With Christmas a couple of weeks away, your mind might be in knots trying to come up with unique gift ideas for the planner fans on your list. While this list might work for your immediate Christmas needs, many items will be great gift ideas the year round as birthday or “just because” gifts. I have done some of the shopping for you and concentrated on some of the unique (and often handmade) planner related items you can find on Etsy. These are just a few gift ideas, some that combine form with function and others that are just plain “pretty” add ons to inspire planner joy and productivity.
1) Planner Tassel
Not necessarily a tool but definitely a lovely add on for pretty planner inspiration, this little tool will definitely put some pretty on your planner. I have actually purchased several tassels from this shop because the shop owner does such a good job of providing a lovely product and in a variety of sizes. I particularly like anything related to Paris but I chose this glam Chanel charm because it so pretty. Etsy: Haute Pink Fluff
2) Planner Bookmarks
This item does exactly what it’s name implies, it provides a way to find the section you want to refer back too in your planner or book. But just because you can easily use a post it note, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy a book mark that is functional as well as pretty. There are many kinds of bookmarks but I chose an acrylic one , as they tend to reduce the bulk in your planner. Etsy Store: TiddlyWinksDesigns
3) Crystal Pens
These are just absolutely lovely functional and pretty pens. They come in a variety of colors, body materials and pen sizes. This shop gives you the choice between the plain pen top or stylus top to use with your phone or ipad. If you don’t like the pen point, some planner gals have creatively suggested hacks that allow you to replace the pen refills with refills of another type of pen, so they can enjoy a pen with the point size they want. In this case, I chose the rose gold as a sample of this type of pen since it is such a popular color. This particular shop will actually provide engraving from a selection of fonts. Etsy Store: AnkaiCustom
4) Diamond Pens
These are not literally diamond pens, but rather pens with rhinestone or acrylic diamond heads. Just thought it might be important to mention that While they are functional, they are basically a pretty item that will definitely dress up your desk and instagram pics.. Etsy Store: My Teachers Cupboard
5) Felt Planner Clips
This little penguin enveloped in Christmas lights is just too cute. These felt paperclips are the cutest way to inspire planners to bookmark their pages or to actually motivate them to look at their lengthy to do lists. It’s another way to “dress” up your planner. They usually come in a variety of cute characters and even motivational phrases. The shop mentioned here is just one example of the many Etsy shops that provide these type of planner clips. Etsy Store: So Cuties
6) Planner Bands
Now this item is both a pretty and useful tool. They can be used to keep the contents of popular planners (i.e. Erin Condren and Happy Planners) nice and straight within their covers. And of course, they look good too. They come in a variety of colors and patterns but they are usually stretchy and work very much like hair bands. There are even some bands that come with a pen holder which makes it pretty convenient. Etsy Store: TRAprettythings
7) Planner Charm
These cute and charming planner accessories are like planner jewelry. I especially like the charms made from polymer clay and since I love all things French, I chose these cute macarons with an Eiffel Tower charm. There are a lot of creative Etsy shop owners that make these cute polymer clay charms for your planner. Etsy Store: Mahalmade
8) Pencil Pouch
When one uses a paper planner, the need arises for some type of container to store all those pens and pencils. These pencil pouches ( or makeup bags) are soft and flexible but the added feature with oil cloth rather than plain cloth material is that they can be cleaned and can endure the wear and tear of every day use a little better. So you get the soft flexibility of cloth with something that can be cleaned, if you get a few coffee spills. Etsy Store: Miriam Garber
9) Shape Paperclips
Yes, you have your ordinary paperclips but organizing paper becomes so much more fun with paperclips in fun shapes. They just might motivate you to check those bills if they are bound with cute shape paperclips. Or is that too much to expect? There are several stationery shops on Etsy that provide a variety of these paperclips in different shapes and metals. Etsy Store: PugPaperCo
10) Planner Pouch
When you use a paper planner, it’s usually an item that will travel with you. So, a planner fan might need a planner pouch to carry the planner and a pencil pouch filled with writing tools when she is out and about. This particular pouch is made with room enough to accommodate planner clips, so they won’t get crowded or smooshed. I chose this planner pouch because it’s the Christmas season and I found this Nutcracker theme so fitting for the season. Etsy Store: Pigtails & Pockets
Now, I didn’t include these on the list since they are a planner essential, but not necessarily a planner accessory. The type of planner inserts you might use will vary depending on what type of information you want to track. One of my favorite shops on Etsy that provides well designed planner inserts with really cute fonts is SewMuchCrafting. She has over 30+ planner insert design for the half letter sie alone and planner refills for a variety of planners. If you own a ring type of planner ( i.e. Carpe Diem, Filofax, Kikki.k, Franklin Planner) you might enjoy her planner inserts as an alternative to the ones the manufacturer provides or might prefer a specific planner insert. Etsy Shop: SewMuchCrafting
Well, that’s the round up of some of the planner accessories and the Etsy shops that carry them. This is by no means a comprehensive list but a round up of ideas if you are not familiar with what’s available in the planner “world”. Enjoy.
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Mary Beth says
Looove the diamond pens!!
Dru Cortez says
Glad you like them Mary Beth…I agree.