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Journal gifts are the focus for this 2021 holiday season gift guide. Journaling has been such a wonderful hobby for me. There is an extraordinary creativity in putting words onto paper. There are journaling paths that are suitable for every hobby or interest and the journaling lifestyle is easily accessible for writers at every stage of life. A journaling gift for someone who enjoys writing will convey a thoughtfulness about their special connection to words.

The ideas in our 2021 gift guide are suitable for a wide range of interests and include everything from pens at less than $20 to some mechanical binding machines priced at more than $100. You have options! I've categorized the similar items and am hoping to spur your interest in this amazing hobby.

DIY Journal Gifts – Printable Journal Pages

I like having pretty paper for my self-care journal sessions. When I could not find the perfect pages, I created some of my own! Watercolor artwork has been my go-to design for making elegant journal pages. The artwork is subtle and enhances my journaling experience. There are many options now available in my Etsy shop, just click on the photos or links below.

The floral-themed printable sets are available for instant download (.pdf). You will receive a cover page, scheduling pages, and a variety of lined and unlined pages that you can print and gift as a bundled set of pages or bind with a spiral using the mechanical binding equipment. Click here to see the many choices in my Etsy store.

DIY Journal Gift – Binding Options

Oxford Premium Clear Front Report Binders are an excellent way to DIY and have a one-of-a-kind journal. When I create journal pages, I include a cover sheet that will help me keep track of what's inside. These clear cover report folders give a hero spot to the journal cover and the sturdy metal fasteners inside can hold up to 100 sheets of printed pages.

This TruBind Coil Binding Machine is a workhorse for making professional-looking journals at home. It includes a coil inserter and 12-sheet hole punch. This unit allows you to bind papers and create custom books, which is awesome! The side and depth margin adjustments give full control to choose where the holes are punched on the paper and this model is not limited to letter size pages. The coils are available in a variety of colors and sizes, including the red coil shown above! 

These binding methods are only two of the many options for creating custom DIY journals to give as journal gifts. The possibilities are endless for using the spiral tool. Beyond journals, you (or your gift recipient) can create planner books, calendars, or even custom cookbooks. With the right tools the journal gifts will be professional quality and sure to bring joy for years to come.

Journal Gifts – “Ready to Deliver”

Bound Notebooks and Journals

Moleskine Notebooks are the classics for writing journals and making notes and are an excellent choice as a journal gift. When I'm on assignment as a travel writer, nothing is better than a compact notebook (240 lined pages!) to keep my writing in order. Moleskine notebooks are feature the elastic closure band and include inner storage pockets. The paper pages are thick enough to prevent blotches and are perfect for writing with a wide variety of pens and pencils.

This Maleden Leather Journal is beautiful. In addition, it is refillable and will be a steady companion for years. This journal has blank pages that open possibilities for journaling, sketching, diary notes, planner grids, and any other layouts that you can imagine.
The Traveler's Notebook from Moterm is sleek and includes many convenient accessories. The journal is hand-made with a top layer genuine leather cover. It's durable yet stylish and will wear well during travel and extended use. The paper is selected with the writer in mind; it's bleed resistant and absorbent. The gift recipient can choose when and how to use the blank, ruled, and grid inserts. The kit is delivered with one of each insert type.

Journal Writing Pens

COLNK Colored Gel Pens are packaged in a set of eight and have a fine 0.5mm writing tip. The muted tones are suitable for journal writing or for sketching. The pens feature an ergonomic silica grip to make writing so easy for over-worked hands. These pens are shipped from Amazon in a vintage color gift box.

For brighter colors, the PILOT FriXion Clicker Gel Ink Pens are ideal. These pens have a fine point for writing and sketching but the coolest feature is that the ink is erasable! As I journal, I usually leave the random thoughts for later reflection but it's nice to know that these pens give me an “undo” feature to clean up small mistakes. The ten color choices are bright and beautiful and the protective packaging keeps the set together even while traveling. These make an awesome gift with the bright vivid colors!

The Gift Basket

 Consider a journal gift basket with a combination of a journal, some pens, and a gift subscription to Grammarly. Top it off with a thoughtful note of encouragement for the writer for a truly one-of-a-kind present.

Grammarly Writing Support

Comfortable T-Shirts

Designed for the writing girls in your life, this “Just A Girl Who Loves Writing” t-shirt is casual and comfortable. It's a perfect gift to accompany a DIY journal gift basket and is available in many colors. I personally prefer the purple one!

Positive affirmations are important when life is a struggle. Inspire your gift recipient to embrace happiness regardless of the circumstance. This Do More of What Makes You Happy T-shirt is a fun way to spread positive energy.


There are so many amazing gift options for friends and family who enjoy journaling. This guide will ensure a successful shopping experience for you AND a much-treasured gift for your loved one.
Writer Gift Guide

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