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Holiday Journaling Gift Guide! + Free Printable Gift Tags

by Nabaa Afridi 11 Nov 2019 0 Comments

Hello everyone! Nabaa here from @whimsical.doodles. I'm super excited about today's post because it's all about one of my favorite things ever: GIFTS!

I absolutely love the whole shebang! Figuring what to get for someone, putting in thought and love into it, the excitement on their faces as they unwrap - I love every little bit!

With the upcoming Holiday season, I thought it would be a great idea to have a list of amazing gifts for the journal enthusiasts in our lives! The following list contains some of my ESSENTIAL bullet journalling supplies plus some more great gift ideas! 

P.S. If you’re looking for a way to track your gifts, check out this beautifully festive gift tracker by the lovely Liz Gray from the @thegraytergood


1. Journal

First and foremost - the journal! Points to anyone who guesses what I'm going to suggest 😉 

I've been journaling for over 5 years now, and hands down my favorite notebooks to work with are the Archer and Olive Dot Grid Notebooks! Apart from the amazing paper quality, superior craftsmanship, and CUTE designs, I really love the values behind the brand. 

Archer and Olive is incredibly community-focused. Run by the amazing Bonnie Kuhl, the brand stands apart for offering an experience to their customers vs simply making it feel like a regular purchase. Their focus on mental health care through art and creating is especially something I absolutely admire! 

So if you're looking for a stunning journal and want to support a strong, woman-run business as well, head over to the website to discover several great options in both color, size, and paper type! 

Want some suggestions? Here are my top 3 picks: 

  1. A5 CRESCENT MOON DOT GRID NOTEBOOK - This one features one of my absolute favorite designs - the moon and stars! Keep an eye out for when it is back in stock!
  1. A5 RED LEAF DOT GRID NOTEBOOK - The red color works perfectly for the holiday season!

  1. A5 GREEN LEAF DOT GRID NOTEBOOK - Another favorite, this journal comes in a beautiful Olive green color with a gold embossed Olive leaf!

If you're looking for a more personalized option, check out these blank Archer and Olive journals and learn how to DIY your own design onto the cover with this helpful blog post by Cherlyn over @cherlynmark 

One of the best things about choosing this gift as a journal is how premium it looks and feels. Each journal comes in GORGEOUS ready-to-gift packaging, and sports the signature A&O Gold charm on the bookmark ribbon!


2. Tombow Brush Pens

Often touted as a must-have for bullet journalling, these Tombow brush pens are the perfect pairing with your journal!

The pastel range, in particular, is something I recommend. Check out how Adrienne from @studio80design used the brush pens for a watercolor effect here: Fall Leaf Watercolor Illustration


3. Stickers

Stickers are a great way to add some fun decorations to your journal. Bonnie has some of the most beautiful florals as sticker form. Check them out here!


4. Tombow Fineliners

A good fineliner can absolutely elevate your journaling experience. These come in a range of sizes and are perfect to create thin, crisp, and clean lines. Perfect for doodling or journaling in your day!


5. Posca Pens

Picked up one of the Blackout books? The Uniball Posca range pairs absolutely brilliantly with the black pages of the Blackout book! The colors are super vivid and smooth against the paper. They are also great on the regular dot grid journals. Get them here!

6. Pencil Case

You’ll need a cute pencil case for all those journaling supplies! Check out these super fun Archer and Olive Pencil cases. They’re super handy and fit right onto your journal! 


7. BONUS: Watercolour Notebook 

While the dot grid journals can handle watercolor (and a range of other mediums) wonderfully, If you’re looking for a notebook made specifically for watercolors, check out the amazing range of watercolor notebooks from Archer and Olive! My personal favorite? The WATERCOLOR A5 BLUSH-A-BYE SPIRAL DOT GRID NOTEBOOK!

And there you have it! If you’ve got any other recommendations, I’d absolutely love to hear about it! Leave a comment below or reach out on Instagram over on @whimsical.doodles

Picked out the perfect gift? Tag them with these free printable gift tags! Simply print out the tags and stick them onto thick cardstock! There are even a few blank tags for you to customize with your own text. 


Free Printable Gift Tags

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