Ultimate Gift Ideas List | Bullet Journaling & Planning

Coming up with gift ideas is difficult when you arn't into bullet journaling. Here is a HUGE list of gift ideas for the bullet journaler in your life!

Shopping for everyone during the holidays can be a real hassle! Coming up with gift ideas is often difficult when you are not involved in the same hobbies as the person you are shopping for. Look no further! Here is a comprehensive list of gift ideas for a bullet journaler or planner obsessed person!

Content Overview

  1. Notebooks & Journals
  2. Brush Pens
  3. Other Pens
  4. Lettering Book & Guides
  5. Washi Tape
  6. Stickers
  7. Paints
  8. Stamps & Ink
  9. Stationery
  10. Desktop Decor & Organization
  11. Other Odds & Ends

Notebooks & Journals

The most basic thing you can get someone is a notebook or journal for their bullet journal experience. There are a ton of amazing journals, but chances are, your loved one is interested in one of the following journals!

Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Journal

Moleskine Classic Notebook

Midori MD Notebook

Miquelrius Soft Bound Medium Journal

Some Lines A Day 5 Year Memory Book Hardcover Journal

Dingbats Wildlife Hardcover Notebook

Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook

Dotted Bullet Notebook – Eco-Friendly Natural Cork Hardcover

Rhodia Goalbook

Brush Pens

Brush pens are a specific type of pen that your loved one is sure to want! These pens are great gift ideas because they make it easy to do amazing lettering in your journal and come in so many amazing shapes, sizes, qualities, and colors! Here are a couple super popular brush pen sets!

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set

Faber-Castel Pitt Artist Brush Pens

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

Metallic Calligraphy Brush Marker Pens

Royal Talens Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pen

Crayola Super Tips Washable Markers

Other Pens

Maybe your loved one is looking for something other than brush pens? Here are some gift ideas for other types of pens like art pens, markers, high lighters, fine liners, etc. Check some of these well-loved pens out!

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens Set

Metallic Markers Pens

Sakura Gelly Roll White

PILOT G2 Rolling Ball Gel Pens

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Sakura Pentouch Paint Marker, Medium

Pentouch Paint Marker, 1.0mm

Zebra Mildliner Highlighter Pen Set

Lettering Books & Guides

Sometimes we are gifting for someone who is interested in something but hasn’t quite gotten around to learning how to start yet. Well, these lettering book gift ideas are perfect for someone who wants to improve their handwriting and brush lettering but doesn’t know how!

Creative Lettering and Beyond

Hand-Lettering for Everyone

Hand Lettering 101

Lettering and Modern Calligraphy

Washi Tape

Washi tape is a fun way to spice up your bullet journal and it is perfect as a gift idea! The fun shapes, colors, patterns and designs that washi tape comes in is sure to excite your loved one!

Savena Washi Tape Set

Decorative Washi Tape DIY Rainbow

Wonderful Washi Tape – Geometric Collection

Washi Tapes Month Week Daytime Todo

Crafty Animal Washi Tape

Japanese Washi Masking Tape

Sunshine Washi Tape

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Stickers

So many people love to add stickers to their journals and notebooks. This as well as the immense variety of stickers to pick from, makes these sets perfect gift ideas for bullet journalers!

Holiday Seasonal Planner Sticker Sheets

Cute Nature VSCO Girl Stickers

Various Special Shaped Stickers-Flower Series

Clear Cursive Planner Sticker Bundle

Ultimate Productivity Planner Stickers Set

The Happy Planner, Clear Dates Stamps

Paints

Just like washi tape and stickers, paint is a great addition to any artistic bullet journaler’s toolbox! Giving paint is a great gift idea if your loved one is an artistic person!

DecoArt0 Media Fluid Acrylic Paint

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FolkArt Metallic Acrylic Paint

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ARTEZA Watercolor Paint

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Watercolor Paint Set

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Stamps & Ink

I love using stamps and ink in my bullet journal. It’s a quick and easy way to add art! As such, stamps and ink make a great gift idea for a planner!

Clear Stamps, Holiday Planner Icons

Planner to Do and Planner Everyday Stamp Sets

Planner to Do and Planner Everyday Stamp Sets

Hero Arts, Weather Icons

Wooden Box Number Alphabet Letter Rubber Stamp

Ubegood Stamp Pad

Tsukineko Versacraft Ink Pads

Avery Carter’s Foam Stamp Pad, Black

Craft Ink Pad Stamps 20 Colors

Stationery

People who love bullet journaling and planning often love stationery as a whole! Here are some stationery items such as cards, notepads, sticky notes, and more!

