Caran d'Ache has been making some of our favorite writing utensils in Switzerland for nearly a century. They're good. And while we're big fans of the classic pen, sometimes you want something a little lighter. This functions with the same twist-and-push mechanism as a ballpoint, only with lead. (The sharpener's built in.) Pretty cool. It's coated with several layers of enamel so that the color stays vibrant for... well, maybe not forever, but for a long time. It's one of our favorite gifts.