Somehow we got through another year and 2015 is just around the corner, which means it’s time to throw out last year’s calendar. From clever organisation to beautiful illustrations, you’ll never forget to turn over a month again.
1. Busy B Couples Calendar: £8.97, amazon.co.uk
Avoid double booking yourselves for dinner at the in-laws or keep track of whose turn it is to stay in with the kids with this couples calendar, with separate ‘me’, ‘you’ and ‘us’ columns and pockets to store tickets, invites and other bits and pieces.
2. Slim Birds Calendar: £3.00, emmabridgewater.co.uk
Whether you just enjoy watching them through the window while you wash up or are a fully-fledged, binocular-touting birdwatcher, this one is sure to please. Each month has a beautiful, vibrant illustration of a different British bird, from Goldfinches to Great Tits, and a slim list layout.
3. National Gallery Wall Calendar: £10, nationalgallery.co.uk
An ideal choice for any art lover, the National Gallery’s 2015 calendar contains 12 of the most famous paintings in its collection, including Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 63 and Hans Holbein the Younger’s The Ambassadors. This cover is the Wilton Diptych, but there are others available to choose from, too.
4. The Times Sudoku Desk Calendar: £5.39, whsmith.co.uk
The Times have turned their brilliant Sudoku puzzle books into this desk calendar with a previously unpublished puzzle to complete each day. It comes with a pencil, but no rubber to save the day if it all goes wrong. Optimistic, we feel.
5. Disney Frozen Calendar: £5.99, argos.co.uk
Frozen merchandise has dominated children’s lists to Santa (and our gift guides) this Christmas, and for good reason. Keep the magic alive well into 2015 with all their favourite characters in different stills from the movie.
6. The Bright Side ‘Has Anyone Seen the Kids?’ Family Organiser: £8.99, whsmith.co.uk
Can’t keep up with what night Evie has piano and whether Oliver plays football or hockey on a Wednesday? The Bright Side understands. The month to view layout has 5 columns for different family members and a series of ‘dream team mini missions’ each month, including ‘be on time for everything’ and ‘vacuum without being asked’; family organising with a sense of humour.
7. Rob Ryan Wall Calendar: £9.99, johnlewis.com
Turn the page to reveal another of Rob Ryan’s beautiful and intricate papercut images every month. We’ll be cutting out and framing our favourites to keep long beyond 2015.
8. The Great British Bake Off Wall Calendar: £9, johnlewis.com
Considering more people in the UK watched the GBBO final than the World Cup Final, it’s safe to say we’re fans and it’s unlikely that 2015 will be any different. There’s a different recipe for every month, complete with drool-worthy pics, from cinnamon breakfast loaf to doughnuts. Ready, set, bake!
9. Edible Kaleidoscope Fruit and Vegetable Calendar: £10, notonthehighstreet.com
Sadly, this calendar is not actually edible, but it more than makes up for it with 12 pages of seasonal fresh produce to help you cook more ethically each month, all illustrated in watercolour paints.
10. RHS Photographic Competition Calendar: £9.99, suttons.co.uk
Bring the great outdoors into your house with some of the year’s most beautiful nature photographs from the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual photography competition. We’re particularly looking forward to February’s macro snowdrops and November’s misty autumn leaves.
Verdict: We love the gorgeous lasercuts of Rob Ryan’s calendar and creative organisation of The Bright Side family organiser, but for great value for money you can’t beat Emma Bridgewater’s Birds.
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