The Best Christmas Gifts for 2021

Luxury Pens, Top Stationery Brands & Exceptional Accessories from The Hamilton Pen Company

After the success of last year's gift guide, we decided to compile our gift list of 2021 must-haves for the loved ones in your lives - and perhaps a cheeky treat or two for yourself!

Whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other celebration this season, The Hamilton Pen Company has the perfect gift for all!

Whether you are looking for a gift for family or friends you will find something for everyone in our vast collection of writing equipment, stationery and accessories. There’s even the Hamilton Hut for more unusual gifts and delightful toys for the young and young at heart. 

As with last year, we have compiled our 2021 gift guide from some of our most popular bestsellers and some favourites from The Hamilton Pen Company well as looking at some of this year's hottest gift trends in stationery, writing equipment and accessories. The list is by no means exhaustive so feel free to peruse the whole website to get inspired and to find that present which really shows you care.

Last year was a disappointing Christmas with additional lockdowns causing last minute chaos so we are hopeful that this year's festive season will bring the joys which come from getting together with friends over the holiday period. 

Let's get into the Festive Spirit!

Great Gifts for Artists 

With so many wonderful pens, pencils and notebooks it can be easy to forget that The Hamilton Pen Company stocks a fabulous array of art supplies. From top names in the Art Stationery world to lesser known gems, you will find everything from Calligraphy products, inks, crayons, brush pens and everything that you could ask for. Whether you have a Monet or Banksy in the family or even a casual doodler, we have something for everyone! 


Caran d'Ache Swisscolor Coloured Pencils - Set of 40

Caran D'ache is a name that is immediately associated with high quality artists' pencils. The Swisscolor Colour Pencils are an affordable but excellent quality, water soluble pencil that is ideal for beginners and students as well as accomplished artists. Presented in a handsome tin, this set makes for a wonderful gift. The pencils can be used with water to achieve watercolour effects and techniques, but are just as comfortable to use as ordinary colouring pencils. 
Swisscolor colour pencils are designed and manufactured in the Geneva workshops of Caran d'Ache, in line with eco-friendly standards and certifications and according to the Swiss Made quality label.

Here at the Hamilton Pen Company we are huge fans of Chameleon, partly due to the adaptability and variety across the brand. Chameleon Fineliner Pens have a unique ink combining system that allows you to produce a huge range of colour combinations simply by swapping the pen caps around! 

  • Patented dual ink system with ink in the pens and in the caps!
  • Pack contains 24 vibrant colours giving 276 possible colour combinations - what more could you want!
  • "Hop the Tops" to instantly blend colours.
  • 0.3mm fine point metal clad tips for super smooth writing performance.
  • Ergonomic design for a comfortable writing experience.
  • Contains water-based, dry-safe ink.
  • Ideal for bullet journaling, planners, colouring, drawing, sketching and everyday writing. 

This pack contains 1 pen each of colours PK4 Peony Pink, RD3 Vermillion, RD4 Crimson Red, RD5 Burgundy, OR3 Tangerine, YO3 Warm Sunset, YL2  Summer Sun, YG3 Spring Meadow, GR1 Green Apple, GR2 Dark Sage, BG1 Lagoon, BG3 Turquoise, BG4 Aqua Marine, BL3 Sky Blue, VO4 Deep Violet, BV4 Blue Violet, NU2 Light Peach, NU3 Fawn, NU4 Caramel, BR2 Hot Cocoa, BR4 Burnt Umber, CG8 Cool grey, WG3 Warm Grey and BK4 Deep Black.

This set is wonderful for anyone who likes to work with ink pens and is especially well suited to those who enjoy bullet journaling, journaling in general, scrap booking and any kind of creative and artistic writing styles. 


Staedtler Mars Lumograph Pencil - Assorted Tin of 12

A stupendous stocking filler for sketchers from Santa! Staedtler has pioneered the development of the pencil over the years to its present form, an impressive fusion of design and function renowned the world over. The Staedtler Mars Lumograph is a premium quality pencil designed for artists, graphic designers and those requiring a top performing pencil.
  • Unbelievably break-resistant through special lead formulation and super-bonded lead.
  • Manufactured in Germany using wood from certified, sustainably managed forests.
  • This set contains one pencil each of grades 6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, F, H, 2H, 3H and 4H.
  • Easy to both sharpen and erase.
  • Lead diameter varies according to grade.
  • comes in presentation tin.


