Stationery items may seem mundane, but they play a significant role in our daily lives, helping us communicate, create, and organize. After thorough research, I’ve found 19 national days dedicated to various stationery items. These celebrations honor the creativity, history, and utility behind these essential tools.
These special days can be celebrated by anyone from students and teachers to artists and professionals, or simply those who appreciate the art of handwritten notes or find joy in organization. For educators, these days might inspire lessons on communication and creativity, while artists may find inspiration in the tools of their craft.
January 13 – National Sticker Day
National Sticker Day, celebrated on January 13th, is a day to embrace the sticky joys of life!
Stickers evolved from Sir Rowland Hill’s glutinous coating on postage stamps in 1839, requiring a lick to stick, to R. Stanton Avery’s invention of self-adhesive stickers in 1935, changing the way we label and decorate things forever. From the smiley faces that brighten up your day to gold stars for a job well done, stickers are a staple in classrooms, offices, and scrapbooks around the world.
Whether you’re a crafty creator, a planner addict, or just someone who loves a little sparkle, take this day to decorate your world. Stick around for some fun, and unleash the power of the playful peel-and-stick art that adds a colorful touch to everything! 🌟
January 23 – National Handwriting Day
Get ready to put pen to paper, National Handwriting Day, celebrated on January 23rd, is the perfect day to flaunt your fabulous cursive or charming print.
Did you know this day was chosen because it’s the birthday of John Hancock, the first to sign the U.S. Declaration of Independence with his iconic signature?
In our digital age, where emojis and typing reign supreme, it’s a delightful detour to reconnect with the elegance of handwritten notes, doodles, and bullet journaling. Studies even show that writing by hand boosts memory and creativity So, grab your favorite fountain pens or markers, and let’s celebrate the handwritten word. 🖋️
February 7 – National Send a Card to a Friend Day
National Send a Card to a Friend Day, celebrated on February 7th, is your perfect excuse to dust off those cute stamps and unleash the power of snail mail. What’s more heartwarming than opening your mailbox to find a handwritten note from a dear friend?
In the era of emails and texts, a staggering 6.5 billion greeting cards are still bought each year in the U.S. alone. So grab some pens, washi tape, and that adorable sticker collection, and craft a heartfelt message. It’s time to remind your BFFs, pen pals, and even that long-lost friend how truly special they are. 📫💌
March 30 – National Pencil Day
National Pencil Day, celebrated on March 30th, is here to honor this classic writing tool. Whether sketching, jotting down ideas, or simply doodling, the pencil is a must-have in every artist’s and writer’s toolkit.
But did you know that a single pencil can draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 45,000 words? That’s a whole lot of creativity from one slender stick. From the humble HB to the arty charcoal, this is the day to embrace the pencil in all its forms.
April 15 – National Rubber Eraser Day
Oh, the sweet relief of a mistake magically wiped away! April 15th is the National Rubber Eraser Day! That trusty little tool that saves us from our oopsies has its own special day, and rightfully so.
Did you know the eraser’s humble beginning started with raw rubber, discovered by European explorers in the 1770s? But it was British engineer Edward Nairne who accidentally picked up a piece of rubber instead of bread to erase pencil marks, creating the first rubber eraser.
Whether you’re sketching some cute doodles, curating your bullet journal, or crafting that heartfelt letter, let’s take a moment to honor the eraser, the unsung hero of creativity, and forgiveness in writing. ✏️💫
April 24, 2024 – World Stationery Day (last Wednesday of April)
World Stationery Day is the largest unofficial holiday related to stationery, celebrated on the last Wednesday of April, with the next celebration falling on April 24, 2024.
This day brings attention to the essential role that pens, paper, and other stationery items play in our daily lives. From students and teachers to artists and office workers, stationery aids in communication, creativity, and organization.
Join in the celebration and share your stationery love using the hashtags #StationeryDay and #WorldStationeryDay.
May 13-19, 2024 – National Stationery Week
National Stationery Week, celebrated from 13-19 May 2024, highlights the importance of handwritten notes and the joy of using physical stationery items.
With themes like #NatStatWeek, #WritingMatters, and #LoveStationery, this week encourages people of all ages to pick up a pen, pencil, or any other stationery tool and express themselves. Whether it’s a letter to a friend, jotting down ideas, or drawing, stationery enables creativity and connection in a uniquely personal way.
