THE BEST Notebooks

Creative Thinking Journal

Creative Thinking Journal

Pilgrim Soul’s unique journal is designed to stimulate creative thought with more than 50 fun exercises to loosen up your brain. Its creators say it’s best used when you’re high, which could also make your ideas a whole lot funnier too. The next time your boss wants to do a “brainstorming” session, whip out a stack of these.

420 Things to Draw While High

420 Things to Draw While High

If you’re not in-da-couch, perhaps that sativa has your brain running a thousand miles an hour and needs a creative outlet. This book should do the trick. It’s basically a blank journal loaded with ideas of things to doodle, from a giraffe riding a rainbow to a dog on a surfboard.

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Nanobook 3.0 Titanium Notepads

Nanobook 3.0 Titanium Notepads

Looking for the ultimate mini notepad? The latest Nanobook has a titanium cover with a meteor crater texture. Its pages are made from waterproof, greaseproof, tear-resistant, and fire-resistant stone paper, and you can write on them with just about anything with a sharpened tip. Available in 2×3″ and 3×5″ sizes.

United States of Letterpress

United States of Letterpress

The Fall 2020 collection from Field Notes includes captivating covers from nine independent letterpress shops around the country. Each shop was provided with a different color of paper, and the same two red and blue inks, and asked to create a design. Learn more about the artists in the accompanying short documentary.

Consequences Journal

Consequences Journal

Do you have a tendency to get into all kinds of trouble? Document your many trials and tribulations in this red velvet journal letterpressed with “Consequences of My Own Actions (Volume 1)” on its cover. The 5″ x 7″ journal is perfect for keeping track of all of your bad decisions, so you can either avoid or replicate them in the future.

BetterBook Notebook

BetterBook Notebook

The BetterBook fits neatly in front of your keyboard thanks to its ultrawide 18×9 ratio. Its shape and black border improve mobile scans too. The spiral-bound notebook lays flat, and comes with blank, grid, or or dotted grid papers. Each set includes both a desk-size (310x160mm) and pocket-size (130x70mm) 40-sheet notebook.

Tripwire EDC Notebook Cover

Tripwire EDC Notebook Cover

Made by California-based ARC-Co, this Cordura case holds an 8.5″ x 11″ notebook, along with your everyday carry items like pens, pencils, knives, and payment cards. Its front flap snaps securely in place to keep it shut. They also sell a smaller version for Field Notes and other 3.5″ x 5.5″ journals.

Leather Sketch Journal Covers

Leather Sketch Journal Covers

Oklahoma leather goods maker Backerton handcrafts these substantial covers for your Moleskine, Field Notes, and other 3.5″ x 5.5″ journals. Each one features a bold image that’s been permanently fused into the surface of the leather. There are lots of cool designs to choose from, but Godzilla is our favorite.

Field Notes Vignette Edition

Field Notes Vignette Edition

The Spring 2020 quarterly edition of Field Notes’ pocket-sized memo book has a die-cut circle on its front, along with a pocket so you can personalize it with your own image. Sold in sets of three – two in Charcoal Grey, and one in bright Terra Green. Also available as part of Field Notes year-long subscription plan.

Nanobook 2.0 Titanium Notebooks

Nanobook 2.0 Titanium Notebooks

These small notebooks are designed to be virtually indestructible. They have a grade 5 titanium cover, and their pages are made from stone and calcium carbonate, which makes them waterproof, fire-resistant, grease-proof, and generally everything-proof. Available in 2″ x 3″ and 3″ x 5″ sizes, with paper refills available.

Ramen Notes

Ramen Notes

Back in the day, we lived off of instant noodles. After all, they’re dirt cheap, fill you up, and they actually taste pretty good. Now that we’re “adults,” we prefer fresh-made ramen, but we still dig Fred’s silly sticky note pad which looks like a brick of the dorm room mealtime favorite.

Top Secret Notebook & Pen

Top Secret Notebook & Pen

It might not be the best idea to keep your actual secrets in this clearly labeled notebook from Bermuda Press, but you might want to use it as a decoy, then put all your deepest, darkest top secrets in your Rainbow Heart Trapper Keeper. Black and gold Bic Clic pen included.

