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Whether you're meticulously organised, or can only dream of becoming so, there is something exhilarating about a brand new diary, with pages ready to be filled with plans for the year ahead.
Choosing one can be surprisingly tricky, however - after all, you are going to be bound to this book for the next 365 days, so you want one that will work for you.
There's a lot to consider - do you want one small enough to fit in your pocket or bag, or large enough to contain your every thought? Do you like to be able to see what you've got coming up for the week ahead in one glance? Or do you prefer to devote an entire page to each day?
To make your hunt a little easier, we've rounded up some of the best and most popular diaries available online. Scroll down to find your perfect match, or to discover something a little special that would make a great Christmas present for a loved one.
Boxclever Press Everyday Diary 2022 | £9.99 at Amazon
This is currently the bestselling 2022 diary on Amazon UK and it is not hard to see why, with pages dedicated to goals, monthly plans, and budgeting, as well as a dotted page for lists and notes opposite each week-to-view page. This is a good choice for those who love bullet journalling but would like a bit more structure. At 17cm by 12.5cm, it's smaller than A% sized, so easy to carry around. Plus, it has a pen loop and paperwork pocket, to keep all your notes together.
2022 A6 Pocket Diary, by ScribbleandDotCo | £12.95 at Etsy
With a 2022 and a 2023 yearly overview for future planning, followed by 12 monthly spreads and 52 weekly spreads, there is plenty of room for all your plans in this vegan leather pocket diary. It also has a contacts section, notes pages, dotted pages for doodles and tear off shopping lists at the back, alongside a re-enforced rear pocket, and a pen holder. Another nice detail: it has pen test pages so you won’t ruin your pages. Each diary comes gift wrapped in tissue paper in an elegant black box, making them a good choice for a Christmas gift. Plus, a portion of the profits from each sale will be donated to OneTreePlanted, to support global reforestation efforts.
A6 Day to Page Leather Diary | £52 (Reduced from £65) at Aspinal of London
With their gold gilt-edged cream pages, Aspinal of London's full-grain leather bound handmade diaries have become classics among stationery fans. This A6 day to page diary is great for those who like to plan out their day by the hour, as it features time slots to keep track of your schedule. A personalisation service is available, if you want to make the diary unique.
Emma Bridgewater A6 Hearts Diary, 2022 | £8 at John Lewis & Partners
This budget option is already a best-seller on John Lewis' website, with organised folk getting a head start on their plans for 2022. Fans of Emma Bridgewater will love this design from her Polka Hearts range. Each double page spread gives you a weekly view as well as a section to note down things to remember. It also includes the dates of moon phases and international holidays.
Moleskine Weekly Planner 2022 | £18.99 at Amazon
Fans of Moleskine notebooks will love this weekly planner in the brand's signature minimalist aesthetic, with an elastic closure, ribbon bookmark and 'in case of loss" notice on the front endpaper. This diary is slightly smaller than A5. It gives you a complete view of the week on the left hand page, while opposite there is a ruled page for notes. Each planner also includes 295 coloured stickers: one sheet of alphabet stickers and two sheets of icon stickers.
Filofax Finsbury Leather Pocket Organiser, Forest Green | £56 at John Lewis & Partners
Many things that were big in the 80s have since been superseded by more modern designs, but the Filofax has stood the test of time, thanks to its versatility and unassuming aesthetic. The Finsbury is a classic leather organiser with a soft rambler leather cover. It contains a week to view diary and a range of notes pages. Other planner and diary pages can also be bought separately and slotted into the ring-binder fastenings. This diary is 14.5cm tall and 12cm wide, and is designed to be used on the go. One happy customer wrote in the review: "It is fabulous quality leather with all the 'bits' I needed. More than that, it makes me smile every time I use or see it. Gorgeous."
Matilda Myres 2022 A5 Rose Gold Wiro Day a Page Diary | £10.69 at Amazon
Good for those who like to plan their time down to the minute. This ring bound diary has a page devoted to each weekday, with Saturdays and Sundays combined on one page. Each weekday page is divided into sections for the morning, afternoon and night, with a dedicated section for notes. List makers will also appreciate the dedicated sections for book lists, celebration and gift lists, travel planners and the 'This Is My Year' planner.
2022 Soho Diary with Pocket | £175 at Smythson
If you have a particularly special year ahead, you may want to commemorate it with an equally special diary. Keep your plans for a big day or life-changing year in elegant luxury with this decadent navy diary bound in crossgrain Panama leather, with gilt-edged pale blue pages and a slip pocket to keep your mementos. With a week-to-view layout this slightly smaller than A5 diary runs longer than most, starting on 15th November 2021 and ending on 22nd January 2023.
MUM's Office Silver Diary, 2022 | £16 at John Lewis & Partners
This diary is designed especially for mums managing and organising family life, but would be equally useful for dads – if you can get over the name. It features a grid format, which means on each double page spread there is one page for the diary's owner and four columns on the opposite page for everyone else, making it possible to see the whole family's weekly schedule at a glance and minimise scheduling chaos. Measuring 18cm by 12cm with 176 pages, it has a thin hardback cover with rounded corners, a gusset pocket on the inside back cover, 2 grosgrain ribbons, an elastic strap and a pen loop.
Leuchtturm 1917 Weekly Planner & Notebook Softcover (A6) | £15.95 at Amazon
These German diaries with a minimalistic design are favoured by many writers due to their sleek aesthetic and quality paper. This A6 weekly planner fits each week onto one page, with a lined page for notes opposite, which is ideal for keeping track of to-do lists alongside your weekly meetings and appointments.
2022 Week To View Small Diary - Classic Edwardian Lady Design | £5 at Marks and Spencer
This elegant, illustrated diary has been delighting M&S shoppers for decades, with many commenting in the reviews that they buy a new one every year. This A6 sized week to view diary is 100% plastic free and made using material from well-managed, FSC-certified forests and other controlled source. It features floral illustrations for each week by Edith Holden taken from her book Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady, and contains notable dates, useful facts and notes sections.
The Secret Garden Foiled 2022 Diary | £28.99 at Papier
Papier's luxe diaries come in a range of beautiful designs including this foiled print, that will shimmer on your desk. This slightly larger than A5 week to view diary, runs from December 2021 to January 2023. Inside there are weekly, monthly and yearly overviews, plus space for monthly goals and wish lists, important dates and to-dos.