Our current favorite notebook is Kikkerland's thoughtfully-designed Writersblok. Really nice colors & sizes are available in packs of three (a three-pack of the small size retails for $5.95 USD/ 4 €) Best of all, a portion of the proceeds goes to literacy-related nonprofit programs around the US.
In their own words, Field Notes makes "an honest memo book, worth fillin' up with GOOD INFORMATION." If you've got a bit more to spend, or someone on your list who tears through a notebook a week (that's a lot of good information!), consider Field Notes Colors Subscription: 30 notebooks shipped in seasonal colors throughout the year for $129 (right now they're offering $50 off if you purchase two subscriptions).
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No notebook list would be complete without a mention of the fabled Moleskine. We're fond of the adorable Volant Mini. They come packaged in pairs, are small enough for nearly any pocket, and the bright lime & olive duo is all but guaranteed to make the recipient smile.
What about the color (of the lines) inside the notebook? Swedish designer Olof Hansson says of the Whitelines writing paper he helped create, "Why would you not choose to use paper without distracting lines, if you could? It's nicer to write on and easier to read from." We know at least one convert, and the site's "Love Forum" suggests he's not alone.
Have we left off your favorite notebook? Let us know in the comments!