The 7 Best Christmas Pens to Give

By Daniel Whitehouse

family celebrating christmas with christmas pen

The 7 Best Christmas Pens to Give

By Daniel Whitehouse

The holiday season is just around the corner, and you may be feeling the pressure to find just the perfect gift for those special people in your life. How about a Christmas gift pen?

Today, we’re going to talk about 7 of our finest pen gift ideas for your holiday season, whether you are out to shop for your office Christmas party or your family holiday celebration.

This selection is going to span different brands, price, and designs to show you the incredible options out there.

Interestingly, one of the great things about each of these pens is that they all come with a free line of personalized engraving for a special custom Christmas gift.

So, here's our list of the 6 best pens (and 1 great padfolio) for Christmas gifts:

1.) The Dayspring Pens Alexandria

Alexandria Red Fountain Pen and Rollerball Pen perfect for Christmas gift

The newest addition to Dayspring Pens, the Alexandria pen is all about a classic statement pen that looks great on a desk or in a hand. Personalization on the lacquer blue finish will be nice and noticeable in gold matching the appointments. Talk about a perfect Christmas gift!

Notably, Dayspring really took the time to hone in the writing experience of the Alexandria for both the ballpoint, the rollerball, and the fountain pen. All three are medium point with almost no skipping or resistance. Moreover, each writing style represents a textbook example of the strengths of the style.

With a larger barrel, this pen will be great for bigger hands or anyone who likes a looser grip.

Santa's going to be checking off his list with the Dayspring Alexandria:

  • Price: starting at $25
  • Ink: Black inside the ballpoint and rollerball, cartridges with the fountain pen
  • Size: Large
  • Engraving Color: Gold




2.) The Cross Bailey

Bailey Medalist Rollerball pen propped on notebook

The Cross Bailey line of fine writing instruments is a classic pen design that looks impressive and writes admirably. Furthermore, engraving looks particularly snazzy on this pen since the two bandings on the cap create a balanced focal point for personalization.

The Bailey comes in blackblueand red lacquer finishes and a “Medalist” option, with a choice of a rollerball, fountain nib, or ballpoint tip. Personally, I recommend the ballpoint or the rollerball for this pen. However, Cross fountain pens tend to have a stiffer, medium point nib that can be less responsive.

Additionally, it has a medium barrel width that makes them easier to use for longer periods of time, perfect for fighting the writing fatigue often faced by consistent writing.

Christmas gift highlights of the Cross Bailey:

  • Price: starting at $44
  • Ink: Black inside the pens
  • Size: Medium
  • Engraving Color: Silver on colored finishes; light gold on medalist




3.) The Parker Jotter

Parker Jotter Gel Pen Stainless Steel Gold Trim, perfect for Christmas gift

This pen is great as a gift or a stocking stuffer with its shorter slimmer design and durable all metal construction. The click mechanism on this pen will have the person next to you go crazy as you click it open and closed. (It's snappy and addicting).

The Parker Jotter has been around pretty much since the ballpoint was invented and is just such a sturdy, reliable pen it is easy to see why. A nice taper, the Parker arrow clip, and a two-tone finish on the color models are the standout design features of this pen.

Engraving takes a slightly darker tone-on-tone look, so it is more subtle if you aren't looking for pizzaz and are looking for a lil something nice.

Traditionally a ballpoint, I am a massive fan of the gel pen version because I write close together and the fine point gel line looks dark and lush on the page.

The Grinch will steal the Parker Jotter because:

  • Price: starting at $20
  • Ink: Black inside the pens
  • Size: Slim
  • Engraving Color: Dark Brass




4.) The Dayspring Pens Monroe

Monroe Gold Ballpoint pen propped on journal

What is great about the Dayspring Pens Monroe is the weight, the click action, and the comfy ergonomic grip.

This pen looks and writes like your favorite cheap throwaway pen, but looks nice enough to sit on your desk or use in a boardroom. Rich color finishes in black, blue, and red all come with 18k gold plated appointments, or you can go straight gold with the 18k gold plated Monroe.

