I consider myself fortunate that my two grown sons want to just talk with me from time to time. The elder one called me a few days ago. I’m not sure how our conversation turned to the topic of what’s a good gift to give to somebody you care about. According to him, he considers a nice pen among one of the best presents he can give. Maybe not coincidentally, I think the same. I consider a quality notebook (as in a journal) also to be a great gift.
You can give a person a watch, or a smart phone or a piece of jewelry. I’m sure they would appreciate the value and that you have spent a good few dollars or yens or euros of your hard-earned money for them. However, there is something inherently different about a quality pen or a blank journal as a gift. First of all, good ones are not inexpensive at all, and they look and feel great! But more importantly, to me they are like little haiku poems—beautiful and yet unfinished on purpose. The person you give them to, in using your gift, has to employ his or her thoughts to create personal writings, any which way he or she wishes. You touch upon their very personal world, without barging in. Now, that’s intimate, without being intrusive.
Maybe I’m taking this too far!..