It's that time of year again - time for decorations and parties and pretty lights and thousands of Cyber Monday/Black Friday/Spend All Your Money Saturday promotional emails. I've got gifts on the brain, that's for sure.
I wrote a guide for CWPE recently about picking out pencil gifts... and of course I shared none of the advice I'd give to someone shopping for me or a similarly hardcore (what, like a 6H??) pencil person. We've got so many pencils, it takes something special to spark our interest.
My first thought of course lands on practicality. Things I neeeeeeeed. Faber-Castell is a good place to start - the Perfect Pencil in plastic or platinum is a good gift for anyone. But why stop there? Make it the gift of a lifetime with the limited edition 240th anniversary solid white gold, diamond encrusted Perfect Pencil. It's available for the low, low price of $10,000. You didn't even know you needed that in your life, did you?
As I am dabbling more in arts and illustration, I of course need the right supplies to hone my craft. I've got my eye on another Faber-Castell specialty, the limited edition KARLBOX. This beauty is packed with 350 of the finest art implements, all packed tidily into a sleek black box that matches Karl Lagerfeld's signature style. This beaut is a steal at $2,850.
Speaking of colored pencils, you could give the gift that keeps on giving: a subscription to the 500 piece colored pencil set Tokyo Seeds. These unusual square colored pencils ship to you over the course of 25 months, for about $25.00 a month. And don't forget that I'll need some way to display my 500 colored pencil set: the Felissimo 500 pencil wall display pairs perfectly with the subscription for just 42,120 yen (10,000 yen off if you buy the subscription at the same time!).
I have already received some pretty amazing pencil gifts since joining this venture (and therefore becoming obsessed).
- A pencil holder that my brother carved (and laser engraved) for me out of swordfish bone
- Vintage neon Smokey Bear pencils that my dad tracked down on eBay (combining my obsession of pencils and Smokey!!)
- A vintage issue Batman #188 featuring the first appearance of The Eraser, a pencil-themed villain who erases traces of crime (Batman is my first love, so this really couldn't be more perfect). A poster-sized print to match is the first thing you'd see when you walk into my apartment.
Here's this month's #PencilPrompt to share with us on social media: what's the coolest pencil gift you've received? And what's the most extravagant gift on your wish list?