Nifty Notebook Gifts

I’ve said it before and I'll say it again, there are few small pleasures in life which compete with the joy of opening a crisp, fresh notebook! You really can’t go wrong with the gift of a notebook. Perfect for close friends and family or even for more formal exchanges and corporate gifting. We hold a vast collection of notebooks, pads and writing paper so you are sure to find the perfect one! For the journallers, the list makers, the recipe notes and the organised...notebooks are the ideal gift!


Troika Lilipad Notebook & Liliput Pen - Dark Blue



A brilliant new addition to The Hamilton Pen Company is the Troika Lilipad Notebook. In a handy A7 size and kitted out with a Liliput multi-tool mini pen, this notebook set makes for a fantastic present! The thread bound pocket-sized notebook opens flat with dot grid perforated paper, a pocket on the inside back cover, page marker, and elastic band closure. The notebook is stylish enough for the boardroom and paired with the construction Liliput twist-action ballpoint pen with its inch and centimetre ruler, full-metal construction, stylus, and both flat-head and Phillips-head mini-screwdriver, this also makes an excellent gift for those in practical hands on jobs, hobbyists and DIY-ers!  It includes;

  • Stylus
  • Mini screwdriver Philips and flat head
  • Inch and cm on the barrel
  • Full metal construction
  • Black Ink
  • Notebook hard cover
  • 128 Perforated dot grid pages
  • FSC Certified Paper
  • Faux (Vegan) Leather cover with a ruler (cm)
  • Pocket on Inside back cover
  • Ribbon page marker
  • Elastic band closure
  • Pen Loop

Available in Yellow, Blue, Grey, Brown and Black.


Leuchtturm1917 A5 Weekly Planner & Notebook 2022


A classic holiday gift is the stylish planner! perfect for the most organised people in your lives - or a lovely little treat for yourself! Leuchtturm's most popular planner offers the perfect fusion between a planner for your appointments and a notebook for your thoughts and ideas. In a wonderfully practical way, it unites the benefits of their two most popular daily tools – the planner and the notebook – to give you maximum potential to create more structure. Shown in Pacific green but is also available in; Black (A4) , Black, Port Red, Berry, Stone Blue, Navy, Sage, Rising Sun, Powder, Aquamarine and Anthracite! 

The Weekly Planner & Notebook provides a complete calendar week on the left-hand side and a whole page for notes on the right. The key features are:

  • A5 145mm x 210mm hardback format
  • Planner runs January 2022 - December 2022
  • 7 days to a page with a facing page for notes
  • 144 pages in total
  • 3 year overview
  • Phases of the moon
  • Official holidays in 58 countries
  • Project Plan
  • Detachable sheets for notes
  • Gusseted pocket
  • 2 page markers and elasticated enclosure band
  • Thread-bound so notebook opens flat
  • Sticker set for labelling and archiving
  • Extra booklet for anniversaries and addresses

Ferris Wheel Press The Sketchbook A5 Enveloped in Rattan 


The Ferris Wheel Press Sketchbook provides a blank canvas made for creatives, illustrators, artists and dreamers! These sketchbooks are attractive on their own and look a treat on your desk or coffee table for when that moment of inspiration strikes.

Imbue your most wondrous ideas on 120 pages of high quality, 160 gsm, PH neutral acid-free A5 paper. Ideal for a whole host of materials from crayon and wax to ink and watercolour!

The Sketchbook has an elegant hard cover, features an accordion pocket to keep all your inspirations at hand, and you'll always find your way with a plump 23mm grosgrain ribbon place marker.

The Sketchbook is available in a range of 4 subtle colours and contains blank pages that measure approximately 150mm x 210mm.


Ink-spirational Gifting!

For both writing and drawing, bottled ink is one of life's little luxuries that feels opulent and pleasurable without having to break the bank. The Hamilton Pen Company holds seemingly endless options when it comes to Bottled Ink. From the best of the best in celebrated Ink creators to the creative chemists dreaming up wild and awe-inspiring inks - we;ve got it all. Shimmer, colour changing, limited edition, specialist hues and the more traditional options we all know and love, we have bottled inks for all tastes, styles and levels of expertise!

J Herbin 1670 Celebration Ink - Set of 5 Colours


The 1670 range of inks was introduced to celebrate the 340th anniversary of J Herbin - established in 1670! This set has all 5 colours in handy 10ml bottles. These inks are intensely coloured and contain gold flake to give your writing that extra special touch. When dry, writing takes on a gold sheen making this one of the most interesting fountain pen inks available.

absolutely stunning and quite special! The gift box is pretty handy too! just pop on a label and bow and you're good to go! Not recommended for vintage or delicate fountain pens due to the nature of the gold flake which can cause blockages. 


