Best Gifts for Pen Collectors in 2020

Finding the best gifts for pen collectors can be a challenge, particularly since most people don’t want to take the risk and expense of buying a pen. Fortunately, there are a lot of gifts for pen enthusiasts they are sure to enjoy, you just have to think about it for a minute. You don’t even have to search forĀ fountain pen shops as all these items can be easily found online.

Clairefontaine Triomphe, one of the best gifts for pen collectors

The first thing that pops into my head when I think of the perfect gifts for pen collectors is something to write on and there is nothing finer to write on than a Clairefontaine Triomphe tablet. These tablets come in a small (5.75″ x 8.25″) which is perfect for lists or short correspondence, and large (8.25″ x 11.75″) which is great for taking class notes or longer letters.

The paper is smooth, easy to write on, and made specifically for fountain pens guaranteeing that whoever the lucky recipient is, they will love it. Virtually no feathering or show-through makes sure their writing is sharp, clear, and allows them to use both sides of the page even with darker inks. Short of dedicated fancy stationery, this is the paper they want, guaranteed.

Hard to go wrong when the best gifts for pen collectors are under ten dollars!

Noodlers Apache Sunset Ink, one of the best gifts for pen collectors

Of course, how can you think of the best gifts for pen collectors and not think of ink? The problem is that there are so many colors of ink out there, how can you possibly pick one that they will like? That is actually the easy part, choose Noodler’s Apache Sunset.

So why this ink? Because I know of no one who doesn’t love it. This way, even if your recipient already has a bottle, they will love getting a second.

It is just fluid enough that it flows amazingly well without bleeding through or feathering, and dries fairly quickly. The colors are just mesmerizing and seem to change when drying. The ink has a good amount of water resistance but is not really considered tamper-proof but is an excellent permanent ink. It is just a good all-around beautiful ink. The color chart in the image above does not begin to do this ink justice. One of my favorite fountain pen gift ideas.

So what if you like the idea of ink as a gift but know they have a ton of Apache Sunset? Try Navajo Turquoise, Ottoman Rose, or Cayenne, three more of my favorites from Noodlers.

Stamp Kit

So let’s be different in our choice for the best gift for pen collectors and try a wax sealing stamp kit. Fountain pen users who belong to snail mail lists will be particularly fascinated with this one.

Many years ago letters and scrolls were sealed with wax and imprinted with a stamp. One would close the envelope, melt wax into a small spoon-like object, then pour the hot wax onto the envelope between the flap and back of the envelope, and finally use a metal stamp to press the wax into the paper while at the same time imprinting an image, letter, or other symbol into the wax to ensure the letter arrived unopened.

Now your pen collector can do the same with their very own kit! It’s fun and inexpensive, and yes, you can send them through the mail. I have had a few come off over the years but probably 90% or more have arrived intact.

I particularly like this kit because it comes with everything you need to get started and allows you to choose the letter that comes on the stamp. These make simply amazing gifts for fountain pen lovers.

Pen Holder

This little gem is not just one of the best gifts for pen collectors out there, but for anyone who does research, writes books, is a student, etc. These Adjustable Elastic Band Pen Holders are just simply fantastic. I usually carry a highlighter, a gel ballpoint, and a small ruler very similar to the picture they use to demo the item in the image above.

I have seen people complain that they don’t work on paperbacks but I disagree. Most paperbacks are smaller so I just loop it over the entire book instead of just around the front cover, works fine. Where it does have a problem is with larger soft covers, in which case I tend to take the first 20 pages or so and loop it around that. Once I get where I am going I just slip it off and set it on the desk. This way everything is in a nice neat package when I leave instead of carrying several items.

This is another of the best gifts for pen collectors that are under ten dollars and is excellent for students.

Fountain Pens of the World by Andreas Lambrou

This next item, Fountain Pens of the World by Andreas Lambrou is when you have a very special someone and you want to buy a very special gift. This book is widely considered one of the penultimate books on the subject out there and is on the bookshelf of probably every serious collector around the world. No, it isn’t cheap at well over $100, but it is the only expensive item on this list and I wanted at least one item for people who wanted something above and beyond the typical best gifts for pen collectors.

The description on Amazon reads:

“The authoritative and comprehensive text features countries not previously covered in other books, a new chapter on limited editions, and a chapter on materials from 1833 to the present day which defines processes such as lacquering, guilloche engraving and plastic identification. The development of design and logos is illustrated by specially produced line drawings. The text is complimented by many period advertisements.”

I hope this article has helped you find the best gifts for pen collectors.