Top 10 Graduation Gifts

When I was in college, my roommates & I loved to end our long day of studies by watching Late Night with David Letterman, and our favorite part of the show……Dave’s Top Ten List.

With Graduation fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make Executive Essentials very own Top Ten List to help our many customers find the perfect graduation gift for their sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

Executive Essentials Top 10 Best Selling Graduation Gifts:

10. Business Card Holder: Jac Zagoory Atlas Business Card HolderLarge Buckle- Flap Backpack;

9. Leather Backpack: Piel Leather Large Buckle- Flap Backpack

8. Leather Duffel:

For WomenClava Leather Nantucket Duffel

For MenDavid King Leather Two Pocket Duffel Bag

7. Monogrammed Leather Padfolio: Bosca Nappa Leather Letter Pad Black

6.   Monogrammed Leather Wallet:Letter Pad Black Nappa Leather;

For WomenBosca Nappa Leather Slim Credit Card Case

For Men:  Johnston & Murphy Leather Slimfold Wallet

5. Leather Handbag:

For WomenLodis Women’s Business & Casual Totes
For MenScully Leather Man Bag BlackCross ATX Ballpoint Pen Medalist;

4. Leather Messenger Bag: Kenneth Cole Leather Messenger Bag

3. Laptop Briefcase:

For WomenJack Georges Milano Collection Madison Avenue Tote
For Men: Sante Fe Vaquetta Leather TSA Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Bag

2. Engraved Pen: Cross ATX Ballpoint Pen Medalist

And the #1 Top Selling Graduation Gift……….(drum roll please)

1. Engraved Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique Ballpoint Pen

Executive Essentials is the ideal place to shop for today’s finest graduation gifts, check them out today!

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Image result for Grand Band money clipStill stuck on what to get dad for Father’s Day? I’ve got an idea for you.

Try a Grand Band money clip. They come in your choice of stainless steel or sterling silver, and there are eight different designs to choose from. Most plates can be engraved so you can make sure that your gift is personal, original and meaningful.

31dlkcziwpljpg204ec19a-4634-457f-8d93-6d9ad6ad4af9-e1501703715904.jpgWhether Dad is a golfer, banker, teacher, doctor or anything else, he still needs something to hold his cash, credit or business cards together. The Grand Band is the perfect accessory to hold everything. Wallets can sometimes be bulky to carry around in your pocket all day long, so the Grand Band is a sleek new alternative to the wallet.

 

Top Ten Corporate Gifts Under $100

Century II Ballpoint Pen Medalist;The 2010 holiday season will soon be upon us and many companies are searching for the perfect gifts to thank their hardworking employees, while still keeping an eye on the all important bottom line. Executive Essentials is the perfect place for corporate gift orders, due to their volume discounts; monogramming, screen printing, and embroidery capabilities; practice of providing samples upon request; and wide selection of quality products for business personnel, with pricing to fit a 2010 budget.

Top companies that have already chosen Executive Essentials for their corporate gift giving include McDonalds, Phillip Morris, United Airlines, Motorola, Proctor & Gamble and more.

Top Ten Corporate Gifts under $100 include:

  1. Bosca Nappa Leather Letter Pad Black
  2. Cross Century II Ballpoint Pen Medalist
  3. Tumi Meridian Slim Card Case Black
  4. Bey Berk Small Globe On BaseColombian Leather Single Compartment 13” Slim Laptop Portfolio - Black;
  5. Parker Sonnet Rollerball Pen Stainless Steel GT
  6. Movado Crystal Sphere Clock
  7. Kenneth Cole Briefcases – Leather What’s The Bag Idea Computer Messenger Bag
  8. Bey Berk Bull Pen Holder
  9. Andrew Philips Leather To-do Flip Pad Black
  10. Johnston & Murphy Dividends Collection Passport Holder

Remember personalizing with monogramming and engraving can make all the difference! Contact Executive Essentials today!

2010 Holiday Sales Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us, check out the great deals and unbelievable pricing at Executive Essentials this holiday season: sales, sales and more sales; coupons; clearance items; free monogramming; and many free gifts with purchase!!

Hundreds of gifts at unbeatable prices including:

Fine Pens! Laptop Totes and Briefcases! Leather Duffels! Agendas, Writing Pads, Wallets, Desk Accessories and more…..all on sale at Executive Essentials! Executive Essentials the holiday gift center for all your favorite professionals.

