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It's super annoying when you want to get a loved one or someone in the office the perfect gift, but you don't know the best options.
One idea for gifts that might be everything you're looking for: personalized pens!
Pens fit any occasion, and they can make every occasion so much more special in.
One of our staff members gave her husband a Waterman Hemisphere Rollerball for his first Father's Day with a handwritten engraving saying "Happy Father's Day" and a little baby stick figure face engraved on it. Now every time they have a new addition to the family, she's going to engrave a new little baby stick figure on it.
The same person also gave a less expensive personalized pen to her doctor, saying, "Thank you for all the help".
Pens have a kind of neutrality to them that says, "You can give me to your fiancé or a random client; I'll still be perfect."
The personalization, the intentionality put into finding the right pen, and the fact that they can be made out of a wide range o materials (plastic, wood, 24kt gold, etc.) help them meet the often high demands of quality gift-giving.
Here's just a few:
It's actually super easy to find a great gift pen for a bargain.
There's a whole range of pens you can find for under $35 which are still of the highest quality.
The options for pens in the $20-$70 range are overwhelming.
This is the range most shoppers who are trying to get a really special gift for a loved one tend to roam.
The pens in this range don't cost a fortune in comparison to other gifts, but as far as just pens are concerned, this is where quality and cost are going to have the most overlap.
This is where your buck gets the most bang.
For some, spending over $80 on a luxury pen might seem a waste of money and a bit too pretentious. That why I wrote another article debunking myths about buying luxury pens.
There's so many options available for personalized pens in the higher expense range ($80 and up).
Brands like Mont Blanc, Ancora, and Namiki for the most extravagant pen collections. A lot of them are very unique pieces, some even allow for engraving.
But look to Waterman, Parker, and Cross for pens in the $80-$200 range. These brands are guaranteed to be personalized.
Get something ideal within your budget with a personalized pen!
Pens just fit everyone. It's hard to find someone who wouldn't appreciate one as a gift.
Pens are excellent gifts for the all the people we love.
If it's for Mom or Dad, a sibling, a romantic partner, a coworker, or your boss, personalized pens can memorialize and deepen the value and respect you have for each other.
They can also be relatively un-personal, which is ideal for giving to an acquaintance or someone in a professional relationship.
Because pens have a kind of universal appeal, it's just an easy choice for everyone in your life.
Pens make the best gifts for people in a multitude of occupations.
Is your gift recipient a doctor, lawyer, scholar, or some other kind of professional? Are they constantly jotting down notes, writing memos, or drafting speeches?
If pens fit into their daily writing needs, so you'll be getting them both symbolic and practical gifts.
If a pen is something used on special occasions, try something unique.
Pens also make the best gifts for most people's hobbies of writing, journaling, and drawing.
So, if your recipient enjoys the use of pens for their own personal pleasure, it's going to go over really well.
Don't know whether they'd best prefer a ballpoint pen or a fountain pen?
Personalized pens make the best marks of corporate excellence and have a unique ability to show appreciation
One thing you can do with personalized pens is order a large number of them with your company logo engraved on them and then have each one engraved again with the name of each of your employees.
Get one for each new hire or get them as a Christmas gift for your whole team!
This type of purchase is called a corporate gift.
A corporate gift is a gift made out either to members of your own company or as a promotional item for clients which can make a huge impact on business-to-business relationships.
A quality in-house corporate gift can help increase the morale and productivity of your corporate team.
A promotional corporate gift can 1.) introduce your brand to other companies in a compelling way and 2.) foster long-term increases in output and profits by maintaining good faith with corporate clients.
Personalized pens are the best timeless gifts for at least two reasons: Their classic feel and longevity.
Luxury pens are just universally classy gifts.
Giving a mug might be useful, and a tote bag will definitely sit in the back of a car waiting to be used at the grocery store if I can ever remember to bring the bags in… but luxury pens... they inherently communicate, “I think you have something to say.”
They can be stylish and sophisticated while still practical.
Also, anyone with a fancy pen feels... well, fancy.
Every time I use a quill I feel like I could be writing the Declaration of Independence. When I twist the cap off a fountain pen, I think, My handwriting is about to look INCREDIBLE (no comment on if it actually does…but I feel so cool using it.)
Breaking out a rollerball, I think to myself, I’m about to crush this Sudoku. I don’t need a heckin' pencil today!
Pens can make users feel connected to a vibrant historic world of writers and professionals.
Because of their material construction, most personalized luxury pens are actually built with the expectation of being heirlooms. This means they should withstand higher wear and tear and will be refillable.
they're gifts that will stay with the recipient and remind them of you for a long, long time.
Here's two of the best examples I have come across in my days on the production side of the business (they both happen to involve the Cross Classic Century):
In both instances, the pens were cherished gifts that meant the world to the giver and had lasted over 30 years of loving use.
It's great to be eco-conscious when you shop and try to reduce the amount of waste your purchases produce.
There's so much material waste in buying cheap, plastic, throwaway pens from how they are produced to where they end up after the ink runs out.
Buying a personalized luxury pen is a choice to reduce both production waste and garbage waste.
A commitment to use a pen that lasts will help reduce your personal contribution to negative environmental impact.
This is because concrete contact between the pen and the page and a concrete, completed object that summarizes those complex feelings acts as an emotional cap to otherwise confused inner reflection.
Other studies show that writing down to-do lists is a much better way to get organized than setting alarms on your phone or anything else really.
