Sunday, December 18, 2011

Santa Baby, Leave Me a Pen. No, Really.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Parker Pens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
When I first received the opportunity to write about the Parker Ingenuity collection, I had one of those moments I occasionally get as a blogger where I was thinking "You want me to write about fancy pens?"  I gave in to curiosity and checked out their site, though, and actually kind of got into the idea.  Given the time of year, the first thing that came to mind was how these would work as a gift.  I'm a fan of practical gifts, but it's even better if it's a luxury practical gift- something you can use, but would probably not have bought for yourself.  Something that fits into your everyday life, but feels special when you use it.
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You know how wherever you work, there's usually that one really good pen that just works better than the others, and everyone tries to grab for themselves?  (This happens at other places too, right?  The places I've worked aren't just nuts?)  I have a feeling these would be that pen.  I did some poking around on the site to see what makes them special other than just looking nice, and learned they use something called 5th technology that gives them the classic look of a fountain pen with the smooth writing of a rollerball pen.
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Being a fashion nerd, what really caught my interest was Parker's approach of marketing these pens as a fashion accessory.  I don't usually think of pens as an accessory, but I can see this becoming a trend.
While fancy pens obviously aren't for everyone, I can see how these would make a great gift for a lot of people- your friend that keeps beautiful journals, your sister who loves little luxurious things and puts a lot of thought into the details of her style, someone starting a new business that wants to project an image of professionalism and taste.  They would also make a cool graduation gift, something that says "Have fun in college, but maybe take a break from the beer and take some notes now and then, ok?"

What do you guys think?  Would you be excited to find a super fancy pen under the tree, or would you be like "Where's that sweater I asked for"?  Do you think of pens as a fashion accessory, or do you use the same ball point pen over and over till it dies?  (My own house is full of plain white pens that you can tell I swiped from work because they have the name of a certain Florida theme park printed in gold along the side!)

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