Holiday Gift List For People In Recovery

Can you imagine being the person tasked with buying a gift for someone who doesn't drink, in a world that revolves around drinking? 

People bring a bottle of wine for dinner, co-workers buy one another, or the boss, a bottle of their favorite booze as a token of their "love" and "respect" 🤔

There are boxes of yummy chocolate candy filled with your favorite sweet liqueurs, champagne flavored gummy bears and liquor infused ice cream. Only for those 21 and over, of course. 

There is no way to escape the drunken culture we live in. Some stores serve wine while you shop, your favorite coffee shop is offering a few wine and beer selections and, WTF?!? My gym is even serving beer now 🤦‍♀️

As the rest of the world swirls down to the worm in the bottom of the bottle, some of us just want to enjoy our alcohol-free lives and still get good gifts we deserve and appreciate. 

I'll be the first to tell you about my collection of leather-bound blank journals, candles, and essential oils that I have gotten over the years as people scratch their heads in bewilderment as to what to get for someone who doesn't drink. 

Don't forget we are whole people, too. With many interests and hobbies and things that excite us- beyond alcohol! 

This is a list of a few of my favorite things. Some will cater to those in a 12-Step program and some will not. 

A few of my favorite things don't have anything to do with addiction or recovery, they are just really cool gifts! 

And many of them are sure to make the sober person you love light up with joy at how thoughtful you are 😇 (you can thank me later). 

Some of us are 'out & proud!', and others are more low-key. I have sober Christmas gifts to cover everyone! 

Want to shout it from the rooftop? Got it!

Want to keep your sober vibes private? I've got that, too. 

Recovery gifts for boys, for girls, public and private- no matter how you do recovery, I've got recovery gifts for you!


This is one of my all-time favorite gifts. For myself, and for others! You'll see this bracelet on my wrist in many photos because I absolutely LOVE it!

Lisa Stewart Leather Serenity Prayer Bracelet

It speaks for itself. Engraved Serenity Prayer on a leather band with an easy snap closure. The only problem will be figuring out which color to get! 



For those who are a little more vocal about their recovery this tee is sure to please! This is from a shop on Etsy and you can find hundreds of fantastic sober gifts on Etsy! Creative, unique, and fun!



This is another one of my favorite gifts to give and works for both men and women. It's funny and light-hearted and a great reminder of this incredible accomplishment. Another Etsy shop,


You can also get mugs that say Call Your Sponsor and One Day At A Time.



Sober Joe is a brand designed to generate financial support for local and national recovery organizations assisting alcoholics and addicts in recovery. Our primary product is COFFEE, a commodity that it is part and parcel of the recovery community.

Sober Joe Coffee 


Yet another favorite gift of mine! notes to self positive affirmations socks are an awesome gift! Many colors, different affirmations for men, women, and for every age. This is a fun family gift, too!

notes to self 



Everyone is recovering from something. Especially in the mess of 2020! Whether it's a breakup, a job loss, or addiction my guided recovery journal walks you through your day to build confidence and lifelong positive habits. You don't have to worry about doing it wrong or wonder to write, Powerless and Powerful will guide the way.

Powerless and Powerful Guided Recovery Journal



I love this hoodie so much I may buy one for myself! A powerful statement supporting our community without being too loud. Yet another great Etsy find!

BargainsCat Etsy shop



I always talk about the importance of my environment supporting my lifestyle. That means I need things around my house, office and car that remind of me what is important to me. These Recovery Stones are the perfect memento to keep recovery front of mind wherever you want to keep them. And you can find other variations that are inspirational, too!


A great gift to do in pairs is to take a class together! You can Google classes in your city to see what's available and this is a ton of fun! Take a BBQ class with dad, learn to  make pasta, paint, learn photography, take guitar lessons or dance lessons or golf lessons together. A class is a great way to spend a date night or to connect with whoever you love. 



This. Is. Everything. This was given to me as a gift several years ago and I have paid it forward many times over. The basic text of Alcoholics Anonymous, the Big Book as we call it, fully tabbed by topic, step, stories and more! If your person is a 12-stepper they will love this book! 




This ring is just one example of the amazing pieces available at Awareness Avenue. From their website:  " We have chosen & designed products that have the purpose of making a real difference to family, friends, loved ones & even complete strangers."

Awareness Avenue



For your sponsor, your friend, or your favorite yogi. You can't go wrong with this one.

Soulful Wear



Fitness fan? Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your recovery- inside and out. This fun water bottle will keep you on track with your water and it's a great accessory at the gym. 




For the man in your life. A powerful leather bracelet with customizable plate. 7 colors to choose from and you can add their sobriety date, too!




We do love our fancy glasses 🤷‍♀️. No need to keep them guessing, but we can keep them laughing. 




Handbrewed Soaps



We all love to take our music with us wherever we go, so how about a lightbulb that doubles as a bluetooth speaker?? Heck yes! 

JBL Speaker Light Bulb



If you have an incense lover in your life you will certainly appreciate these beautiful aromatherapy waterfalls. There are Buddhas and lotus flowers and dragons... and many more! 

Aromatic Waterfall



Fancy sobriety coins are always a good gift idea. Many designs to choose from. 

Your Serenity Store



This is traditionally done as a birthday gift but I love it as a sober date gift. To see all the real events happening on the day you made a huge decision to change your life forever. A keepsake to treasure. 

The Birthday Times



I hope this list at least got your creative juices flowing with all the possibilities at your fingertips for the recovery community. If you didn't find the perfect gift here, do a quick search on Google or Etsy and sift through the thousands of results of incredible gifts to fit every recovery lifestyle. 




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