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    5 Bougie Pens That Make Classy And Practical Gifts

    Plus, all the lovely people you should give ‘em to.

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    Recently we gathered a small panel of BuzzFeeders to test a handful of pens — or writing implements, as no one likes to call them — for our highly subjective review of the best pens.

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    We scribbled. A few doodled. At least one person chicken-scratched. Then we filled out feedback surveys and left better scribes than we came. 

    And while not all the pens we tested are worthy of your time, we happened upon a few that are worthy of someone else’s time. Because you know what makes for a delightfully unexpected present? A pen!

    Perhaps it’s because we live in mostly digital age, but a stylish pen with a bow can add gravitas to any occasion, whether it’s commemorating a personal milestone or simply expressing gratitude. It’s also a thoughtful way to simultaneously say, “Thank you,” “I take you seriously,” and “Yep, I’m classy AF.”  

    So below, we rounded up five giftable pens — all tested and vetted by us — along with the people you should gift them to. All you’ve gotta do is remember the handwritten note. 

    For the college grad who doesn't know what's next:

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    The iconic Cross Classic Century Satin Chrome pen makes an ideal graduation gift: It’s a subtle way of saying, “Sorry, but you’re going to have to write your own checks now.” With a lightweight barrel and a twist-open design, it’s available in more than a dozen finishes to suit every budding adult’s taste. 

    Get it from Amazon for $15+.

    For your friend who basically lives outside:

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    The Schon DSGN Classic Machine Pen's screw top ensures they’ll never have to worry about accidentally losing the cap in the middle of the woods or dropping it into a lake. Its pocket clip makes it easy to carry, and a polished aluminum body gives it heft without seeming too heavy (though if the giftee prefers a heavier pen, it’s also available in brass and copper). Schon pens are manufactured in Massachusetts, and each comes with its own companion notebook. 

    Get it from Schon DSGN for $70+.

    For your work wife's work anniversary:

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    Made from brass with a chrome finish (we're also fans of the matte black and brass offerings), Fisher makes a great on-the-go writing pen, which writes in extreme temperatures and conditions, and looks cool, too. Space pens are designed to work anywhere — even in zero gravity — and since the ink is hermetically sealed in its cartridge, there’s no danger of it leaking on important work assignments. 

    Get it from Amazon for $18+.

    For your friend who just quit her job to go travel:

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    The Zebra Stainless Steel Retractable Ballpoint Pen looks like a $30 pen, but it actually goes for just over $5 a pop. Its knurled grip and sturdy stainless steel barrel make the Zebra an ideal travel companion. Gift one (or three!) with a set of stamps in exchange for the promise of a postcard.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    For the boss who finally gave you that promotion:

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    The Machine Era Pen’s brass finish takes on a golden-brown patina with use. Its body is ergonomically weighted to create a superior balanced writing experience, and the pen’s attractive design makes it an ideal showpiece for signing lines that are dotted, or — honestly — just doodling during meetings. 

    Get it from Machine Era for $38.