The holiday season is here and it’s the time of year we gather with our families and celebrate. It’s also typically a time that gifts are exchanged. Coming up with gift ideas can be stressful, especially when you’re trying to find a present for a loved one in recovery.
Giving a gift that shows you support their sobriety will truly mean more than you know. Read on for our helpful gift guide for the sober person in your life.
Recovering addicts often feel alone or stuck inside their heads. Inspirational reading materials are great distractions from negative thoughts. Some of our top book choices for somebody in recovery are below.
Sober for Good: Anne M. Fletcher offers new solutions for drinking problems and communicates suggestions and advice from those who have succeeded. She has gathered hundreds of stories from men and women who have resolved their drinking problems, and writes about the different recovery paths fit for virtually everyone.
Living Sober: “Anyone can get sober. .the trick is to live sober.” That’s the kind of wisdom that emanates from this little gem that was published anonymously in 2002. Full of tools and tricks for a healthy day-to-day living, it’s an important guide for the newly recovered—-and a reminder for the old timers who might need a refresher.
Twenty-Four Hours a Day: This best-selling meditation book for those in recovery offers daily thoughts, meditations, and prayers for living a clean and sober life.
Self-care and Health Related Gifts
Self-care is essential for feeling your best mentally and physically. During recovery, it’s often hard to truly feel good about yourself. Buy them a gym membership with a Fitbit activity tracker so they can monitor their progress. Or treat your recovering friend or family member to a custom self-care package.
- scented candles or an essential oil diffuser
- foaming bubble bath
- grooming tools
- perfume or cologne
- Bath Bombs
Personalized Journal or Planner
Everyone can benefit from having their own planner or journal. This is especially true for a recovering addict. Planners give a sense of stability, routine, and responsibility. Consistency is a key part of long-term sobriety. Journals are a safe and healthy outlet for sharing feelings. A sober addict can really benefit from putting their thoughts on paper. Some of our favorites are:
The Sober Journal: Made by someone in recovery to help those in recovery.
Panda Planner: Daily planner, calendar, and gratitude journal.
You don’t have to buy a generic journal or planner for your loved one. There are many ways to give these kinds of items a personal touch. You may consider writing a note on the front page, or having the cover monogrammed. Don’t forget to include some accessories like brightly colored pens, or stickers.
Handmade and Unique Gifts
Taking the time to personalize a gift will go a long way in creating a deeper connection. It will also show them how much you care about their health and sobriety. You can have a piece of jewelry engraved with their clean date. Or hand write a letter letting them know how proud you are of them.
Etsy: Has no shortage of unique gift ideas for those in recovery.
The Best gift of all
It’s the thought that counts with any gift you give, but one of the greatest gifts you can give isn’t one that can be bought – it’s your time and support. Show them how much you care by being there for them. Spend time together. Tell them often how proud you are of how hard they are working to change their lives.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction this holiday season, the gift of recovery could be the best gift you give. Reach out to us, and let us help you give the best gift of all – a healthy and sober YOU.