Christmas Gift Guide 2018
Christmas shopping doesn't have to be hard! And here at Vanness want to help make it even easier this year. We've put together a list of staff favorites at several different price points in hopes of making your holiday season even more magical for both gift givers and receivers!
Gifts $25 and Under
1. Retro 1951 Classic Lacquer Rollerball Pens
Not sure if the person you're buying for is into fountain pens? No worries! We recommend the Retro 1951 Rollerball. Available in a range of colors (and fun designs, if you're willing to spend a little more) there's something for everyone in the Retro lineup. As a fun bonus, the classic lacquer pens are engraveable! Personalize it for no additional charge; just check the box on the product page before you add it to the cart.
If you're looking for a good introductory fountain pen, or a reliable everyday writer for a great price, look no further than the Faber Castell GRIP Fountain Pens. These pens have quickly become a staff go-to recommendation when customers are looking for a good fountain pen that won't break the bank. Available in several color choices, we love the smooth writing nibs and the lightweight plastic body. Don't forget the standard international converter or standard international cartridges, sold separately.
3. J. Herbin Ink
J. Herbin inks have something for everyone! This line offers a wide color range available in cartridges, 10ml bottles or 30 ml bottles. The color featured in the photo is one of Davina's personal favorites. Ambre de Birmanie is a rich golden yellow which offers some nice shading.
4. Midori 2019 Planners
With the new year right around the corner, Midori's lineup of 2019 planners would be the perfect gift for anyone who likes to be organized, or intends to set that as a resolution. Midori offers many different sizes, layout styles, and cover options to choose from. The paper is silky smooth and fountain pen friendly, as well.
5. Blue Q Pouches
Forget the stocking this year, and put everything in a Blue Q Pouch! Available in several sizes and many funny designs, these multi-use pouches are high quality and perfect for everyone. Made of recycled materials, you can feel extra good about giving this as a gift.
Gifts $25 - $50
1. Fisher Space Pens
An awesome out of this world gift is waiting with Fisher Space Pens. They're called space pens for a reason! Designed for NASA, these are the go to pens for astronauts as the pressurized refill allows the pens to write in zero gravity, freezing conditions, and even upside down. Available in several colors and styles, most of these pens can also be personalized, too.
2. Girologio Leather Pen Cases
Every pen aficionado needs a good pen case! Girologio leather pen cases offer protection and organization. With several colors and styles to choose from, this gift is sure to impress. Make it over-the-top with custom personalization with our free engraving option!
3. Lamy Al Star & LX Fountain Pens
A modern workhorse of the fountain pen world, you simply can't go wrong with a Lamy Al Star pen. Nib sizes range from Extra Fine to 1.9 Italic, and the pen bodies are available in a wide range of colors. The Lamy LX pen offers the same body as the Al Star (in a more limited color range) with an upgraded nib available from Extra Fine to Broad. Both styles of pen can be engraved at no extra cost. Don't forget the converter so you can use your favorite ink with your new pen! Or for the cartridge user, check out Lamy's selection of compatible cartridges.
4. Rhodia Goalbooks
Keep up with your thoughts and goals with Rhodia Goalbooks. Here at the store, Elizabeth uses her Goalbook for keeping up with tasks, and she especially loves it for bullet journaling. Fountain pen friendly paper makes these the perfect companion for a new pen. Mix and match colors with the Lamy Al Stars and create your own special gift set.
Gifts $50 - $100
1. Lamy Swift
This pen is easily a contender for favorite rollerball pen in the whole store. Its unique capless design features a click mechanism to expose the smooth writing ink. When the ink is exposed, the clip recedes into the body. This is a pen that Lisa recommends for young professionals, or anyone that likes a modern eye catching daily writer. Like many things on our list, this can engraved for that personal touch.
2. Kaweco Fountain Pens
Known for their octagonal shape and small pocket size, Kaweco offers many colors and styles of fountain pens. They offer a wide variety of nibs, from Extra Fine to Double Broad, and even wider calligraphy nibs. The aluminum body AL Sports are engraveable. We also have mini converters that fit the tiny pen bodies, or you can pick out some standard international cartridges.
3. Ink Sample Sets
Up your fountain pen ink collection with one of our sample sets! Our samples are 4ml each and we offer sample sets at several different price points. Choose your brand and try out all the colors without committing to full sized bottles. Who knows, you may just find your new favorite color!
4. Traveler's Notebooks
Traveler's Notebooks are not only a staff favorite, but a customer favorite as well! Introduce someone to the joys of Japanese paper and the customization of a Traveler's Notebook. Real leather covers offer protection for the paper and personality as they age and get worn with day to day use. Not only that, we can engrave them! Add more bands and refills, and you've got a personal journal that is perfect to keep up with life on the go.
5. Manufactus Journals and Portfolios
Our final entry on the list are the leather journals and portfolios from Manufactus. Classy and timeless, these journals offer a robust cover and plenty of paper. The portfolio offers something special for business professionals, just purchase the paper separately. And of course, we offer free engraving on these items.