Signature gift

Another gift idea I’m keen on is scoring an autograph of somebody the gift recipient keenly admires.  A sportsperson?  Actor?  Politician?  Astronaut?  The list goes on.

Helen Gurley Brown writes:

The best present I ever gave David was a handmade birthday card with glossy photos and personal messages from each of twelve women he once told me he thought sexiest in the world.  The messages took some doing because several of the women didn’t know David, but I started early sending photos and asking for personal messages from them; all came through.

Having It All, Helen Gurley Brown, 1982, Simon & Schuster

Okay, not all of us are Cosmopolitan magazine editors like Helen, but with a bit of beavering away, usually you can obtain something, although it may take months.

Years ago I had the happy accident of meeting Australian race driver Peter Brock while he was in town, guest speaking at a conference.  Right there in the hotel corridor I explained about how my friend Bruce was his biggest fan, and was currently battling cancer (Peter was also a cancer survivor), and would Peter please write a message of support?  He did, right there on the spot on a piece of memo paper, even though the incident must have been a pain in the neck for him and his busy schedule. 

By the way – Bruce beat his cancer too, and loved the autograph/message from his hero.

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