Dig through your junk drawer at home, and you’ll probably come across a bunch of cheap pens. While these are great for grocery lists and quick notes to your spouse, what if you want something a bit more exciting to write with?

That’s the beauty of the executive pens featured here! Every single one is sure to be well-loved by the authors, bosses, students, or professionals in your life. As a bonus, these screen printed or engraved pens can be customized with a name, monogram, or heartfelt message.

Whether you need holiday gifts, or just want to treat yourself to something nice, check out these stylish, business pens. It’s time to take your writing to the next level!

1: Gold-Plated Fountain Pen

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You don’t have to be into calligraphy to love fountain pens! These high-class luxury pens are a must for serious writers and lovers of classic literature. Pair them with leather Moleskine notebooks for a gift that will be cherished for years.

2: Engraved Black Ink Ballpoint

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This will be… an everlasting design! Okay, so maybe that’s not how the song goes, but the sentiment holds true. The design etched onto the barrel of these luxury pens won’t fade away over time. Are you the CEO of a small business or work in the HR department? Hand out these executive pens as affordable corporate gifts for everyone on your team!

3: Cross Pen

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Get a taste of luxury by picking up personalized pens from the Cross brand. This company has a long history, with the very first pen in their line coming out in 1846. These engraved pens have an appealing vintage look that fits well in formal settings like law firms or doctor’s offices.

4: Montblanc Pen

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This one’s for the high rollers! Montblanc pens cost an average of $385 each, but it’s worth every penny if you’re a prolific writer. Purchase these expensive pens for special occasions like book launches, anniversaries, or graduations.

5: Parker Pen

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If you want personalized pens that look elegant but are still affordable, look no further than Parker! These rollerball pens have super smooth ink that basically glides across the page. You’ll look and feel like a boss every time you pick one up to write.

6: Waterman Pen

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When you write with executive pens, you immediately seem like the authority on a topic. Do you have a big presentation or TED Talk around the corner? Splurge on a personalized Waterman pen for the occasion!

7: Sleek Aluminum Pen

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Did someone in your family or a good friend just land their dream job? Show them your support with budget-friendly, yet sophisticated aluminum pens. Engrave a message like “Congrats!” or “Go Get ‘Em!” on the barrel. It may be a small gesture, but it’s full of a lot of love!

8: Stainless Steel Pen

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Keep it classy with stainless steel pens! With their fair price tag, realtors can hand out these business pens as gifts to clients. Not only are they great gifts, but these engraved pens are also perfect when it comes time to sign the paperwork that goes along with their new home!

9: Uni-ball Pen

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Movie stars, singers, athletes, and other famous folks are often asked to sign a ton of autographs. If you’re in charge of a press release or red carpet event, give out custom Uni-ball pens to your celebrity guests. They can use these fancy pens to quickly sign autograph books and photos, which makes the process much more efficient in the long run. 

10: Refillable Ink Pen

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Why should you only get a refill on your drinks at restaurants? These executive pens come with black ink that can be replaced once it’s ran its course. Pens with refillable ink are great for those who frequently need to write at the workplace like waiters, architects, or secretaries.

11: Wood Pen

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Start the college semester on the right foot by treating your faculty to polished wooden pens. Deans can use them as they’re looking at applications, advisors as they help students select classes, and professors for grading. The texture is reminiscent of a nice mahogany desk and is perfect for academia, from Ivy League schools to community colleges.

12: Sleek Stylus Pen

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Did you just start a tech company? Win over the crowd at the grand opening with custom stylus pens as free giveaways. Choose a sleek option that’s silver or gold in color, and get your name engraved or printed on the barrel. With any luck, you’ll get new customers out of the deal!

13: Diamond Crystal Pens

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Bling bling! Every trendsetter will love writing with a pen that has tiny diamond details. Put these luxury pens in the gift bags at fashion shows, or as complimentary gifts with a purchase at your beauty store. You won’t have to worry about these stylish pens getting buried at the bottom of a backpack and forgotten about!

14: Twist Ballpoint Pen

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As great as it would be to give out actual gold pens, this is the next best thing! Twist ballpoint pens are a bit more sophisticated than retractable click pens. Plus, the gold accents are eye-catching and seem expensive and luxurious, even if it’s not real.

15: Fancy Novelty Pens

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Pens come in all kinds of unique shapes, from cute squishy pens to smiley face clickers to pickle shaped barrels! If you want a fun look, but are looking for something a bit more refined, shop for novelty pens with an elegant look. Crowns, diamonds, and iridescence are all outside-of-the-box ideas, yet still look professional.

Are Expensive Pens Worth It?

If you’re going to spend more than a few dollars on personalized or engraved pens as gifts, you want to make sure it’s worth the cost. The good news is you will get a ton of bang for your buck with the right fancy pens.

Here are all the reasons why expensive executive pens are worth your money:

  1. The ink doesn’t dry out as quickly and in some cases can even be refilled.
  2. An article in Psychology Today notes that you will feel a higher level of “status, wealth, and exclusivity” using luxury pens. These feelings improve your self-worth and confidence.
  3. Your handwriting may be better using expensive pens. Why? It’s because you end up putting more care and effort into every word.
  4. With a personalized design or engraving, professional pens are unique gifts that are more special than the random pens rolling around in your junk drawer.

“Expensive” is a subjective term, but if you’re spending more on a pen than normal, you don’t have to feel buyer’s remorse. There are many perks for splurging on executive or engraved pens, especially if they’re going to get a ton of use.

Final Thoughts

When you think of amazing gifts, pens might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But why not?! This list of recommendations proves that luxury pens can be high-end, trendy, and modern gifts for a variety of occasions.

Executive pens make great gifts for all of the following:

  • Writers
  • Authors
  • CEOs
  • Doctors
  • Lawyers
  • College Faculty
  • Architects
  • Realtors
  • Professional Speakers
  • Secretaries
  • Waiters & Waitresses
  • Directors
  • Celebrities
  • Anniversaries
  • Press Events
  • Holidays
  • Birthdays
  • New Jobs
  • Graduations
  • Promotions
  • Housewarming Parties
  • Weddings
  • Grand Openings
  • Fashion Shows

You have plenty of reasons to splurge on fancy pens with a stylish look and everlasting ink. Pick up these fancy pens as gifts for all the writers in your life!

References

McFerran, B. (2014, May 22). Why Do We Buy Luxury Brands – and How Do They Make Us Feel? Retrieved from, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/ill-have-what-shes-having/201405/why-do-we-buy-luxury-brands-and-how-do-they-make-us-feel

About the author

Bret Bonnet

Bret Bonnet is the president and founder of Quality Logo Products. He started the company in 2003 while he was still in college. Now QLP is one of the top distributors of promotional products in the country.