The Bookblock Gift Guide To… Back To School Stationery

It's time for all new stationery - from pens and notebooks to diaries and planners, we've got you covered with the back to school stationery (or work!) essentials.

As soon as September hits and back to school season is in full swing, it’s a stationery lover’s dream. There’s the opportunity to buy new, fresh notebooks with shiny covers and pristine pages, pencil cases, new diaries and everything in-between. Not just a time for kids to stock up, back to school stationery is for everyone who wants that ‘new stationery feeling’, whether you’re heading to school, university or work. It helps you feel prepared, organised and ready to get to work. It’s time to take note.

A5 kristen boydstun editions notebook on Bookblock


Somewhere to write down our reminders, big ideas and lists, a good notebook is a back to school essential. One of our favourites is the A5 Beach Notebook, designed by illustrator Kristen Boydstun. Part of our Editions range, each of the notebooks created by the illustrators are done in their own, distinctive style, making them must-have accessories for unique and artistic stationery lovers. For the Beach Notebook, these illustrations are perfect for the times you need to escape, and help to keep that summer feeling all year round, whatever the weather. For relaxing beach vibes, this soft touch cover notebook is the one to opt for. The pages are made up of lined, grid, plain and illustrated paper for all of your notes, sketching and drawings.

A4 sketchbook on Bookblock


If it’s a sketchbook you’re after for your back to school stationery haul, we’re big fans of the Carmel A4 Sketchbook. Big enough for all your drawings and sketching, but small enough that it can fit into your bag and be easily carried around, the Carmel Sketchbook is both a convenient but bold choice. It comes perfect bound with a soft touch gridded hard backed cover, and a red elasticated band to keep all of your sketches secure. It features a 1980s Memphis inspired design, where it’s based on three words: radical, funny and outrageous. The perfect sketchbook for an avid designer.

A5 graphic diary on Bookblock


Whether you’re buying for yourself or someone else, a diary is a personal choice but a must-have for your back to school stationery selection. It has to be the right size, colour and style for you to keep with you for the whole year. Our Graphic A5 Diary in grey is a great way to stay on top of your to-do lists. It’s elegant, sleek and has a two-page week spread to make it easy for all of your notes and jotting down unmissable moments and dates. Great for style-conscious timekeepers.

A5 gratitude journal on Booklock


The Pimlico Gratitude Journal is the place for writing out all of your plans, goals and things that you’re grateful for. The cool, blue notebook is perfect bound and made up of 100 plain, gridded and lined ivory pages and a gold foiled cover to give it a luxurious feel. This is the ideal space for your daily gratitude notes.

Graphic memo pad on Bookblock

Graphic Memo Pad

Sometimes, you just need to jot things down, stick them on a wall or noticeboard or in a notebook and get creative! Whether you’re revising and jotting down key words or planning the next project and brainstorming, memo pads come in handy and should be added onto your back to school stationery list, ASAP. Our colourful three-tiered pad is perfect for getting down thoughts, ideas and inspiration. With three coloured blocks featuring blank and gridded pages, plus an adhesive strip, you’ll never miss a memo again.

Octaevo metallic pencils on Bookblock


These Octaevo Nomad Pencils are the perfect addition to any pencil case. Designed to be a joy to use, they sparkle like glittering sunlight on water, making them an eye-catching highlight for any creative moment. They’re light-weight and easy to grip, and the pencils maintain a strong, smooth line for a pleasant drafting experience.