Happy Holidays from Executive Essentials!

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Women and Men

13" Laptop Bellagio Sleeve - Red;
Bellagio Laptop Sleeve

Ah…..falling in love, there is no feeling like it! Racing heart, sweaty palms, the sensation that you are just going to burst at the seams with excitement.  You cannot get enough of him or her, all day, every day. They occupy your every thought and boy does it feel great!!!

Come on you remember, don’t you?  It has not been that long since you’ve experienced the high?…..Even if you are deeply committed and truly love the one you’re with; whether you have been together one year or fifty, it is time to recapture that giddy feeling, reignite that flame and fall in love all over, with that special person in your life!

Audrey Leather Vicky Convertible Crossbody Clutch - Red;
Lodis Leather Crossbody Clutch

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and what better time to start the ball rolling! Come on life is too short, let’s give it all we got!!!  You cynics out there who say Valentine Day is a Hallmark holiday, so what, who cares; why not take advantage of it anyways, take the opportunity to get back that gosh darn fantastic feeling when you first fell in love!Below are some great Valentine gifts she will just love and they won’t be gone in a week: the Andrew Philips Leather Heart Shaped Paperweights; luxurious red and pink pens from Faber-CastellWaterfordAuroraCrossWaterman & more; exquisite red and pink leather wallets, agendas, totes and briefcases from LodisKnomo, McKlein and Clark & Mayfield;  or even a fun red or pink umbrella from Shed Rain and Knirps Umbrellas.

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Aurora Ipsilon Ballpoint Pen

For that special guy in your life this Valentine’s Day:  Piel Leather Golf Accessories;  Bey Berk Bull & Bear Bookends;  Clava Leather Wine Carriers; extraordinary fountain, rollerball and ballpoint pens from MontblancNamiki, Cross or Waterman; or top quality leather briefcasesmessenger bags, wallets, portfolios and more.

Falling in love….ooooh what a feeling! Happy Valentine’s Day from Executive Essentials!

Graduation Gifts 2011: Types of Pens

Graduation is coming soon and that means finding the perfect gift for that scholar in our lives. Because fine writing instruments are a perennial favorite among graduation gift ideas we decided to write a short blog series outlining the types and styles of pens available. There are hundreds of pens to choose from with a wide range of price. We hope that this short series gives you a better understanding of the offerings that exist. Today we are going to talk a little bit about qualities and attributes of the ball point, rollerball and fountain pen.

Ball Point Pen

Point of fact: According to the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association, most ball point pens have the ability to draw a line 4,000 to 7,500 feet in length. Whether or not the line is straight is, of course, up to you. The earliest this little-known fact could have been tested was in 1888 when the first known patent for a ball point pen was issued to John Loud. Mr. Loud devised the pen as a means to write on the leather goods that he created as a tanner. Although the use would eventually spread from tanned leather to paper-like products, the original pens were much too rough for use on materials less durable than cured hide.

 

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Lamy Studio Ballpoint Pen Stainless Steel

 

Today disposable ball point pens are found in every nook and cranny of our world. They are so cheap to produce that many organizations give them away free as advertising—with logos emblazoned on the side. It’s easy to consider the ball point as only a disposable item, but this is far from the truth. Many people prefer a quality ball point pen over any other type of pen because of their ease of use and design.

Ballpoint pens use an oil-based ink and a tight ballpoint that requires more pressure than other pen types. The oil-based ink lays down a nice tight line the size of the pen tip and resists bleeding.  The tight ballpoint at the tip prevents the pen from leaking, making it a perfect candidate for the purse or pocket. Unfortunately, the oil-based ink in conjunction with the pen tip makes the pen unsuitable for all surfaces.

Rollerball Pen

The ball point pen dominated the writing instrument market with little variation until 89 years after John Loud received his patent. It was 1977 that saw the invention of the rollerball pen. The concept behind the rollerball was to create a hybrid of the ball point and the fountain pen by introducing a water-based or gel-based ink. This gave the pen an ease of use associated with ball point pens as well as a nice wet, penetrating stroke like a fountain pen.