It comes predominately as a set of ballpoint and mechanical pencil which is nice cause you get two pens for the price of one.

This pen also has plenty of room for an engraving so there isn't as much pressure to squeeze something small on the pen.

The Monroe is one of the perfect christmas gift pens with:

  • Price: starting at $20
  • Ink: Black inside the pens; 0.7mm lead in pencil
  • Size: Medium Slim
  • Engraving Color: Gold




5.) The Waterman Expert

Waterman Expert Ballpoint pen propped on journals

The Waterman Expert is the kind of pen that is a stand out Christmas present. It is a luxury pen with no bones about it.

Indeed, rich high gloss lacquer finish, precious metal detailing, and time-tested writing precision make the Waterman Expert a rival with brands like Montblanc.

The Expert has a larger, cigar shaped barrel and a magnificent twist-action on the ballpoint. The Waterman fountain pen and rollerball are also a great way to experience the world of high end pens.

Its a great pen that is going to look really nice as a Christmas gift, especially when you add a personal engraving (which is actually free with this pen from Dayspring).

Find the Waterman Expert on a desk in Nakatomi Plaza because:

  • Price: starting at $130
  • Ink: Black inside the pens
  • Size: Medium
  • Engraving Color: Gold




6.) The Cross Century II

Cross Century II Pearlescent White Rollerball Pen

The Cross Century II is one of the jolly christmas gift pens, exceptional in its design and writing performance. Arguably, it is one of the best pens Cross has ever made.

Consequently, a fusion of the Cross Classic Century and the Cross Townsend, this pen has been an official White House pen for three presidencies.

The finishes are luxe and refined, but the best part of this pen is the functional details. The way the cap snaps back on the pen in the rollerball and the seamless twist-action of the ballpoint.

Each moment of using the pen feels completely thought out and meticulously crafted. 

Available in multiple finishes, but particularly remarkable in the Pearlescent White, it is a medium barrel pen that is a delight to unwrap.

Sleigh bells ring on the Cross Century II:

  • Price: Starting at $89
  • Ink: Black inside the pens
  • Size: Medium slim
  • Engraving Color: Gold, silver




7.) The Dayspring Pens Natural Leather Padfolio


The Dayspring Pens Leather A4 and A5 Padfolios make an amazing Christmas gift


Technically not a pen, but what experience of giving christmas gift pens is complete without the paper to write on?

The Dayspring Pens Leather Padfolio is a beautifully crafted piece of natural leather, closed with an adjustable brass claps that expands or shrinks the portfolio. 

Two sizes are available, A4 and A5, both complete with 40 pages of heavy 100 gram dot paper, perforated for easy tearing, an inner folder to hold loose sheets, and a cut out to fit an engraved pen in the spine.

The larger A4 also has a business card holder slot.

The Padfolio come custom engraved so it can complement an engraved pen for the gift set of the season.

See why Santa got Dayspring Pens Padfolios for all his elves:

  • Price: Starting at $120
  • Color: Natural brown leather
  • Size: A4 and A5
  • Engraving Color: Black




Finding the Perfect Christmas Gift Pens

These are just five of the best Christmas pens you can find at Dayspring Pens. Additionally, each comes in gift boxes with free domestic shipping and a free line of personal engraving to help with as you shop for the holidays.

Not only does each pen write well, but also they look great with engraving, and can find the perfect spot under your tree depending on your price point.

For more pens and personalized gifts, check out our website or leave a comment below about your favorite pen this Christmas season!


Daniel Whitehouse is the President and CEO of Dayspring Pens. He uses his expertise with premium writing utensils to create exceptional, intentional products and craft easy-to-understand articles that help both new and experienced users learn more about their writing tools. He lives in Virginia where he and his wife are raising their four children.

To learn more about him and his insights about custom engraved gift pens, follow Daniel on LinkedIn.


@PaulDavidO’Dowd That is a great point! I will update the list with a great fountain pen.

Samantha Di Nardo

I only like and use Fountain Pens; did I miss there being one in this offering?

Paul David O'Dowd Jr

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