Top 20 Power Planners for 2011

Your guide to all the planners out there, from the quirky and sleek to the charity-centric and proudly Pinoy.

The end of the year marks the start of the hunt for the perfect planner. SPOT.ph bring you our top 20 picks for the coolest daily diaries for 2011 (in no particular order):

1. Starbucks Coffee 2011

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Perfect for: The coffee fanatic.

Why you should get it: Starbucks fans get to take home a piece of their "third place"--a spot they frequent next to their homes and workplaces, says the prolific coffeehouse. Take your pick among three cover designs representing elements found in Starbucks stores: Maroon Velvet Fabric, Cool Clean Stainless Steel and Stained Dark Wood Panels. Featuring 14 branches in the month dividers, the planner comes with a tiny Starbucks cup bookmark.

Extras: Coupons, including those that entitle you to freebies for certain purchases. For instance, from January 6 to 31, buy a Coffee Carrier--12 cups of brewed coffee--and get four free Top Pot Doughnuts.

How to get it: Redeem the planner at any Starbucks branch by completing the 17 stickers of the promo card--nine for Christmas beverages and eight for regular drinks. Purchasing a three-pack booklet of the Starbucks VIA Ready Brew gets you one sticker, while the box of 12 gets you three stickers. A P5,000 single purchase of Starbucks merchandise automatically earns you one planner. Stickers are available until January 5, 2011, and planners may be redeemed until March 6, 2011. Every redemption of the planner comes with a donation to SparkHope, Starbucks’ flagship program for early childhood care and development in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund.

 

2. Belle de Jour 2011 Power Planner

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Perfect for: The schedule-savvy belle.

Why you should get it: The fifth in the Belle de Jour (BDJ) series has trackers for your health, habits, special occasions, cash flow and bills, and yes, even your menstrual period. For those who favor a time-schedule planner, time slots are inked in--but only lightly so those who prefer free space can "easily ignore them," says BDJ.

Extras: The Power Planner comes with over 60 coupons and the new BDJ Lifestyle Card, with which you can enjoy discounts and promos from brands like Ace Water Spa, Folded & Hung, and Cupcakes by Sonja. It also serves as a membership card that grants you access to BDJ events in 2011. Each planner also comes with the BDJ Essentials, a Forget Me Not Notebook that can be easily slipped in the planner. The notebook has a special events tracker, a project planner, customizable lists, lots of pages for notes and the emergency business card.

There are three other Forget Me Not Notebooks: BDJ Chronicles, a specialized doodle notebook; BDJ Basics, a pocket-sized monthly calendar; and BDJ Favorites, which has a birthday list, gift-giving guide and address book. The notebooks are available for P80 each, but only P150 if you buy two, and P200 if you buy three.

How to get it: Available at Powerbooks, National Bookstore, Fully Booked and Schu for P598. Get five percent off if you place your orders before November 30.

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3. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf 2011 Giving Journal

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Perfect for: The java junkie with a conscience.

Why you should get it: This planner is all about giving back. For starters, part of every cup purchase goes to the material and financial aid of the scholars of Real Life Foundation. There’s also a list of 101 ways to give back at home, at work and to friends. The planner encourages you to pay it forward; space is allotted for you to jot down kind acts you’ve experienced and think of ways to pass on the good deeds. Continuing its "giving" theme, the planner also has a gift-giving cheat sheet. Make your Christmas shopping easier by having your friends and loved ones list down their favorite music, colors, books, dining spots and style icons.

Extras: Coupons for every month: Upgrades, freebies, and buy one, take one promos.

How to get it: Complete the 24 stamps of the promo card: 21 of your drink of choice (Original Ice Blended, Frozen Swirl, and coffee- and tea-based drinks); one Apple Caramel Ice Blended or Apple Pie Tea Latte; one Tea Latte; and one Original Ice Blended.

 

4. This Journal Will Actually Change Someone’s Life!!! 2011

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Perfect for: The adventurous soul searcher.

Why you should get it: Through various charts, this hardbound planner helps you keep track of your health, expenses and moods (ecstatic, or dark, very, very dark?). Using the soul inventory, dig deep and rate your inner peace, joy, sanity, paranoia and more. Fuel your wanderlust by filling out (and taking to heart) the "10 Must-Try Foods and Restaurants Before 2012" and "10 Places I Want to Travel to Before 2012" lists. Note: Get a kick out of the funky holidays scattered among the pages like "Satisfied Staying Single Day" and "International Tacky Email Formatting Day." All proceeds of the planner go to Lifeline Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit and non-government organization.

