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!

Montblanc Leather

Montblanc Leather is exquisite!  I am a leather snob and the quality of this leather is like none I have ever seen. Made from Southern German full grain calfskin and put through a unique mixed chrome vegetable tanning, semi-aniline dying process, these leather goods stand out above the rest!

Westside Leather Wallet 8cc Black;The Montblanc line offers a variety of leather pieces including briefcases, backpacks, wallets, portfolios, messenger bags, wheeled luggage and of course pen cases!

I love leather!  My husband often gives me a hard time about my addiction to leather…..handbags,  furniture, coats, seats in my car, wallets, …whenever I have an excuse to buy leather, I do!!!

Leather Blank Journal Sketch Book;Did you know leather has a longer life on average, is stronger, more fire resistant, retains its shape, and breathes better than many other fabrics on the market! It’s classic look has stood the test of time and it continues to be conceived as a high-end, quality product that even the fashion industry has grown to love!

Montblanc leather products have a unique deep shine and a beautiful Jacquard lining. The quality craftsmanship and finishing materials used, contribute to the unsurpassed quality and the reputation Montblanc holds as a luxury goods manufacturer!

Take one look at these bags…..their distinction is evident!

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!

Top 10 Gifts for Executives and Professionals in 2010

  1. Meisterstuck Classique Ballpoint Pen Black & Gold;Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique Ballpoint Pen Black & Gold
  2. Bey Berk Lady Justice Sculpture
  3. Movado Rotating Aluminum Desk Cube
  4. Bosca Old Leather Collection All Leather Pad Cover
  5. Bey Berk Medical Bookends
  6. Mulholland Brothers Endurance Collection Two Bottle Wine Carrier
  7. Cross Townsend Ballpoint Pen Black
  8. Bey Berk Hand Holding Ball
  9. Bey Berk Bull And Bear Head Bookends
  10. Bulva Vintage Wood & Glass ClockImage result for Bulova Vintage Wood & Glass Clock

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!

Stress Relief in 2011

As 2010 begins to wrap up I’m sure we’re all looking forward to 2011, I knowThe Original Personal Agenda Lilac; I am!  A fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning…..right now 2011 has so much potential! Life in the 21st Century can be pretty darn hectic, so when there is a chance to regroup and reevaluate your game plan….. of course you welcome the opportunity!

To begin, there are always New Year’s resolutions, you know: lose weight, get in shape, obtain financial independence, find love, a better job, or maybe just learn something new as you parade through 2011. Haven’t we all attempted these things year after year? In 2011, why not try a different approach….stress reduction! By reducing stress, many of the above mentioned things will simply fall into place……

Patterns Personal Agenda Indigo Floral;The best way to de-stress is by getting organized and simplifying your life. How do you do this?…….By purchasing a calendar, a planner or a diary, and never letting it out of your sight! Use a personal agenda to keep track of all your important appointments, phone numbers, birthdays, etc; write everything down in a personal planner; make your lists in a personal planner; carry your personal planner, calendar or agenda with you wherever you go, so you know where, when and how your day is going.

Leather Zippered Pocket Agenda Red;Some people swear by the electronic version, not me.  I want something that I can depend on at all times. Something  I do not have to back up every night, charge every morning or worry where a cell tower is, in order for this device to work! Most importantly I want something that doesn’t act as a vehicle people use to reach me 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! (Another reason we are all so stressed out….we can never escape the madness!)

Now where to find one of these all-purpose, must have organizers!  There are several great options including:  Letts of London, Per Annum, Filofax and Scully.

Leather Zippered Spiral Agenda Black;Carry one of these wonderful little agendas around with you and watch your stress level go down immediately.  You’ll no longer double book, miss all together, or lose important time in your life.  Everything you’ll need to stay organized, will be with you no matter where you’re heading or what you’re doing. For those of you already ahead of the game, these companies offer wonderful 2011 refills as well!

Here’s to a less stressful 2011!  Forget about New Year resolutions, go out and buy a Letts of London, Per Annum, Filofax or Scully personal leather planner today; all available at Executive Essentials at great prices!

Our Own Blue Light Specials

When I was a kid growing up in the heart of Wisconsin, the one thing  I dreaded more than anything was going shopping with my mother. It didn’t matter what kind of shopping it was either; grocery, clothes, Christmas, odds and ends or just browsing — I hated it all. And not because my mother wasn’t pleasant to be around, because she was lots of fun. But, she liked to take her time in stores and I was impatient and easily bored. I mean, how long can any child play, ‘don’t touch the lava’ by themselves before they start to feel their very lives dripping away one minute at a time. I know this is universal too, because I see my kids now going through the same process of gloom whenever I mention we have a few things to pick up at the store. First you get a sigh, then you get reluctant obedience. At the store you get a few minutes of ‘don’t touch the boiling acid’ (a more modern version of don’t touch the lava I can only assume), that quickly devolves into I’m bored. To which I reply, ‘So am I. Now go in aisle 3 and get a 2 pound block of chedder… And stay out of the boiling acid!’

There WAS one store that I loved; K-Mart. Let me be clear, I didn’t love K-Mart more than any other department store because it had better products or design. Because it didn’t. I didn’t love it because it had a larger toy section or better video games. Because it didn’t. It didn’t have cleaner bathrooms or nicer employees. For all intensive purposes it was the exact same store as any other store in my mind. Except for one important factor.


Blue Light Specials.

executive essentials clearanceI lived for Blue Light Specials. And when we were in that store I prayed for blue light specials. In most stores, my mother kept a short verbal leash on me at all times while shopping. It had been a policy adopted early in our shopping relationship. I was to stay within the same aisle as her at all times and never stray from sight. But in K-mart, the rules were different. From the moment we entered that store I would be circling her cart looking for the mobile pole with its blue light firmly affixed to the top. I would stay in a near constant state of panic, ready to hear the favored phrase, “Attention K-mart Shoppers, we have a Blue Light Special in aisle…”. When this phrase was uttered over the crackly loudspeaker my mother would calmly smile at me and say, “Go ahead.” She would utter this phrase with a sort of relief, as if HER prayers had been answered.

At her allowance I would bolt off into the store, careening through aisles like a dog on the hunt, trying to catch a glimpse or flicker of blue light off the ceiling as an indicator of proximity. Dashing and dodging in and out of shoppers I would simultaneously look left and right down long sections of goods while at the same time scanning customers body language for any signs of where that sale-giving pole and light were located. Sometimes I found it by sight or sound. Sometimes, just through pure luck. But mostly I found it because they wanted me too. Regardless, I was never disappointed.  And when I’d report back to my mother that we could get $1.50 off a 250 count pack of paper plates, she would smile and tell me we didn’t need that. And I would nod my head, catch my breath and hope we stayed long enough for the next blue light announcement. Good times.

Here at Executive Essentials, we don’t have the Blue Light Special, but we do have a clearance section that has much more to offer than $2 off a king size pack of plastic silverware. In fact, right now you can get up to 60 percent off Waterford Pens like the Kilbarry, Arcadia II and Glendalough. In the fountain pen clearance category my favorite choice is the Honeycomb Fountain Pen in Red from MacKinnon Pens and the Cross Townsend Fountain Pen in Slate. There are also limited edition pens available as well as pen sets. But, the clearance section isn’t just limited to pens.  A great deal of seasonal leather goods are on sale now including attache cases and laptop bags.


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MacKinnon Honeycomb Fountain Pen in Red


So take the time to wander over to the clearance section here at Executive Essentials and see if we have something to complete a collection you started long ago or just to find a new purse pen. You probably won’t have as much fun as I did in Wisconsin all those years ago, but your bound to find much better deals.