With graduation right around the corner (!!!!!), it’s time to start thinking about incorporating little touches of style into everyday grown, up real life. Oh. Em. Gee. Ok, time to focus.

Sure, purses, shoes and jewelry are always classic gifts for girly graduates, and it’s hard to go wrong with something sparkly, but if you’re in the market for something a bit more practical for a friend or relative graduating this year, be it from college, high school, or grad school, consider another classy option: a fabulous pen. This is also a great gift for the special guys in your life, who, let’s face it, are impossible to buy for. Pencil this in your mind for Father’s Day- not too far away!

A Feminine Fave: A pen is a great way to add your own little flair into an otherwise professional business look. As much fun as Cher Horwitz’s flashy feathered pen is, I don’t really see a successful, ambition young ingénue using that to scribble memos or sign important employment documents. Instead, indulge in this deliciously pink stylo from Cartier. Here, you can add your own sense of style and still keep your professional demeanor.

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Go-to-Guy-Gift: Whether it’s a fountain pen, which can be a little bit more high maintenance with buying refills or a lovely roller or ballpoint pen, if your guy can be trusted with small objects (i.e. not losing them- it happens to the best of us), consider investing in a gorgeous pen to help him through his business paperwork. Consider engraving options, initials or a sweet (but still manly!) inscription. There are tons of options out there, but Levenger is my favorite place to shop for my dad.

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So treat the writer or graduate in your life to a future of stylish signatures. Happy shopping!

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