May 16 – National Notebook Day (Third Thursday in May)
National Notebook Day, celebrated on the third Thursday in May, is a day for all who have a penchant for pristine pages and beautiful bindings. Whether you’re a bullet journalist or a sketchbook addict, there’s no denying the allure of a fresh notebook.
Did you know that the notebook dates back to the 17th century, where it was a treasured tool for luminaries like Leonardo da Vinci? His famous notebook filled with inventions and ideas is now a priceless artifact!
So, May 16th let’s honor the humble notebook — a keeper of secrets, memories, and masterpieces! Here’s to pages yet to be filled! 📖🖋️💖
May 21 – National Memo Day
Oh, memo lovers, get ready to make a note of this: National Memo Day on May 21st is here to celebrate the tiny but mighty notes that keep our lives in order! 📝 Whether it’s a sticky note on your fridge reminding you to buy milk or that important office memo detailing the next big project, these brief messages have an essential role in communication.
On this day let’s honor the memo pads that keep us organized and on track. Stick around and join the celebration! 🎉
Fun fact: The infamous “Post-it” notes were actually a happy accident by a scientist at 3M who was trying to create a super-strong adhesive but ended up with a reusable, weak one (Source: 3M’s history of Post-it Notes).
May 29 – National Paper Clip Day
May 29th marks the celebration of National Paper Clip Day, a day devoted to that tiny, yet mighty, hero of the office and craft room – the paper clip! 📎
You might have a stash of them in your drawer, and yes, they’re primarily known for holding papers together. But did you ever stop to consider the massive job done by such a mini marvel?
About 11 billion paper clips are sold annually in the U.S. alone (Source: Perspectives on History). Beyond bundling your bills or clipping coupons, these metal “helpers” have even found their place in arts and crafts, DIY jewelry, and as emergency SIM card ejectors. So, the next time you spot one, remember: it’s not just a clip, it’s a celebration of innovation in the simplest form. 📎🎉
June 10 – National Ballpoint Pen Day
National Ballpoint Pen Day, celebrated every June 10th, is an ode to this legendary writing instrument. Whether it’s signing checks, scribbling to-dos, or drawing delightful doodles, ballpoints have been our go-to since their inception. What makes the ballpoint pen special is its unique design that allows ink to flow freely over the paper without smudging.
Interestingly, this invention was initially patented by journalist László Bíró in 1938, and the pen became known as the “Biro” in many countries. The ballpoint pen revolutionized writing by offering a simple and reliable way to put thoughts on paper.
From chic designer pens to classic clickers, there’s a ballpoint for every style and statement. This Ballpoint Pen Day, let’s ink our appreciation and pen our passions with flair and finesse! 🎉🖋️
June 23 – World Typewriter Day
Tap, tap, ding! World Typewriter Day, celebrated onJune 23, takes us back to the era of mechanical writing, honoring the typewriter’s lasting impact. Before computers and digital keyboards, the typewriter was a revolutionary invention that transformed writing.
Did you know that the QWERTY keyboard layout we still use today was designed for typewriters in the 1870s to prevent the keys from jamming. This design has endured into the digital age.
World Typewriter Day is not just a nod to nostalgia; it’s a recognition of how this groundbreaking machine laid the foundation for modern writing technology. It reminds us of the evolution of communication tools and the importance of remembering and appreciating innovations that paved the way for our current way of life. 🎈📇
August 2 – National Coloring Book Day
National Coloring Book Day, celebrated on August 2, is a joyful acknowledgment of coloring books and the pleasure they bring to people of all ages.
Coloring books were not always just for fun; the first coloring book, “The Little Folks’ Painting Book,” was created in the 1880s to educate children about different subjects such as animals and landscapes.
Today, coloring books have expanded beyond children’s education, becoming a popular means of relaxation and creativity for adults as well. This day celebrates the simple yet profound joy of adding color to a page, an activity that encourages mindfulness, reduces stress, and allows us to express ourselves freely. Whether used for learning or leisure, coloring books continue to provide a unique connection between art and everyday life. 🎨
August 6 – Stationery Store Day (first Saturday in August)
Stationery Store Day, celebrated on the first Saturday in August (August 6, 2024), is an opportunity for those who love pens, paper, notebooks, and other stationery items. On this day, people are encouraged to visit their favorite local stationery shops. This celebration supports local businesses and emphasizes the joy of exploring physical stores, where one can touch and feel the products.
