park paths auto-mapped and you can print out maps as hard copies too. A brilliant gift for anyone who loves to explore.
Gift ideas under £25
Nuuna Millimeter Notebook
Some notebooks stand out as a bit more of a statement than others and this one from German brand Nuuna is exactly that. With its clever graphics, soft feel cover and orange graph paper inside, it feels luxurious and cool.
This is a comprehensive book written by the founders of the renowned London Centre for Book Arts which guides you through the process of making your own books. It is a more traditional approach focused on the techniques involved rather than some of the more ‘art’ based books. Suitable for anyone wanting to have a go at making their own journals and learn bookbinding skills.
Musgrave #2 Tennessee Red Pencils -12 Pack
These are very nice pencils in a fabulous box, all the way from Tennessee. A bit softer than an HB and topped with a white eraser.
Sheaffer Calligraphy Fountain Pen Kit
Great value calligraphy kit containing three different width fountain pens and 20 cartridges of different colours.
Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen
The ever-popular short fountain pen from Kaweco, here in a smart navy with gold trim. The great choice of colour makes it is hard to choose but this is a quietly sophisticated choice.
Leuchtturm1917 Hardcover Notebook Metallic Edition
Still one of their nicest books and they make a smart gift too, in copper, silver and gold.
The Completist Lay Flat A5 Notebook
From Peckham-based stationers The Completist comes this geometric print journal with 144 pages of dot paper inside. It looks good and comes in a nice wrap-around box so a great gift.
Modern Calligraphy by Lucy Edmonds
This beautiful book is written by Lucy Edmonds, the founder of Quill London and a go-to expert on calligraphy. It works as a tutorial and a knowledge base, explaining why you get inconsistent lines and how to use nibs properly. There are practise pages and simple clear instructions to help you on the path to becoming a confident calligrapher.
Cavallini Planets Pencil Case
Canvas pencil case featuring Cavallini’s trademark vintage print and lined with navy cotton. As stationery gifts go these are a safe bet. At 23cm x 10cm it should fit most of your pens and pencils.
Octagon Design To Do Pad
Designed in Barcelona, these smart graphic pads have 75 sheets of to-do lists neatly divided into today, soon and later for optimal organising of your day. It’s nice quality 100gsm paper too.
Gift ideas £10 and under
Write Notepads & Co - Pocket Flipbook
A pack of six little credit card-sized flip-top pads all the way from Baltimore USA, perfect for slipping into a wallet or pocket, and packed in a matching letterpress box.
Mark’s Gel Pens
New gel version of the popular Mark’s ballpoint pen with its fine 0.5mm point and wooden barrel. Refillable.
Poach My Lobster Bread Notebook
Lockdown made bakers of us all so these chunky little letterpress notebooks are perfect for recipes or just baking fans.
Moleskine Sticky Notes
A smart idea, ‘post-it’-style sticky notes in a variety of formats. Choose from larger plain, dot and lined or a smaller more colourful selection. Good for reminders and to-do lists and nicely packaged.
London Transport Tube Moquette Face Masks
OK it’s not stationery but …. what better way to cover your face on the tube than with a piece of tube seat? Not actually made from tube seat fabric but using designs from the Victoria and District Lines and Routemaster buses.
£8 each or £18 for a set
Washi Tape Days of the Week Stamps
Can’t say exactly what we would use these for – diaries? notebooks? Menu planning? Whatever, we would use them and would love to find them in our stocking. Perforated washi labels on a roll, in a box.
We can’t say no to a paperclip, and an orange one at that (our former logo in a different life) but it comes in four additional colours if you prefer. 3D printed from eco-plastic it’s a great bookmark and can also be used as, well, a paperclip.
Fabriano Slim Ballpoint Pen
Smart slimline ballpens – amazing value and available in six nice colours. Refills available too.
Choosing Keeping Gloss Gold Pencil
These are a bit wow, totally bling and yet not in a bad way. Shiny with a soft 2B lead (gold) or HB (silver), almost too nice to use.
Letterpress Alphabet Coaster
Hand printed on Meticulous Ink’s Heidelberg Windmill printing press, there is one for every letter of the alphabet as well as an ampersand. They make a lovely keepsake, door sign or tiny piece of art. Add to a gift for an extra special touch.
£2, or buy four and get a fifth free