Hunger Gradient Color Sticky Note

Bliss Collections Daily Planner Tear Off Pad

 Bliss Collections Daily Planner Tear Off Pad

Marble Stationery Paper

Officemate Binder Clips, Gold

Gold Premium Cute Paper Clips

Tombow Mono Hybrid Correction Tape

American Greetings Pastel Stationery Sheets and Colored Envelopes

Recycled Cardstock Notecards with Natural Tree Design

Desk Top Decor & Organization

Being a bullet journaler can get hectic and chaotic. Trying to find places to store everything can feel impossible! Here are some gift ideas to help your loved one organize their bullet journaling tools!

Rose Gold Desk Organizer Set

Simmer Stone Desktop Letter Sorter

Desktop Organizer – Adjustable Wood Display Shelf

Desk Accessory Organization Kit

Reliancer File Organizer Triangle

Other Odds & Ends

Not every bullet journaling or planning gift idea falls neatly into one of the previous categories. However, that does not mean that it isn’t an amazing idea for a gift! Here is everything I recommend for a bullet journaler that doesn’t fit neatly into a category.

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

HP Sticky-Backed Photo Paper

Glitter Shake Jars

Quickie Glue Pen

No matter what kind of bullet journal or planner you are shopping for, this list is bound to help you shop for them! Which of these was your favorite gift idea? Did you go ahead and buy any of these? Let us know in the comments!

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Top Brush Pens for Beautiful Brush-Lettering

I am by no means a hand-lettering professional, nor do I claim to be very good at it. However, I do a lot of hand-lettering in my bullet journal—most people do. Hand-lettering is a beautiful, fun, and creative way to add some functional art to a bullet journal layout. This post will overview 10 of the most popular and trusted brush pens for handlettering.

These pens are in no particular order, and I have not personally tried every single one of these pens. This post may contain affiliate links

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

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Tombow Dual Brush Pens are one of the top, most popular brush pens out there. They come in smaller packs of 4 all the way up to packs of 96 which include the stand. These pens not only have a brush pen side, but they have a fine tip side. They write smooth and come in beautiful colors.

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 4.5

“They blend pretty well and get darker with more layers. You can blend them out with some water too, if needed! (so it’s not waterproof) And you can scribble some colors on plastic and pick them up with another marker for a more seamless blend!”

“They are incredibly pigmented, but easy to work with. I use them for handlettering and calligraphy, and they flow smoothly and are perfect for people starting to hand letter or just looking to draw with quality brush pens.”

“Best brush pens I’ve ever owned! I can’t wait to buy the whole set of all of the colors. They’re great for modern calligraphy, easy to hold, and vibrant colors.”

Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pens

I absolutely love my Ecoline Brush pens, they look so amazing and write so smoothly. I splurged on these pens and bought every single one, and I do not regret it. These pens are so pigmented and look so beautiful. I highly recommend these pens for higher quality hand-lettering.

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 5.0

“Beautiful colors! Like any brush pen, a little practice and play before doing ‘serious’ work will definitely help you get the feel of these. The color saturation varies greatly with the amount of pressure you use, so it’s very easy to get an ombre look with just a little practice.”

“I absolutely love these pens. Well worth the cost. The colors are vibrant, and the pens are ‘juicy.’ These brush tips give you the true thin and thick lines of modern brush calligraphy. As a newbie, these give me the very best results in my practice, outshining my practice with Tombow brush pens.”

“Very juicy, heavily pigmented brush markers….good for calligraphy and coloring…can bleed through lighter papers.”

Life of Color Watercolour Brush Pens

Watercolor pens are of my favorite brush pens out there. I love Life of Color’s pens because they are super pigmented, work perfectly as brush pens or watercolor pens, blend well, and come with a water brush pen! I have used these pens for blending, lettering, and coloring.

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 4.7

“These make watercolor painting so much easier; the brushes are great to draw with, and the tips are perfectly shaped for both painting and lettering. There’s also a cool blending brush that helps get a nice watercolor effect which I love.”

“The colors are so vibrant, and they all blend beautifully! I mostly do calligraphy (brush pen and dip pen) and I love that the bristles of these pens don’t fray when used on mixed media/watercolor paper.”

“Excellent markers, they make you feel like a true artist! Vibrant colors, easy to use, they glide and feel like paint brushes without the mess, would recommend to everyone!”

Faber-Castell PITT Artist Brush Pen

Faber-Castell is one of my favorite fineliner brands and I love the brush pens just as much. These brush pens take some getting used to as the tip is softer and longer than normal. However, they write beautifully and come in a ton of beautiful colors, I cannot wait to collect them all!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.1

“I am a big fan of the Faber-Castel PITT brushes and use them primarily for my handlettering craft. I own a numerous amount of different pens, along with other PITT sizes, and I am starting to find that the PITT brand seems to be one of my favorites.”

“With a super thin tip, and wider base, these are the perfect pens…you press lightly, and you can do very thin details, press a bit more and you’ll get wider lines. Because of this, all drawings just look more professional due to the variance in width in your lines as you work on your piece.”

