This is my favorite post of the year. I usually prefer to do it the Wednesday after Christmas, because that’s when it’s nice to have something fun and interesting to help counter the after-holiday slumpy feelings, and because a lot of calendars get marked down to 50% off the day after Christmas. But on the other hand I like to have the calendar in my hands before New Year’s Eve, and not all of us have Prime shipping. Plus, even if we didn’t want to BUY the calendar until it goes on sale, certainly we’d want to be READY to buy it, rather than scrambling to decide as favorites sell out. And finally, calendars are not all that expensive full-price, and they make very nice last-minute gifts for anyone you still haven’t found something for.
All of this is to say, “Hi! We’re talking about calendars today!”
Little Critters calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I chose the 2012 version of this calendar last year, and I have enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to others. Each picture was cheerful and whimsical without feeling too babyish—and yet it would also be cute in a child’s room. (I used to put up a calendar over the changing table just to have something to look at as I stood there two dozen times a day.)
This is San Francisco calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I’ve visited San Francisco several times and I had such a nice time there that now I have a soft spot for it. This calendar is a frontrunner for me this year. I love the style of art. There’s also a This is New York calendar and a This is London calendar by the same artist.
Lego: The Calendar (photo from Amazon.com). This isn’t one I want for my kitchen, but I can see putting this in one of the kids’ rooms.
Master of Illusion calendar (photo from Amazon.com). William and Henry will probably want this for their room: they both love optical illusions.
Elements calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I had William look at the Illusions calendar, and he says maybe that, or maybe the Domo calendar, or else maybe the Elements calendar he had last year. It IS pretty neat, and comes with a little elements poster.
Paper Paintings calendar (photo from Amazon.com). The cover photo on this one didn’t win me over, but when I clicked so I could see a shot of the back, I really liked the way the paintings looked.
Kandinsky calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I consider a Kandinsky almost every year, but so far haven’t chosen it. I think I prefer Kandinsky as one page of a multi-artist calendar.
Joan Miró calendar (photo from Amazon.com). Ditto Miró.
The Golden Age of Travel calendar (photo from Amazon.com). This is another strong contender for me this year. I must be in the mood for retro.
Hello Kitty calendar (photo from Amazon.com). Last year I waited too long to buy a Hello Kitty calendar and they went out of stock. Instead I bought Elizabeth a kitten calendar from the dollar section of Target. I was pleased at how adorable the pictures were; I also got a wild animal babies calendar for Rob and Edward’s room. Both calendars curled so badly they were unusable by the end of spring, so this year I’m buying regular calendars.
Downton Abbey calendar (photo from Amazon.com). This would make a nice gift idea for someone who’s dying for the next season to start.
Wimpy Kid calendar (photo from Amazon.com). The Wimpy Kid series is a big hit at our house; I like that they’ve been coming out with a new book just before Christmas each year. The calendar would make a nice gift set with the new book.
Everything is Going to Be Okay calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I love the cover of this calendar so much, I might buy it just to frame the cover. But the Amazon listing doesn’t have a view of the back, and when I found one here, I didn’t see many other pages I’d want.
Fold Your Own Zombies calendar (photo from Amazon.com). Paul had the robots version of this last year, and he loved it so much he wanted a second copy so he could have one at home and one at work. Unfortunately for him, there’s no robot calendar this year. Fortunately for those of you who enjoy zombies, there’s a zombie one instead. There’s also a unicorn version.
The Peeps Show calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I feel anything I could write about this would be inadequate.
Edward Gorey calendar (photo from Amazon.com). We had an Edward Gorey book when I was little, and it simultaneously fascinated me and freaked me out. (I felt the same about the Shel Silverstein book.)
(You can see an image of the back of the calendar here.)
Galactic Travel Posters calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I think everyone in the family would like this one.
Charley Harper calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I had a Charley Harper calendar two or three years ago and thought it was great. I’m not quite ready to repeat, though.
Bent Objects calendar (photo from Amazon.com). This looks both whimsical and creative.
Ukulele calendar (photo from Amazon.com). This caught my eye because my mom and brother both took up the ukulele this year. But twelve months of nothing but ukuleles seems like it overshoots their interest levels.
Rob Ryan Papercuts calendar (photo from Amazon.com). This one was THIS CLOSE to going on my finalists list: it seemed really cool and like nothing I’ve had before, and I liked it even better when I saw what the grid pages looked like. But then I clicked to see some of the pictures larger, and I saw they have little messages written in them: “I miss being a small girl,” “Our adventure is about to begin,” etc. I greatly dislike little messages of that sort.
Farmer’s Market calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I instantly loved this one, nearly enough to call game-over and buy it—and I loved it even more when I saw Amazon was out of stock so I would have to pay several hundred dollars to get it. [Lower-priced options have since been added, I see.] I found it at the Barnes & Noble web site, though, and I have a Barnes & Noble near me, so I might check for it there.
The Art of Valentina calendar (photo from Amazon.com). Like the Papercuts calendar above, this one has some little sayings on some of the pictures (you can see the back of the calendar here). But it looks like it’s just on two of the months, and the sayings aren’t too bad: one “Today is my lucky day” and one “Today I will trust that everything will be okay.” I think that might be all right, or it might be enough to bother me on the latter month: that sort of sentiment makes me feel argumentative rather than soothed. But I really like the colors and art. Dilemma.
Pantone calendar (photo from Amazon.com). When I saw that a Pantone calendar existed, I thought it would be The One: I bought the Pantone Colors board book for my nephew for Christmas and have been tempted to keep it for myself. But then I saw the back (you can see it here), and I don’t like the pixely thing at all—it makes me feel like my eyes aren’t focusing right. Which is very sad, because I love how each day is a different shade of that month’s color.
Fox calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I have been on a bit of a fox kick lately, so this calendar caught my eye.
Owl calendar (photo from Amazon.com). Also: owl kick. (You can see the back of the calendar here.)
Sesame Street calendar (photo from Amazon.com). This seems like it would be a friendly and comforting choice.
Will & Kate calendar (photo from Amazon.com). Hey, we all have our interests.
Now for my favorite part of my favorite post of the year: What calendar are YOU choosing for 2013??