The mightier gift

When was the last time you bought a pen? How much did it cost? Was it made of plastic or coated with gold? Yes some pens are made of gold and can cost up to a couple of lakhs.

Cross pens. Pic: Anisha Nair

Brand name, as in any other retail product is a key factor with the pricing of pens too. From Parker, Pierre Cardin, Cross, Sheaffer, Baoer, Waterman, Mont Blanc, Caran d’Ache, Q, the list is long. You have a plethora of designs, trends and styles to choose from.

It also depends on the material from which pens are made from. The regular pens generally have plastic bodies. But there are pens made from in carbon fibre, stainless steel, Chinese lacquer, Aluminium and rhodium, with coats of silver and gold! Gosh! And so much for writing! They are either ballpoint pens or ink pens. These brands don’t have gel pens.

Scheaffer pens. Pic: Anisha Nair

So, gone are the days when pen was considered just a set of a plastic body and a refill, or even plain old fountain pen, just enough to get your work done. Pens have evolved into a status symbol, a trend, a style statement.

These pens are mostly used for the corporate gifting purposes. Some companies buy them in bulk during seminars and conferences. The brands depends on their budget.

There is also a trend of customised pens. You can get names engraved over these pens. Corporates use this the most. They can get the name of their companies engraved over these pens.

Well, here’s a secret little tip for you. Pens make for a wonderful gift when you are not sure what to give and still want to make it special, regardless of the gender.

So go to the nearest store and pick your favourite pen, and write it all out in style. Don’t forget to flaunt one over your shirt pocket as well!

You can pick your choice of pens from:

Koramangala and HSR Layout

William Penn: # 145, 1st Main, 5th Block, Koramangala. Ph: 25537803, 41104428, 40535555
Sapna Book house: # 6, 80 Feet Road, 7th Block, Koramangala. Ph: 40839999
Pen Fold: # 174/A, 19th Main, Sector 4, HSR Layout. Ph: 8553011056, 25724864

Jayanagar

Gift Zone: # 45, 29th Cross, Geetha Colony, 4th Block, Jayanagar. Ph: 41307740
Sapna Book house: # 14, Sadguru Complex, 27th Cross, 4th Block, Jayanagar. Ph: 41307322

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Anisha Nair is a Staff Journalist at Citizen Matters.

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