Best Pen Gifts for Father's Day (2024)

With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, June 18th, the hunt begins for the greatest “dad gifts” one can find on the internet.

A nice pen makes an excellent gift because it is an embodiment of the unspoken tenets of the “Dad Philosophy”: be practical, unique, and old-fashioned.

In this article, you’ll find specific pen gift recommendations that fathers will value.

Since I'm a dad who writes with a fountain pen daily, you may think this article would be easy to write.

Not exactly.

Sure, I can give you a personal wishlist of pens I would love to get for Father’s Day. But, that would be my own personal list.

Fine writing instruments are personal items. There are thousands of different pens across all modes, makes, models, colors, and styles. Chances are high that my pen wishlist will be completely different from most other fathers.

Because I want to offer the best, most up-to-date suggestions for Father’s Day pen gifts, I put aside my pen preferences to advise you as objectively as possible. Don’t worry, this isn’t my first rodeo. I’ve spent the last 15 years making thoughtful pen gift recommendations for our audience.

Here’s the problem: shopping for dads is tough because they typically don’t have many “wants” and get anything they “need” right away. So, how are you going to impress Dad with a Father’s Day pen gift that isn’t something he would have bought for himself already?

If the male parental figure in your life doesn’t have any nice pens, then you don’t have to worry too much about buying something a pen he already has. If Dad already has a pen collection, use this to your advantage to figure out what brands, models, and colors he already likes to find a pen that he doesn’t already have.

Practical Pens for Dads

Fathers tend to value items by their usefulness.

How much value can be extracted from using this tool? Will it help him move toward accomplishing his goals? Will the item be used frequently or collect dust?

Pens are a practical gift. Much more practical than another necktie, mug, photo frame, or shaving kit (especially if he’s growing a big beard).

Pens make great EDC (everyday carry) items that prepare you for anything the day throws at you. One excellent example is the Fisher Space Pen Bullet Pen. It’s a pocket ballpoint pen that writes upside-down, underwater, in extreme temperatures, and in zero gravity, making it versatile to write in any situation.

Unique Pen Gifts for Father’s Day

Fathers have a high appreciation for things that are handmade and one-of-a-kind. Pen collectors especially fall into this mindset. It’s not common to see someone writing with a fountain pen these days, so giving a pen as a gift is unusual to start.

To satisfy pen collectors who actively seek out bespoke, exclusive, and precious writing instruments, we carry a wide selection of limited edition, one-of-a-kind pens from manufacturers who often use traditional methods of hand-crafting each piece.

Made by hand with traditional techniques handed down from father (Ciro Matrone) to son (Salvatore Matrone) Leonardo Officina pens are an excellent choice for a gorgeous, Italian-made pen that has a one-of-a-kind feel to each pen. For most of their breathtaking pen designs, Leonardo uses colorful acrylic resins that display patterns, swirls, and colors that vary in each piece. Each Leonardo pen is unique and tells a story like no other.

Personalized Father’s Day Pen Gifts

Buying a pen for a Father’s Day gift isn’t a new concept; it’s old-fashioned. Back before the age of computers, gifting a nice pen was far more common. Looking back at magazine advertisements from the early 1900s, you’ll find pens from brands like Parker, Waterman, and Conklin to name a few.

Many of these time-tested brands are still making pens today. Faber-Castell, Caran d'Ache, Parker, Waterman, Pelikan, Pilot, and Platinum are prime examples of brands continuing a multi-generational legacy with their writing instruments.

To cement the heirloom quality of a Father’s Day pen gift, we suggest engraving Dad’s name on it. On a psychological level, we humans are highly self-interested and can’t help but feel a strong connection to something that has our name on it.

Popular Father’s Day pen gifts on Wishlists

Rather than give you a wishlist of pens that I’d like to receive as a gift for Father’s Day, I researched the wishlists of Goldspot’s customers to get an idea of which pens (and inks) Dad might want.

Retro 51 Tornado Pens

Getting a Retro 51 pen as a gift is like bringing pizza to a party. This pen is such a crowd-pleaser because there are so many themes and styles to perfectly fit the gift recipient. At Goldspot, you’ll find the everyday collection of astronomy, science, art, and history-themed Retro 51 pens. In addition, we collaborated on several exclusive projects that hit on interests like coffee, tea, beer, wine, and traveling around the world.

