Stationery

Le Guest Book

Ah, yes, hospitality, remember that? When people were nice and appropriate and proper? No? Me neither. Maybe we can bring back a smidgeon of the old times by backing Le Guest Book, a memory-keeper, if you will, for you and your guests. Keep it out on the coffee table so your favorite people can leave you notes and drawings, or maybe they’ll answer the multiple choice questions if they’re not especially handy with a pen. Think of it as a housewarming gift for a friend’s new place, or just get one (or two, or three) for your own home to encourage guests to tell you that you’re an awesome amateur chef- or just plain wonderful in general.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Collage Sticky Notes Duo

And you thought sticky notes could not be improved. Just take a look at the geometric print on these sets and tell me they’re not terrific. I want all of them, but I will restrain myself and just get one set. Maybe. They’d be handy for notes or reminders that need to stand out amongst all the other papers on our desktops, wouldn’t they?

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Price: $7.00
Available from: Poketo

Airvase Message Card

What’s better than a handwritten card? A handwritten vase. Huh? Well, rather, a handwritten message on an Airvase. Designed by Torafu Architects, each Airvase arrives as a flat, brightly colored paper disk that you shape into a bowl or vase. This gift card version has the option of adding your own note so that the recipient may sculpt your message into a 3D form, perhaps to be enjoyed long after the initial message arrived.
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Price: $9.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

601Street 4×4 Envelope Notebook

Don’t underestimate the effect a handwritten thank you note can have, especially as they’re rare to give and receive nowadays. As someone who still occasionally writes notes to friends and family, folding a paper into an envelope seems like an efficient method of traditional correspondence, and that’s exactly why this envelope notebook caught my eye. 16 sheets in total with four possible envelope folds. There’s also a 6×4 Envelope Notebook, $13.95 (24 sheets with six possible envelope folds).
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Price: $11.95
Available from: Omoi Zakka Shop

Stone Writer’s Block

If you’re forever misplacing your pencil and notepad, then maybe this Writer’s Block by Bower Studios will keep them close at hand. If you’re new to the Bower Studio (Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi) name, be sure to take a look at their work as they’ve got quite a few excellent products; we’ve featured their Shape Boards, Shape Mirrors, and Key Targets in the past few weeks.

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Price: $60.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Grids & Guides: A Notebook for Visual Thinkers

If you prefer pen and/or pencil to stylus, you’ll most likely be fond of the grids, scientific charts, tables, and infographics found within The Grids & Guides Notebook from Princeton Architectural Press. Featuring 144 pages of graph paper, handy things like the periodic table, alternative alphabets, and Newton’s Laws of Motion are scattered throughout for easy reference.
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Price: $16.95
Available from: Princeton Architectural Press

Paperback Notes

Despite having the latest version of the iPhone, do you still write down your grocery or to-do list on a sticky note? I certainly do; sometimes it’s simpler to write a list with a pen on paper, and then cross them off as completed, rather than type them in a notepad or calendar app. If you feel the same, then take a look at these Paperback adhesive notes. They fit perfectly on the back of the iPhone (removable adhesive covers most of their surface), and give a little more room to jot notes than a traditional sticky note. Use one at a time, or attach a small stack for additional lists later on.
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Price: $7.95
Available from: iLoveHandles

Weekly Desk Notepad

Oh, Poketo, what nice stationery you have. This grid notepad is perfect for the desk- there’s room enough to organize anyone’s week, with space for a lengthy to-do list along with other scribbles that may or may not happen while on a conference call.
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Price: $14.00
Available from: Poketo

Monthly Planner

If you’re a no-frills type of person, you might just like this Monthly Planner from Poketo. It features a grid with each day’s abbreviation at the top of each column, allowing you to fill in the rest as you see fit. Available in three sizes: Small, Medium and Large.
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Price: $8.00 - 15.00
Available from: Poketo

Robert Indiana LOVE Notecard Set

If you absolutely have to send out cards this Valentine’s Day, please make it be this set of notecards featuring American artist Robert Indiana’s screenprint of 1968 Black and White LOVE. You have one whole week for the notecards to arrive, write out whatever sappy sentiments you like, and then send them off to those lucky recipients. Maybe they’ll even frame the card in a small frame (I know I would).

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Price: $15.95
Available from: Whitney Museum Shop

Metallic Folios

Normally a folder won’t inspire anyone to get organized, but a gold or silver folio, well, that’s a different story. Shiny, special materials such as silver and gold catch our eyes and stand out in a stack of papers, thus providing you with a reason to add to your office supply collection. Plus, when considering the need to get organized, we need all the motivation we can get. Choose between silver or gold; there’s also matching metallic notebooks.
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Price: $14.00
Available from: Poppin

‘You’re amazing’ Card

If you don’t have someone that deserves this card, then you need to make some new friends. In fact, I’ll be your friend if you send me this card, and then I’ll tell all my amazing friends about you, then you’ll be broke because you’ll have to send out so many cards to tell them that they’re amazing. Won’t that be fun? Many more excellent cards to be found at the website of Sydney designers The Adventures of.
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Price: AUD7.00
Available from: The Minimalist

Printsagram Greeting Cards

Combine your Instagram photos with the traditional method of keeping in touch: greeting cards. You might think handwritten cards belong in a museum, but you’d be wrong. Why not show off your mad skills when it comes to taking photos with your phone? Friends and family are sure to be impressed, and possibly treasure your card as a keepsake, maybe even frame it (!).
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Printsagram

Baron Fig Notebook Sketchbook

Are you very particular about your notebooks? Join the club. And then check out the Baron Fig notebook, because, chances are you’ll be pleased with the design. No branding (hooray!), it opens flat (hooray!), the dimensions are friendly for carrying around or keeping on your desk, and there’s one bookmark for keeping your page marked. Take a look at their Kickstarter page for more details.
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Price: $20.00 or more
Available from: Kickstarter

The Pattern Box: 100 Postcards

If you like patterns and postcards, you’d best snap up this box set now. Curated by New York City’s Textile Arts Center, this collection has one hundred designs from ten international designers. I’d be tempted just to keep it as a pattern resource for inspiration purposes, but then it’d be a shame not to share such interesting postcards with friends and family (and postal workers, of course).
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Princeton Architectural Press