January is notoriously grim. Christmas is over, the weather's still terrible and social norm says you should be embarking on loads of awful health and exercise resolutions. (New Year's Resolutions = worst idea ever.)
The ONLY thing that makes January better, apart from the people who aren't doing dry January and will meet you at the pub for a snug Sunday, are diaries! They're the queens of the stationary world - sure, we all love notepads but, apart from the ones we use in the office and finish in about two weeks, we don't really use them. Not properly anyway - we may start one for birthdays or as a journal, meaning well, only to leave it disused save for the first few pages.
The thing about diaries, as with bikinis or jeans or anything actually, is that you can spend LOADS or little. As we use them quite literally every day, it's one of the things you can really justify spending money on in a cost-per-use kind of way, but you can also get brilliant ones quite cheaply.
We're loving Smytheson's two-tone ribbon diary (though the Roksanda ones are excellent too) at the pricier end of the spectrum, but Muji and Moleskine's are total classics - and under £15.
It's quite a personal choice so it makes sense to buy your own, but they're also excellent presents - everyone needs one, so it's kind of a failsafe.
Find yours (or someone else's) 2016 diary here...