Graduation Gifts 2011: A Pen Guide

Don’t look now, but graduation is coming and mid-may will be here soon. The hats will fly and so will the scholar in your life, off to a fresh start, in a big world filled with possibilities. Here at Executive Essentials we know that a graduation gift is more than just a memento of a job well done. It’s an opportunity to commemorate an important moment in a graduate’s life and giving the gift of a fine writing instrument is a hugely popular choice. We also know that there are literally thousands of pens from a multitude of manufacturers to choose from and picking the right pen, with the right personality to fit your graduate can be difficult.

guide to graduation giftsThat is why over the next few weeks building up to graduation we are going to do a series on the types and styles of pens that exist to help you get a better idea of what pen is the right gift to give. We will talk a little about fountain pens, rollerball pens, ballpoint pens, pencils and multi-function pens. We’ll also talk about the brands that exist and let you in on a bit of the history to help you better understand the quality and versatility each has to offer. And, of course, we will talk about price, offering up examples that are exquisite pieces of art (with prices to match) as well as offerings from the mid-to-lower end of the spectrum that are as beautiful as they are durable and fun. All of this, plus a healthy dose of staff favorites that can’t be beat.

The key to choosing the right pen for your graduation gift is to find one that has the right personality to fit your graduate. It may sound a bit dramatic to talk about pen personalities, but I think that once you begin to look around at the various styles and learn the history of the pens, you’ll begin to understand why we talk about them this way. You’ll find that some pens are royalty, a bit stuffy, but majestic. Others are carefree and embody a youthful spirit. Some look to the future, while others turn to the past. Some are scientific, without being nerdy, while others are nerdy without being geeky. Sleek and smooth or fat and bumpy, all kinds exist.

So take a look around, but come back soon and we’ll guide you through the world of pens that is Executive Essentials. And as always, don’t be afraid to leave a comment with a question.  We love to help.

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