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14 best diaries for 2018

The new year is just around the corner – and for stationery lovers across the UK, that means diary shopping season is underway

Ah, the new year, a chance for reinvention, personal development and most importantly, a new agenda. A diary can set the tone for the 365 days that lie ahead – and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be pouring over the options for 2018 before making your selection. 

Luckily, we’ve already narrowed down the best ones for you. From comprehensive agendas to pocket-sized diaries in stunning colours, we’ve handpicked the top companions to help you navigate through the Year of the Dog. Here, you'll find a selection of agendas from the tried-and-true hardback weekly diaries to chunky life planners packed with stickers, motivational sayings and extra space for shopping lists, movies to see and books to read. 

Leuchtturm1917 Notebook Medium: £16.95, Bureau Direct

Much like Moleskine’s classic diary line, German stationary company Leuchtturm1917 specialises in offering a reliable and no-nonsense diary that sets itself apart with a wide range of eye-popping colours. From berry to emerald and Nordic blue, your favourite hue is sure to be among the selection. You can also customise your diary with four different ruling styles – straight lines, a grid, dots or blank. For an additional personalised touch, you can also get the diary embossed in a font and colour of your choice. For those who prefer a bit more flexibility, the standard hardcover diary now comes in softcover too.

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Personalised Week to View 2018 Diary Planner Organiser: £19.95, Not On The High Street

Looking for a one-of-a-kind personalised place to keep track of your plans? Partridge & Bell’s customisable diary lets you emboss your name on the cover. The diaries come in a selection of four colours: Grey, teal, lilac and black, with a choice of gold, silver or copper foil embossing. Keep in mind, the option does come with a 10-character limit – bad news for the Constantines of the world. The diary comes with a handy back pocket, an address book, a space for notes, as well as a unique space to organise expenses – perfect for freelancers. 

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Castelli Tucson Pocket Notebook: £9.95, Castelli

For those who like their diaries compact, this pocket weekly is the perfect size. It also comes in 11 different colours to choose from, including three shades of blue (we love it in Blue Curacao). The diary includes enough space for daily planning, with an extra lined page accompanying each week for additional notes. There is also an address book at the back and extra pages for notes. It comes with a classic Castelli pencil strapped to the side. Coming in at under a tenner, it’s an affordable, classy and compact choice equipped with all the essentials. 

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Faber & Faber Poetry Diary 2018: £12.98, Waterstones

The Faber poetry list began in the 1920s, with TS Eliot guiding the selection process for nearly 40 years. Today, the tradition continues, with each passing decade seeing more poets joining the list. This weekly diary contains a handpicked selection of those timeless works, with each week accompanied by either a poem or the cover page of a famous writer’s book of poetry, from Simon Armitage and TS Eliot to Carol Ann Duffy. It’s a medium-sized weekly diary with plenty of space for notes that’s perfect for those looking for daily inspiration – or as a gift sure to please poetry lovers of all walks of life. 

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Every Day Matters 2018 Diary: £4.54, Amazon 

A new year is “the perfect time to re-evaluate how to really make the most of your days”. At least that’s the philosophy behind the Every Day Matters diary. Packed with inspirational quotes, prompts for reflection and weekly challenges, such as “play all day“ and ”be grateful for mistakes“, this planner is a pocket-sized pep talk that will inspire you as much as it helps you organise your days. It’s a “year of inspiration for the mind, body and spirit”. Each month comes with its own theme, with ”openness“ for January and ”imagination“ for February. At the end of the month, you’ll be met with a page asking a series of questions that helps you reflect on how you’ve worked on those inspirational themes. If it’s self-improvement and positivity you’re looking for this year, this cheery diary is the perfect companion. The diary is quite small and action-packed, however, so those looking for space may want to look elsewhere. 

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Kikki.K 2018 A5 Weekly Diary: Sweet: £21, Kikki.K

“Cute” is the word, with Kikki.K’s bright and cheerful “Sweet” weekly diary, filled with adorable illustrations and stickers sure to put a smile on your face all year long. But this weekly is not only visually-pleasing – it’s also highly efficient. With a monthly calendar, spacious weekly pages, an address book and a great life-management space at the back, with room for shopping lists, to-do lists and even designated “movies-to-see” and ““wishlist” spaces, this diary is ultra-comprehensive. 

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Smythson Panama Crossgrain Diary with Gilt Pencil: £75, Smythson

For those who enjoy the finer things in life, the Smythson Panama Crossgrain Diary is the perfect portable companion. Bound in cross-grain lambskin, it’s a durable, practical planner for the pragmatic. While it’s compact and pocket-sized, this diary comes with everything you need for planning, including a silver or gold gilt pencil and a discreet slip pocket. It comes in a range of luxurious colours, but we love it best in Nile Blue and Cobalt. 

