If you are anything like us, you probably still have a few gifts left to buy. In order to help, we thought we’d recommend some of our most popular and/or favorite products as last minute gift ideas. Some of these are perennial favorites while others are brand new to our inventory. We tried to recommend gifts for everyone on your list, not just your favorite calligraphers. Have fun shopping!
*Manuscript Gift Sets: These have been in our inventory for a while now and make a great gift for the calligrapher (or aspiring calligrapher) in your life.
A new item for us this year, and the Dip, Dip, Hooray! apron is sure to be a favorite. With a clever design and saying created by calligrapher Kathy Milici and a bright red color, this is a perfect Christmas gift.
We also have a beautiful apron designed by calligrapher Heather Held that is sure to delight calligraphers or recipients who love to cook or bake.
*Love Prints by John DeCollibus: These stunning prints by Master Penman John DeCollibus would be a gorgeous addition to any home. Each print is double matted and has a beautifully created embossed letter and flourished bird. And the price can’t be beaten for such a lovely gift!
*Sheila Waters’s Prints: We carry several prints by renown calligrapher Sheila Waters. Sheila’s talent is second to none, and any one of these prints would be a wonderful gift for calligraphers or anyone with a love of lettering.
Sheila also has written one of the most comprehensive books on calligraphy available. Complete with examples of her work and instructions for several hands, this is a must-have for any calligrapher’s library.
*Dancin’ Pen by Carrie Imai: This excellent book by Carrie Imai shows how to use an automatic pen to create beautiful lettering. Not only do you get step by step instructions with pictures to follow, you also get a dvd with Carrie explaining and demonstrating her techniques. It’s like taking a class from Carrie in the comfort of your own home!
*Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe: This exciting new book deconstructs the popular modern pointed pen calligraphy style and has an outstanding set of exemplars as well. Further, Molly has also included several project ideas that would allow the reader to create wonderful handmade gifts.
*Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering by Lisa Englebrecht: In this book, you will find several variations of calligraphic hands for both brush and pointed pen. Filled with examples and exemplars, Lisa has created a volume of inspiration. This remains a favorite!
*Ron Tate DVDS: Though we have several excellent books on copperplate and a wonderful book on Spencerian by Michael Sull, nothing can compare to a live teacher. However, for those unable to take classes, dvds can be a nice substitute. Ron Tate’s dvds on Copperplate and Spencerian are outstanding resources for aspiring calligraphers. Thorough and helpful, these continue to be great sellers.
*Journals: Perfect for any one on your gift list who loves to write, sketch, or design, we have a wide selection of beautiful journals.
*Umbrellas: If you need a practical gift, our lovely umbrellas would fit the bill. Choose from the large Color Wheel Umbrella or the small sized Eco-Tote Umbrellas to bring style and color to your recipient’s rainy day gear.
*Tote Bags: Another practical, yet stylish gift can be found in our tote bag sections. We carry the full range of Eco-Tote bags, as well as a lovely tote with The Gardener’s Alphabet created by calligrapher Kathy Milici. Use these bags for shopping excursions, travel, or classes/conferences.
*Copperplate Starter Kit: Each year, we get calls from customers who would like to help their gift recipients get started with calligraphy. One excellent gift idea is our Copperplate Starter kit. It includes a holder and nibs, a practice pad, ink, and a terrific resource book.
*Plaisir Fountain Pens: For every day writing, this pen is divine. With a specially designed cap to prevent drying out, it will write smoothly even after not being used for weeks. With classy aluminum barrels, these pens make ideal gifts.
*Le Pen: The Le Pen is the perfect stocking stuffer! Add color and pizazz to your every day writing.
*Zentangle Cards: Known for her series of Zentangle books, certified CZT Sandy Bartholomew has now created Yoga for Your Brain Cards to allow you to create Zentangle designs easily, no matter where you are. These would be excellent stocking stuffers for anyone! You could also pair them with Strathmore tiles and Micron pens for an excellent Christmas gift.
We have many more fabulous products as well that may be just right for your holiday gift giving! Visit our website for more options: