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Best 2021 calendar: wall calendars, desk calendars and more

KICKING off the new year with a fresh new calendar helps us plan and organise for the year ahead.

The best 2021 calendar doubles as wall art or a desk accessory in addition to ensuring we've jotted down all of the important dates and things to do for the days, weeks, months and year ahead.

Our favourite calendars do more than tell us the date and offer a space to write down our child's next ballet lesson or a dental appointment.

The best 2021 calendars combine art, featuring pictures or photos we love of anything that makes us smile, from plants to pets.

Calendars can also be personalised to suit our needs, whether we have a large family with multiple schedules to manage or need a couple's calendar to plan dates with our special someone.

If you don't want a wall-hanging calendar, no problem: you'll find a selection of desktop versions to help you stay organised while working at home - some will even offer motivational quotes or new vocabulary each day.

Magnetic calendars you hang on the fridge are another popular choice, available in whiteboard style designs or with handy, removable sticky notes.

1. Boxclever

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From desktop calendars to couples' planners to family calendars, Boxclever has a 2021 calendar style sure to appeal to you.

We especially like the family planner which allows you to organise up to six different schedules. A handy column on the right side of each month has a 'To Do' list as well as space for groceries you need. It's perforated so you can rip it off before heading to the shops.

Colourful stickers add a nice visual element, and there's even space for a clip-on pen. Plus, it's gorgeous to look at and gives you plenty of room to write down everything you need.

'Great planning calendar with 6 columns for different family members. Lots of stickers to keep organising fun. Page per week so more space to write', notes a reviewer.

2. Calendar Boutique

A daily desktop calendar featuring a selection of favourite words from the United States' Scripps National Spelling Bee, this delightful calendar is perfect for teaching you some fun facts about word origin as well as introducing you to new vocabulary.

3. Busy B

Need to coordinate your annual schedule with another person? This couple's calendar from Busy B can help.

It has a column for each person, plus a special column for 'Us' time as well as one for birthdays. There's a pocket each month - perfect for holding special tickets, invitations and more, plus reminder stickers.

4. Alexia Claire

This wall calendar from Alexia Claire combines organisation with artwork - each month features one of the artist's signature prints focused on the flora and fauna of England, from mammals to rock pools.

Once the month is done, you can keep hold of your favourite art - printed on premium, thick silk paper, these illustrations frame beautifully.

5. String & Space

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Stick this calendar on the fridge or the wall and help plan each day, week and month through December 2021.

We especially love the three different sizes of sticky notes, which are sure to come in useful for reminders and more.

6. Papier

This friendship-focused calendar features gorgeous illustrations from Peggy & Kate, and you can even personalise the front cover with a title you like.

Ideal for feeling connected to friends even when you can't see them, there's plenty of space in the blanks to write in reminders and appointments.

7. Doodlelove

This poster-style calendar for 2021 offers just the right dose of inspo and space to jot down your goals and plans for the year ahead.

'Beautiful wall planner on good quality paper. Each day has enough space to write key events. Great design. Thanks', writes a fan.

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