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Dateline 2014

New year! New calendar! This year, we’re vowing not to get stuck with a wall hanger featuring a year’s worth of frolicking kittens, and are hitting up some of our favorite shops now for planners and organizers that will make 2014 the best year ever.

Seaside Papery at The Headquarters is our, er, HQ for getting 2014 organized.

1. We love Progress in South Park for their gorgeous stationary goods and wide variety of modern gifts and home accessories. Prepping for the new year, the shop has vintage-inspired letterpress desk calendars from 1Canoe2, or hanging calendars for your wall from illustrator and papercut artist Nikki McClure. For a bit of mid-century-modern flair, we’re also loving the brightly-colored perpetual calendar cubes from MoMA. While you’re in the neighborhood, drop by the newly-opened Brabant Bar & Café for a pulled-rabbit sandwich and one of the excellent drafts from their deep selection of Belgian beers. The new resto took over the spot formerly occupied by Vagabond.

2. Tucked away on Fay Ave. in La Jolla, you’ll find Sweet Paper. The wee boutique is our go-to for unforgettable invites and charming paper goods. Letterpress rules the roost here, and you’ll find elegant easel-mounted gilded desk calendars by Sugar Paper as well as illustrated wall hangers by Rifle Paper Co. Go-getters should check out the “Year of Thoughts” foil-embossed notebook set from Haute Papier. And here’s an insider’s tip: You’ll find many of the same items at Sweet Paper’s shop-within-a-shop at VI Star on Kettner in Little Italy.

3. Since Seaside Papery opened at The Headquarters at Seaport District, we’ve been making pilgrimages downtown to stock up on wrapping materials, gorgeous signed and numbered screen prints and their signature strands of fluttery paper butterflies. To organize your 2014, find sumptuous leather-bound Graphic Image agendas and coveted hand-glittered Karen Adams desktop calendars. Haven’t yet discovered the new shopping destination that is The Headquarters? Make a day of your outing with lunch at Pizzeria Mozza—Just be sure to also make reservations. The hotspot books up quickly!

4. Warwick’s is a La Jolla institution for good reason: the proud independent is the nation’s oldest family-owned and operated bookstore. They also happen to have an extensive stationary selection, including iconic Moleskine date books in a variety of sizes and styles, plus classic Filofax planners and other soft-bound organizers. Resolved to read more in 2014? The Warwick’s staff are famed for their book recommendations. And on January 23, things get cheesy when the bookseller teams up with Venissimo Cheese to present another installation of their ongoing The Cheese Concierge tasting series, this month focusing on Gouda. We’re in!

5. Our secret source for high-brow stationary and desk accessories? The gift shop at MCASD in La Jolla. In addition to fabulous coffee table tomes and objets with sophisticated offbeat appeal, the shop has a curated selection of 2014 calendars that will lend your year an artful aspect. Hurry in as three top-notch exhibits—“Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller”; “Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage”; and “Dana Montlack: Sea of Cortez”—will all be closing on January 12, 2014.