To Do List Notepad

To Do List Notepad

If you’re like us, you’ve got lots of things on your to do list. Keep track of the most important stuff with these Sh*t I Gotta F*cking Get Done notepads. Each 6″ x 9″ notepad has 50 lined pages for you to scribble down your tasks on. Sold as a pack of two.

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Field Notes Autumn Trilogy

Field Notes Autumn Trilogy

Field Notes latest Quarterly Edition is series of beautiful fall-themed memo books, each with an embossed and debossed image of a leaf on its cover. The three-pack of 48-page notebooks includes North American sugar maple, American elm, and scarlet oak designs. Annual subscribers get a special-edition fall leaf bandana.

Best Play Ever Notebooks

Best Play Ever Notebooks

The guys at Best Play Ever offer up a variety of funny notebooks featuring imagery from pop culture, including hilarious memes from The Simpsons, Back to the Future’s Gray’s Sports Almanac, books from the world of Wes Anderson, and more.

Cherry Wood Field Notes

Cherry Wood Field Notes

Field Notes‘ classic mini 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ paperback journal gets wrapped in a real cherry wood veneer cover. Sold in sets of three, each memo book comes with 48 pages of Opaque Smooth 50#T graph paper for sketching.

Rite in the Rain Paper

Rite in the Rain Paper

If you doodle or take notes outdoors, you’ll want to grab some Rite in the Rain notebooks, which are filled with a paper that won’t get damaged if it gets wet. Available in a wide variety of formats, including paper for laser printers. Works best with pencil or their special pen.

NASA AR Notebook

NASA AR Notebook

AstroReality celebrates NASA’s 60th Anniversary with an augmented reality gift set, which includes this beautiful notebook. Available with a white or gray cover, the notebook has a few pages that feature animation and enhanced content when viewed with AstroReality’s mobile app.

Lockbook Notebook

Lockbook Notebook

FPlife’s Lockbook is the first notebook to have a built-in biometric fingerprint sensor. Its cover is water-resistant and scratchproof. It also has lots of spaces for passports, sticky notes and cards. Its paper is refillable too. Amazon has it in a few colors, but the black one is in stock here.

Everyday Object Notebooks

Everyday Object Notebooks

We’ve previously featured Afterain’s deeply-embossed gun, grenade, and knife notebooks. Their expanded series includes a turntable, rearview mirror, RC controller, radio, cassette tape, outlets and switches, game controller, cameras, and a calculator.

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Best Pocket Notebooks: 2019

Best Pocket Notebooks: 2019

It’s always a good idea to have a pocket-sized notebook on hand to sketch down ideas, write measurements, or just doodle something creative. The fine folks at Everyday Carry have picked their 10 current faves, From the classic Field Notes to our go-to Word. notebooks.

Blau Laptop Organizers

Blau Laptop Organizers

Blau Design’s trio of stretchy elastic and silicone organizers are designed to carry small items such as phones, mice and pens and can be wrapped around 13″ or 15″ laptops as well as paper notebooks. The Fold and the Slim can also be used on their own.

WritersBlok Keyboard Notebook

WritersBlok Keyboard Notebook

Take notes and make sketches while working at your computer with the Kraft WritersBlok Keyboard Notebook. Its shape, size and binding lets it fit neatly below the keyboard. Each notebook has 72 grid style pages. Available in black or brown.

Sidekick Notebook

Sidekick Notebook

Triangle Notebook’s writing pad defers to the objects commonly found on desks. Its L-shape lets it conveniently tuck into the corner of books, keyboards, and other rectangular or square-shaped items. It has 160 sheets of dot-gridded paper.

Wipebook Scan

Wipebook Scan

A letter-size (8.5″x 11″) version of the Mini Wipebook Scan whiteboard notebook. It works best when used with the Wipebook Scan App, so you can save your work and upload it to cloud services. It comes with 10 ruled pages and 10 graph pages.

Writer’s Block Journal

Writer’s Block Journal

This wood-grained journal may or may not inspire you to finish The Great American Novel, but it certainly will look cool sitting there as a paperweight, and if nothing else, you can spend time doodling or meticulously laying out your own lines on its 300 blank pages.

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