“I had a hard time finding any marker that would not bead up excessively, had good colors, and did not smear before I could spray more lacquer over them to protect. These work well.”

Metallic Brush Pens

I have been using these brush pens for a long time. I have never heard other people give them a review or using them, but I love them. Not only are they beautiful metallics, but they draw well and aren’t super expensive. That being said, the ink does not last as long as more pricey brush pens. Regardless, I recommend these pens!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.0

“These are a good value for what they are. I like the colors, and they are just metallic enough to add some pizzazz to my cards, etc. They are great alone and for highlighting letters that are not written with metallic pens.”

“Great product, works awesome. More than happy with it. Thanks so much!!”

“these write well on dark and light paper, and the tips don’t fray too easy which I like.”

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

I have not personally used any of the pens that follow. However, they come highly recommended, and are on my list of pens to try! Check out some of these reviews to learn more.

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.2

“Now if you haven’t used these before, I would highly, highly recommend getting this pack of both the hard and soft nib! At first, I was leaning towards getting the hard nib pen, but after reading several reviews, the opinions on hard vs. soft were everywhere making me unsure whether or not I was getting the right product for what I needed.”

“love these pens!! I just recently got into brush calligraphy and heard this brand was the best. OMG, they are fantastic! They are easy to use (if you can get the hang of going light on the upstroke and harder on the downstroke!) They write well and they got here just when they said they would.”

“There honestly isn’t any competition when it comes to brush pens. These two Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens are all you need for calligraphy and illustration.”

Pentel Arts Sign Pen Touch, Fude Brush Tip

These pens are must-haves! Most hand-letterers recommend these pens or actively use them. I have not personally used any Pentel pens, but I hear about them all the time and would love to try them sometime!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.5

“Absolutely LOVE these pens! They write so smooth, and the pigment is amazing. I’m just getting into brush lettering/ modern calligraphy, and these pens make practicing a breeze! Highly recommend.”

“f you’re into brush pen calligraphy, they’re good for small lettering. They’re comparable to the ((thicker tip)) Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens, they’re just less precise due to the fact that they release more ink.”

“These pens have flexible yet durable-feeling tips. Lots of juicy ink! Great for smaller brush lettering and illustrations. Makes a great range of thicknesses for a super fun drawing experience! A joy!”

Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers

I had never really heard of Prismacolor brush pens before researching brush pens. However, they highly recommend and sometimes find themselves in a top 5 list. I will definitely be trying out these pens!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.5

“I really like working with these markers. Fun, in a word. They blend well, and the brush tip feels so smooth against the paper. It also gives you great line diversity options.”

“Very nice quality and beautiful rich colors. You don’t need to press hard. But, do note that, depending on your paper, they do bleed through the paper.”

“These markers are high contrast, pigmented ink in a felt brush tip. They color like water paints, giving you control over the saturation of your lines. These are the best markers to use when you want a gradient effect in artwork. “

Zebra Fude Sign Brush Pen

Zebra is a pen brand that is everywhere in bullet journaling and calligraphy. While I do not own these pens, I have tried them out, and they are wonderful! Highly recommend!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐   4.3

“Just got these and love them. There is no English on them at all so I’ll have to learn which barrel color is which brush so I don’t have to keep removing the lids to figure it out. All pens write smoothly with no issues right out of the packaging.”

“My favorite thing about these pens is the opacity of the ink! The blacks are pitch black, and the grey is very opaque! My favorite out of the 4 has to be the fine tip pen and the usuzumi (grey) simply because they are incredibly smooth.”

“These are the best inking pens I have ever used, and I will never go back to any other pens after using these!!”

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Brush Tip

And this final brush pen is from a well-loved and trusted brand, Sharpie! While I do not own any Sharpie brush pens, I own a lot of Sharpies, and I love them! Considering how trustworthy Sharpies are, I am sure the brush pens are equally as good!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐   4.1

“These are wonderful and bold, as Sharpies always are. However, if you want to use them for hand-lettering, be warned that the tips dry out surprisingly fast. After only a couple of uses, the lighter upstrokes are a bit spotty and ragged.”

“So glad I found these! I do a lot of calligraphy work and never knew sharpie made a brush pen.
For the price, they are absolutely worth it. The pens are extremely juicy and maintain a relatively fine point. I’ve used scores of brush pens, and I’d rate these up with Tombows for the quality — not necessarily in the fineness of the tip,”

“I love these markers. Although there are many types of markers to choose from, I particularly like drawing on glass with these.”

I highly recommend all of these hand-lettering brush pens to at least be tried! Not every pen is for everyone, but pick at least one and try them out!

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Night Sky July 2018 Bullet Journal Plan-With-Me

This month’s bullet journal layout is far different than my layouts usually are. Normally I keep my bullet journal fairly minimal and simple, I keep color and art to a minimum; however, this month Life of Colour sent me their watercolor brush pens to try out, and I just had to create my July pages around the idea of watercolor. This post may contain affiliate links.

