Ah...the office Secret Santa. We all secretly dread it, not because we dislike work/our colleagues/giving presents, its because you never know who you'll will have to buy for and whether you know what they would like to recieve.
Of course you could go down the safe route, and buy the customary chocolate box selection or the much loved comedy oversized mug (everyone drinks tea right?). Then again, there are always the joke gifts, the most annoying in my opinion being stupid contraptions like USB office rockets, or mini games that get used for about 30 seconds in that "Oh...I love it!" moment (where you did actually get momentarily excited by the prospect you could throw little foam lumps across the room, before you realised that it was just simply just that...)
All this aside, the reason why I find it annoying goes back to my original fact. I always want to buy someone something they would enjoy, and OH MY have I found you the perfect present for EVERYONE.
Dear Me: A letter to my sixteen year old self
I genuinely laughed out loud, and cried real tears reading this book.
I was going to attempt to write about it, but Simon and Schuster (the publishers) seem to have a nice little description that I think I will share, as it summarizes it perfectly.
"If you were to write a letter to your 16-year-old self, what would it say? In Dear Me, some of the world's best loved personalities have written just such a letter. Dear Me includes letters from three knights, a handful of Oscar winners, a bevy of Baftas, an intrepid explorer, a few teenage pop stars, an avid horticulturalist, pages and pages of bestselling authors, a dishy doctor, a full credit of film directors, a lovey of top actors, a giggle of comedians and an Archbishop! The letters range from the compassionate to the shocking via hilarity and heartbreak, but they all have one thing in common: they offer a unique insight into the teenager who would grow up to be...."- www.simonandschuster.co.uk
Some letters offer advise, life tips, and notes on what not to do and what not to worry about. Some share insights into their 'future' selves, and others laugh over worries that in their youth seemed so important. Yet most just remind themselves to love themselves, and to enjoy their life.
It makes you genuinely reflect on life, and it inspired me to perhaps write my own letter- just like you will be tempted to write when you DO read this (I mean...you just have to...it's just amazing!).
So, yes. The perfect secret santa present, but also the perfect stocking filler for both adults who are young at heart, and young people who are looking to the future. These inspiring letters from such a variety of people, especially those who have made a positive difference to the world, just show that even they were unsure about things once. Be it whether or not to wear that particularly odd shade of lipstick that seems to be in fashion, or whether you should take that step towards realizing your ambitions...
See others letters and share your own at www.dearmebooks.com
The book is available in most bookshops, or online.