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We are SO ready for 2021! You, too? Then let’s talk about wall and desk calendars for the new year. Our list of 12 of the most inventive, optimistic and beautiful 2021 wall and desk calendars best to buy right now for art, travel and design lovers. Let’s kick off the new year in style!

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We all want to start the new year on the right foot. That can be difficult under the best of circumstances, let alone after the year we’ve just had. And that’s why we want to find the perfect 2021 calendar – a little something to set the right tone, and inspire us to make the most out of the new year.

Here are twelve of our favorite 2021 calendars, all of which would make great gifts for yourself or someone else. Add a little splash of joy before we even get to January 1st.

What are the best calendars best to buy right now?

1. Explore the World 2021 calendar.

It should not come as a surprise that travel-themed 2021 calendars are everywhere right now. Artists have tapped into the wanderlust we’re all feeling after so many months at home. ‘Cause if we can’t get on an airplane, we may as well sightsee from our living room.  That’s why we are totally in love with the Explore the World calendar from Rifle Paper Co. It will take you to twelve different destinations, including Rio, Kenya, and New Zealand. It may not be the same as the real thing, but it’s the perfect way to tide us over.

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The best 2021 calendars for travel lovers to buy this year: Explore the World. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $26.00.

2. I Remember Going Places 2021 calendar.

We also love Etsy’s I Remember Going Places calendar, which leans cheekily into the Peak 2020 mood. This one is full of colorful photographs featuring Cinque Terre, Havana, and ten other exceptional sights. The creator of this wonderful 2021 calendar refers to its pages aseye poetry,and we think that’s the perfect description.

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The best 2021 calendars to buy this year for travel lovers: I Remember Going Places. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $45.95.

3. Roads More Traveled 2021 calendar.

One more 2021 calendar perfect for travel lovers – because we simply can’t get enough of them. From the charming Slightly Stationary is a calendar featuring twelve of the most famous roads around the world. We all know road trips hit an enormous surge in popularity this year, and these drawings might give you some ideas of where to drive next. Spot Route 66, Las Vegas Boulevard, and ten other favorite paths around the world.

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The best 2021 calendars to buy this year for travel lovers: The Road More Traveled. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $28.00.

4. Papier 2021 Gardening calendar.

In addition to travel, many of us have been yearning for the great outdoors. After so many months inside our homes, we are all craving fresh air, and a little bit of green life. So why not bring the outside to the inside? We highly recommend this calendar from the lovely Papier, full of glorious outdoor images. Enjoy a picnic blanket this summer, and a festive Christmas wreath next December.

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The perfect 2021 wall calendars to buy this year: Gardening. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $34.99.

5. Linnea Design 2021 calendar

We love this cozy calendar from Linnea Design. Each month’s image has an immense amount of thought put into it, and you can read all about each one on her website.  For instance, January is a typewriter, in order to remind us of new beginnings, and a chance to rewrite our stories. Every image is somehow both bright and also comforting, and you’ll know all year long that you’re good hands.

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The best 2021 wall and desk calendars to buy this year: Linnea Design. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $29.00.

6. Harlem Renaissance and Beyond 2021 calendar from the Met Museum.

Calendars are a great way to fill your home with some beautiful artwork. We love the Met’s special featuring some of the most prominent artists of the Harlem Renaissance, as well as work by many of the artists they influenced. Spend the year 2021 enjoying art on your wall calendar from Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and many others.

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The perfect 2021 wall calendars to buy this year: Harlem Renaissance and Beyond. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $7.50.

7. Klimt 2021 calendar from MoMA.

You can’t go wrong with this calendar from MoMA. Each month is a different work by Austrian master Gustav Klimt, and they all will help to fill your home with sparkle. 2021 is still full of unknowns, but if you get this calendar, at least you’ll know you can look forward to every page, all year long.

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The perfect 2021 wall calendars to buy this year: Gustav Klimt. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $12.57.

8. The Calendar Completist 2021 calendar.

A great calendar can go a long way to brighten up an otherwise dull space. It’s a place where we can feel free to pick something zany and vibrant, so that every time we look at it, we feel like things are better than they actually may be. That’s why we love this bold, colorful calendar from British company Papersmiths. No matter what’s going on, it will remind us to stay focused on the joy of the now.

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The perfect 2021 wall calendars to buy this year: The Calendar Completist. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – £10.00.

9. Sun 2021 Calendar from Under the Sunlight.

We are obsessed with this sun-themed wall calendar from Under the Sunlight. Along with stunning illustrations of the star itself, each page also includes an affirmation, and a space for you to add your own gratitude. Looking at it every day will encourage you to keep living your best and most intentional life, and track internal as well as external events.

The perfect 2021 wall calendars to buy this year: Sun Wall Calendar. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW  – $36.00.

10. Intentional 2021 Calendar from Apartment F.

Speaking of intentional, you can dive all the way in with this Intentional Calendar from Apartment F. We all know that setting intentions is the best way to manifest our dreams, and this calendar will help you turn those dreams into reality. Each month includes a monthly “mood” for you, as well as notes on where to look for inspiration. We know we all want 2021 to be as amazing as it can be, and this calendar will help to make it so.

The best 2021 wall and desk calendars to buy this year: Intentional Calendar. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $34.00.

11. Best Year Ever 2021 calendar from

“A year that looks this good can’t be bad.” We like the way Ban.Do thinks! And we sincerely hope they’re right. Let’s all embrace an optimistic outlook as we close out this disastrous year, and hope that 2021 is indeed the best year ever. Fun stickers included at the end of the book will allow you to decorate as you go along.

The best 2021 wall and desk calendars to buy this year: This Will Be Your Year. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $18.95.

12. This is My Bookstore 2021 calendar.

If you need a gift for a bibliophile in your life, we have the perfect thing for you. Chronicle Books has produced an incredible calendar capturing twelve of their favorite bookstores around the world. Pop into stores in Tokyo, Mexico City, and London, and you’ll know where you want to go on your next adventure.

The best 2021 wall and desk calendars to buy this year: This is my Bookstore. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $14.99.

What are the perfect wall calendars to buy right now?

Those are our top picks of the best art, travel and design wall and desk calendars for 2021 to buy right now – as a gift or for yourself! Whatever way you choose to mark the time, we wish you a safe and Happy New Year, dear reader.

Abbie Martin Greenbaum

Abbie Martin Greenbaum is a writer, reader, and pop culture connoisseur, who loves storytelling, coffee, and dessert. Her work has also appeared in Playbill.