Extras: None.

How to get it: Available for P720 at Powerbooks and Fully Booked. Those who order online 10 pieces or more get a discount.

 

5. The "Relaks, Puso Lang Yan, Malayo Sa Bituka" Planner 2011

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Perfect for: The hopeless romantic and the heartbroken.

Why you should get it: If you liked this year’s "I-was-supposed-to-get-that-coffeehouse-planner-but-I-got-fat/broke-on-the-10th-frappe" Planner, you’ll get a kick out of its 2011 successor. To be released on November 20 at the Holiday Twist Bazaar, it has the makers’ trademark playful tone with a huge dose of heart matters. Love lyrics and quotes mark certain dates like November 14: "2007: Simula ng regular showing ng One More Chance. ’P&*%#$?n@ naman Bash! Ganyan ka ba katigas?!’" Plus, the heartbroken may find it therapeutic to take out their frustrations on the Fill in the Blanks Love Letter.

Extras: No freebies here, only quirky coupons like the "I Love You Too, Tayo Na" which has stubs promising fidelity and the like.

How to get it: Available for P350 each with free shipping anywhere in the Philippines. Place your orders here.

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6. Tala-arawan 2011

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Perfect for: "Filipinos by heart and by birth," says Tala-arawan.

Why you should get it: It celebrates Pinoy culture. The months and days are in Filipino (with English translations), the trivia is all about local tidbits, and the illustrations are about common sights in the country (buses, jeeps and tricycles as the "Kings of the Road"). It is made from Igorot fabric and leather, and printed on recycled paper.

Extras: Discounts from local brands.

How to get it: Available for P995 at Fully Booked.

 

7. Powerbooks Pilipinas Journal

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Perfect for: The bookworm.

Why you should get it: It’s patriotic and timeless. Available in black and white designs, the spiral planner is non-dated so you can use it anytime. It uses the Powerbooks book logo on the cover and all throughout the pages, including the illustrations for the monthly dividers.

Extras: None.

How to get it: For every P2,500 single-receipt purchase, you get a free Powerbooks Pilipinas Journal. Promo ends on January 15, 2011.

 

8. Moleskine Planners

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Perfect for: The classicist with a penchant for simplicity.

Why you should get it: The iconic Moleskine notebook line offers all sorts of planners: daily (one day per page) and weekly (one week in a two-page spread), hardbound and softbound, horizontal and vertical format, extra small to A4-big, and 12- and 18-month ones. Each thread-bound planner comes with acid-free paper, a bookmark, an elastic closure and an expandable inner pocket.

Extras: None.

How to get it: Available in all major bookstores for P679 to P1,349.

 

9. Runner’s Day-by-Day Log 2011 Calendar

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Perfect for: The running buff.

Why you should get it: Just in time for the fitness lifestyle trend these days, this spiral planner can help you be good to your body. Jot down the distances you cover every day. Record your weekly mileage and races you’ve joined. The planner also has tips for marathon and triathlon competitions, and more.

Extras: None.

How to get it: Available for P588 at Fully Booked. 

 

10. Vegetarian Every Day 2011

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Perfect for: Vegetarians and vegetarian wannabes. 

Why you should get it: This planner is not just for its eponymous target owner. Author Deborah Madison says it’s for "everyone interested in learning how to cook vegetables creatively, healthfully and passionately." Peppered with recipes, the planner also contains blown-up photos of fresh greens, enticing you to go for healthier alternatives to your diet.

Extras: None.

How to get it: Available for P588 at Fully Booked.

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11. Navi 2011: Your Life Navigator

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Perfect for: The world and life explorer.  

Why you should get it: Make 2011 your year to explore foreign lands or personal matters. Navi encourages you to document daily adventures and achieve your goals. The hardbound planner features a transcontinental journey, inspired by China’s ambitious train project that could take travelers from Beijing to London in just two days. Scattered among the planner’s pages are snapshots and romanticized write-ups of France, Italy, China, Japan and more.

Extras: Coupons from 28 establishments like The Spa, Red Box and Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill.

How to get it: Available in all major bookstores for P520. Get five percent off if you place your orders before November 30.

 

12. teNeues Planners

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Perfect for: The artsy soul.

