15 Cool Journals that Make Great Gifts

From vintage paper to colorful covers, these cool journals are good choices for your next gift.

Journaling is a great way for writers to get their ideas onto paper, and it's good for mental health as well. The blank pages of a journal serve as endless possibilities for recording thoughts, feelings, and ideas for a great new book. Writers can also use journals as sketchbooks, letting them doodle out some thoughts in free space.

If you are a writer or have a writer in your life that you are shopping for, a journal is always a good idea. Here are some cool journals on Amazon that work well as gifts.

Cool Journals for the Writer in Your Life

Cool journals that make great gifts

Whether the writer you are shopping for is a minimalist or an eclectic artist with an Etsy store, journals will get put to use. Here are some journals that are a great upgrade from a spiral notebook.

1. Bedshore Leather Journal Notebook

The Bedshore Leather Journal Notebook has a rustic vintage leather cover. Untie the leather strap that holds the journal closed to reveal thick paper with a weathered look and feel. This lined notebook has a lay-flat design, so you can easily jot down your thoughts and ideas.

Bedsure Leather Journal Notebook - Leather Bound Journal for Men, Lined Travel Journal & Writing Journal for Personal Diary, 5x7 inches, Brown, 200 Pages
  • Ideal Size & Thick Lined Paper: A compact 5" × 7" size makes the leather notebook easy to carry around or slip into a bag. It is not so small that you don’t have space to t express any creativity. Thick, sturdy pages have no bleed-through or ghosting on the other side of the page. Lined paper (6.5 mm spacing) lies flat for ease of writing.
  • Handmade Vintage Design: 100% handmade leather books are complemented with a durable thread and a bound-to-last hand-sewn binding, adding to the book’s decorative appeal. Crafted with a burnished finish, our leather journals for writing, unlike other leather notebooks with raw edges, delivers a delicate and retro feeling.
  • Soft Leather Cover: Reminiscent of medieval manuscript books, the vintage leather journal is crafted of the finest, supple split leather, which offers a great touch. This rustic crazy horse leather has a handsome strap, giving it a beautiful visual aesthetic.
  • Perfect Choice: The refillable leather journal has 200 pages (100 sheets) and each page allows the pen to glide freely across it. This makes a leather journal writing notebook the perfect place to pen your ideas, plans, poems, sketches, or short stories. Open the cover and transport yourself into a world of discovery, self-expression, and creativity.
  • Easy To Care For: If it's a light scratch, you can just rub it slightly to remove the scratch or add a small amount of leather oil to the area and rub in a circular motion, which may help to lessen the scratch.

2. Maleden Leather Writing Journal Notebook

The Maleden Leather Writing Journal Notebook has a compass design embossed on the front of a sky blue leather cover. The spiral-bound journal design features removable, unlined pages in weathered vintage paper. The 5×7-inch notebook is a good size to toss in a briefcase or bag.

Leather Writing Journal Notebook, MALEDEN Classic Spiral Bound Notebook Refillable Diary Sketchbook Gifts with Unlined Travel Journals to Write in for Girls and Boys (Sky Blue)
  • Blank Paper: No lined feature, you can draw mind maps, sketch ideas or write notes freely on the page.Perfectly work as writing journal, drawing pad, scetch book, travelers notebook, diary planner, coupon organizer, photo album and so on.
  • Refillable Notebook: Take out pages that aren't important and swap in for blanks to keep filling it out.Take paper out or in easily so that you can record any instant memory no mater where and when you are.
  • Leather Journal: Made of high quality PU leather,soft in hands,durable for travel or outdoor adventure.Inserts are craft paper which can keep your writing and drawing the same as beginning to help you reread easily in future.Both cover and insert work to give you a permanent memory.
  • Convenient Journey Diary:Perfect size for handbag and schoolbag(5x7inch);Built-in small binder help you add refills planner,calender pages easily;Available for any pen,gel pen,pencil,ballpoint pen and so on.More surprise you will find when getting Maleden journal.
  • MALEDEN Brand:Come with MALEDEN exquisite package.A perfect Birthday gift,Halloween gift,Christmas present for yourself,families and friends.