With so many pen designs to choose from, there is a Retro 51 destined to match Dad’s interests.

Kaweco Collection Sport Fountain Pen

Made in Germany, the Kaweco Sport ranks highly on many lists as an everyday carry fountain pen. It has a convenient, pocket-friendly size when capped. When you post the long cap on the back end of the pen, it extends to a comfortable size to hold.

For first-time fountain pen users, this pen is a great entry point into the hobby. It’s inexpensive (starting at $25), uses plug-and-play ink cartridges for easy refilling, and is well-built to withstand the rigors of daily use.

For seasoned pen users, the Collector’s Sport is a fun way to build your collection of these colorful pens. Each year, Kaweco introduces new colors that range from elegant to playful. Even if Dad has a set of very expensive pens, a Kaweco Sport is handy to carry when you don’t want to chance losing or damage your most prized pens.

Wearingeul World Literature Inks 

For those who enjoy curling up with a good book and a pen, Dad can match his fondness for literature with his ink. When you buy Dad a fountain pen for Father’s Day, gift a bottle of Wearingeul ink as well.

Wearingeul has a growing selection of unique fountain pen inks themed after works of classic literature. Dad can write with inks titled, “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “King Lear,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” and “Phantom of the Opera,” to name a few.

Each ink has special properties that make the color stand out on the page. Some inks have saturated sheen, others shimmer, and some shade softly, showing a dramatic range of color.

TWSBI Diamond 580 Fountain Pens

Some dads love to tinker. They can often be spotted taking apart complicated machinery in the garage on the weekends - for fun. The fully-detachable TWSBI Diamond 580 fountain pen satisfies the tinkerer’s itch.

Not only is the Diamond 580 mostly transparent so you can see the inner workings, but it also includes a wrench, silicone grease, an o-ring, and instructions so you may safely disassemble your pen for maintenance. TWSBI gives the writer an increased sense of ownership over their pen.

Pen Gift recommendations for famous fictional dads.

Below, you'll find the best pen picks for fictional fathers and the reasons why that pen works for them.

Marlin from Finding Nemo - Nahvalur Schukyll Asfur Bronze fountain pen

Nahvalur pens are usually themed after fish and other aquatic themes, so it’s fitting that Marlin the Clown Fish should have a Nahvalur piston-fill fountain pen.

Darth Vader from Star Wars - Sheaffer Pop Death Star fountain pen

Before he was redeemed by his son in “Return of the Jedi,” the Dark Lord of the Sith would have loved wielding the mighty Death Star in the palm of his robotic hand.

Scott Lang from Ant Man - Kaweco Liliput

The Kaweco Lilput is a fountain pen that even Ant-Man might be able to write with while shrunken down to miniature size. It’s one of the smallest, most compact pocket pens we offer. The design is so simple, minimalist, and no-nonsense.

Jim Hopper from Stranger Things - Fisher Space Pens Police Pro Ballpoint Pen

Things are certainly strange in the small town of Hawkins. Thankfully, they have Jim Hopper as their chief of police. For the adoptive father figure of “Nine,” we recommend a pen that could handle writing in the “Upside Down.” The Fisher Space Pens Police Pro ballpoint pen can write upside down, underwater, in extreme temperatures, and in outer space!

Eddard Stark from Game of Thrones - J. Herbin Dip Pen

Send a raven! In the fantasy realm of Westeros, we can imagine Ned Stark’s kids gifting him a traditional J. Herbin dip pen to write messages. There are sets that include a small bottle of ink and a piece of parchment paper that will transport the writer to a magical world of imaginative writing. 

Don’t overthink it; gift cards are always enjoyable

If you know that Dad’s a pen collector and he likes purchasing from small businesses instead of the big box retailers, then a gift card from Goldspot Pens will be an easy, fun gift to give, especially if you need one last minute. Digital e-gift cards can be purchased and e-mailed to you immediately in extremely giftable denominations.

If you’ve explored all the suggestions in this article and are still struggling to commit to a great Father’s Day pen gift, please don’t overthink it. If you need additional help, contact us by phone or e-mail and we’ll be glad to guide you toward an amazing gift.

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