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The Definitive Custom Journals & Notebooks Buying Guide

Published: 2021-05-12T20:55:27+0000 Updated: 2023-06-19T21:33:28+0000 Author: PromoLeaf

Why Buy Custom Journals & Notebooks?

Personalized journals and notebooks are an ideal promotional giveaway to help gain brand awareness for your company, while also keeping your clients happy. After all, everyone could use an extra notebook from time to time! A recent ad impressions study by ASI, stated that consumers are nearly 2.5 times more likely to have a positive opinion of promotional products compared to online advertising. Even though we are in the midst of everything being digital, consumers appreciate receiving physical gifts rather than seeing online advertisements, as promotional items are more personal and useful than annoying ad pop ups that people quickly ignore or close out. Furthermore, the cost per impression (CPI) of promotional products can be as low as 1/10 of one cent – lower than nearly any other advertising medium – making it a great choice for smaller businesses lacking large advertising budgets. As you can see, there are numerous reasons your brand should utilize promotional products!

Popular Uses of Custom Journals & Notebooks

The first step in customizing your ideal personalized notebook is to consider who the notebook is intended for. If you are targeting college students with promotional college swag and giveaways, try going for a journal that is durable and can handle every-day use. The same goes for customizing wholesale journals for those involved in the education or healthcare industry. Whether it’s for the teachers, nurses or doctors, durability is a must. That is why we suggest going for a hardcover notebook or journal instead of soft bound, since hardcover journals tend to last longer, even after repeated use. If you are looking for a journal for a legal facility or financial institution, your best bet is going for a personalized leather journal that looks elegant and is sure to impress the recipients of your promotional giveaway. You can even stick a custom journal inside of a new hire welcome kit to show your new employee that you are grateful that they have joined your team! Giving away custom notebooks at trade shows and/or conferences is a great way to start marketing your company to new audiences in new locations as well. Promote your brand with wholesale notebooks and journals, and you will not be disappointed!


Wheat Straw

Wheat straw is what’s left over once the wheat is harvested and is used in plastic production to create new, recycled materials.

Recycled Cotton

Recycled cotton products are made by transforming cotton fabric into cotton fibers that can be used for new textile products.


These journals and notebooks are all recyclable, making them a great, sustainable option.


Customize a journal made from recycled materials to help decrease your carbon footprint on the planet!


The material you go with changes the overall look of your branded notebooks, and not to mention, each material type varies in price. Find out which material type is best for you below!


Leather journals are more expensive than most journals, but for good reason. They look very sleek and professional, and are very sturdy, lasting you years on end!


Cardboard notebooks are a great option since they are recyclable and eco-conscious!


Polypropylene is a tough plastic material that does a great job at protecting the contents of your notebook, while still being affordable.

Faux Leather

Faux leather notebooks are perfect for those who like the look of leather but would prefer a more inexpensive option.


Cork notebooks are very sturdy and durable, not to mention they look very unique! Make a statement by customizing a journal made from cork material.


Features like matching pens and cover types make all the difference when it comes to giving away personalized journals.


Hardcover journals are both durable and usually larger than soft bound journals. Since they are made of a harder cover, these types of journals are meant to be used until they physically can’t anymore.


Softbound journals are still pretty durable, although not as much as hardcover, and are much more flexible.


Spiral notebooks are ideal for note taking, that way you can easily rip out a page that is of importance to you.

Pen Included

Notebooks are pretty useless without a pen. Why not customize a notebook that has a customizable pen already included?

Paper Type


Lined sheets are the most common paper type and your best bet if you use your notebook for strictly writing.


Dotted pages can be used for anything you please, from bullet journaling to doodles, the possibilities are endless!

Page Count

We have broken down the page counts for each notebook in our selection so you can easily find a notebook that fits your needs. Whether you need a journal that exceeds 200 pages for some serious writing time, or a notebook with a smaller page count for jotting down notes, we’ve got you covered.

You can’t go wrong giving away a custom logo notebook for your next promotional giveaway. In doing so, the recipients of your custom journals will constantly be reminded of your brand every time they go to use their new journal, ultimately leading to new leads coming in for you and your business. Send a live chat or call us at 888-515-1026 with any questions you may have!


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