Why you should get it: Get to see works of art, iconic infrastructures and furry animals among your deadlines and meetings. Take your pick from teNeues’ wide variety of themes: Art (Gustav Klimt, Ton Schulten, James Rizzi); Travel (New York, Paris, London); Animals (Puppies, Kittens, Baby Animals); Lifestyle (Campbell Laird, Susan Eslick, Jack Vettriano); and more. The planners also range from spiral to bound, and pocket-sized to large. Some have magnetic flaps.

Extras: None.

How to get it: Available at Fully Booked, prices start at P399.

 

13. Joey Yap 2011 Tong Shu Diary

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Perfect for: The Chinese astrology and feng shui enthusiast.

Why you should get it: It’s a block of a feng shui and Chinese astrology reference written by Joey Yap, the founder of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics in Malaysia. A whole page is dedicated for every day of 2011. The top part is packed with auspicious hour and horoscope forecast, conflict directions and birth years, the day’s four pillars, the flying star chart, and what to do and avoid. The rest is for your daily schedule with time slots and a section for important appointments. In the first few pages of the planner, all the symbols, tables and concepts are explained including the feng shui features of your home.

Extras: None.

How to get it: Available for P1,335 at Powerbooks.

 

14. Entrep Planner 2011

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Perfect for: The budding entrepreneur.

Why you should get it: Created by architect-entrepreneur Geoffrey Carandang, it contains inspiring words from business figures like National Bookstore founder Socorro Ramos and HBC’s Rosalinda Ang-Hortaleza. Every month in the planner starts with a table for your business, financial, personal growth, health, and home and relationship goals. In the last few pages, there’s a brief guide on business registration.

Extras: None.

How to get it: Available for P400 at Powerbooks. For inquiries, email entrepplanner@yahoo.com.

 

15. 16-Month Engagement Calendar by Peter Pauper Press

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Perfect for: The stylish set.

Why you should get it: The cheerful, colorful illustrations on the cover add zing to this whimsical planner. It has a horizontal weekly format, and space for notes and addresses. An elastic band packs the pages tight--good if you want to store bits of paper in between. The planner covers the period from September 2010 to December 2011, so unfortunately, you’ll only get an extra month and a half. But hey, there’s always next year.

Extras: None.

How to get it: Available for P449 and P649 at Powerbooks.

 

16. Daycraft 2011 Executive Diary

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Perfect for: The stylish yuppie.

Why you should get it: It comes in solid pops of color like blue, pink and black. The clasp-locked elastic cord binding the planner keeps your pen within easy reach and your important papers safely stored in between the pages. The Executive Diary also has useful information like international holidays, IDD codes, and more.

Extras: None.

How to get it: Available for P995 at Fully Booked.

 

17. Luxe 2011 Diary

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Perfect for: The aesthetically discriminating

Why you should get it: There are two kinds, both in muted palettes: the softbound with a print cover and the spiral adorned with stripes. Both have space for notes and personal information.

Extras: None.

How to get it: Available for P120 (bound) and P110 (spiral) at Fully Booked.

 

18. Best Buy Planners

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Perfect for: The fan of muted colors and simple lines.

Why you should get it: The two kinds of Best Buy Planners we saw at National Bookstore Glorietta 5 have removable covers. The one pictured above (P179) has a leather-and-cloth cover with an attachable strap. A page is allotted for every day of the year, making it thicker than the second one (P139), which has a velvet cover.

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Extras: None.

How to get it: Available for P139 and P179 at National Bookstore.

 

19. Schutzen Perpetual Planner

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Perfect for: The eternal note-taker.

Why you should get it: You can use it any year because it is has no dates. It has sections for monthly, weekly and daily planning, and notes. Protecting the planner is a thick cover with pockets and a clip-on strap.

Extras: None.

How to get it: Available for P1,195 at Powerbooks.

 

20. Papemelroti 2011 Planner

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Perfect for: The eco-advocate who likes to travel light.

Why you should get it: It’s made from recycled paper, and it costs less than P20. It features a month in every two-page spread, so it’s extremely light and thin--very easy to carry around. Choose from over 10 whimsical and vibrant covers.

Extras: None.

How to get it: Available for P19.75 at Papemelroti.

 

Photos by SPOT.ph, and from Starbucks, Belle de Jour, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, FreeSpeechPublications.com, Witty Will Save the World, Co., SigawSambit.com, LifeNaviJournal.com, PeterPauper.com, Daycraft.com.hk, Grandluxe Facebook, Schutzen Facebook, and Papemelroti.com.

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