Monteverde Gemstone Collection Ink (30ml) - Box of 10 Assorted Colours


Does anything scream FESTIVE more than a gorgeous collection of jewel toned Inks? The Monteverde Gemstone Collection is rich in colour, vibrancy and brilliant hues. The ink is carefully crafted for use with fountain pens using ITF technology to aid maintenance by improving ink flow and extending cap-off time whilst lubricating the fountain pen feed system.

Supplied in glass bottles with a wide neck for ease of filling pens, the Gemstone Collection assorted box includes one 30ml bottle of each of the following colours in an elegant magnetic fastening gift box:

  • Sapphire
  • Olivine
  • Topaz
  • Fireopal
  • Amethyst
  • Charoite
  • Erinite
  • Ruby
  • Garnet
  • Onyx

We had a lot of really great feedback about this set when we announced its arrival in a recent newsletter and predict that it will make for a very popular gift for ink lovers this Christmas. 


Pilot Iroshizuku Ink - Boxed Set of Three Mini Inks

Our only repeat gift this year! The three mini ink set from Pilot has been a best seller almost continuously since we began to stock the gorgeous set. The aspect of personalisation teamed with the incredible quality inks and beautiful gift box make this an absolute dream for anyone who is 'into' ink or even as a gift to someone who may be thinking about delving into the glorious world of bottled inks.

This gorgeous ink set is a wonderful gift and an ideal way to experience a range of colours from the incredible Pilot iroshizuku ink collection. Enjoy Japan's rich and subtle colour aesthetic as you write with Iroshizuku fine fountain pen ink. Choose any 3 of 24 vibrant and exciting colours all presented in 15ml bottles and presented in a gift box.

Choose any 3 inks, add to your basket and the price will discount to £39 when the third one is added.

The name "iroshizuku" is a combination of the Japanese words "iro" (colouring) expressing high standards and variation of colours, and "shizuku" (droplet), which embodies the very image of dripping water.


Stocking Fillers and Stationery Accessories!

Growing up, the opening of a Christmas Stocking was as much a highlight of the day as the ‘main’ presents, Christmas Lunch and party games! Bring that magic back to Christmas with some spectacular stocking fillers and stationery accessories … they may even become the main event! 

Makers Cabinet Stria Folding Rule - Brushed Brass

The much anticipated third offering from the talented team at Makers Cabinet, the Stria folding ruler oozes style and sophistication. If you loved the pencil plane and the Iris compass, you will love the Stria.

Stria is a folding ruler made of brass with a hard-wearing brushed finish. It is highly engineered to be an unceasingly intuitive and cherished tool. Featuring both imperial and metric measures on either side, Stria is perfect for every creative.

  • Precision-machined brass body engineered to help you measure and draw creatively
  • Tactile feedback at 45-degree increments
  • Innovative dovetail hinge
  • Measures in both metric and imperial with markings precise down to 0.5mm

Presented in a card gift box, 100% recyclable. Perfection!


Esterbrook Book Holder

We adore this book holder as a stocking filler! Its vintage design, substantial feel and practical purpose make it a wonderful gift, whether the recipient is a fan of the brand or not!

Primarily designed to hold the pages of notebooks and journals open whilst working in them, the Esterbrook Book Holder can also be used for all other books and can be particularly useful for holding recipe books open when cooking! Based on the shape of a vintage Esterbrook nib from the 1930's, it's a vintage design with a modern purpose. We love it!

Narwhal Crab Pen Stand - Various Colours

Of course we couldn't write this 2021 gift guide without including these cheeky crustaceans! The Narwhal Crab Pen Stand is a delightful little addition to your desk! Available in a range of 4 colours designed to complement the colours of the Narwhal Original Fountain Pens (but they can be commanded to hold just about any writing instrument!). These pen stands will ensure you never have to search your desk looking for the pen that has become buried under a pile of papers!

These clever little desk organisers never fail to put a smile on your face and are perfect for both the young and the young at heart! Why not get one for the whole family! 


Writing Wrapped Up! Gifts for Writing Instrument Enthusiasts

Did you think we had forgotten about pens! Of course not! Selecting writing equipment for the annual gift guide is always a challenge as we reflect on the best sellers from recent months, exciting newcomers, gorgeous gifts sets and the absolute classics. We would highly recommend perusing the website for writing instruments perfectly suited to the intended recipient. There are so many pens and pencils in a huge variety of modes and designs that it is safe to say that if you have someone in your life who enjoys writing equipment in any sense at all, there will definitely be something perfect for them at The Hamilton Pen Company! Here’s a little festive inspiration to get the ink flowing!

