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My Favorite 2019 Calendars (or Confessions of a Calendar Nerd)

When I was growing up, one of our Christmas traditions was that my mom always bought each of us a wall calendar.

She’d pick out ones that mirrored some interest of ours. I got a Gone with the Wind one when I was about 13, and I remember kittens, Harry Potter, and Mary Engelbreit, to name a few.

I think there might have also been a Get Fuzzy Day-by-Day calendar one year when our family was in the depths of our obsession with that comic strip.

A wrapped calendar is a pretty obvious gift (large, square and flat), but we always loved trying to guess what calendar she’d pick for us that year.

Now as an adult, I still love calendars and when I look through the calendar section at, say, Anthropologie, I find myself wondering how many calendars is too many (there is no such thing).

I keep a big wall calendar in my office and many years, I’ve kept a smaller one in my closet to mark off the days I exercise so I can see my consistency at a glance.

And another ten or fifteen calendars beyond that never hurt anyone.

Anyway, if you’re in the market for 2019 calendars either for yourself or as a gift, here are some of my favorites!

The Best 2019 Calendars

2019 Stendig Calendar
You’ve probably seen this one all over Instagram and I love the look of it. The cheapest place I’ve found a 2019 Stendig calendar is here (a solid $11 cheaper than on Amazon and with free shipping). Amazon makes their own version that starts on a Sunday, which is better for me because I find it very confusing to look at a calendar that begins on a Monday). I have the Amazon version hanging on my office wall above my desk and I love it – it’s just such a big statement piece (and I used a Stendig calendar when I had a bed without a headboard in my office back in North Carolina and loved how it looked).

Rad & Happy Gold Foil 2019 Calendar
I love everything Rad & Happy does, so it’s no surprise I love her 2019 calendar with an amusing hand-lettered quote on each month plus all the important holidays like Donut Day and Peanut Butter Day marked for you. Because heaven forbid you miss a chance to celebrate Donut Day!

Orange Circle Studio 2019 Magnetic Monthly Calendar
This right here is the trifecta of calendars – it’s magnetic so you can stick it right to your fridge, the designs are darling (there are about six options), and it’s $8.99 with free shipping. I mean, what could even be better? It also has nice big squares so there is plenty of room to schedule your life.

Botanical Art Calendar
If you want something peaceful and tropical (and don’t we all in January, especially?), this double-sided calendar is perfect for brightening up your office or kitchen.

Paper Source Great Big Calendar 
If you love the craft paper look, this is a serious statement calendar that’s super useable with lots space to keep track over everything you’re trying to juggle. I love that it has a lined list on the right side so you can jot down notes too. Their wall art calendar is also spectacular, plus it has instructions for reusing each month’s design to make notecards or gift boxes or other projects. Brilliant!

Golden Coil
I don’t know if this really belongs on this list because it’s more of a planner than a calendar, but it’s my list so I’ll do what I want. I got my first Golden Coil calendar when they were on Kickstarter and over the weekend I ordered mine for 2019. I love that it’s totally customizable with all sorts of different layouts and covers so you make your own perfect calendar/planner.

Origami Page-A-Day Calendar
My sister’s sister-in-law (did you follow that?) recommended this to me and it’s such a fun idea for a child or a desk worker. I’m seriously contemplating ordering this for Ella who would love an origami project for every day of the year.

Free This Little Street Printable 2019 Calendar
You probably already know I love This Little Street (I used one of her wallpaper designs in Ella’s room in Arizona and she was the inspiration behind our blue door in that same house) and one of my favorite things she does is a yearly printable calendar. It’s free and you can print it off in a small size on your own printer or do it on a big engineering print if you want a statement calendar. Her designs are just so beautiful and I love them all. Also, did I mention free?

Rifle Paper Co World Traveler 2019 Calendar
I LOVE the illustrations of different places around the world on this calendar. Bart bought me a similar version two years ago and when the year was up, I carefully cut out all the art so I could frame them. And then I put them somewhere safe while I researched frames and then never found that safe place again (even when we moved!). It’s fine. I’m not still sad. I might buy this 2019 calendar and try for better luck this time.


I’d love to hear your favorite 2019 calendars – have you already picked out yours for next year?

Photos by Heather Mildenstein

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  • Reply milo December 12, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Yes! As a fellow calendar aficionado, this list is amazing! It’s so hard to pick just the maximum allowable amount per year 😉 I love the Rifle Paper Company ones too, although lately I’ve been more into Studio Oh and Justina Blakeney’s designs. I keep telling myself that one day I’ll make a gallery wall of all the illustrations, but for now, I just keep using them as “calendars”. No one has ever noticed that they’re from years ago, and my husband knows to never look at the calendars in that part of the kitchen to see the date. Something about the combination of colors, letters, numbers, and graphic lines (printed or blank) is just particularly beautiful to me. I also LOVE the lunar calendar I got last year that shows the phase of the moon for each day.

  • Reply brianna December 12, 2018 at 8:33 am

    I haven’t bought a wall calendar in years. I live and die by my Google calendar. Despite being a tactile / visual person (I use a lot of notebooks), I don’t do well with a paper calendar.

  • Reply Melanie December 12, 2018 at 9:17 am

    I don’t really use a calendar at home, but having a wall calendar at work is a must for me (even though I live and die by my Outlook calendar). So a couple of years ago I started being really intentional about buying a fun calendar each year instead of just using one of the free ones that get handed out. Before I buy the calendar I look at enough of the images to know that it’s the one I want, but once the calendar arrives I don’t allow myself to look ahead at all of the images. So it’s a huge treat on the first day of every month when I get to flip to a new page and see that the image is!

    Also, this kind of limits me, but I only buy 11×14 rectangular wall calendars so that I can use the images as artwork later. There are some really cute calendars that are square and have the image flow over two pages, and that frustrates me to no end!

  • Reply Haley December 12, 2018 at 10:35 am

    That giant black calendar is perfect for my living room.

  • Reply EM December 12, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Love this pretty wall calendar with gold foil from my company! 🙂 https://cultivatewhatmatters.com/collections/2019-powersheets-and-accessories/products/cultivate-2019-wall-calendar

  • Reply Lauren B December 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Similarly calendar obsessed! I bought a lovely Orange Circle Studio calendar (for only $5!) as my family calendar last year. I had the giant craft Paper Source one this year, but mostly it was just too big for us. I love the small art calendars that Rifle Paper Co comes up with. I think it’s a great way to sneak a calendar in the bedroom. Her art is just too gorgeous.

  • Reply Candace December 12, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    I love the long, skinny keyboard calendars. They are very plain, but so functional for me. I like to calendar on one side and meal plan for the week on the other. I’ve had several of the Rifle Paper Co travel calendars next to my desk because they are so pretty (and I’ve used the pictures for decor too)!

  • Reply Deidre December 12, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    I’m obsessed with the Arizona Highways calendar and when my family does it buy one for me from Costco I’m super sad.

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