Fountain pens make great gifts. They’re personal, stylish and fun, not to mention very useful in everyday life. There are so many fine pens to choose from, and you can guarantee personalization by having them engraved. However, because there are a lot of options, choosing the “right” pen for that special person on your gift list can be intimidating. Here are some tips for making it easy and enjoyable instead.
Tip #1: Focus on the other person’s preferences, not your own.
If you like the same things, you’ve got it made. But that’s usually not the case. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and you’re off to a good start.
Tip #2: What type of writing instrument?
There are four choices: Fountain Pen, Ball Point Pen, Rollerball Pen and Mechanical Pencil. What type is used as an everyday writing instrument? How about for special occasions like signing documents or writing personal correspondence? What is his or her profession? Answering these questions will help you determine the type.
Tip #3: Evaluate a handwriting sample of the person.
This is especially helpful if you’re going to pick out a fountain pen. And it’s easier than it may sound. For instance, a fine nib is your best bet for smaller writing or writing that has slimmer lines. On the other hand, a medium to broad sized nib works well for writing that’s larger and darker. If the sample wasn’t written with a fountain pen, it will either confirm or change the decision you made as a result of Tip #2.
Tip #4: Decide how much you want to spend.
This can help you narrow the field and not get too distracted. But give yourself a reasonable range so you’ll still have plenty of choices. Sometimes a slightly more expensive writing instrument will make a big difference in quality, performance and appearance.
Tip #5: What’s the person’s style?
Is he or she traditional, a trendsetter or somewhere in between? Get your clues from personal or business attire, accessories such as watches, jewelry and eyewear, even what the person drives. These answers will help you pick a pen brand, finish, color and more, until you’ve made your final selection.