Top Ten Recovery Gifts for the Holidays

Families and friends can oftentimes be at a loss as to what recovery gifts are appropriate for someone who is clean or sober.

Remembering that those who are recovering from addiction, whether new to sobriety or old-timers, all have some things in common: they are learning to relax, breathe, meditate and find ways to realize long cherished goals and dreams. The following is just a small list of fun and creative gifts. If you don’t see something here you’d like to give, perhaps it will spark an idea for a gift of your own? Happy Holidays

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]1[/su_dropcap]Meditation Blanket

Support your loved ones 11th step by choosing a warm blanket or wrap in their favorite color that they can use for their meditation.

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]2[/su_dropcap]Daily Inspirations

One-Day-At-A-Time daily inspirations. These are great little books that can easily fit in a stocking or for one of their Hanukkah presents

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]3[/su_dropcap]Creative Fun

What has your son, daughter, family member or friend always wanted to do? Paint? Learn a language? Build a piece of furniture? Sing? Dance? Drive a racecar? Giving an introductory class or classes to enhance their creativity and sense of adventure is a lovely gift that might manifest into a dedicated hobby or career!

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]4[/su_dropcap]Dictionary

Everyone needs a dictionary. There are some nice hardbound dictionary’s available or combination Thesaurus-Dictionaries good for looking up every line in the Big Book of AA and more.

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]5[/su_dropcap]Journals

Journals come in all shapes and sizes and are a thoughtful gift for the person in recovery who does a lot of writing.

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]6[/su_dropcap]Event Tickets

Ticket(s) to a concert, play or sporting event. Music, theatre and sporting events are things that some people don’t purchase for themselves. Finding out what your friend or loved one is into and making it available to him or her is a personal touch that will be appreciated. Get a few friends or family together to pitch in if it seems too pricey!

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]7[/su_dropcap]High Tea

Take your loved one to High Tea. Several hotels in downtown cities will have special holiday High Tea menus. Scones, cakes, sandwiches, coffee and tea in a festive atmosphere with holiday music to boot are a great way to feel festive.

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]8[/su_dropcap]Serentiy Bag

Make a Serenity Bag. Put things in it like a yoga mat, meditation tapes, a candle, a pair of headphones and some AA reading material. Go crazy and use your knowledge of your friend or family member to create something unique to them.

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]9[/su_dropcap]The Grapevine

A meeting in a magazine. Give the gift of a subscription to AA’s Grapevine found on This is an entertaining, helpful and informative tool to pack along when traveling. And it makes someone happy when they open the mailbox!

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]10[/su_dropcap]Spa Day

Purchase a massage or a spa day for your loved one in recovery. There are many places nowadays that offer relaxing treatments.

Whatever you can do to make a holiday gift personal is always a good thing. Even though your loved one is embarking on a new way of living, everyone appreciates a gift with a little personal touch. These are the holidays after all, it’s ok to indulge your loved one in a healthy way!


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