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Alice Scott A6 Wildlands Diary: £7.99, Calendar Club

Those looking for a daily dose of women’s empowerment need look no further – Alice Scott’s Wildlands 2018 diary has you covered. With an inspirational cover message – “She believed she could and so she did”, a quote attributed to writer RS Grey – and other positive messages throughout the diary. At £8 it’s a stylish option that won’t break the bank. The diary is quite small, however and comes in a week-view format, so there is little space for expansive notes.The London-based brand also offers a number of other 2018 diaries and calendars, all in Alice Scott’s signature monochrome style. 

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Katie Leamon Personalised Any-date Diary: from £28, Katie Leamon

Another personalised option, the Katie Leamon 2018 diary offers additional flexibility, with blank weeks that allow you to fill in your own dates – and start diarising any time of the year. The open-concept nature of this diary makes it simple, but perfect for day-to-day use. It's lightweight and comes in four elegant styles, including "Batik", our personal favourite. Your initials can also be embossed on the front cover in gold foil. London-based Katie Leamon specialises in luxury cards and stationery, with designs made in London and a family-run production studio in the English countryside. 

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Rifle Paper 2018 Icon Diary: £28.50, Papermash 

Compact and stylish, this cloth-covered diary is ideal for those who love their listicles. With a to-do list section under each day, planners can tick off their daily accomplishments all week-long. The 12-month diary offers a weekly and monthly outlook, with a pocket folder, section for celebrations, notes, contacts and the occasional inspirational quote sprinkled throughout.

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Perpetual Disappointments Diary: £9.99, Waterstones

As any stationery aficionado will know, motivational quotes have become commonplace on diary covers – and as small seeds of wisdom planted throughout planners. But, of course, not everyone is looking for a daily dose of inspiration. If you’re someone who cringes at the site of a positive proverb – or if you’re just looking for a good laugh – the Perpetual Disappointments diary might be for you. This medium-sized appointments diary is packed with a series of “disappointing twists”, according to its makers. It includes a weekly demotivational proverb (if ignorance is bliss, why are you so sad?”), notable deaths, contact pages “for people who never call” and a space for “pointless doodles”. It also includes useful phrases, such as, “I am on the wrong plane” and “table for one, please” in English, French German and Mandarin. If that doesn’t make you want one for yourself, it’ll at least make for the perfect gift for the resident pessimist in your life. 

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Moleskine 2018 Smart Diary: Diary, £25.99, Molskine; Smart writing set, £199, John Lewis

Digi-savvy diarisers will want to take note – the Moleskine 2018 Smart Diary sets out to completely revolutionise the way you plan your day. While it might be a bit tricky to use at first, once mastered, this system lets you sync your hand-written agenda with your digital calendar, including iPhones and Androids. How does it work? An invisible grid made with patended “Ncode technology” allows notes written with the Moleskine Pen to be recognised and synched with devices. You can align everything from important dates and notes to sketches. Of course, the diary (£25.99) comes separately form the writing set, so you will have to buy both if you want to start synching.

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Moleskine 2018 Peanuts Limited Edition Sapphire Blue Diary, £17.59, Amazon

Moleskine has made a name for itself with its timeless hardcover diaries, but for those looking to inject a bit of fun into their daily diarising, the company has also put out a line of Peanuts and Alice and Wonderland planners. The Peanuts planner is a 12-month weekly in steel blue, with a fun cover featuring classic comic strip character Charlie Brown. Inside are a couple of comic strips as well as fun themed stickers to liven up your daily planning. The diary is quite large and weighty, so it’s certainly not for those who are looking for a lightweight planner. 

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Wordsearch Diary Secret Code Personalised Diary: from £48, Hope House Press 

We’ve long been fans of Hope House Press’s leather-bound notebooks and diaries that you can personalise to suit your needs and still look good after a year in a handbag. There are nine colours to choose from, ranging from this smart navy to a deep pink and a pretty sage green. Select the format  - day-to-view or horizontal or vertical week-to-view  – and choose from three sizes. This wordsearch design is new for this year and you can pick up to ten words to go in that will appear in a slightly bolder font. There are plenty of other plain designs in the range if this one doesn’t do it for you. All come gift-wrapped with a hand-written note so these make a great present. 

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The Verdict: Best 2018 diaries 

When it comes to everyday diarising,the Leuchtturm1917 2018 Medium Weekly Diary has it all. Simple and reasonably priced, but also highly efficient – and we love how this planner comes in such a wide range of eye-catching colours. For those in search of something more stylish, the Rifle Paper 2018 Icon Diary is a wonderful daily companion that will motivate you to do more with your week with it’s to-do-list layout. The Kikki.K 2018 A5 Weekly Diary also stands out as a planner that comes action-packed, with adorable illustrations and fun stickers. The lists at the back also make for a unique and handy extra. 

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