3. Celestial Journal Notebook

The cover of the Celestial Journal Notebook features a blue color offset by a celestial pattern in a scrolling gold foil. A matching blue bookmark ribbon helps the writer keep their spot on the lined journal pages.

Celestial Journal (Diary, Notebook)
  • Peter Pauper Press (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 160 Pages - 06/01/2014 (Publication Date) - Peter Pauper Press (Publisher)

4. Leuchtturm1917 Hardcover Journal

Leuchtturm1917has a line of hardcover journals that come in fun, bright colors. This red dot journal works for bullet journaling because it has a grid of dots instead of lined paper. This gives the journal writer freedom of expression and the ability to create an art journal, without strict, straight lines.

5. Leather Travel Journal Notebook

Travel journaling lets you record where you have gone and what you have seen, and this classic travel journal can work for this. Leather-bound and with lined, blank and kraft paper pages, so you can bullet journal, draw and write all in the same book. The small size can fit in a suitcase or backpack to take with you on the road.

Refillable Handmade Travelers Notebook, Leather Travel Journal Notebook for Men & Women, Perfect for Writing, Gifts, Travelers, Small Size 5.2" x 4" Inches - Coffee
  • ✔DURABLE GENUINE LEATHER TRAVEL NOTEBOOK - Made from Classy & Durable Top Layer Genuine Leather with a real leather scent, naturally tanned with special oil. Each leather travel notebook is uniquely crafted, no two journals are identical - a special keepsake for your thoughts & ideas.
  • ✔PREMIUM THICK PAPER - 100gsm archival-quality pages made from acid-free paper which resists damage from light and air. The leather travel notebook is designed to avoid ink bleeding through and feathering, suitable for most pen types.
  • ✔REFILLABLE DESIGN LEATHER TRAVEL NOTEBOOK - Has 3 different refills insert inside (Lined, Blank and Kraft paper) to meet your daily usage, each insert have 64 pages (Counting Both Sides), when one of the notepad is full, it's simple to remove it and refill a new one. Each leather notebook comes with 1 PVC pouch/cardholder that can hold business cards, notes, receipts and other small paper treasures.
  • ✔PERFECT SIZE FOR MANY USES - Pocket Size 5.2 x 4", it is perfect to slipping into a pocket, backpack or purse to travel anywhere with you. Great to use as a travel journal, bullet journal, Bible Journaling, daily planner, food planner, business executive, Logbook, artist sketchbooks, sketching, drawing and more.
  • ✔THE TIMELESS GIFT - Lovely gift for an anniversary, birthday or graduation present, or for someone starting a new adventure.

6. Moleskine Classic Notebook Journal

The hard cover and elastic closure of the Molkesine Classic Notebook collection make it a durable journal. Moleskine notebooks come in a wide range of colors.

Moleskine Classic Notebook, Hard Cover, Large (5" x 8.25") Ruled/Lined, Black, 240 Pages
  • CLASSIC MOLESKINE NOTEBOOK: Moleskine classic notebooks are perfect notebooks for writing journals, a daily diary, or note taking in college classes or meetings. Moleskine notebooks are beloved by travelers & bullet journalists for their slim design.
  • DURABLE COVER & ELASTIC CLOSURE: Hold writing projects & notes in your Moleskine notebook with an elastic closure band & inner storage folders. Leather-like classic Moleskine cover & thick, ivory paper pages are perfect for writing with fountain pens.
  • GIFT QUALITY NOTEBOOKS: Moleskine planners, journals and notebooks come in hardcover or softcover and colors like black, red, blue, green and brown. The binding and cover have a durable finish, designed for daily journaling, writing and sketching.
  • DELUXE QUALITY PAGES: Moleskine's thick, ivory paper pages in a hardcover Moleskine notebook, softcover Moleskine notebook, cahier or volant journal, or Moleskine planner are perfectly textured for writing with a ballpoint pen, fountain pen, or pencil.
  • MOLESKINE QUALITY: We're dedicated to culture, travel, memory, imagination, & personal identity—both physical & digital. We bring this commitment to our notebooks, bags, apps & smart pens & notebooks.

