From essential dates and numbers, to flashes of poetic genius, there’s nothing nicer than having a beautiful bit of stationary to jot things down in. Smartphones and tablets may be convenient but, as purveyors of seriously good looking watchwinders, we know that sometimes the old ways are the best ways. If you’re ready to swap your technology for something a little more personal and pleasant, we’ve rounded up our five favourite men’s notebooks for 2016 which are just plain begging to be scribbled in…

1. Marblised Leather Notebook, Il Papiro

Beautiful leather and a truly stunning marbled design make this notebook from Il Papiro something rather special. From its Italian home in Florence, this charmingly unpretentious brand product truly beautiful objects you won’t be able to resist scribbling in.

2. Reflex Notebook, Tom Pigeon

Graphic simplicity with a pleasingly masculine, mathematical aspect make this slim but stylish notebook from Tom Pigeon exactly the piece of stationary we want to slip into our satchel.

3. Ink Pocket Notebook, Tom Dixon

More geometric notebook goodness, this time with a retro edge, with a flash of gold for a little more luxury from the overall look. This beauty reminds us just enough of school, but packs plenty of souped up style too.

4. Projects Notebook, School of Life

The ultimate blank canvas for discovering brand new ideas and exploring your most creative thoughts, we love the bright, modern simplicity of this design.

5. Present Time Panama Notebook, Smythson

Rich red cross grain leather makes this beautifully made, gilt-edged and embossed travel notebook a quietly spectacular affair. Save this for scribbling down something special…

Do you make use of a notebook in your daily life? Do you keep it as a diary or for everyday jottings and reminders? Which of our picks do you most want to write in? Share you picks and preferences with other readers below.