For those who find joy in writing or sketching, or simply organizing their thoughts on paper, this day is a reminder of the charm and personality that physical stationery adds to our lives. It’s a celebration of the tactile pleasure of high-quality paper and the beauty of well-crafted writing tools, making it an essential day for stationery lovers to explore and enjoy.
August 14 – World Calligraphy Day
World Calligraphy Day, celebrated on August 14, is a nod to the timeless art of beautiful writing. In a world awash with fonts and digital communication, this day serves as a gentle reminder of the grace and elegance that handcrafted letters can bring.
Did you know that the word “calligraphy” itself hails from the Greek words for “beautiful” and “writing”? Calligraphy has deep connection to history and culture, with different styles developing around the world, such as Chinese, Arabic, and Western calligraphy. For example, Chinese calligraphy is not just an art form but also a means to convey character and virtue, and it has been practiced for over 2000 years.
Celebrating calligraphy is a recognition of the skill, patience, and creativity that goes into crafting each stroke and curve. This day encourages us to appreciate the elegance of handwritten words and the way they link us to traditions that have been passed down through generations.
August 1 – National Planner Day
National Planner Day on August 1st celebrates the essential role that planners, both physical and digital, play in organizing our lives. Whether it’s scheduling appointments or jotting down goals, planners help keep us on track. Interestingly, planners are not just a modern tool.
The earliest known planner dates back to the Roman Empire, showcasing an ancient desire for structure and order in daily life. This day recognizes the value of planning in enhancing productivity and reducing stress, making it a practice worth honoring. Whether used for personal goals or professional projects, planners are a testament to human ingenuity and the pursuit of an organized life.
September 24 – National Punctuation Day
National Punctuation Day, celebrated on September 24, is a tribute to the small but mighty symbols that shape our written language. Punctuation marks, like commas and periods, guide the flow and clarity of our writing.
Did you know that the exclamation mark was originally called the “note of admiration” in the 15th century and was used to emphasize a point with excitement or surprise.
This day highlights the importance of proper punctuation, not just in formal writing but in everyday communication. Without these essential symbols, sentences can become confusing and meanings misunderstood.
National Punctuation Day is a reminder that clarity in writing reflects clear thinking and that these tiny marks have a powerful impact on how we connect and understand each other through words.
November 1 – National Fountain Pen Day
National Fountain Pen Day, celebrated on the first Friday in November, pays tribute to the elegant and timeless tool of the fountain pen.
Fountain pens, unlike regular ballpoint pens, use a nib and capillary action to deliver ink, a technology dating back to the 10th century. This design has made them a favored instrument for artists, writers, and those who appreciate the smooth and expressive lines they produce.
Celebrating this day reminds us of the craftsmanship and innovation behind the fountain pen, a tool that transcends mere writing and connects us to a rich history of art and literature. It highlights the importance of preserving traditional skills and appreciating the beauty in everyday objects.
December 7 – National Letter Writing Day
National Letter Writing Day, celebrated on December 7, emphasizes the charm and significance of hand-written letters.
In our digital age, the act of writing a letter can feel like a step back in time. Interestingly, the world’s oldest identified letter, postmarked around 500 BC, reminds us that this form of communication has deep roots.
Letters provide a tangible connection between sender and recipient, carrying emotions and stories that digital messages often can’t capture.
This day prompts us to pick up a pen and paper and to reconnect in a more personal way. In a world of instant messaging, a handwritten letter stands out as a heartfelt gesture, preserving memories and building deeper bonds between people.
Celebrating unofficial national days related to stationery is a wonderful way to acknowledge the small things that facilitate our larger pursuits. It encourages us to pause and reflect on how something as simple as a paper clip or a fountain pen contributes to our creativity and efficiency.
In a world that often focuses on the digital, these celebrations connect us to the tactile and tangible, and can spark an appreciation for the simple tools that support our daily lives. Whether individually or as a community, national days related to stationery provide a wide array of opportunities to celebrate and appreciate the tools and techniques that make written communication and artistic expression possible.