I realize it's probably too late for most people to speak of any gift ideas, but these were just too cute not to share with you - and it's something a little different than beauty! So, even if these ideas are not entirely doable this year, you could keep them in mind for next Holiday season, or even a birthday or other special occasion.
One of the things I like to gift my friends and family for Christmas are cute calendars and planners. I feel that it's something almost everyone uses and needs (especially for the beginning of the new year) but maybe doesn't necessarily want to splurge on a really nice one themselves. In the past, I've gone the classic Moleskine route, but this year I thought I wanted something a little less run-of-the-mill. After a VERY long research session on various websites, Amazon and Etsy, I completely fell down the Korean stationery rabbit hole. I mean really - can you get ANY more adorable than this?!
|2015 Gunmangzeung Simple Light Monthly Small Dated Planners in Circus and Bonjour patterns
|2015 Gunmangzeung My Daily Life Dated Small Diary in Red, PlanD Matryoshka Index Sticky Note Set, Iconic Sticky Book in the Vintage pattern
I ordered all of the planners you see here from the Korean online store Fallindesign
, but you can also search for the specific ones on eBay. The downside of ordering through Fallindesign was that I paid about $20 in shipping, while eBay shipping options are often free or very affordable, but the upside was that I was ordering from an established and trustworthy retailer, and my order was delivered within two weeks, everything inside packaged impeccably. The paper quality in all of these planners is great, and I love that they come with a plastic cover; however, please note that the patterned journals are not hard cover, which makes them less sturdy but not as heavy to carry around.
|Gunmangzeung Monthly Simplanner Special Edition (undated) in the Apple pattern
|2015 Indigo Willow Story Illustration Pattern Undated Monthly Scheduler in Yellow, Smile Sticky Memo Notes - Owl
Now, if you DON'T want to go through the hassle of ordering from the evil Bay or a store overseas, I have another option for you. Shortly after I placed my order for these Korean planners, I was contacted by the US-based custom paper goods retailer Minted.com
. This was one of those times when I was genuinely happy to hear from a brand I hadn't known about beforehand, because I was sucked into Minted's offerings pretty much instantenously.
is like a curated collection of beautiful things from graphic designers all over the world, which you can pick out and customize to fit your own needs. They have everything (do I sound like the Stefon character from SNL?): wall art in a variety of sizes and frames, customizable journals and notebooks, personal stationery, Holiday greeting cards, even fabrics and stickers. Not only are their adorable designs very hard to resist (I challenge you NOT to find something you like on their website!), it makes me feel good that I can contribute to the income of an actual living breathing designer. Here are some of my top picks with links:
Again, it's probably a bit too late to use these ideas for this upcoming Holiday season, but how wonderful would be to pick out a custom gift for your loved one next year? Maybe a weekly planner with their photo and a meaningful quote on the inside cover, or an art print that relates to where they live or what their interests are, or even a personalized stationery for exchanging snail mail. I'm definitely storing these ideas for later.
Are you guys stationery-obsessed too? Do you like giving customized gifts? Let me know in the comments what your best Holiday gift ideas are this season!
Disclaimer: This post has been published in cooperation with Minted.com. I am receiving a store credit in exchange for featuring my top picks from Minted on my blog; this way I can also try out their services myself and let you know what I think of them. After I order and receive my goodies, you can expect an update with specifics on quality, turnaround time and delivery. I've purchased all the other products featured myself and they are actual presents I'm gifting some family members and friends this Holiday season. All links are non-affiliate. All opinions are 100% honest and unbiased,
no matter if the
products featured were purchased with my own monies or provided as (future) free press samples. Thank you for reading!
I order Korean stickers by the ton, and I also looove Korean planners <3 The sticky notes are also lovely :) I wish someone gave me a Korean stationary "hamper" :DReplyDelete
Wouldn't that be amazing?! A basket full of Korean cuteness... Aaaah.Delete
Firstly, I LOVE that you mentioned sounding like Stefon because it felt Stefon-y to me as I was reading! He's easily one of my favourite SNL characters of all time.ReplyDelete
Anyway, I've had a stationary obsession since I could read and write. My sister would take me to this cute little stationary/toy shop all the time growing up and they had the cutest planners and pencils. We would spend forever there and I continued to shop there until they closed a few years back :( My friend found a great site for stationary but for the life of me I can't remember the URL right now! It's like Minted with an Etsy feel to it. If I can find it I'll report back, you'd probably love it as well :)
Hahah, Ashley, seems like we watch the same show on Saturday, huh? I love that character too, he's simply hilarious.Delete
When I was in middle school, I knew the location of all the stationery stores in the neighborhood and would visit them regularly to check out their new stock and purchase ridiculously shaped erasers, pens and pencils and so on. Definitely get back to me when you recall the name of your friend's site!
I like Korean planner as well, but mainly for the brand Jetoy (heavily illustrated with very thick paper and cover and whatnot), I think it would make any cat lady squee.ReplyDelete
If you like a more classic route, there is also Hobonichi Techo, which roll out LE covers every single years. I almost ordered their limited edition green leather covered one (favorite color) then I realized that I misread the price by one digit. Ouch....
OMG how cute!! My eldest daughter would love these :-) I used to be a stationery nerd. I'd collect beautiful planners and diaries, but I wouldn't use them! My mom got annoyed and didn't buy me anymore after that. HAHAHA!ReplyDelete
I love Korean stationary! All this stationary talk reminds me of one of my favorite shops in Korea :P I actually ordered my planner for 2015 through an eBay seller a couple weeks ago. Can't wait for it to come!ReplyDelete
I don't know if I hate you or love you for showing me this... I really love stationery in general and lately I'm specially obsessed with it!ReplyDelete
I love this idea! These are so cute, and I honestly don't know many people who don't love stationery. As for prints, I have been raiding Etsy lately, but looks like I should check out Minted as well :D Thanks for sharing this!ReplyDelete
I love cute stationery. These are lovely!!ReplyDelete
They're so cute!ReplyDelete
Love the planner and the stickers are so cute :)ReplyDelete
This is a great idea, glad I saw this!ReplyDelete
I know this post is a over a year old, but stationery and planner obsessions are apparently timeless.ReplyDelete
Mochi Things (www.MochiThings.com) is a newer (to me, anyway) US-based site that sells Korean planners, stationery, purses, wallets and other goodies. They ship fast and cheap. I was charged $4.95 each of the two orders I've made with them and recieved my order within 3-4 days of placing the order. They are super friendly and customer focused.
I can't say enough good things about them.
More adventurously, I just got my first Whimsical Box (subscription box) from Singapore-based TodTots (www.todtots.com).
I am thoroughly delighted by the contents (cat theme), which included Neko Atsume washi tape and a Jetoy cat notebook.
I also have spent a completely unreasonable amount of time on Etsy, YesStyle.com and aliexpress.com over the last couple of weeks which feels a bit like planning little surprise gifts for myself because they take a while to travel here from their origin and I tend to forget about them.
The post may be a year old but the love of cute stationery is timeless :) Thank you for the store recommendations, I'll check them out next time I need a planner/ sticky notes/ thank you notes. I'll definitely check out Mochi Things! I think in NYC, you can also get some of the similar stuff at the Japanese bookstore, but everything is marked up significantly :(Delete
I actually don't mind waiting for my orders either - I agree with you, it feels like a little surprise when it finally comes in the mail!