We love puppies, Zac Efron, and the Playboy Bunnies as much as the next person, but looking at them all day, every day for a year? No thanks.
For 2009, there’s an easier way to keep your dance cards straight than just investing in the first Monet calendar you see. From limited-edition artist collaborations to rock’n’roll collages to paper that you can plant when the month is over, keeping track of the year is as much about functionality as design.
Here are our eight favorite calendars for 2009—don’t forget to write “To do: buy calendar” into your current page-a-day.
REBECCA WILLA DAVISSaelee Oh and Jill Bliss calendar - $16
For their fourth calendar collaboration, called “Gathered Together”, these two artists used water and staying afloat as the theme for ’09. Don’t worry, it’s a lot cuter than it sounds.Botanical Paperworks plantable calendar - $24.95
Resolved to go green in ’09? Here’s one less reason to feel guilty. At the end of the month, just plant the seed-embedded paper (illustrated by Kal Barteski) into soil, water, and wait for your garden to bloom. The only waste you’ll have at the end of the year is the reusable storage tin.The Puzzle Calendar - $14
Do you change your schedule more than your outfits? It’s easier to rearrange dates when your calendar is made up of Lego-like pieces.Noa Bembibre Calendar - $35
“Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar” turns into a date-keeper with a few well-placed color letters. We’re not sure if this is just cool or funny and
cool.Linda and Harriet calendar - $24
Finally, a calendar that doubles as actual wall art. The hand-lettered calendar is limited-edition, so procrastinators: consider yourself warned.Japanese Animal desk calendar - $14
We don’t want to look at puppies all year, but pandas? Hell yeah. Those animals are adorable.Sex Pistols calendar - $13.99
An anarchist state probably wouldn’t even have days of the week, but until that happens you can keep track of things with collages inspired by the Sex Pistols.Dolphin Studio calendar - $50
The Primm family silkscreens these calendars from their house. Apparently family dysfunction is not one of their holiday traditions.