I personally have a much easier time getting things done when I write out a list (mostly on a sticky note) and have the satisfaction of crossing the task off. Sometimes I even throw in a task I just finished so I can have that feeling right at the start of my list.
Also, anyone who can just remember what they need from the grocery store without a written list...get out of here...just. leave.
Pens are obviously convenient gifts for completing important paperwork, filing taxes, and etc., so consider giving someone a decisive tool in getting stuff done.
Help someone get organized with a personalized pen!
You might be thinking:no takes hand-written notes anymore in the modern world with computers and tablets galore ?
Interestingly, Princeton Researchers Pam A. Mueller and Daniel A. Oppenheimer concluded in 2014:
The present research suggests that even when laptops are used solely to take notes, they may still be impairing learning because their use results in shallower processing. In three studies, we found that students who took notes on laptops performed worse on conceptual questions than students who took notes longhand. We show that whereas taking more notes can be beneficial, laptop note takers' tendency to transcribe lectures verbatim rather than processing information and reframing it in their own words is detrimental to learning.
If someone is in a field of study where it's important they memorize the facts, a computer might be the best way for them to take notes.
But when it comes to any sort of conceptual knowledge that needs to be gained, writing your notes by hand the old fashioned way with a gift pen will help in the long run.
Finding a great personalized pen for someone in the midst of their academic endeavors will be one of the best gifts and a great, thoughtful tool to help support them. Maybe even find some cool notebooks to go with it to help them organize notes for different classes.
I have already talked a great deal about how using a pen and paper can stimulate the brain in different ways than using a digital medium. Of course this translates to creativity as well!
So much creativity is conceptual, so flushing out ideas with a great pen can be a relief in the jumble of thoughts that can be the start of a project.
Author Gillian Flynn does exactly this:
I do my ‘real writing’ on a laptop but all my thinking—notes, plots, character development—longhand.
If your creativity lends more towards the drawing than writing, just do a quick google search of ballpoint pen artwork and prepare to be amazed. (I really like Scott Mackie and Rachel O’Brien personally.)
Doodlers throughout history (even William Blake!) will say just how much fun it is to put pen and paper and let your mind wander whether that pen is a ballpoint, rollerball, or fountain pen.
The best personalized pen is the pen that means the most to you.
One last story from my time on production:
A customer called in one day looking to get six custom Cross Townsend pens. His mother had just passed away and he was hoping to have her signature engraved on each of the pens to give as gifts to each of his siblings at the funeral.
Sometimes it's hard to find meaningful gifts to share with loved ones or gifts that truly capture the importance of a moment.
Engraving the right thing on a beautiful pen can instantly make that pen cherish-able.
No matter what, those children can look at that pen, and be reminded of their mom. It's hard to get more meaningful than that.
Sometimes we aren't looking for a perfect cherished gift for a loved one. Sometimes we just want a nice go-to gift to show appreciation to clients or give to cousins you only see once every other year.
Here are some tips for finding a great go-to gift pen for casual giving.
Here are some suggestions:
By far Dayspring Pens' best seller, this pen has the Cross pens brand name, writes well, is durable and well-sized, and the all chrome design tends to suit everyone.
The Parker Jotter placed 7th in The Strategist's list of 100 Best Pens for a reason.
The durable body, satisfying click, and dark ink line are defining characteristics of this quality pen.
It has been known as a historically innovative ballpoint pen, but I personally favor the gel pen version for its fine writing line and smooth writing texture. Either way you can’t go wrong.
I've got an entire ultimate guide on the engraving process. It's super interesting!
Traditionally, a Script font for women, a block print for men, and something like Times for initials (The straight tails and flourishes on the lettering looks sharp).
Really if you want it, you can find it when it comes to color. You might find it hard to find specific hues, but if you are willing to pay some companies will color-match to your specifications.
Metal finishes like chrome, gold, and copper will be easy to find and flexible to your budget.
Lacquer finishes will get you a variety of colors and textures.
Wood finishes will depend on the type of wood and the varnishes used to finish the pen.
Standard engraving is going to cover any text with the fonts listed by the engraving company. Think: getting a name engraved, a short phrase, or the name of a company.
This is often free or included in the price of the pen and will use whatever fonts the company is licensed to use.
Deep Cut Color Filled Engraving cuts farther into the pen allowing the engraving to be filled with a colored lacquer.
Think: Your name in blue on a white pen.
This will normally hold to all the same rules of Standard Engraving in terms of fonts and whatnot. It can be up-charged or free depending on the engraver and the pen style.
Logo Engraving is an engraving of a logo, symbol, or some proprietary art.
Think: the Apple apple, a specially designed company name, or a mascot
This often has a charge for the logo rendering on the first order, but is free for any subsequent orders with the same artwork.
Signature Engraving involves engraving someone’s handwriting on a pen.
Think: John Hancock’s signature on your pen cap or the Happy Father’s Day example from earlier.
The engraving process timeline varies by company. I've compiled a short list of engraving companies and their production timelines. Dayspring Pens has a turnaround of about 4-5 days, sometimes much sooner! But you can also get Rush Production, so your order will be shipped in one business day.
Most personalization companies, like Dayspring Pens, don't charge extra for engraving. For others, it only costs a few dollars more in $3-$10 range.
I hope this all shows why personalized pens are the best go-to gift this year where you are buying for your mom or your clients!
Now it's time for you to speak up!
Tell me about your personalized pen gifting experience in the comments!