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.
“There's a reason why many of our suits & blazers come with specially-designed pen pockets on the inside. Because when you have a good idea, it helps to write it down! I love these for their geometric shape and cheerful colors. And while they're nice, they're not expensive, so you don't have to feel precious with them.”