Theme | Watercolor Abstract Night Sky

If you follow me on Instagram, then you are well aware of my love for watercolor and how often I try to incorporate it. That being said, when Life of Colour contacted me about trying out their pens and becoming an ambassador, I simply HAD to say yes. After messing around with the pens and creating their ‘pen test” page (see below), I can safely say that these watercolor pens are amazing!

I messed around with the pens for a few days, then inspiration hit! First, I needed a new theme for July but had been too busy to give it any thought. I have always loved seeing super artistic bullet journaling Instagrams who create night sky art that is phenomenal. While I could never do something so beautiful with any kind of pen, I thought that I could embrace my imperfect art style and create something sort of abstract—a night sky was the perfect fit! Thus, I created my night sky themed July bullet journaling layouts.

 

Layouts

I chose the night sky theme. However, you really only see that at play on the title page. The title page is covered completely using the blue and gray watercolor pens speckled with “stars” using the yellow pen. I blended out the starts using the water blending pen that came with my Life of Colour pen set I also used the yellow pens in the center of “July” and then outlined it using a black Tombow Dual Brush Pen. The goal of this layout was to be messy and abstract, I did not want perfection because the imperfections are my favorite part of watercolor.

After I created the title page, I focused on my monthly page. I wanted to switch things up even more while I was being uncharacteristically artistic. I put the calendar on the right side of the page and put my goals on the left. This month I felt there to be no need in taking up space with labeling the month since I had a hello July page. I filled the background of these layouts with the yellow watercolor.

I kept the weekly layouts incredibly similar to normal. The main difference was filling the top with the yellow watercolor. Additionally, I used the same blue and black watercolor night sky method on the days of the week. I was so inspired by this theme that I ordered some night sky washi tape to add to my weekly layouts. This month may easily be one of my favorite layouts so far this year!

 

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My Top 6 Colored Pens for Bullet Journaling

If you are anything like me, you use colors to organize EVERYTHING in your bullet journal. I use them to separate types of events and due dates, I even use them to decorate cute little doodles and add some color to my layouts. Because I know how awesome adding color to my bullet journal is, I wanted to share with you my top 6 colored pens for bullet journaling. This post may contain affiliate links

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Papermate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Papermate Flair pens have been my all-time favorite since I first started bullet journaling in 2015. They come in so many wonderful colors and write very smoothly. I love them and will always recommend them. The only downside of these pens is smudging. If used on glossier paper, they tend to smudge if they are not able to dry. However, writing on normal paper has no smudging issues.

Top 10 Brush Pens for Beautiful Hand-lettering

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Tombow dual brush pens are a very popular calligraphy pen. They come in dozens of colors. You can even buy a handy desk stand to organize the pens! These pens have two ends, the finer felt tip end and then the brush tip end. The finer tip works great for drawing lines, or really anything else. The brush tip specializes in calligraphy writing. Like the Papermate pens, these pens might smudge on glossier paper if you do not let it dry.

Fineliner Pens – Most Brands

I love Fineliner pens. I have tried several brands and most work well. My favorite are no longer available on Amazon which is a huge bummer. Fineliner pens come in various colors and thicknesses. A very popular Fineliner pen brand is Sharpie. Sharpie is always a reliable brand, though their pens being permanent and vibrant seems to bleed through the pages.

Tombow Twintone

My review for these pens to be added soon. These pens are incredibly popular and frequently given a positive review, I would like to see this for myself, though the weather has delayed my ability to do so!

**UPDATE** I love them! Not only are the colors beautiful, but the quality of the tip is wonderful. The felt tip end is just as nice to write with as my Papermate Flair pens (which I swear by). The fine tip is the finest tip I have ever seen on a pen before. The presence of these two tips makes for some really cool detailing and calligraphy writing!

Arteza Watercolor Brush Pens

I came across the Arteza watercolor brush pens on Instagram one night. I thought they would be worth a try and boy was I right! These pens are so great! Add a little water, or don’t, and you get a beautiful watercolor look. You can shade with these pens and because of the brush pen tip, they work well for calligraphy too! I see no downside for these pens unless you do not like or want a watercolor look.

Zebra Mildliner Double-Sided Highlighter

My review for these pens to be added soon. These pens are incredibly popular and frequently given a positive review, I would like to see this for myself, though the weather has delayed my ability to do so!

**UPDATE** These highlighters are great. I love the array of colors and the fact that there is a fine tip side to the pens. I have started using these pens to highlight and make note of incredibly important items on my to-do lists that might otherwise have been forgotten. As far as my use, I have not seen any smudging or ink bleeding through the pages.

Love what you see? Want to give some of these pens a shot? Check out the list below!

Bullet Journal Top Colored Pens

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