The 10 best Calendars

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Whether you like poetry, pop stars or polar bears, with this selection you can make 2012 the year you get organised

1. Terry Pratchett Discworld

If you are a fan of Terry Pratchett (and with 55 million books sold, a good few of us obviously are), you'll love this collection of paintings of his fantastical land, Discworld, by illustrator Paul Kidby.

£10.50, forbiddenplanet.com

2. Simon's Cat

You've seen the ever-so-crafty Simon's cat at work trying to get his owner to feed him more dinner on YouTube (his videos have 25 million hits), now you can enjoy the whimsical world of illustrator Simon Tofield and his mog on your kitchen wall with this month-a-page calendar.

£9.99, simonscat.theofficialwebshop.co.uk

3. Origami

Fancy making a sumo wrestler out of your dad's birthday? Or knocking together a turtle out of last Tuesday? Well you can with this page-a-day tear-off calendar that has origami folding instructions on each of its leaves.

£8.27, origamicalendar.com

4. Mum's Family

Where's little Billy? Is it dad's turn to pick up the children? And when exactly does granny go on holiday? You'll know what the whole family is up to and where they are off to with this page-a-month family planner.

£6.99, amazon.co.uk

5. Cliff Richard

He may not have set hearts a-racing since Harold Macmillan was at No 10 but the original Prince of Pop remains near the top of at least one chart: calendars. His 2012 offering – featuring Cliff with a dolphin, Cliff on a jet ski and Cliff flirtatiously doing jazz hands – is currently in third position in the Amazon sales chart.

£7.99, danilo.com

6. Doctor Who

The Doctor's back and he's brought his pals – featuring the stars of the last series such as River Song, Amy Pond, Rory, the Ood and the Silence. A great way to get your little one or resident sci-fi fan to be a little more organised this coming year.

£7.99, bbcshop.com

7. Frozen Planet

If the odd dodgy polar bear doesn't put you off, check out the BBC series' spin-off calendar, which has beautiful images of wintry tundra and, of course, more penguins than you can shake an ice pick at.

£7.99, bbcshop.com

8. The Naked Muse

Naked calendars are often dismal affairs. This one, however, is a little different. Fourteen published male poets are pictured in the nude, while 14 female poets have submitted poems which accompany the artfully posed chaps. More importantly, though, is that all the proceeds from its sale goes towards research into juvenile diabetes.

£14.99, wildwomenpress.com

9. The Unravelling Knitted

This is quite possibly the coolest (and probably the most expensive) calendar around. Instead of paper leaves you get a long scarf-like creation, made by designer Patrick Frey, which you unravel a little more with each day. Not the most practical thing in the world , but fun all the same.

£75, vandashop.com

10. Bunny Suicides

From bestselling author, cartoonist and scriptwriter Andy Riley comes the latest in the comic bunny suicide franchise. Watch as cutesy bunny rabbit finds ever more ingenious ways to attempt to shuffle off his mortal coil. Dark humour at its most cuddly.

£4.99, waterstones.com

PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Fashion

    Tradewind Recruitment: KS2 Teacher

    Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is a two form entry primary schoo...

    Tradewind Recruitment: English Teacher

    Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an excellent, large partially ...

    Tradewind Recruitment: Science Teacher

    £90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...

    Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Primary Teacher

    £100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...

    Day In a Page

    Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

    Isis hostage crisis

    The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
    Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

    The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

    Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
    Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

    Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

    Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
    Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

    Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

    This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
    Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

    Cabbage is king again

    Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
    11 best winter skin treats

    Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

    Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
    Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

    Paul Scholes column

    The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
    Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

    Frank Warren's Ringside

    No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
    Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

    Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

    The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
    Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

    Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

    Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
    Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
    Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

    Comedians share stories of depression

    The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
    Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

    Has The Archers lost the plot?

    A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
    English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

    14 office buildings added to protected lists

    Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
    Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

    Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

    Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee