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It's really hard to know what custom engraving to get on a personalized gift for a loved one.

I've written another article on the subject that gives some strategies for coming up with your own engraving verbiage.

In this article, however, I've compiled a list here of easy, short, custom engraving go-to's that can help you narrow down the right engraving for your gift recipient.

In this article, you'll see my full list of suggestions along with 50 famous quotes about writing, books, pens, and more!

After that, I've gathered 10 hilarious pen puns just for laughs to go along with your engraved gift.

Before I jump in, two preliminary remarks to relieve any potential stress about engraving choices:

1.) You can never go wrong by simply getting their name engraved on the pen. It's simple and still super meaningful.

2.) At Dayspring Pens, you can get your pen engraved with two lines of personalized engraving to double the possibilities for quotes. This just gives you more wiggle room. (If you're interested in engraved gift pens, be sure to check out our list of best sellers.)

3.) There's no end to the meaningful phrases and powerful quotes you can say to a loved one. 277 suggestions is just NOT enough. So, these gifting ideas are really just meant to help get your gears turning as far as the possibilities. You don't have to just copy and paste from the list below.

Add your own spin!

So without further delay...

277 things to engrave on your gift pen

I've organized all my suggestions by occasion, relationships, and occupations.

Let's take it case-by-case.

Engraving ideas for the Christmas

1.) Merry Christmas!

2.) Happy Holidays!

3.) You're the best Christmas gift!

4.) From Santa

5.) Gift of the Year!

6.) You made the Nice List!

7.) Write and be merry!

8.) Joyful, Joyful

9.) In the true spirit of Christmas!

10.) Blessings this Christmas!

11.) Words are not enough

12.) With all the Christmas cheer!


Engraving ideas for friends

13.) For my best friend forever

14.) You've got a friend in me.

15.) To my funny friend.

16.) My ride or die

17.) For the real one

18.) Partners in crime

19.) Let your dreams come true!

20.) True friends give pens.

21.) You inspire me.

22.) Double trouble

23.) To my best pen pal

24.) Chill, dude.

25.) Friends are other selves.

26.) Friends for life

27.) Friends

28.) I'm glad we're friends

29.) The one friend I go to

30.) You help me find my keys

31.) The gifts of friendship

32.) My great friend


Engraving ideas for family members

33.) My dearest

34.) I love you forever!

35.) From Dad

36.) From Mom

37.) To my favorite child

38.) To my wonderful [father/mother/son/daughter/brother/sister]

39.) I'm proud of you!

40.) I support you!

41.) You make me happy!

42.) I'm so happy to be your [father/mother/son/daughter/brother/sister]

43.) I'll always be your [father/mother/son/daughter/brother/sister]

44.) Mom wanted to get you a puppy.

45.) Rebel child

46.) The special child

47.) First in family

48.) Jen's first pen

49.) Love you


Engraving ideas for birthdays

50.) Happy Birthday!

51.) It is your birthday.

52.) You're getting so old.

53.) For John/Jane, on his/her #th birthday.

54.) 105 years young!

55.) You're still 24 in my heart.

56.) In memoriam to your twenties.

57.) Thanks for existing!

58.) You're a gift!

59.) Birthday pen.

60.) A very special birthday!

61.) It's a big life to celebrate!

62.) Have the time of your life


Engraving ideas for Valentine's Day and Anniversaries

63.) Love you to the moon and back!

64.) My diamond forever

65.) True love

66.) Our love is the best gift I have.

67.) You're my sweetheart

68.) My sunshine

69.) My person

70.) You are special to me

71.) Apple of my eye

72.) My forever

73.) My heart and soul

74.) Engraved on my heart

75.) Soul mate

76.) Happy Valentine's Day

77.) My favorite valentine

78.) Happy anniversary!

79.) Every year with you is perfect

80.) First in my life

81.) engraved on my soul

82.) my heart of hearts

83.) I heart you

84.) Because I can't afford jewelry

85.) my special friend

86.) our love is strong

87.) I love spending my life with you

88.) Take all my time

89.) I want a life with you

90.) I want forever with you

91.) The only one for me

92.) The one who has my heart

93.) I find myself in you

94.) First love

95.) You are loved

96.) You are everything to me


Engraving ideas for Father's Day

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97.) World's best dad!

98.) Thanks for being my dad!

99.) To my favorite dad

100.) To write down your dad jokes

101.) Proud to be your [son/daughter]!

102.) Best advice giver

103.) My wisened and wild dad

104.) Love you forever, Dad!

105 .) Lucky to have you as my dad

106.) You inspire me to be better!

107.) For having my back every day

108.) Your jokes are terrible.

109.) Happy Father's Day!

110.) Life advice coordinator

111.) Oil changer of the century

112.) Thanks for life


Engraving ideas for Mother's Day

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113.) I love you, mom!

114.) Forever the best madre!

115.) Mom of the year!

116.) Mom of the century!

117.) Thanks for giving me life

118.) My greatest inspiration

119.) You make me proud

120.) Proud to be your [son/daughter]!

121.) I love you and I like you

122.) I'll always be your [son/daughter]!

123.) Happy Mother's Day!

124.) I'll never forget your love

125.) Best mom in the world!

126.) In my heart always

127.) Have the best time!

128.) Your love is my hiding place

129.) Love gives life




Engraving ideas for coworkers

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130.) I wish you every success

131.) To get through Monday

132.) Thanks for having my back

133.) Best cubicle buddy

134.) King of the Water Cooler

135.) World's Best Coworker

136.) World's Best Boss

137.) Welcome to the team!

138.) Office Queen

139.) Desk Jockey of the Year

140.) For all your hard work

141.) Paperwork Pioneer


Engraving ideas for work promotions and new hires

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142.) Welcome to the team!

143.) To go with the new office

144.) Team Member

145.) For stepping up

146.) Hard work pays off

147.) Success is yours

148.) I wish you all the best!

149.) For your future endeavors

150.) Good job, man!

151.) Good luck in your new position!


Engraving ideas for graduations

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152.) You did it!

153.) Congratulations!

154.) Class of 2021!

155.) Congratulations, Dr. [John Smith]!

156.) You're done with school!

157.) To the best graduate!

158.) To my favorite scholar!

159.) University of [Cambridge] 2021!

159.) Future world changer

160.) You survived!

161.) Make it count!

162.) To sign the checks

163.) Word magician, PhD

164.) Success awaits

165.) The world is your oyster

166.) Have the time of your life



Engraving ideas for award recipients

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167.) Congratulations!

168.) Salesman/Saleswoman of the Year!

169.) Team MVP

170.) Company Success Story

171.) Thank you for your effort

172.) Team Player

173.) Morale booster

174.) All heart


Engraving ideas for writers

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175.) A writer's best friend

176.) Write every day down

177.) The write pen

178.) Make every word count

179.) For when the words come

180.) Find the write words

181.) The write life

182.) Great writers need great pens

183.) For the inspiration

184.) Focus, the words will come

185.) Poet

186.) Great poets steal

187.) Get back to your novel

188.) For your memoirs

189.) Engrave your life in history


Engraving ideas for doctors and other medical professionals

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190.) Best Doctor Forever Award

191.) RN of the Year

192.) Always my favorite PA

193.) Thank you for everything!

194.) I'll always remember your care

195.) Doctor's pen

196.) Your handwriting is bad

197.) But you're still a good MD


Engraving ideas for lawyers

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198.) Your handwriting is a crime

199.) JD of the century

200.) Underwriter's Pen

201.) Partner of the Year

202.) Partner in crime, sort of

203.) Deposition Master

204.) To go with your law suit

205.) Your lawyer is present

206.) Lawyer present

207.) Bickers & Bickers

208.) Know the law, know the judge

209.) Paralegal: the real lawyer here

210.) Where there's a will there's a lawsuit.

Engraving ideas for psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists

211.) Mental health professional

212.) My favorite therapist

213.) Oedipal expert

214.) Forever my Freudian friend

215.) Absolutely mental

216.) How am I feeling today?

217.) I wonder what that was all about.

218.) World's least creepy psychoanalyst

219.) Piaget's Pen

Engraving ideas for philosophers

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220.) For the time being...

221.) Socratic Society Founder

222.) World's best philosopher

223.) World's worst philosopher

224.) Stoic of the Century

225.) platofan1994

226.) Derrida's Bane

227.) Continental philosophy forever

228.) What is wisdom, Socrates?

229.) Lover of wisdom

230.) Cogito ergo sum

231.) I think therefore I am

232.) A friend is another self

233.) For cheating the ethics exam.

234.) Anti-capitalist gang

235.) Wittgenstein's Pen

Engraving ideas for clergy

236.) Pastor of the year

237.) Resident theology guy

238.) Because nuns can have fun too

239.) Preacher's pen

240.) Methodist magic

241.) Bishop Barron for the Papacy

242.) Calvinist gang rise up

243.) Always reforming

244.) Trinitarians for life

Engraving ideas for inspiration

245.) The whole world's a stage

246.) Inspiration machine

247.) Live your dreams always

248.) Great things are coming

249.) Your outlook is important

250.) Good things come to those who wait

251.) Do what you want

252.) Hold onto every moment

253.) Inspiration flows in silence

254.) Apply your mind

255.) There is a way


Engraving ideas for encouragement

256.) Never give up!

257.) Keep up the good work!

258.) You can do this!

259.) You've got the biggest heart

260.) Do today, tomorrow will come later.

261.) May all your dreams come true

262.) The world is so big, write it down.

263.)Every day is a new day.

264.) Take it slow

265.) Thanks for all you do

266.) Give thanks always

267.) Way to go!


Engraving ideas for laughs

268.) In lieu of a PS5...

269.) Dad?

270.) Feeling stabby?

271.) Answer the phone.

272.) Momma needs a coke

273.) Breakfast: cigarettes and coffee

274.) A pen, again.

275.) #1 biscuit

276.) You guys made me ink.

and FINALLY...

277.) OBGYN, at your cervix.

There are a ton of other lists of engraving ideas out there as well if you need more.

Check out the list from Thoughtful Impressions here, and another comprehensive list from Love, Georgie.


49 famous sayings about pens, books, and writing!

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Here's 49 famous quotes about all things writing to go with the gifts you engrave.

Some of the quotes in here can also be boiled down to short meaningful phrases that you can get on your personalized pen, but I also suggest you use these for ideas of gift notes to give alongside the pen!

1.) "The pen is mightier than the sword."


2.) “Anyone who thinks the pen is mightier than the sword has not been stabbed with both.”

― Lemony Snicket


3.) “I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.”

― Jorge Luis Borges


4.) “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

― Jorge Luis Borges


5.) "And all the sweet serenity of books.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


6.) “My library is an archive of longings.”

― Susan Sontag


7.) “She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”

― Annie Dillard


8.) "[To] the library, and step on it.”

— David Foster Wallace


9.) “The world was hers for the reading.”

— Betty Smith


10.) “I cannot live without books.”

― Thomas Jefferson


11.) “Books are the mirrors of the soul.”

-Virginia Woolf


12.) “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

― St. Augustine


13.) “′Classic′ - a book which people praise and don't read.”

― Mark Twain


14.) “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”

― Lemony Snicket


15.) “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

― C.S. Lewis


16.) “Into the ash I dripped my pen and came out with fire.”

― Jazz Feylynn


17.) "Every moment is a fresh beginning."

– T.S Eliot


18.) “Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.”

― T.S. Eliot


19.) "Whatever you do, do it well."

– Walt Disney


20.) "What we think, we become."

– Buddha


21.) "If I’m gonna tell a real story, I’m gonna start with my name."

– Kendrick Lamar


22.) "Reality is wrong, dreams are for real."

– Tupac


23.) "Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud."

– Maya Angelou


24.) "And still, I rise."

– Maya Angelou


26.) "The time is always right to do what is right."

– Martin Luther King Jr.


27.) "The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

— Sylvia Plath


28.) “Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences”

― Sylvia Plath


29.) "I can never read all the books I want."

-Sylvia Plath


30.) “Books were safer than other people anyway.”

― Neil Gaiman


31.) “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

― Douglas Adams


32.) “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

― Ernest Hemingway


33.) “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

― Ernest Hemingway


34.) “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

― Ray Bradbury


35.) “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

― Anne Frank


36.) “Tears are words that need to be written.”

― Paulo Coelho


37.) “Always be a poet, even in prose.”

― Charles Baudelaire


38.) “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”

― Albert Camus


39.) “Write what should not be forgotten.”

― Isabel Allende


40.) “A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity."

― Franz Kafka


41.) “Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.”

― Franz Kafka


42.) “I write for the same reason I breathe.”

― Isaac Asimov


43.) “You can fix anything but a blank page.”

― Nora Roberts


44.) “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”

― Martin Luther


45.) “To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.”

― Aristotle


46.) “Poems are never finished - just abandoned”

― Paul Valery


47.) “What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.”

― Jacques Derrida


48.) “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”

― Stephen King


49.) “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

― Stephen King


50.) “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”

― Pericles

I hope these quotes give your gifts that extra touch of personal inspiration!

10 Pen puns to make writers laugh!

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I love puns. Every time a customer orders a pen from me with a punny engraving, I celebrate!

That's why I've added some of my favorite pen puns here for your enjoyment.

1.) "The best pen ever made will be the second to last ever made... Because it would be the penultimate."
2.) "I bought a pen that can write underwater. It can write other words too."
3.)"What do Mike and Sulley fill their pens with? Monsters Ink."
4.) "I got into an argument with a friend about whether pens were better than pencils... I’ll admit, they had a point, but I still think the argument will be erased in time."
5.) "I decided to make a fortune with a new invention: a vending machine for writing tools! The patent is 'pending'"
6.) "Somebody stole my pen. That’s just not write."
7.) "I need some help fixing my new pen. Anyone have any tips?"
8.) "All my pens are sick. It's a pen-demic."
9.) "I wrote a bad word in my english paper, and instead of getting a bad grade, my professor just took all my writing instruments away. That was my PENalty."
10.) "Don't try to repair a broken pen. It's pointless."



I hope you found the right engraving for you!

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Now it's your turn!

Let me know your favorite engraving in the comments!