There is nothing more thoughtful than getting someone a gift that supports their passion. And if their passion is calligraphy, I’ve got plenty of gift ideas (beyond nibs and ink) that will show your letterer that they’re loved! Whether you’re a seasoned calligrapher treatin’ yourself, or just someone who loves a calligrapher, these unique gift ideas will be sure to please!
SPEEDSTIR MAGNETIC INK STIRRER
This handy tool probably got stolen from a chemistry lab, but is super genius for calligraphers working with metallic inks. If you’ve ever worked with those metallic calligraphy inks, you know you gotta shake them up every 5 minutes or so – NOT helpful when you’re trying to get in the flow (or working a rush order). The SpeedStir is basically a little ink jar that you set on a magnetic plate and drop in a magnetic pill-lookin’ thing. The base makes the pill spin around, which keeps your ink pigments from settling. So smart (and something they probably haven’t bought for themself)!
These fun prints capture all the best parts of calligraphy in beautiful photographs. They are an instant download (perfect for the last minute gifter) and come with instructions and suggested vendors for getting the perfect print product! Grab one, or the set of all four and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable gift they’ll love hanging on their wall!
Shop the print collection here (and use code BLOGFAN for 20% off your order)!
LASER SQUARE AND MAT
This laser square from We R Memory keepers has saved my butt on many occasions! It’s such a handy tool for any craft, but I love that it ensures a perfectly straight address every time, without having to go back and fill in your descenders (calligraphy probs). I also love that it disassembles into four pieces that I can easily shove in a drawer. The batteries do run out fairly quick, so maybe throw in a few 9V’s to get them started or add on a rechargeable set if you’re really looking to impress.
This is a great alternative to the laser level if you’re looking for something to help keep those addresses straight (at a friendlier price point)! Just print or draw a few straight lines, pop them in your envelope and flip on the light. Voila! A light box is also great for tracing artwork or calligraphy sketches and it’s super slim, so it definitely passes my drawer shoving test. The only downfall is that isn’t not very helpful for dark envelopes, but other than that, it’s a great tool (and a gift your calligrapher is sure to love)!
INK & SUPPLIES STORAGE
I don’t know what is up with calligraphy supplies, but it seems like they’re all weird sizes and never fit nicely in the containers I had. And then I found these beauties!
The ink box is actually a bead box, but I’m all about repurposing. It comes with 12 little jars to mix your ink in and they have screw top lids which is a huge bonus for us messy folk. The jars are also the PERFECT size for nib dipping, which is a big deal to calligraphers (imagine trying to dip a too-big chip in a too-small jar of salsa, ugh).
The small project box has all of the perfect nooks and crannies for nibs, holders, erasers, ink, brushes, pencils, and a roomy storage at the bottom for all your little water cups, extra napkins, or snacks! My one gripe about this box is that the Dr. Ph Martin’s ink jars are too tall to fit in the bottom space without smushing the rubber dropper top, but alas, life will go on.
And those are my favorite calligraphy gift ideas! Let me know what you couldn’t live without and what’s on your wishlist down in the comments (maybe Santa will be reading)!