7. Siixu Colorful Notebook

The blank pages in the Siixu Colorful Notebook aren't plain white pages, but instead, they feature watercolor designs. Add Washi tape or stickers, and the recipient can transform this from a journal into a scrapbook. This journal has a lay-flat design.

Siixu Colorful Blank Notebook, Unruled Personal Diary Journals to Write in for Women, Hardcover Writing Notepad Gift, Unique Watercolor Design, 192 Pages, 2 Bookmarks, Unlined
  • Colorful blank pages (we removed all the Chinese characters and thank you messages on the pages);
  • SMALL SIZE:135mm*185mm/5.3*7.2in(Colored notebook), 192 pages and 96+ Unique Color Design thick Paper
  • Suit for gratitude journal, take notes, plans, ideas, records, thoughts, daily planner, bullet journal, extract the beautiful sentence and etc, also can work as class notes for students or learners, useful supplies for schools and offices;
  • Pretty designed, made with high quality paper and covers for easy writing and durability. It is a truly a wonderful Christmas & Birthday gift to young writer, friends;
  • The name of the art notebook is "A Midsummer Night's Dream", as beautiful as a poem.

8. 3D Elephant Cover Leather Bullet Dotted Writing Journal

This journal features an embossed red bronze elephant on the cover. The gift set comes with a pen, so the recipient can start writing immediately. The inside features two types of paper, a vintage paper and modern paper.

3D Elephant Cover Leather Notebook Bullet Dotted Writing Journal,with Gold Pen Set,Holder, Elastic Closure Hardcover Journal Thick Paper,Gifts for Women Men (Elephant-RedBronze, A5(8.3"*5.7"))
  • Journal Gift Set: Include: 1*3D Journal,1*Gold Pen, 1*Elastic Closure.
  • 3D Embossed COVER:3D Elephant Cover,his is not just a diary, it is more like a work of art, but when you see or touch it, you will be very surprised.
  • Size:A5(21.5*14.5CM/8.3*5.7"),100 sheets/200 pages.
  • Retro and Modern Paper:This diary has two different papers, interspersed in the diary, very distinctive, it must be the type you like.
  • Perfect Choice: 3D journal set can be used as an appointment book, daily diary, notebook/travel journal/sketchbook for yourself, Lover,families and friends .

9. Bullet Dotted Journal with Embossed Cover

The Bullet Dotted Journalis is an option for the bujo enthusiast. It comes with an embossed notebook with dot grid paper and elastic closure, and it also has stickers and Washi tape to help with the art. The paper is ghost-free and bleed proof. 

Dotted Journal - a5 dotted notebook with 160gsm ghost free and bleedproof paper with inner pocket, 3 bookmarks and gift box (Rose Gold)
  • PREMIUM 160GSM BLEEDPROOF FREE PAPER – produced with the highest quality acid free crisp white paper, this dot grid notebook is perfect for using all kinds of pens, without the ink bleeding through to the other side. Each of the 200 pages are acid-free, numbered and features 0.5cm dot grids for journaling.
  • HIGH QUALITY BOOK BINDING – our hard cover dotted journal has been bound and stitched using a top of the range book binding process, ensuring the pages of your dot notebook won’t fall out, even with frequent use. The flat design enables you to open the notebook to lay flat, so you can write and sketch at all angles without compromising the quality of the spine.
  • VEGAN FRIENDLY DOT GRID NOTEBOOK – made with a vegan friendly, faux leather cover with rounded corners, our dotted journal has many additional features to make journaling easy and fuss-free. Designed with an elastic pen loop, pen test pages, a key code page, pre-printed index pages and an expandable inner back pocket for paperwork or stickers, this dot notebook is perfect for keeping your life organized and noting down memories and achievements.
  • PERFECT GIFT FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY – presented in a beautiful gift box, this dot notebook makes an ideal gift for friends and family, businesswomen, creative writers, poets, artists, designers, students or for anyone who enjoys recording their memories and keeping their days organized, tracking habits, meal planning, note taking or using to sketch their best masterpieces!
  • DOTTED JOURNAL GRID NOTEBOOK – this dotted notebook by Vivid Scribbles is a perfect journal for keeping a diary, marking important occasions, tracking habits, meal planning, note taking or using to sketch your best masterpieces!

