Where to Buy Custom Pens: Top 3 Companies of 2023

By Daniel Whitehouse

Luxury Pen rests on blank paper next to a cup of coffee

Where to Buy Custom Pens: Top 3 Companies of 2023

By Daniel Whitehouse

pen resting on blank paper

When buying a gift for yourself or a loved one, it goes without saying that it’s essential you get it right.

Think about it: you buy a personalized pen, believing it’s the grandest idea in the world. Yet on a whim, you decide on going after cheap instead of quality. You think to yourself, “it’s just a pen, right”?

What does that result in?

  • Uncomfortable grip
  • Poor balance when you write
  • Unreliable ink cartridges that leak easily

Sure, those downsides aren't the end of the world. They’re just minor frustrations, but it does say a lot about how you feel toward yourself or your loved one, don’t you think?

You’re better than that. You deserve better.

That’s why we’re bringing you the definitive guide on where to purchase personalized pens. The below locations are the best of the best. The absolute bee’s knees, if you will.

What’s more, we’re going to tell you exactly why we decided on each location, too. So roll up those sleeves, put your writing cap on, and let’s get exploring.

We’ll start with the top custom pen company.

#1.) Dayspring Pens

Dayspring Pens is by far the best stop for your customizable pen needs. The care and attention to detail on each order —no matter the occasion—is admirable. Just one look at the Cross Century II Medalist Selectip Rollerball Pen makes that crystal clear.

Cross Century II Medalist Selectip Rollerball Pen

Cross Century II Medalist Selectip Rollerball Pen

Look at that pristine metal quality construction and those gorgeous plated appointments.

The Cross Century II writes like an absolute dream — and it’s just one of Dayspring Pens’ many choices.Related: See Dayspring Pen’s full Cross Pen line.

Dayspring Pens also offers remarkable pens from top brands such as Waterman Paris and Parker.

Even better: Dayspring offers free engraving on each of these pens, too—in any of the following fonts.

Block Cross Calais Ballpoint Pen- Lustrous Chrome
Times Cross Calais Ballpoint Pen- Lustrous Chrome
Cross Calais Ballpoint Pen- Lustrous Chrome

Many competitors adopt the policy of “your pen is engraved in the font you’re given.” However, this small attention to detail from Dayspring Pens is yet another sign of dedication.

Related: How Does Engraving Work? The Ultimate Guide to Personalized Laser Engraving.

What if you’re in a rush?

There’s little waiting for your Dayspring pen. You can enjoy free shipping to any location in the United States in as little as 2-4 days. 

However, if that’s still too long of a wait, then Dayspring’s “Rush Pens” are the choice for you.

Dayspring Pens offers 1-day rush pens that can get to your door before the ink has run dry on yesterday’s writings.

Not only that, even if you need to shoot out as soon as your pen arrives, Daysprings gift wrapping will ensure your pen is ready to go as quickly as you are.

“Excellent product and service was top notch!  The pen writes perfectly and the engraving really sets it off!  On top of that the pen was received earlier than promised.  Thank you I will order again!” — Paul, verified buyer.

Not sold on Dayspring? Then let’s take a look at our runner-up: Vistaprint.

#2: Vistaprint

Vistaprint is a Dutch company that’s been around since the 90s, and while their personalized pens are a great option, they’re not the sole focus of the company.

That’s because Vistaprint also offers personalized:

  • Business cards
  • Wall art
  • Clothing
  • Stickers
  • And more

This wide range of choices is excellent, especially for starting businesses looking to stock promotional material on their shelves. However, because of it, Vistaprint’s personalized pens don’t quite share the same quality and focus as Dayspring Pens do.

That isn’t to say Vistaprint isn’t a great choice — it’s why they’re our number two! Let’s take a look:

Vistaprint offers three types of customizable pens for everyday use:

The pens all come in one ink color—black—and while the engraved pens and styluses feature laser engraving, the premium ballpoint pen only has a full-color wraparound print, which means it may fade in time.

That being said, Vistaprint’s pens are much cheaper than Dayspring Pens — so it’s expected they won’t last as long or make such a grand gift gesture as a Dayspring Pen does.

However, if you’re looking to simply fill up your pen holder or purchase a loved one a pen that they can whip out in an emergency—then Vistaprint is a great option—and our second top choice.

“I got 3 of these pens and everyone I gave one to loved them and I am going to have to get some more.” — Annie, Henrietta, NC.

Are you looking for business pens? Vistaprint offers promotional pens, too.

#3: Forever Gifts

Finally, let’s take a look at Forever Gifts—a company aiming to provide the lowest prices on engraved material while offering 100% customer satisfaction.

Similar to Vistaprint, Forever Gifts doesn’t just focus on pens. They also sell:

  • Personalized jewelry
  • Coffee mugs
  • Money clips
  • Phone cases
  • And more

Now, like with Vistaprint, we feel Forever Gift’s wide range of choices does take away from that focus on having the top quality pen that Dayspring Pens provides, but that doesn’t mean that Forever Gift’s pens are a bad choice.

Let’s take a look:

Forever Gifts personalized metal ballpoint pen is just one of their options and comes in 5 colors, shipping within 2-3 business days. You have the option to engrave the pen for free or just get it as is (if you so choose).

If you pick the engraved option, you’re given up to 30 characters—including symbols—to make that unique gift for a loved one. 

Like with Vistaprint, these pens are cheap—so they’re not going to have that same quality that Dayspring Pens have.

However, if you’re only out to fill up your kid’s pencil case and want to add that spark of personality to it—then Forever Gifts is yet another winning choice.

“I purchased these pens for my three grandkids as they are learning to write in script. They were so happy to see the pens in their favorite color with their name engraved on it.” — Anonymous, verified buyer.

That’s it for our top 3 list. To recap, our top three custom pen companies are:

  • Dayspring Pens. Excellent quality engraved pens with quick delivery for you or that loved one in your life.
  • Vistaprint. Wide selection and great quality pens for everyday use. 
  • Forever Gifts. Affordable pens, available both with and without engraving.

Shop Dayspring Pens Today

While Vistaprint and Forever Gifts are excellent, affordable choices, they don’t quite match the same superior quality as the custom pens from Dayspring Pens.

However, knowing which business to buy from really depends on your needs. If you’re looking to:

  • Treat yourself 
  • Impress that loved one in your life
  • Gift a top CEO or work colleague

Then Dayspring Pens is an excellent option.

In fact, if you’re looking for an engraved, high-quality pen for a loved one, then we have the Definitive Guide to Buying a Personalized Gift that you can’t go wrong with.

Otherwise, without further ado, contact us today to get your Dayspring Pen.

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Daniel Whitehouse

Daniel is the President and CEO of Dayspring Pens. He lives in Virginia with his wife and their four children. Learn more about Daniel's bio.

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