12 best 2018 calendars
Get ready for a new year with a planner for your wall or desk
As the new year fast approaches there is one thing left to do after Christmas and Boxing Day are out of the way, and that is buying a new calendar to help plan all of the events in the year ahead. But whether you prefer to keep track of your days with a no-nonsense style yearly wall planner, like to tick then off with a calendar on your desk or prefer to mark off the months with some fun illustrations on your kitchen wall, we've got you covered.
Studio Wald Pinboard Wall Calendar: £16, Not On The High Street
This nifty pinboard calendar from stationery brand Wald offers a stylish way to plan the rest of your year. It comes in separate pieces and helpful instructions of where to place the three screws in to the cork board to get your year off to a simple start. It comes with three coloured push pins to let you stick important reminders to the board, and refill pages are available each year.
Zoella Desk Calendar: £10, Boots
This cute desk calendar is small and simple, with all 12 cards for each month sitting in a wooden block that has a rose gold “Z” printed on it. Each month has an inspirational or fun message embossed on it with a fun background, encouraging the reader to “Make the days count” or to “Stay curious”. Ideal for the young millennial in your life.
Oliver Bonas Wall Calendar: £15, Oliver Bonas
This neat square wall calendar has a different illustrative theme for each month, from colourful patterns to flower and jungle motifs. The calendar has a handy tab for each month, making it easier to flick through the pages when you need to add in important events in the upcoming months. It also has some fun events marked out for your diary, from National Hug Day and Spanish Paella Day to the start of Fashion Week and Wimbledon.
The Birds In Hats Desk Calendar: £12, Etsy
Alice Tams' delightful illustrations for this desk calendar give you a whole year of different birds in fabulous hats to flick through, all of which have been attached to a fun literary theme. January's image of a common raven in a bowler hat is inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven, while May's kestrel in a deerstalker references Sherlock Holmes, and September's goldfinch in a beret is, of course, connected to The Goldfinch by Donna Tart. This one is a thoughtful addition to any desk, especially one in need of a splash of colour.
Caroline Gardner Family Calendar: £11, John Lewis
Organising an entire family can be a challenge at the best of times, but Caroline Gardner's large wall calendar comes complete with columns for five people to help everyone keep track of where they're supposed to be. The calendar is topped with illustrations of plants and food and bits from around the kitchen, and comes with helpful stickers to make planning a bit easier and more colourful.
Julija Pustovrh Emporium Julium Desk Calendar: £18, Etsy
Ideal for someone who likes an uncluttered desk, this small calendar comes in two sizes, one the size of a postcard and one no bigger than a business card. Both feature delicate illustrations inspired by nature, and sit within a small, handmade, ceramic base.
Gemma Correll A Cat's Life Wall Calendar: £10, Paperchase
Illustrator Gemma Correll – author of “A Cat’s Life” and “A Pug’s Guide To Etiquette” – has drawn up this fun wall calendar with 12 silly illustrations of cats drinking wine, watching goldfish bowls and telling each other they're popular on YouTube. It offers an imaginative insight into our feline friends' lives and how we treat them, making it a good choice if you want a visual joke to brighten up the kitchen walls, while also providing ample space for scribbling in plans.
Ladybird Books for Grownups Wall Calendar: £10, John Lewis
Based on the hugely popular new Ladybird books made for adults ("The Hipster", "The Husband", and "The Sickie", to name a few favourites), this calendar holds a pithy new challenge from the modern world to ponder each month with an accompanying illustration. Each page offers a different page from a book. Topics include graduation, mindfulness, the zombie apocalypse and dating. This is a jolly calendar to make you snort with laughter all-year-round.
Constance and Clay Gorgeous Greek Gods: £12, Etsy
Holly Dinsdale's inventive illustrations under her brand Constance and Clay depict everything from patterns and plants and nature to cocktails, and her new calendar is a fun take on a classic theme. The Gorgeous Greek Gods calendar features portraits of 12 mythical figures, from well-known gods of the Earth Zeus and Poseidon to Heracles, Apollo and Eros. Designed in a landscape format, half of each page of the calendar is filled with the image of a god and the other half has space against each day of the month to jot down appointments. Perfect for anyone wanting to add a little playful Hellenic history to their walls.
Lollipop Designs Colour Year planner: £11.50, Not On The High Street
This planner is ideal for no-nonsense, year-round planning while still adding a little colour to the walls. The portrait-style planner is good for a smaller wall space as it is not overly wide, and has ample space for scribbling appointments and deadlines on each day. It also comes with some handy stickers to make the planning process a little easier. It is lightweight as it is printed on thin card, making it easy to Blu Tack to the walls, and is perfect for someone who needs to map out their business plans for the year ahead.
Kikki K Year Planner: £15, John Lewis
For those who want a planner that is free from designs or colours and wish to start with a blank canvas at the start of the year, this wall planner is just the thing. It is printed on thick cardboard and is not particularly light, but it has a cord on the back to make it easy for hanging. This large planner has a decent amount of space for writing with helpful areas to jot down notes, and has a wipeable surface, which comes in handy for changing plans. It also comes with a black whiteboard marker pen, too.
Paperchase Modern Flower Wall Calendar: £10, Paperchase
Another good choice for busy people, this wall calendar is decorated with a pretty flower motif throughout its pages but comes with added extras to help keep you on top of your commitments. It has a small “To Do” list sticky pad underneath the calendar, alongside a weekly food planner with space to mark out meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner (plus snacks) for each day of the week. And it also comes with stickers to help with appointments and parties.
The Verdict: 2018 Calendars
Picking the right calendar depends on your own personal preferences. If you want an industrial-style wall planner, try Kikki K. For some fun art for your kitchen the Gorgeous Greek Gods option is ideal. Or something that helps you plan while at your desk, we like the Birds In Hats calendar. But in terms of price and usability, the Pinboard Wall calendar from Studio Wald is a practical choice, as important information or notes can be pinned to its cork board, and its pages can be refilled year after year.
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