Our edit of bespoke stationery sites will help you discover custom-printed notepaper to suit the little people you love.

Time to get personal. Children’s notepads, writing paper and pens become objects of serious pride and joy when they’re personalised with the child’s name. Whether they’re doodling, writing those all-important thank you letters or showing off to school buddies, they will adore their bespoke stationery – after all, who would choose to send an emoji or an email over a far superior handwritten note? And to further encourage your kids to get scribbling, do look out for pencils that can actually be fun (think scented or zanily personalised pens, or bespoke correspondance cards).

Thanks to easy browsing, live previews and quick delivery, shopping custom-made goods online has never been easier. We have hunted down the top ten websites for all of your children’s personalised stationery needs.

This Is Nessie


Creating bespoke writing paper couldn’t be easier or more tasteful than with This Is Nessie, the brand you’ll know and love thanks to its famous welly boot print. Select and design your paper by hand-picking your fonts, colours and illustrations. Instantly you get to see, and edit if needs be, an online preview of your writing paper or invitations. You can, of course, choose infinite combinations of welly boots to best define your family, or look through the countless other themes, from astronomony to magic and transport.

HoneyTree Publishing


Brace yourself for the better end of children’s bespoke and artful stationery. Not only does HoneyTree Publishing print hand-drawn illustrations but it also sells personalised lined stationery, which is harder to come by than you may imagine. Founder Lizbeth set up the business as a way of trying to encourage children to write by keeping in touch with thank you cards, writing letters and sending drawings.

Mulberry Bush


Innocent and gadget-free, Mulberry Bush is a traditional toy gift and stationery site designed for parents craving the charm of yesteryear. Among the rag dolls, wooden jigsaws and traditional games, shoppers can find bespoke – and, we hasten to add, affordable – stationery for both children and adults. Browse the notepaper or name cards that come in a range of different designs, including unicorns, dinosaurs, football and cupcakes.

The Letter Press


Full marks to the pop art comic personalised children’s stationery from The Letter Press of Cirencester. Established 27 years ago, this family firm is famous for printing luxury wedding stationery but its children’s stationery warrants a look. It is, after all, rather beautiful. The Letter Press of Cirencester doesn’t do short cuts. It prints things the real way using letterpress debossing, hot-foiling and plate sinking. All jobs are printed from scratch and you can order direct on the site or via outlets such as John Lewis. Smart.

Papier


If you’ve got the budget, you really can’t go wrong with Papier. Everything on the site, from the design-led notebooks, colour-block prints and colourful stationery, is top notch and strong on style. Children will covet the bespoke Disney collection, which includes Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, 101 Dalmations and Mickey Mouse notecards and stationery. Papier has confirmed its position at the top of the stationer charts due, in part, to recent collaborations with Desmond & Dempsey (exotic hand-printed prints), Matilda Goad (homeware designer of dreams) and Fee Greening (fashion’s favourite illustrator).

Stuck On You


We love the cheap and cheerful personalised stationery from Stuck on You, all of which is designed in-house at its own headquarters. Personalised clothing labels, stationery, bag tags, backpacks, height charts, colouring kits… if you want to put a name on it, this is the site to log onto. Enter your child’s name, choose your favourite design and see an instant preview of how your finished product will look. This family business, run by Carrie Felton, has been operating for over 23 years and now ships to over 125 countries. We particularly love the personalised reward charts and stickers.

The Wren Press


Stationery lovers, rejoice. Who doesn’t adore a tissue-lined envelope? This is post at its best. We bring you The Wren Press, England’s leading luxury stationer that holds Royal Warrants from both Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. This family business merges the very best traditional techniques with modern technology so you can create customized correspondence cards or letter writing paper online.

I Just Love It


Personalised glitter pencils, wooden boxes, calendars and colourful tins… look to the I Just Love It website for unique personalised stationery. The customised pencils and other engraved items make for inspired back-to-school presents or Christmas stocking fillers.

Getting Personal


It is no wonder that Getting Personal is considered one of the leading online gift shops for personalised gifts and cards. We rate the easy-to-use website, which offers speedy personalisation, easy browsing, a live preview and fast UK delivery. The business started with a personalised calendar, which remains one of its most popular products today. It offers over 5,000 exclusive designs including really fun personalised children’s notebooks and pencil cases.

Made by Ellis


Just charming! We like Made by Ellis because you search by artist when you shop personalised children’s writing sets on their site. This small detail adds a personal touch typical of this Bristol studio. Made by Ellis is the sister company of greetings card publisher James Ellis which began publishing greetings in 1997. In 2011, a staff member personalised a notebook as a gift for his son’s teacher. A few months later, they started selling them on Not On The High Street and later created Made By Ellis to solely sell personalised gifts and stationery.

By Annabel Jack

December 2019