Faber-Castell Grip Fountain & Ballpoint Pen Set - All Black Edition

The strong aesthetic of this striking gift set is sure to please. The Faber-Castell Grip Pen Set All Black Edition range has a matt black body with raised dots to assist grip. It features a sleek design which is comfortable to hold. With its signature soft grip zone, sophisticated black plated stainless-steel nib in size Medium and optimum ink/nib combination, the fountain pen glides silkily across the page and takes international standard ink cartridges but can also be used with bottled ink by purchasing the optional ink converter.

The ballpoint comes fitted with Faber's Extra Broad black refill and the set is presented in a classic matt black gift tin embossed with the Faber-Castell jousting knights logo. The best of both worlds all in a gift tin! 


Esterbrook Estie Oversize Fountain Pen - Sea Glass with Gold Trim

The Esterbrook revival has been exceptional! A number of their releases throughout 2021 have been incredibly desirable and delightfully quirky. We couldn't not include the stunning Estie in our list! This edition in sea glass with gold trim is a beauty and will please both fans of vintage style pens and those who enjoy a bold look!

The Esterbrook Estie fountain pen is a tribute to the brand and its storied history. The Estie provides a feeling of 1930s nostalgia, a time when phrases like dingy, dizzy, doggy and brodie were commonplace and when fountain pens were an integral part of life and communication for most Americans.

The Estie Oversize features a comfortable well-balanced barrel produced from blended acrylic that is finished with a high polish and has a slightly wider girth than the standard Estie and is a little longer too. The cushioned cap closure provides a secondary seal to ensure the nib remains wet and ready to use. The pen is fitted with a German manufactured Jowo #6 nib and is available in sizes Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad and 1.1 Stub, and the custom ground Scribe nib but can also be used with vintage Esterbrook nibs by purchasing the Esterbrook Nib Connector.

The Estie takes international standard ink cartridges or bottled ink using the Esterbrook  ink converter, one cartridge and a converter are included.

Presented in an elegant cloth covered Esterbrook gift box.

Rhodia ScRipt Mechanical Pencil - Turquoise

You really can't go wrong with a mechanical pencil and the Rhodia ScRipt mechanical pencil is a great gift choice! It comes in a range of subtle colours and is designed to complement Rhodia's world-leading range of notebooks.  Why not create a personalised bundle?

The pen features a hexagonal brushed aluminium barrel and a push-button retractable 0.5mm lead. There is an integrated pocket clip engraved with the Rhodia logo.

Supplied in a card box with a clear window and refillable with 0.5mm lead refills.


Parker Duofold 100th Anniversary Edition Fountain Pen - Red

This one may be a little bit of a 'personal wish list list/hint' selection but for any Parker Duofold fans out there, the 100th Anniversary Editions are an absolute dream and incredibly vital to be on the wish list!

2021 marked 100 years since the launch of the iconic Parker Duofold and to celebrate this century of excellence, Parker proudly honours the traditions of this fine writing instrument with the release of this 100th anniversary edition. This edition pays tribute to that bold and progressive spirit of the 1920's with a modern interpretation of three of its most iconic finishes: Big Red, Black, and Lapis Lazuli. Each pen comprises 22 components, individually hand-assembled with expertise and dedication to craftsmanship. The intricate pattern decorating the cap and barrel is formed by delicately fusing multiple thin layers of precious resin together to create a series of striking coloured bands. The cap jewel and 18k solid gold nib bear Duofold’s symbol of excellence, the Ace of Spades motif, alongside the years ‘1921-2021’.

This centennial size pen has a choice of Fine or Medium nib and is presented in Parker's Prestige gift box.


Christmas at the Hamilton Pen Company

It may only just be November but many people will be beginning their hunt for the perfect gifts for this festive season. If you have not already, join our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter and discount code - Make a saving on your gifts this year and leave space in your budget for a little gift for yourself ... go on, treat yourself! 

The 2021 gift guide is only a drop in the ocean of the amazing products we are proud to present to you. Please explore our website and The Hamilton Hut website for more inspiration and do get in touch if you have any questions about our products. We are all looking forward to a safe and happy holiday period and wish you all the very best in whatever you will be celebrating this year! 


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