10. Tuk Tuk Press Handmade Buffalo Leather Journal

The rustic look of the Tuk Tuk Press Handmade Buffalo Journal makes it popular as a gift for people who like vintage items. It has acid-free blank cotton pages that provide a memorable writing or drawing experience. The soft leather cover closes with a snap closure in weathered brass.

Tuk Tuk Press, Ranger Edition, Handmade Buffalo Leather Journal, Rustic Weathered Design, 200 Tree Free Thick Recycled Blank Cotton Pages, Refillable, (8 Inches x 6 Inches)
  • 100% Tree and Acid Free Recycled Handmade Blank Cotton Paper. 125 GSM paper thickness will be prevent blotting or bleeding while using a fountain pen.
  • Journals are handmade with 100% High Quality Leather. The rustic highly weathered look means each journal is a unique piece.
  • The Ranger has 100 Sheets / 200 pages of blank refillable paper. Once you fill up the journal simply purchase a new insert.
  • Each journal is double hand stitched to give it that luxurious look and feel. All of our leather is chrome 6 free
  • Perfect for carrying with you on a daily basis. Ideal for daily journaling, note taking, sketching, traveling, business meetings, logbooks, food planning and anywhere else you would need to write something down.

11. Vintage Leather Bound Journal

Lovers of all things vintage will enjoy the Vintage Leather Bound Journal. This journal has handmade deckle edge paper, closes with a key and has a weathered leather cover to complete the look.

Leather Journal - Vintage Leather bound Journal For Women Men – Handmade Vintage Deckle Edge Paper – Vintage Key Closure - Book of Shadows -Leather Sketchbook (Distressed Brown, 8 inches X 6 inches)
  • JOURNAL FOR WOMEN: A perfect Leather Journal for Women by Leather Village. This Vintage Journal is made from Cruelty Free Water Buffalo Genuine leather which is naturally tanned with oils,Salt & Scents and is Chrome free. As these Girls Journals are made with genuine leather so each vary in look and shade producing a unique item. The Distress Leather combined with Antique Vintage paper makes it a perfect Book of shadows - Spell Book.
  • VINTAGE LEATHER JOURNAL: This Old Journal comes with Beautiful Key on the Leather Wrap Around. This Leather Notebook makes a Unique Gift for Women - Teen Girls. Use this Blank Journal as a Travel journal, Daily journal, Gratitude Journal, pregnancy journal, Bible Journal, Prayer Journal, Wedding Guest Book Alternative etc.
  • JOURNAL NOTEBOOKS WITH IDEAL SIZE: - This Gratitude Journal comes with 3 sizes of A5 (8 inches X 6 inches), 10 inches X 7 inches & 13.5 inches X 8.5 inches with 1.5 inches Thickness. Easy for handwriting, drawing and sketching and compact for carrying in your bag. USE ANY KIND OF PEN; sketch, doodle on your blank Journal with a Calligraphy Pen, Fountain Pen, Brush Pen and many more.
  • WATERCOLOR PAPER:- This Watercolor Journal comes with No Bleed Scrapbook Paper. The Mixed Media Sketchbook is Suitable for Watercolor, Acrylic Colors, Pastel Color and all Dry & Wet Mediums. Use it like Sketch Pad, Watercolor Sketchbook etc.
  • LEATHER VILLAGE PROMISE: - Leather Village Vintage Leather Journal comes with the Trust and promise of Purity of craftsmanship with each Writing Journal. Leather Village prides itself on making products from the highest quality materials with attention to detail. But for any reason if you are not satisfied with the quality of your journal kindly contact us for replacement.

