Fun fact about me–around December 1st or so, I start obsessing about my calendar for the upcoming year. It probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone that I like a paper calendar (no digital versions for this girl). I’ve tried a few different ones over the years and put together a short list of five customizable planners for 2020 that I think you’d love.
1 – Golden Coil So in full disclosure, I haven’t tried Golden Coil for myself, but I’ve heard great things. I like that you can add a bunch of lined, grid or blank pages in addition to the standard calendar pages. I always carry some sort of notebook or sketchbook with me, so having a place to sketch an idea or write myself a note right in my planner is awesome. You can choose your own start- and end-dates and even add custom, pre-printed events. If you’re like me and like to work in a very specific way, this would be an awesome option to try.
2 – May Designs I love all things by May Designs. They offer personalized notebooks and planners in three sizes; Mini 4 x 5.75 in., Classic 5 x 8 in. and Large 7.5 x 9.75 in. The covers are made of a soft canvas and the books are stitched the entire length of the binding, so they don’t fall apart after a little wear and tear. They aren’t as bulky as some of the coil-bound options and can be personalized with your name or monogram. (I especially love this one, designed by my fellow Mintie, Kelly Ventura.)
3 – Plum Paper also has a nice selection of colorful covers in three sizes (5.8 x 8.3 in., 7 x 9 in. and 8.5 x 11 in.) and they offer a ton of options, including formats created specifically for bloggers, photographers and couples planning their wedding. They thought of everything!
4 – Blue Sky offers three spiral-bound sizes as well (5 x 8 in., 7 x 9 in. and 8.5 x 11 in.) with multiple calendar layout options. I’ve purchased off-the-shelf Blue Sky planners in the past, but just learned about the custom options. One of my favorite things–the add-ons they offer like fitness tracking, budgeting and coloring pages as well as “snap-in” sticky notes and a zip pouch so you have everything you need in one place.
5 – Minted So this is actually the first year I decided to buy a planner from Minted. There aren’t as many options for customizing as with some of the others but they are compact, light, spiral-bound books with a protective plastic cover over the front so it won’t get all dinged up in my bag. And the $23 price point was appealing to me as I’m attempting to run on a tighter budget heading into 2020. It has a pocket for loose receipts and random papers and fun little stickers for highlighting important dates.
Bonus pick: Sugar Paper If you don’t need a customizable option, Sugar Paper planners are also among my faves. I’ve used both their spiral-bound and monthly planners and would definitely choose them again. The paper quality is always top notch and this year they added a small-bound book which caught my eye.
Have you chosen your calendar for the new year? What are some of your faves? Let me know below.