Top 3 Grad Pen Gift Ideas for 2010

It's that time of year again when cap and mortarboards will be flung high in the air as we celebrate graduations across the country. As parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, it is our position to reward the future generations of intellectual and capable Americans. The thoughtful gift you give should inspire and instill old-fashioned values that have kept our society progressing toward enlightenment. A fine writing instrument is perfect for this purpose, but which to pick?

Here are Goldspot's top 3 choices for Graduation Gift Pens:

Top 3 Grad Pen Gift Ideas for 2010Lamy Studio - The German manufactured Lamy brand is often associated with function over form, meaning that each pen is designed with utility as the highest priority. The Studio collection features a modern, streamlined appeal with solid craftsmanship and a writing quality that gives you the best bang for the buck. Available in fountain pen (nib sizes EF, F, M, B), ballpoint pen or rollerball pen in multiple color finishes. Check out our review of the Lamy Studio fountain pen in stainless steel for more details.

Top 3 Grad Pen Gift Ideas for 2010Pelikan Tradition Series M205 - Also German-made, Pelikan does not compromise on the quality of their writing instruments. All Tradition Series fountain pens use the patented, high-capacity, piston-filling system, which is used only with bottled ink. A translucent ink window (or in the case of the Blue Demonstrator, completely translucent body) will show you the ink level inside the pen and let you know when it's time to refill, which isn't often. The stainless steel nibs that Pelikan uses on these pens are arguably the best in the industry and are offered in EF, F, M, B sizes. The black, white and red finishes are also available in a matching, click-top ballpoint pens.

Top 3 Grad Pen Gift Ideas for 2010Cross Classic Century Pens - As the name indicates, this Cross line is a classic gift for young professionals and graduates. Cross is a well-known brand that is associated with prestige and a hint of class. An icon of American design since 1946, the Cross Classic Century is going to be a mainstay choice of pen for generations. The slim-profile pen is available in such formal styles as chrome, sterling silver, gold-filled and satin lacquer (as shown on left). They also engrave very well.