There’s two types of people in this world. There’s those who keep their workspace minimal—a ball point pen and a refill pad and they're good to go. Then there’s those like us who pimp their workspace with matching errythang—bedazzled to-do lists, day planners and overflowing pencil cases. Yep, we’ll forever be OTT. No matter which category you fall under, it doesn’t hurt to make sure your stationery is the very best. We like to think it improves efficiency in the workplace, ya know, the whole look good, feel good mindset.
To ensure you’re working to your very best, we’ve collated a list of the very best stationery stores in Auckland. Permission to spend this week's pay check on an excessive amount of sticky notes and Hello Kitty pencils? Granted.
Exquisite stationery with a backstory to match, Frank brings all the positive vibes into our lives. After realising that modern day life is noticeably chaotic the owners decided organisation is one way to restore the balance back. A dull-sounding idea, until you see how cute they’ve made their line! From blush colours to clean sketchers and eco-friendly packs of pencils, Frank has all the goods. Wait until you hear our favourite part though—with every purchase made, a schoolbook is donated to a child in need! What a flipping fabulous excuse to indulge in a stationery haul, right?
This is stationery that screams #bossmode. MiGoals is perfect for those days that need a little oomph. With an entire range dedicated to ‘Get Shit Done’ slogans, there leaves no time for laziness. Pop one of these notebooks in your bag and remind yourself on the reg just how determined you are. Avoiding the gym yet again? Pop it in your Get Shit Done diary and you’ll transition into a living Just Do It slogan. Yep, you’ll be giving Nike a run for their money. That’s not all though, MiGoals has an extensive range of goodies, from planners to travel packs to desk pads—You can find these goods stocked in Superette too.
If you haven’t heard of Kikki.K you must have been sleeping with Spongebob under a rock. Individually, each item is crafted to perfection making your daily doodles become masterpieces. What we love best are the extensive range of collections on offer, making all our matchy-matchy dreams a reality. There’s a huge range of styles available so whether it’s quirky patterns or sleek simplicity you’re after, you’re good to go.
This one is for all you students who can barely afford McD’s let alone a $10 pen! Daiso is the game changer you need in your life, without question. We’re talking a measly $3.50 per item or $10 for three items! Push your skepticism aside because this store proves low price doesn’t have to mean low-qual. You’ll find the cutest items hiding here, from ya classic Hello Kitty pencil case to funky highlighters and the most envious Twink pens in town. With a strong influence on “kawaii” designs, you’ll get an authentic taste of Japanese culture with each visit. Pro tip: get yarning to the friendly staff behind the counter and they’ll show you this week's must haves.
Ponsonby’s favourite ‘bits-and-bobs’ store, Iko Iko is your go-to store for last minute gift shopping. From decadent chocolates to the finest loose leaf tea and of course, a whole lot of stationery—there’s everything your heart desires. Always dreamt of having a giant avocado eraser? Or how about a notebook with French Bulldog faces plastered on the front? Yep, they’ve thought of it all. Although it’s not technically stationery, it’d be rude not to mention the abundance of house decor on offer. So whether it be a desk makeover or a full-blown bedroom makeover, you’ve gotta pay the team at Iko Iko a visit.
G-L-A-M at it’s finest, even Fergie would approve of a little Kate Spade stationery in her life! Yep, Mrs Spade has branched out of handbags and sunnies with a stationery range that encapsulates the essence of girlhood. It’s dreamy to say the least. Think Paris printed pencil cases and the finest planners on the market, everything is exquisitely designed. Our favourite pick? The matching gold rulers, scissors and mini hole punch—how #goals is our desk gonna be now. And for some extra organisation, how about the giant brass paper clip sculpture set to pin the most important of documents?
Stationery shop from the comfort of your bed? Yes please. This store is based in Wellywood but lucky for us Aucklanders, online shopping is a very real thing. On that bed note—Matchbox Studios do a divine range of comfy socks worth checking out. Back to the stationery though, quirkiness would be the best way to describe this store. From a gold pencil case with #GirlBoss sketched on the front to a diary repping ‘badass’ slogans, get ready to rock an attitude of fiiire. We’ll let you in on a secret, there may even be a journal that has Ryan Gosling’s beautiful face staring back at ya. Oh, and a giant unicorn USB. We’ll leave it there.
Askew Design Store
Moleskine diaries have a cult-like connection. It seems once you purchase a Moleskine, nothing else will compare. Askew Design Store has picked up on this trend, boasting nearly nothing but these elegant Italian notebooks. Coming in a range of colours, you can’t go past the classic beige. A word of advice however, this is a book to treasure. It’s not one that’s gonna be thrown in your handbag and lugged around all day or it’ll quickly show wear and tear. Treat the Moleskine with a little respect and keep him on your desk, safe and sound from any spillage.
Rifle Paper Co.
On those days we need a little reminder of the pretty things in life—There’s Rifle Paper Co. An afternoon spent on this website will leave you wanting to drink tea in your rose petal bubble bath with a scented candle all evening long. We love those cosy feels. To accompany your bubble bath, we recommend purchasing one of the hand selected books to read from the site. Or perhaps do some doodling with one of the elegant pencils and notepad duos. Whatever you’re searching Rifle Paper Co. for, we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Ending the list of the best stationery stores Auckland has to offer is Cravehome. Although next year may seem like a lifetime away...it's actually popping up in less than four months time! Hence why Cravehome has brought out a range of 2018 diaries and calendars and they are epic! Minimal and sleek, just how we like it. Or for something a little more fun, the botanical range looks like something out of Alice and Wonderland. It's having us want to pop out from the rabbit hole and buy four in one sitting! Trust us, this store's worth spending ya pay check on.