Nothing makes my day more than seeing cute, pretty things on my desk, more so if those "somethings" also help me organize the month and make me feel productive af.

To give you a brief background of my planner-love journey, I started collecting planners around 2014, when I discovered and Kikki.k (those were wonderful times). Ever since, I've fallen in love with the art of planning my life on cute organizers.

(Read: A Planner Addiction | My New Kikki.k Planner | Personalizing Your Starbucks 2016 Planner | FILED 2015 Planner | FILED 2014 Planner)

This year, I am in a DILEMMA. Ever since my awakening, I've eagerly hunted for other brands I could try out for the next years, and the list is far from short. I've reached brands based in Singapore, Sweden, The United States, and the UK just looking for new planner designs and features. Now, I am in the mood to purchase a planner for 2017. The question is, which one should I go for this time?

My planner choice often depends on two major factors: aesthetics and features (regardless of size, though I'm not a fan of small/personal-sized ones). As of the start of October, I've come across planners which fit my needs.

1. Hobonichi Techo 2017 + Sherbet Cover

After I purchased the Kikki.k last year, I continued looking for planners. I joined a local Planner Facebook group where I could pre-order and buy planners and accessories and came across this Japanese brand.

I am in-love with the daily layout. It may look simple, but the possibilities are endless. With a lot of room to write about my day and include small stickers and photos (plus, the grids will allow me to do lettering without worrying about the margins), the Hobonichi is definitely one on my list. 

This planner costs around Php 2,032.00 (JPY 4320) rounded off for an A6, which is inclusive of tax. With shipping, a total of Php 2,689.41. Of course, there are local sites that bulk order the Hobonichi and therefore charges less for shipping and taxes. 

You may check out its features and other product photos here: Hobonichi

2. The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley

Her planner's cover designs are to-die-for, most especially because they have gold corners, has gold monograms (for your initials if you'd like) and has a layout that leaves plenty of room for doodles and notes.

The daily edition
They offer weekly and daily editions, and it's always a hard choice between the two, at least for me. The daily edition has gold rings and hard matte cover while the weekly edition has a leatherette cover. Both look premium too.

The weekly edition

Both editions are sold for $58 dollars (that's Php 2,803.00 rounded off, but it's worth every penny. I'm not sure how much it totals with shipping and tax, but for a premium, it's a price you'll have to be willing to spend.

Order your Simplified Planner 2017 here: Emily Ley

3. Design Your Life Planner by CNS Designs

Want an equally cute and functional planner but don't want to spend so much for shipping and taxes? CNS Designs is here for you, because it's a brand based in the Philippines and they offer incredibly awesome planners (also with gold corners!).

When I discovered their planners last year, I came close to regretting the Kikki.k (but of course, that would never happen - I love my baby), if only because I realized I could've gotten a planner with great aesthetics locally, for a way cheaper price (again, I'm not regretting buying the Kikki).

For just Php 550 - 595, you can get a planner that offers function and form. For it's price, one can afford all three and still have enough for Starbucks or a full meal at a restaurant. This year, I'm having a harder time deciding because of this brand in particular. Just look at its layout inside.

They've got really cute stickers too, and a no-tear pocket inside.

Pre-order your Design Your Life planner 2017 here: DYL Planner

4. FILED's Scribble & Keepsake Planner

Among the planners on this list, FILED's planners are the only ones I've used twice for two consecutive years. I just love their compact design and the ease of ordering from them, plus an option for getting your name customized by hand on the covers. This year, they've stepped-up their game with gold-foiled lettering and gold corners on the sleeve cover (like the others listed above).

They have two editions this year, the Scribble and the Keepsake planners, both with their own charm, purpose, and layout. I am leaning towards the Scribble more, but I love the dotted layout on the Keepsake.

Given it's price (Php 695 for the Scribble with Sleeve & Php 645 for the Keepsake with Sleeve), I am tempted to buy both editions (like I am with the DYL planners above) if only to get the best of both worlds. I currently have 5 planners which I use for different things, so I'm sure I'll find each one a purpose eventually.

I skipped their planners last year as I already purchased the Kikki.k, but I might go back to my first planner love for 2017.

Pre-order your Scribble and Keepsake planner here:

5. Livewell Flex Planner by Inkwell Press

I just discovered this brand today and I live for it. It has a hard cover, has SO MUCH FREAKING SPACE, has gold rings, a strap to hold things together, and a large inner back-pocket for anything you can fit in there, among other fantastic features.

I am living for this. The font and colors work great together, there's so much room for doodles and other reminders you might need to write - just everything I want a planner to be.

This is priced at $54 (about Php 2,609.53), and as if that isn't enough to give me a heart attack, they don't ship to the Philippines. This planner gets to be enjoyed only those living abroad (the US, UK, and other countries in Asia), but if you've got relatives living in any of these places, you can use their address and have it delivered to you from there.

You can also try ShippingCart to process your orders from any US online store (yes, even those which don't ship to Pinas) and have it shipped directly to you in the Philippines. They give you a virtual US address (like your personal PO Box/storage) and once you're ready to ship, just trigger their button and your goods will be on their way. I've used this a few times already and it has saved my life. Haha.

Get your Livewell Flex Planner here: Livewell

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Do you have your sights on any of these planners? What brand should I include on my next planner list? Let me know in the comments!

Ciao, bellas!