A nice notebook or diary is a great gift for just about anyone. Elevate your friend’s writing adventures with a soundly bound, aesthetically pleasing journal that is far and away better than the spiral notebook they’ve been holding onto forever. They are great gifts for authors, budding journalists, busy listmakers, older memoirists, new diary-keepers, idea jotters and more. Give your friend or family member the thing that will house their next big idea; you can be sure they’ll thank you.

We have gathered up some of our favorites to get you started.

Our top pick: Moleskine Classic Notebook

Most Color Choices

A tried and true traditional gift. Amazon

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Moleskin notebooks are truly classic when it comes to upping your loved one’s journaling game. The slim, sleek design and sturdy, leather-like cover make them great companions for travel, school, and work and the bold, single color design will look great in the home. Gift a notebook in their favorite color, choosing from red, black, dandelion yellow, reef blue, and more that come in four page styles including lined, dotted, squared, and plain. This particular model has 240 pages and inner storage folders to hold even more memories.

Best period piece: Leather Journal Writing Notebook

Straight Out Of The Past

For your favorite time traveler. Amazon

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This leather-bound journal is the perfect gift for those writers that are longing to explore a different era. The handmade cover and spine are made from 100 percent genuine leather, housing 240 pages of unlined cotton paper that is thick enough to prevent any ink bleeding. You can choose between two sizes: 7 x 5 or 8 x 6 inches. Plus, for each journal purchased a percentage of the profit is donated to a non-profit organization in Zambia that promotes the prevention of child cruelty.

Fun, sophisticated design: Dot Bullet Paper Notebook


Get a little funky. Amazon

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If you are looking for a fun cover that’s still a little more sophisticated than a novelty notebook with a quippy saying, then this journal from Keegood could be the right way to go. With 192 pages of acid-free and strong binding, your loved one will be able to hold onto this notebook for years to come. It features two ribbon placeholders, an expandable pocket, and a sturdy sewn-in pen holder and comes with a flat, 15-centimeter ruler and colorful tabs to bookmark important lists, notes, and more. Choose from blank, dotted, and lined paper that is bleed-resistant and smooth to write one. This present is a great way to spice up boring notebooks of old while remaining efficient and compact.

For outdoor writing: Rite in the Rain All Weather Top-Spiral Notebook

Record Your Shower Thoughts

For the adventure enthusiast. Amazon

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If you are hoping to find a gift that’s great for folks who love being outdoors, then check out this notebook from Rite in the Rain. Along with a durable polydura cover, it has 100 pages of weatherproof paper that won’t disintegrate if it comes in contact with water, grease, or mud. The binding is made from tough wire that, unlike traditional spiral notebooks, won’t bend in a backpack or pocket. Best of all, you don’t have to wait for the rain to stop to jot down your thoughts. Simply use a No. 2 pencil or an all-weather pen and you can write your way through the storm. This is a great gift for anyone who likes spending time outside or has their best ideas when they’re in the shower.