Best bullet journals to buy in 2023
Looking for a creative way to organise your thoughts and increase productivity? Cue the bullet journal!
Bullet journalling is popular for those looking to reflect and enjoy a more visual and creative way to organise day-to-day tasks and thoughts. While many of us use digital calendars to track appointments and social events, keeping a bullet journal is a more liberating alternative, as you can personalise your journal to fit your way of thinking.
Bullet journals typically have dotted rather than lined pages, making them perfect for ticking off to-do lists. You can also create your own symbol system to signify personal achievements, intentions and appointments.
Most stationery shops will sell a dotted journal of some kind – or a blank notebook that can be used as a bullet journal. We'd recommend looking on Etsy, Papier and Waterstones as a good starting point. Here are some of the best bullet journals we've found to help you begin your new pastime…
For more on bullet journals, take a look at our detailed guide on how to bullet journal and where to start.
Best bullet journals
Scribble & Dot's bullet journal
This gorgeous bullet journal is a great one for beginners who are learning how to bullet journal. As well as the beautifully embossed motif (they have several different styles) on the front, this bullet journal is made with top-grade paper and comes with lots of extra features like the re-enforced rear pocket, dual page markers and index.
The thick paper will ensure none of your ink bleeds through and you can create crisp designs on every page. There are also pen test pages for you to practise with and it comes with access to their video tutorials which will teach you how to bullet journal!
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Yop & Tom moon and stars bullet journal
These stylish bullet journals from the Yop&Tom store come wrapped up in a soft touch vegan leather cover. They have extra-thick paper, so your pens won't bleed through the page, and we love the attractive minimalist moon and stars motif. There's a handy ribbon bookmark and an elastic fastener too so you can easily pick up from you left off.
We love the blush pink cover, but you can also check out the dark forest green, charcoal, sage green and midnight blue designs. Gift to a loved one, or of course treat yourself!
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Papier dotted journal
- Buy now from Papier (£23.00)
Papier is a wonderful place to look for bullet journals - it's hard to pick a favourite as there are so many gorgeous designs available! We were taken with this fun and quirky bright orange and pink flowery design. Choose between plain, dotted or lined to suit your bullet journalling preferences.
The Positive bullet journal
- Buy now from Waterstones (£24.99)
As an official bullet journal, rather than a standard dotted notepad, you'll find a fantastic mix of motivational phrases, geometric pages and colour in the Positive Bullet Journal from author Alison McDowall. Keep track of your day-to-day appointments as well as your monthly intentions in this lovely bullet journal. Or why not grab your favourite pencils and enjoy a soothing afternoon of doodles and colouring?
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Moleskin Large Soft Cover Dotted Notebook
Moleskine notebooks are popular with artists and writers and are inspired by the type of journals used by Picasso, Van Gogh and Hemingway. They're high quality and come with beautiful ivory coloured paper. This particular design features a soft black cover and dotted pages.
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Leuchturm 1917 dotted notebook
- Buy now from Waterstones (£23.99)
Leuchtturm1917 journals are perfect for bullet journalling. They have dotted pages and come in a variety of eyecatching colours – like this gorgeous rising sun mustard shade from Waterstones. They have a hardy, durable cover so the journal won't get damaged if you decide to take it out and about with you.
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Etsy bullet journal
- Buy now from Etsy ($6.80)
Feeling fruity? This peachy design is a sweet pick, and it's an affordable choice too proving you don't have to splash out to create a gorgeous stationery collection! Featuring spiral binding, and 80 dotted pages, this bullet journal is the perfect tool to start your journalling journey.
Undated, premade bullet journal
- Buy now from Etsy ($43.72)
This bullet journal is perfect for beginners because it comes with pre-designed sections. My Journal Addiction has created this pre-drawn bullet journal which has 12 original themes. It contains 208 A5 pages which features everything from weekly spreads, habit trackers, expense pages, and much more.
Watercolor Rose bullet journal
This pretty watercolour bullet journal is available to buy over on Amazon and is by the German company Michael Fischer. It's received great reviews and is on the cheaper end of the bullet journal market making it a fab option for beginners.
Make your bullet journal your own
There are many benefits to using a bullet journal, and here at Gathered we love how you can turn something as simple as an empty, dotted notepad, into a personal, organisational and reflective tool that works for you specifically. Once you've built up a few, you have the pleasure of reading past bullet journals, so it's a lovely way to reminisce too.
There are no rules of exactly what you have to include either, so grab a bullet journal - whatever your budget or experience - and make it your own!
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Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She's been editing the sewing and art sections of Gathered.how – and before that our sister website calmmoment.com – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It podcast and A Calmer Life podcast. She’s a keen crafter and artist and loves creating DIY tutorials for Gathered. Sarah has previously written features for The Guardian, In The Moment Magazine, Project Calm Magazine, countryfile.com, radiotimes.com and yourhomestyle.uk. She enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and dreams of opening her own online shop. She shares her work @sarahormeprints
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