Seven of the best 2020 diaries

Victoria Woodcock’s pick of the bunch for ultimate aesthetic organisation

Astier de Villatte, £45, from choosingkeeping.com
Astier de Villatte, £45, from choosingkeeping.com

From a snappy Filofax to a dinky PDA (personal digital assistant, remember them?), to an app-laden smartphone – and back again? Alongside the proliferation of digital organisation tools, old-school paper diaries are alive and kicking. “Over the past four to five years, we have sold about 30 to 40 per cent more diaries than the previous season,” says Neal Whittington, owner of Clerkenwell stationery store Present & Correct. “The reason? Digital exhaustion.”

The Completist, £12.50
The Completist, £12.50
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Papier, £21.99
Papier, £21.99

It’s a similar tale at Liberty-stocked stationer Esmie, where sales of its UK-made diaries – wrapped in silk-screen-printed papers from Kyoto – have increased around 30 per cent year on year, buoyed by a new breed of #PlannerAddict (4.8 million posts on Instagram). The jury’s out on whether making plans on paper will help you get ahead, but one thing’s for sure: crossing items off a to-do list in pen beats its digital equivalent, hands down.

Thank you, next: the best luxury stationery

Mark+Fold, £55
Mark+Fold, £55
Marjolein Delhaas, £25, from presentandcorrect.com
Marjolein Delhaas, £25, from presentandcorrect.com
Esmie, £26
Esmie, £26

Hobonichi, €175.90, from luiban.com
Hobonichi, €175.90, from luiban.com
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