One of the many wonderful things about pencils is that they make great gifts. They're inexpensive, they tell a story, they serve many functions and they're just really nostalgic, universally appreciated objects. For this reason, we sell a lot of pencils for Valentine's Day. They last longer than flowers, don't have the fat content of chocolates and when hand-selected around the receivers preferences are a really thoughtful gift.
A few months ago an out of town customer emailed us ahead of visiting our shop because he had just started dating a woman who is an artist and wanted to woo her with some pencils specific to what she prefers. He seemed nervous--like these pencils could make or break the relationship. After poring over the all the pencils in the shop we arrived at a modest but impressively unique selection that he would bring back to her. We laughed about the idea of using pencils as a tool for seduction but in all honesty, this wasn't the first time we've heard this story. It warms my heart to see customers put so much thought into such a simple and often daring gift. This particular customer e-mailed us an update on his situation a few weeks later confirming that everything in his blossoming relationship was great, thanks in part to the pencils.
We very often reference the line from You've Got Mail about the freshly sharpened bouquet of pencils and have hand-assembled hundreds of that very thing because a curated selection of pencils can mean a whole lot more than bodega roses or generic jewelry. There's reason why that line is a famous one--because so many people appreciate the simple pleasure of a freshly sharpened bouquet of pencils.
Next time you're pursuing a new partner who has interests in the realm of analog or creative tools we encourage you to consider this type of gift. The subtleties of the design and function of a pencil can work as a tactful nod to a person's personality. You can wow him or her by applying what you know about all of those little quirks to a playful and personal gift. It's a sincere and unassuming gesture and not something that puts too much pressure on the recipient. Even presenting a person with a single pencil is a generous, friendly and thoughtful gesture.
Next time you're going on a date or just meeting up with someone you care about consider bringing them a hand-selected pencil from your stash, our store or wherever else one buys pencils. It's a fine way to show your affection with out looking like you've tried too hard. Here are some questions you should ask yourself:
1. Does he or she appreciate pencils already? If so, what is his or her favorite?
2. Does he or she prefer design or function?
3. Does he or she have a particular connection to city or a country?
4. What is his or her favorite color?
5. Does he or she have a hobby that involves pencils? (i.e quilting, crossword puzzle-ing, drawing, bullet journaling).
Even an answer to just one of those questions can lead you an interesting, wow-worthy, surprise pencil gift.
The most important thing to remember when trying to impress someone you are pursing as a romantic partner is that it's not about the size of the gesture but the thought that goes into it. One pencil can go a long way in the game of love!
Looking for a pencil match-making service? You're in the right place. Get in touch with us and we'll help you find the right pencil for your special someone.
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