The 13 best stationery buys from small independent brands

13 must-have stationery staples, from beautiful notepads to daily planners, curated by Stylist editors to help you plan your life this winter.

Since our social lives started to pick back up, you’re probably wondering how on earth you managed to fit everything in. From work drinks to catch-ups over dinner and housewarming where your attendance means the world, there’s a lot to think about. 

Thankfully, to help you keep on top of your organisation and planning, Stylist’s editors have curated a selection of must-have stationery staples. Whether its pencils, a pen holder or planner, we’ve got you covered. Scroll down for our top picks…

  • Martha Brook personalised happiness stationery bundle

    The Drop: Martha Brook happiness planning stationery bundle

    If, like us, you’ve promised yourself you’ll be more organised this year, there’s no time like the present. Whether you just want to be a little more on top of things or your planning abilities leave much to be desired, there’s nothing like some beautiful stationery to help us out along the way. Happily, the team at London-based brand Martha Brook have curated a ‘happiness planning bundle’ that will spark joy.

    Packed with a collection of key stationery staples – A4 weekly planner, to-do list pad, a notebook with your name emblazoned on the cover, a gratitude journal, six postcards with motivational sayings and a chic gold pen – it leaves us with no excuse but to be the organisational queen we’ve always wanted to be.

    Shop Martha Brook personalised happiness stationery bundle at The Drop, £36

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  • Martha Brook personalised My Organised Life planner

    The Drop: Martha Brook personalised life planners

    Forget a flimsy notebook-style diary, this organiser is a ring-binder full of useful planning spreads that will help you keep on top of your schedule. Interspersed with inspirational quotes, monthly reflection pages and a pocket for keepsakes, it’s like a kind but firm, ‘get-your-sh*t-together’ best friend in planner form.

    Shop Martha Brook personalised my organised life planner at The Drop, £37.95

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  • Sloane Stationery Alphabet Notebook

    The Drop: Sloane Stationery Alphabet Notebook

    Filled with luxurious gold-edged cream paper, these A5 notebooks are covered with lizard-embossed card in a range of colours, complete with a contrasting page-marking grosgrain ribbon. Ideal for writing to-do lists, use this to keep on top of your summer chores and plans. 

    Shop Sloane Stationery alphabet notebook at The Drop, £39

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  • Dar Leone Romarong Bone China Pen Pot

    The Drop: Dar Leone Pen Pot

    If your WFH desk currently resembles a scattergun stationery free-for-all, we can relate. But, just like a KonMari enthusiast upon finishing The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying, we’ve realised it really is time for a spring clean.

    Shop Dar Leone Romarong bone china pen pot at The Drop, £30

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  • Fawn & Thistle Fruity Daily Planner & Notebook Set with Embossed Pencils

    The Drop: Fawn & Thistle Notebook and Pencil Set

    With calendars slowly filling up, keep track of your plans with this exclusive notebook and planner set, made from 100% recycled paper. Plus, we left the best bit til last – the set also comes with three neon pencils, each embossed with a fruity pun to inject a bit of lighthearted joy into your WFH routine.

    Shop Fawn & Thistle daily planner & notebook set with embossed pencils at The Drop, £23

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  • Lethally Her Notebook Combo

    The Drop: Lethally Her Notebook Set

    Lethally Her is a community-focused brand that provides products, events, and content to inspire female artists and creators to attain their highest level of badassery. They recommend using their notebooks as an extension of your mind: “your trusted place to write down your big ideas, goals, your feelings, little reminders and whatever inspires you throughout the day.” 

    Shop Lethally Her notebook combo at The Drop, £25

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  • Afrotouch Design Productivity Pack

    The Drop: Afrotouch Design Productivity Pack

    AfroTouch Design has put together this amazing Productivity Pack exclusive to The Drop by Stylist. With bold designs, these stationery items will not only add vibrancy to your workspace but they’ll also help you plan to perfection. Be prepared to slay today and every day thereafter!

    Shop Afrotouch Design productivity pack at The Drop, £25

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  • Sloane Stationery Clever Pencils

    The Drop: Sloane Stationery Clever Pencils

    Sloane Stationery’s Clever Pencils are here to help you get excited about planning, make a lovely gift for a friend (the etched in slogans are guaranteed to give a chuckle) or simply get your sketching creativity flowing. Packaged in a lizard-embossed box, each pencil has a unique saying complete with gold lettering and a white eraser. 

    Shop Sloane Stationery clever pencils at The Drop, £15

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  • Laidler & Laidler Leopard Print Personalised Notecard Set

    The Drop: Laidler & Laidler Personalised Notecard Set

    Let a friend know you’re thinking of them with this beautiful set of nine monogram letterpress notecards by Laidler & Laidler in racing green Leopard Print. Paired with the brand’s signature crescent foil-trimmed envelopes in shades of mustard, moonlight and dusky pink, these are some seriously stylish notecards. 

    Shop Laidler & Laidler leopard print personalised notecard set at The Drop, £25

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  • Fawn & Thistle Grr Power Daily Planner and Notebook Set

    The Drop: Fawn & Thistle Planner and Notebook

    The Grr Power wildcat planner and notebook has been designed by the team to be a useful daily planner – something practical but also fun. Bound in a bright tiger patterned cover, the undated planners have 80 pages of pure unadulterated organisation. Every page has sections for date and day, a to do list, the next day’s to do list, emails, notes, a daily timetable, your daily reward and a water tracker.

    Shop Fawn & Thistle grr power daily planner & notebook set at The Drop, £18.50

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  • The Design Palette Luxury Notebook Set

    The Drop: The Design Palette Notebook Set

    The Design Palette is a UK indie design company that creates gorgeous stationery to bring colour and joy to your planning and organisation. These luxury lined notebooks come in four different colours and patterns so you can choose the perfect bundle for you or a friend. Designed and printed in the UK, they’re printed on high-quality paper sourced from sustainable forests with 10% of proceeds going to charity. 

    Shop The Design Palette luxury notebook set at The Drop, £28

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  • Pulp Haus Twenty Nine A5 Wire-bound Notebook

    The Drop: Pulp Haus Twenty Nine A5 wire-bound notebook

    With 120 lined and blank pages, this wire-bound notebook is perfect for jotting down meeting notes, shopping lists or distracted doodles, and the A5 size is ideal for stashing in your handbag.

    We may never be far from our phone’s notes app, but – thanks to a colour choice of mocha, midnight navy and peacock blue, and the option to personalise with a letter or character – this notebook will make putting pen to paper a decidedly luxe experience. 

    Shop the Pulp Haus Twenty Nine A5 Wire-bound Notebook at The Drop, £18


  • Martha Brook Personalised Absolute 2022-2023 Mid-Year Diary

    The Drop: Martha Brook Mid Year Diary

    If you’ve also been caught up in the rollercoaster that is 2022, there are some things you may not have got around to yet, despite best intentions. Like buying a diary/planner like you were supposed back in January (oops). Thankfully, Martha Brook London’s Absolute mid-year diary solves this very dilemma, helpfully running from July 2022 to July 2023.

    Handmade in the stationery brand’s West London studio, the minimalist style features pages that lay out your week for easy viewing, as well as a yearly planner and room for jotting down your reflections. Even better? You can customise it, including embossing your name on the front in gold, silver or rose gold foil and a choice of five colours for the cover. It’s never too late to get organised… 

    Shop the Martha Brook Personalised Absolute 2022-2023 Mid-Year Diary, £15.95


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