12. Vintage Leather Journal with Semi-Precious Stone

The cover of the Vintage Leather Journal with Semi-Precious Stone features a decorative gemstone embedded on the cover, while the antique deckle edge paper and lock closure give it a vintage appearance. The soft and thick antique-look cotton paper invites the writer to explore their thoughts or delve into creative writing exercises.

Vintage Leather Journal with Semi Precious Stone - Lock Closure, 240 pages Antique Deckle Edge Paper - Book of Shadows, Grimoire Journal, Witch Journal for Men and Women - 7" x 5"
  • UNIQUE HANDMADE VINTAGE PAPER - Nomad Crafts Co. Vintage Journal is made with 240 pages of Antique Paper which looks like it was pulled from history. You will fall in love with the the antique handmade cotton paper which is unique to our Vintage Journal Notebook
  • EXQUISITE & UNIQUE SEMI PRECIOUS STONE:The vintage journal is embossed with a special stone called “lapis lazuli” which helps to reveal inner truth within yourself and encourage self-awareness and self expression. We have taken extra to make sure that the emboss is perfect in every piece.
  • VINTAGE LOCK AND STURDY BINDING - The vintage lock will keep all your valuable writing locked inside.Sturdy hand stitched binding to make sure that no paper comes out loose from your vintage notebook.
  • USE ANY KIND OF PEN - Sketch, Doodle, Write on your Leather Bound Journal with a Calligraphy Pen Fountain Pen, Brush Pen, Ball Pen, Acrylic Colours, Watercolor and many more. We guarantee no bleed through.
  • OUR 365 DAY REPLACEMENT PROMISE - We are very confident that you will fall in love with your Vintage Journal that we offer a 1 year guarantee .If you are not happy with your leather journal for any reason we will offer a FULL REFUND or a FREE REPLACEMENT. No Questions asked!

13. Gowelly Locking Journal Notebook

Sometimes the best secrets are kept locked, and the Gowelly Locking Journal Notebook comes with a padlock and key. Each space-themed design has a few drawings on the lined pages to add interest to the writing process.

Gowelly Locking Journal Notebook, PU Leather Diary with Lock, Space Design Black A5 Notebook, Planner, Organiser, Secret Diary, 100 gsm Thick Paper, Gift for Adults Kids, 8.4" x 5.7"
  • 🚀【Specification】A5 Size (8.38x5.7 inch), mysterious space style cover, Copper lock holds your journal closed to protect its contents from prying eyes. We offer two small keys, please keep them well.
  • 🚀【High Quality Pages】This secret diary with 112 sheets(224 pages)lined paper. Pages have high density 100gsm paper, suitable for all pen's and pencils. It can be used for writing, drawing, sketching, etc.The internal pages of the notebook are starry sky theme, and the paper feels very textured.
  • 🚀【Keep Dreaming with This Diary】This secret diary is thick enough to avoid bleeding and ghosting, provide you a happy journal experience.
  • 🚀【Best gift】Perfect size to carry in your bag, preserve those special ideas& thoughts with this beautiful journal. This is a unique gift for adults. Make a memorable impact the next time you're gift giving.
  • 🚀【100% Satisfaction Guarantee】We hope that everyone who buys our products is satisfied, no matter what causes your confusion and dissatisfaction, please feel free to contact us, we will provide a quick response within 8 hours and a 12-month quality guarantee.

