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Secret Santa Can Suck It: My Gift

December 16th, 2013 by Cobwebs

The matches for our Secret Santa Can Suck It exchange have been made and sent to their assignees. After everyone posts about their “gift,” I’ll list all of the entries to peruse. To kick things off, here’s mine.

My recipient was xJane, and from her comments on the ol’ blog here I know that she’s a big fan of spiders, steampunk, and–I recently discovered–pens and writing paraphernalia.

Well then.

Let’s start with with small stuff: She’s going to need a selection of pens.


A rare spider design Mont Blanc pen (#1) is a good starting point. The Michel Audiard sterling sculpted spider (#2) is great for making a statement. The Visconti limited edition Ruby spider (#3) is fine for everyday use, and a set of Mont Blanc steampunk designs (#4) is perfect for the office.

She’ll need ink, of course; two types: First, super-high-quality ink by J. Herbin; their anniversary collection is a good choice:


Next, we’ll arrange for an expert to give her lessons on making her own iron gall ink:

Oak Galls

She’ll also need an appropriate inkwell; I can’t think of any better than an antique spider:

Spider Inkwell

She’ll need a personalized wax seal; a Victorian seal should fill the bill:

Wax Seal

And to remind her of a favorite pastime, a silver seal charm would be lovely:

Seal Charm

Obviously she’s going to need something to write on, so a Victorian writing desk will be required:


…as well as a matching office chair:


Finally–and remember, in this fantasy gift exchange, the budget is Very Large Indeed–she’ll need a suitably inspirational space to write in, and that means a home office makeover. We’ll hire someone from The Steampunk Home to create something like this:

Steampunk Office

Happy Holidays, xJane! I hope you enjoy my “gift!”

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3 Responses

  1. xJane Says:

    (I haven’t even read the whole post and I saw the pens and I was like, ::GASP:: PENS! I love it already.)

  2. xJane Says:

    Oh. My. Gods. I am beside myself with excitement over this. You know me way too well. (I…I actually have one of those pens.) I haven’t even seen half the stuff you posted here (and this is the kind of stuff I track)! That inkwell!!! How did it sell without me knowing‽‽ Making my own ink‽ Yes please! (Using J. Herbin ink is something I aspire to. I’ve only ever purchased it as a gift.)

    Also so in love with that office chair. I may actually have to track one of those down for my Writing Room (which I kind of have: I have a sewing/crafting/writing room with an IKEA secretary but no chair). And I lust after secretary/writing desks with a burning passion. One day—one day!! I shall have one.

    And that steampunk writing room is just incredible. I will have to take notes.

    Thank you!!!

  3. Labrys Says:

    I adore fountain pens — what a marvelous gift!

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