10 best diaries

With just two days to go until the new year, IndyBest finds stationery to keep you organised in 2015

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From slimline pocket editions to desk organisers to keep track of the whole family's movements, here is our selection of diaries for 2015.

{1} Paperchase Slim Vintage Floral: £7.50, paperchase.co.uk

 

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If you prefer your diaries slimline, Paperchase has an impressive selection. We like this one with a vintage-looking floral design on a mint green background. This small one’s week-to-view, but it comes in a range of sizes and formats.

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{2} Hope House Press Diary: From £46, notonthehighstreet.com

 

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IndyBest actually introduced me to Hope House Press. I’ve used one of their bespoke leather-bound diaries for the last year and it has aged gracefully, leaving the cover looking pleasingly vintage. You can choose the colour of your covering and the diary format, as well as personalise it in cool block text.

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{3} Aspinal Safari: From £40, aspinaloflondon.com

 

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Aspinal’s English-made leather-bound diaries in shiny mock croc with bright page- markers manage to be understated but striking in one luxe package. Available in black, purple or chic brown, these beauties can be embossed or engraved.

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{4} Filofax Finsbury Organiser: From £38, filofax.com

 

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A Filofax was another diary right-of-passage and the brand still makes some quality leather versions, including the smart Finsbury, available in sizes from mini to A4. Choose inserts to suit your lifestyle.

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{5} Ianaluxe Magneto Te Neues: £10.99, johnlewis.com

 

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If your diary is always bulging with extra papers, this one with magnetic closure might help you keep everything in order. There are extra slots for cards and receipts and the layout’s interspersed by geometric prints by the cover artists, Australian design duo Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd.

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{6} Faber & Faber Poetry Diary: £4.99, amazon.co.uk

 

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Faber & Faber has been bringing exceptional poetry to our attention since the 1920s and continues to do so with this week-to-view hardback diary. It showcases nearly 100 years of talent – from TS Elliot to Simon Armitage – with a different poem or illustration for  each week. A literary treat.

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{7} The Redstone Diary 2015: The Art of Simplicity: £12.11, amazon.co.uk

 

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Under founder Julian Rothenstein, The Redstone press has been producing these carefully-curated spiral-bound diaries for 28 years. This edition celebrating “the plain and the pure”, features artists’ images, annotations and a recipe for lettuce soup. There’s nothing run-of-the-mill about it and it’s easy to see why these have achieved cult status.

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{8} Letts Candi: From £5.24, letts.co.uk

 

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When you were at school, chances are you had a Letts academic diary. They also do good-value standard ones, including this striking design. Choose from three primary colours and two sizes.

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{9} Moleskine Weekly Planner: £15.99, simplymolskine.com

 

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A cursory glance around the i office and you’ll see a few Moleskines. The Italian stationers make products with an emphasis on pared-down style and practicality. Our pick is the Weekly Planner in pillar-box red, which has the week-to-view on the left and space for notes on the right-hand side.

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{10} Dodopad: £12.50, waterstones.com

 

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The Dodopad is a bit of an institution in busy families. With a week to view and columns across the top, surrounded by an eclectic mix of doodles, quotes and bizarre facts, it’s a more interesting way to keep track of everyone than with your average planner. Available in pocket to desk versions.

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Verdict: For something both surprising and enriching, with plenty of space for all your appointments, we like Redstone's diary. If you fancy a leather-bound book, Hope House's bespoke ones get better with age, or for a non-nonsense, but still stylish organiser that gets the job done, Moleskine's notebook has space for scribblings and shopping lists as well as all your day-to-day engagements.

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