14. B6 Leather Journal with Lock

If you want to lock up your journal, but are afraid of losing the key, consider the B6 Leather Journal with Lock. Instead of a padlock and key, it has a three-digit lock combination you set yourself. The sailor-themed decorative cover makes it a potential travel journal as well. 

B6 Leather Journal with Lock, Three-Digit Password Diary with Combination Lock for Girls, Boys, Adult, 7.87 X 5.51 in
  • PRIVACY PROTECTION: Diary with lock, 0-9 three-digit password, thousands of password combinations, better protect your secrets.
  • HIGH-QUALITY LEATHER: Vintage PU Leather, delicate touch, wear-resistant, embossed sailor elements, clear lines.
  • PROTECT EYESIGHT: Journal with lock, 100g beige writing paper, delicate and smooth, protect the eyes, a total of 112 pages.
  • GIFTS: Lock diary is a good gift for childs, boys, girls, and also a lock leather journal is a good birthday or Christmas gift.
  • PORTABLE: The size of the notebook is 5.51×7.87×1.1 in and weighs 1.37lb. It can be carried into a briefcase or a bag and carried to any place, open and use anytime, and record daily life.

15. Vintage Heart Embossed Leather Journal

The Vintage Heart Embossed Leather Journal has intricate embossing over the front and back covers. A clasp holds the cover closed, while hand-stitched Coptic leather binding adds interest and texture to the journal. The blank pages lie flat for easy writing.

Large Vintage Heart Embossed Leather Journal/Instagram Photo Album (Handmade paper) - Fantasy Leather journals with Lock Closure Leather Journal to Write in (Dark Brown)
  • ✔ Dimensions :The journal has a dimensions Overall Size: (L) 7.5 inch X (W) 5.5 inch X (D) 1.5 inch. Sweet Heart Embossed with Natural Coptic Bound
  • ✔ This writing journal is a keepsake you'll have forever, with a HAND-STITCHED COPTIC LEATHER BINDING for pages that stay firmly in place. Unlined Premium Cotton Paper Is Used To Make Beautiful This Journal Diary All the More our travel journal notebook Paper Is High Quality In both Category Like Tree & Acid Free. This blank journal LIES FLAT, making it a pleasure to write in.
  • ✔ UNIQUE & BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED- Naturally tanned with special oil, you create your own distressed vintage style! Being hand-made from 100% natural leather, our journals can vary in look & shade, producing a unique item, no two are quite the same a special keepsake for your thoughts, plans & ideas.
  • ✔ EARTH-FRIENDLY: 120 pages (counting both sides) of Unlined blank, white/cream colored paper. Handcrafted from Eco-Friendly Leather With Recycled Paper. Genuine Leather with Lock closure on the side
  • ✔MANY USES- easy for handwriting, drawing or sketching and compact for carrying in your bag. Ideal for alternative Artist Sketchbooks, Photo Album, Traveling Notes, Business Executive, Hunting Logbook, Poetry Work, Journalists, Food Planner, Commonplace Book, Instagram Scrapbook and Bible Journalist

A Final Word on Cool Journals

Journals are almost a universally appealing gift. Writers and artists love them. Journal writing can also be beneficial to anyone's mental health. 

The next time you have a gift-giving need, consider a journal to fill it. The recipient will likely love the gift.

FAQs on Cool Journals

Where to buy cute journals?

Journals are available just about anywhere you can buy books, but Amazon has a tremendous selection of cute and unique options.

What is the best bullet journal?

A dot-page journal works well for bullet journaling. it gives the writer or artist some structure for the page without being overly restrictive.

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  • Nicole Harms has been writing professionally since 2006. She specializes in education content and real estate writing but enjoys a wide gamut of topics. Her goal is to connect with the reader in an engaging, but informative way. Her work has been featured on USA Today, and she ghostwrites for many high-profile companies. As a former teacher, she is passionate about both research and grammar, giving her clients the quality they demand in today's online marketing world.

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