There's someone in your life who has made the brave choice to leave the party life behind and you are so proud of them!
But when it comes time to buy gifts for someone who stopped drinking it can make you sit back and scratch your head. 🤔
We live in a world that revolves around alcohol. Drink to celebrate, drink to be sophisticated, drink with dinner, drink after a long day, drink for anxiety, drink for sadness, drink to connect with friends, drink to have fun... drink, drink, drink.
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.
Stores serve wine while you shop, your favorite coffee shop is offering a few wine and beer selections and, WTF?!?
My gym is serving beer now 🤦♀️
As the rest of the world swirls down to the bottom of the bottle, some of us just want to enjoy our alcohol-free lives and give amazing gifts we love and appreciate.
So how do you pick the perfect sober gift for that person who gave up drugs and alcohol for a better life?
No matter what their recovery program is, there is a sober gift here to fit every personality, lifestyle, and privacy level.
Some people are 'out and proud', and others desire a little more privacy about living sober. Some are 12-Steps, Celebrate Recovery, and some don't do a program at all.
These are a few of my favorite recovery gifts to make your holiday shopping a little easier.
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).
Recovery gifts for boys, for girls, public and private- no matter how you do recovery, I've got recovery gifts for you!
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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!
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 more vocal about their recovery, this tee is sure to please! This is from a shop on Etsy where you can find hundreds of fantastic sober gifts. Creative, unique, and fun! For more shirt options, click here.
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.
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Located near New York City, and currently supporting St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester which serves a very diverse population throughout Westchester, Brooklyn, and Queens.
This organization also supports Pro Recovery Power, a nonprofit recovery network based in California with a nationwide reach. 50% of all proceeds from your coffee purchases will go directly to these facilities. Buy some coffee for yourself, buy a few bags for a friend, or simply make a donation to support the mission.
Give a 90-day coffee subscription so your gift lasts long after the holiday season!
Another favorite! 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!
Journaling is a powerful tool in recovery and life, but many people feel overwhelmed not knowing what to say or how to start. You don't have to worry about doing it 'right' or wonder what to write, the Powerless and Powerful Guided Recovery Journal will prompt you every step of the way. Simple journal prompts and positive affirmations throughout, this journal is a sure hit for anyone recovering from life.
Your environment should support your lifestyle. That means having things around the house, office and car that remind me what's important. These Recovery Stones are the perfect memento to keep recovery front of mind wherever you want to keep them. Inspired, motivated, and grateful.
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 someone 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."
For your sponsor, your friend, or your favorite yogi. You can't go wrong with this one.
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 you can create a bundle gift by pairing it with hydration accelerator to stay hydrated and full of electrolytes.
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.
Another stunning Serenity Prayer Bracelet by Luca & Danni. Available in a brass finish, too!
Many people find that adding a weighted blanket to their sleep routine helps to reduce stress and promote calm. In the same way as a hug or a baby’s swaddle, the gentle pressure of a weighted blanket may help ease symptoms and improve sleep for people with insomnia, anxiety, or autism.
(To read more about the magic of weighted blankets click here.)
Another beloved recovery program, Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered, 12-Step recovery group. Celebrate Recovery 25 Lessons in Cross men's sweatshirt.
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!
Fancy sobriety coins are always a good gift idea. Many designs to choose from.
We could all use a little more zen these days—and here’s some peace your lucky someone can’t pass up. They’ll cozy up with a plush, light-as-a-wisp blanket and socks. Soothe the stress away with luxe toiletries and tea. And breathe in the warm scent of a flickering candle.
Serenity Prayer engraved luxury ballpoint pen, engraved with the Serenity Prayer in its entirety.
Is your person a spiritual being?
This gift box contains recovery crystals to facilitate healing from addictions. Makes the perfect gift to encourage someone in recovery or to celebrate a sobriety anniversary.
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.
If you know your person is working on rebuilding their life, a session with a Recovery/Life Coach is a great gift! They can get clarity on their future, support from someone who has walked the path already, get energized about their new life, set goals, and have accountability.
Another option is a membership to an online recovery community.
You can find a special gift option to purchase one month in our Sober Society member community where we come together for weekly recovery meetings, connect and support one another in our private Facebook group, and have access to new life-improvement exercises, worksheets, meditations and other inspiring content every week!
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.