If your dad is anything like mine, the search for a Father’s day gift he doesn’t already have is an impossible task, but finding him a relevant present he’ll use everyday and love doesn’t have to be.
Personalized pens are practical enough for any dad, no matter what he does, and can be completely unique to him.
In this article, we are going to talk about how to choose the right pen for your dad for Father's Day whether he is constantly working on projects around the house or relaxing with a video game.
Where to Start with Writing Instruments
Now, when I am looking to buy a pen as a gift for someone I always like to start by asking myself a few questions:
What kind of pen do I see him using? Is it a ballpoint? A rollerball? A fountain pen?
What is his style? Is he very professional and put together or more comfortable in a pair of jeans and a favorite t-shirt?
How does he use his pen? Is he constantly writing at a table or out and about pulling a pen out of his pocket?
With those questions in mind, let's look at three different "types" of dads, how they use their pens, and what kind of pens we think they will be proud and excited to use this Father's Day.
The Dad on the Go
This dad is the kind of guy who is constantly moving from task to task. His job may be out on a worksite, visiting different locations, or walking from patient room to patient room.
This dad always has his hands in a project or fixing something around the house.
I like to focus on practicality for this father. He needs a pen that is durable, functional, and easy to carry. Ballpoint pens fit that bill perfectly.
They are ready to write at any moment, they dry almost instantly, and they can write on pretty much any surface.
Something with a quick, easy click-action and something that has a smaller profile for portability is super handy if he is constantly taking his pen in and out of is pocket.
Durability is also something to consider since the writing instruments will need to stand up to a work day.
Great Options to Think About
The Parker Jotter
Light weight, slim profiled, and durable as all get out, the Parker Jotter has long been an Everyday Carry Pen because it is the quintessential workhorse pen.
Addictive click action and smooth ink refill makes this pen a steal at around $20.
The Dayspring Richmond Matte Black Set
A set made up of a ballpoint pen and a mechanical pencil, the Richmond is sleek, minimal, and solid.
It's a great middle of the road set at around $30.
The Waterman Expert Stainless Chrome Trim Ballpoint
Durability is a given with the Waterman Expert Stainless Ballpoint. The stainless steel finish could survive a tank and the Waterman quality ballpoint is unparalleled.
A luxury pen that can stand up to a hard days work, the Waterman Expert comes in at roughly $140.
The Weekday Warrior Dad
This dad works his nine to five from his office whether that’s remote at home or in the office building. Maybe he likes to do the morning crossword or keeps a physical planner.
Whether crunching numbers or building a website, a majority of his time is at his desk.
Since this father is doing his work at his desk, I find he has a lot of freedom in what he writes with.
I like to recommend fountain pens or even rollerballs for this dad. They give a unique, smooth writing experience perfect for jotting down notes and marking up documents.
Look for a fountain pen with a comfortable weighted body allows for longer periods of writing without hand cramping.
You can find a wide range of styles from something modern and architectural to something classical with finesse so you can tailor the pen to his style.
Pens to Consider
The Dayspring Alexandria Fountain Pen
An entry level fountain pen, there is nothing to fear with getting this pen. The Alexandria Fountain Pen is simple to load and has a nice medium to large barrel.
Each Alexandria comes with a converter and two universal ink cartridges at approximately $35.
The Cross ATX Blue Rollerball
Architectural and futuristic, the Cross ATX just looks so cool.
With gel ink inside the pen, the ATX is one smooth writer from an American company, starting at $80.
The Cross Century II Black Fountain Pen
A classic pen with all the right details, the Century II is a thing of beauty. The pen inks a fantastic writing line.
A memorable addition to the Cross collection, the Century II is around $165.
The Father of the Boardroom
Somewhere in between the dad on the go and the dad working from his office, this father is a go getter, taking meetings with clients or running his own business.
He might be the head of the office or someone who takes their personal style seriously to present who they are and show their respect to their employees.
When I think about this type of dad, his writing instruments are an extension of how he dresses and approaches a room. I like to suggest something that is equally practical, but makes a statement in how it appears and how it writes.
That can mean a writing set like a pen and pencil that offers flexibility, but I like to think of the rollerball as the best writing style for this dad. Rollerballs have the ready to write practicality of a ballpoint, but the beautifully smooth liquid line of a fountain pen which means they make a signature look impressive.
And speaking of signatures I want to mention my favorite option for personalization: engraved handwriting.
Engraved Handwriting puts his signature on the pen making it completely unique to him. His Father's Day pen will make a statement that perfectly represents what he does and the documents he has signed.
Dayspring Pens Monroe Gold Set
18k gold-plating is a rarity on a pen set and looks fantastic in this classic take on a click pen.
The Dayspring Monroe Gold Set comes with a black ink ballpoint and 0.7mm mechanical pencil with a comfortable ergonomic rubber grip.
Waterman Hemisphere Stainless Gold Trim Rollerball
Finessed and detailed, the Waterman Hemisphere is a Dayspring Pens staff favorite with the rollerball iteration being the most used pen in the office.
Durable and fancy with 23k gold appointments, this pen looks great and writes even better.
Parker Premier Rollerball
Parker's highest end luxury pen, the Premier Rollerball is stunning with its high gloss finish and precision gold bandings.
This is a boardroom, executive pen through and through.
Those are my tips for finding the best Father’s Day gift pen.
Really, finding the perfect pen for Father’s Day is about finding a gift you are excited to give, and I hope asking yourself these questions and thinking about what he does and how he uses his pens has helped you shop.
If you have any questions or suggestions that helped you find the perfect pen for Father's Day leave a comment.