 

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Aurora Ipsilon Rollerball Pen Satin Blue

 

Rollerball pens have a number of unique characteristics that make them popular among pen enthusiasts. Because rollerball pens use a thicker ink the ball at the tip of the pen does not need to be sealed as tightly. This allows the user to exert less pressure when writing. The thickness and ‘wetness’ of the ink produces a more consistent stroke with less dry skips that sometimes appear with a ball point pen. Gel based inks also come in a wide variety of color, in contrast to their oil-based counterparts.

Fountain Pen

The actual origin of the fountain pen on the world stage is a little hazy. This is because a pen designed with an ink reservoir has been documented as early as the 10th century.  It is because fountain pens have such a long, rich history in nearly every nation of the world that so many people are drawn to them, but at the same time shy away from using one themselves. Many people feel that a fountain pen requires a great deal of effort to learn to use, that they are hard to take care of and that they are fragile. The fact is that modern fountain pens are extremely user-friendly, easy to take care of and more durable than earlier iterations.

 

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Faber Castell Porsche Steel And Gold Fountain Pen

 

Modern fountain pens are the product of science and art. The old problem of spilled ink and leaking pens has been solved with pre-filled cartridges, although it is still possible to purchase fountain pens you fill manually. The design of the nibs – the tip of the pen that transfers the ink to the paper —  now come in a variety and quality that accommodate all writing styles. Advances made in the construction of modern fountain pens have made them as durable as they are beautiful. The greatest advancement in the fountain pen, however, is the price. No longer is the fountain pen a writing instrument for the wealthy and royal. Affordable fountain pens exist erasing the only real reason not to try one out –or to give one as a gift.

What’s Next?

That is our quick trip through the types of pens you can expect to see at Executive Essentials. All three have their own unique style and history and all three have their own character. Take the time to browse through our online catalog to get a sense of what is available. Next post we will talk a little about a few of the companies out there that are producing high-quality pens that are fun, inventive and unique. Until then, feel free to leave a comment and ask a question. We’d love to hear from you.

Executive Essentials Needs You!

Today we are taking a short break from our series on how to find the perfect pen to give as a graduation gift in order to gather information — from you!  We know from years past that many people love to give fine pens as gifts, but are often overwhelmed by the sheer volume of pen types and styles that exist. This is because Executive Essentials carries 44 brands of pens. When you consider that many brands have more than one style-line and dozens of pens in each line, well, it can make it hard for those new to the world of pens to know what to look for.  In fact, when I began to think about how to talk about pen brands for this guide I quickly realized that I wouldn’t be able to go into any kind of depth on all 44 brands.  I was going to have to pick and choose. But how?

 

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Waterman Serenite Collection d’Art Fountain Pen Fire

Then it dawned on me.  Not only could I do research on some of my favorite brands and report back, but I could ask the thousands of pen collectors and aficionados from around the World (Wide Web) what their favorite pen brands and styles are. Then Executive Essentials could bring this information back to the blog. This would offer a wide array of opinions and experience and be a great help to all those who are new to the world of pens. So here is how it works.

 

If you have a particular pen brand or style that you just love and think it would make the perfect graduation gift, leave a comment below or contact me at missoulakid@gmail.com.  Leave as much information as you want. Some folks might just want to name a brand or a specific pen. You might want to leave a detailed description of why you love the pen, how you first came to know about it and a little about your collection. If you’re one of the many hundreds of pen collectors that write their own blog, Executive Essentials would be interested in offering up a guest blog spot so you can share your knowledge. The key here is to have fun and be informative.

Leave as much information as you want. Some folks might just want to name a brand or a specific pen. You might want to leave a detailed description of why you love the pen, how you first came to know about it and a little about your collection. If you’re one of the many hundreds of pen collectors that write their own blog, Executive Essentials would be interested in offering up a guest blog spot so you can share your knowledge. The key here is to have fun and be informative.

But what if your not a pen collector? We still want to hear from you. If you are interested in learning more about a brand of pen or specific pen, leave a comment with your question  and we will consider it for it’s own blog post. We’ll do our best to shed light on the questions you have and at the same time provide useful information to others.

I’m really excited to engage with the professional pen community and the casual collector on this project and hopefully others. The Executive Essentials pen blog was always envisioned as a place for collectors, buyers and sellers to come together to share knowledge, opinions, and experience. And 2011 is shaping up to be the year this happens. So if you have something to contribute, take a short moment and let us hear from you.  Did I mention I was excited!