Buying the perfect gift is difficult. But choosing the perfect present is even more challenging when the occasion is highly significant, and your gift demands careful consideration.
Sobriety milestones are occasions that demand meaningful and thoughtful gifts, and finding the perfect present to celebrate a loved one’s recovery is often a grueling and time-intensive task.
We have assembled this gift guide to help you celebrate the people you love who are recovering alcoholics and celebrating their sobriety milestones. Each item has been carefully researched and tested, so your gift is sure to please!
With this guide at your disposal, you are sure to find the perfect gift!
If your loved one is celebrating a yearly milestone, they will likely receive a medallion from their 12-step group.
However, the typical medallions are uniform in color and have little detail.
You can obtain handmade medallions on Etsy or even request a customized chip for your recovering loved one.
A personalized medallion is a perfect gift for any recovering alcoholic to keep in their wallet or display in their home.
This company was the first to mass-produce mocktails—cocktails that are free of alcohol.
Sober people enjoy a good drink too, and mocktails allow them to participate in social events without feeling excluded.
Nowadays, mocktails are sophisticated and often delicious. Consider trying them for yourself too!
This book earned the title of “one of the best cookbooks of the year” from big names like the LA Times and Bon Apetit.
Julia Bainbridge’s book of mocktail recipes is an excellent gift for anyone—sober or not. Her mocktail recipes are delicious and Instagram-worthy.
#4: Herbal Drinks
Herbal drinks are just a step up from mocktails; many contain ingredients like Kava or Ashwagandha that offer a mild, relaxing effect.
Leilo is an excellent company that offers kava-based drinks delivered to your loved one’s door.
Remember to ask the recovering alcoholic in your life if they are comfortable drinking such a beverage, as some may prefer to abstain or mood-altering substances entirely.
Amazon has an excellent selection of recovery-related coloring books for the artistic alcoholic in your life!
Coloring is a common pastime in 12-step meetings, allowing attendees to pay attention while keeping their hands busy.
Research suggests that coloring helps to promote mindfulness, relaxation, and creativity.
Recovery is an opportunity to reflect and grow.
As such, notebooks are standard in recovery-related spaces.
Notebooks are the perfect gift for writers and creative folks—and everyone likes a beautiful notebook.
You can purchase a wood-cover sobriety notebook from Etsy or consider a customized leather notebook for a more sophisticated look.
Pro tip: write an inscription in the notebook to personalize your gift. Your loved one will see your note when they open their notebook to write and appreciate the thoughtful gesture.
This beautiful necklace from the Japanese brand Komuso helps to slow breathing and relax the mind and body.
It’s an excellent gift for recovering alcoholics—many of whom may struggle with non-narcotic relaxation methods. It’s also an ideal present for anyone trying to quit nicotine, as it satisfies the ritual attached to smoking.
The Kumoso Shift necklace decreases stress hormone release, slows the heartbeat, and decreases blood pressure. It’s made using recycled materials—so you can feel good about your purchase.
The Shift is also whisper-quiet and water-resistant, so your recipient can keep it on and use it anywhere without concern.
Breathing exercises are the best way to reduce stress, so this gift is perfect for those seeking alternative coping mechanisms.
The company From War to Peace makes gorgeous jewelry from decommissioned nuclear weapons—and nothing represents peace like recovery.
Their Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) necklace is made of their signature “peace bronze” and features the signature triangle embedded in a circle—representing recovery and warding off unwholesome spirits!
#10: A Sobriety Jar
This simple, elegant jar contains paper stars, each having a recovery-related quote or message.
This is a lovely gift for any recovering alcoholic. Each star reminds them of their achievement and a reason to stay sober.
You can buy this sobriety jar on Etsy or even make your own.
As everyone in recovery knows, medallions are easy to lose!
With this coin display, your loved one will never again lose a medallion. Each time they look at their coin display, they will remember their achievements—and your thoughtful gift.
This present is perfect for a person who loves—or needs organization!
#12: A Succulent Gift Box
Many recovering alcoholics acquire plants or pets.
Having something to care for is a good reason to stay sober, and tending to plants promotes relaxation.
This succulent gift box includes a scented candle, a cactus, a gorgeous necklace, and a “Happy Soberversary” card!
#13: A Customized Memento
Zazzle is a website that allows you to customize gifts.
From mugs to T-shirts, there are many essential, valuable items to choose from.
You can choose one of their standard designs or customize your own for a more personalized present.
Check out the seller page for Sober Gifts for recovery-related items.
#14: A Yoga Membership
Yoga is an excellent way to relieve stress and promote mindfulness.
Virtual yoga classes are trendy among contemporary yogis for their accessibility and convenience.
Glo Yoga offers more than three thousand yoga videos and instructional courses, and the membership is relatively affordable.
Meditation is an integral component of any 12-step program.
However, many newcomers to Alcoholics Anonymous struggle with meditation, as the program does not explicitly teach the practice.
A meditation membership is an excellent gift for anyone seeking to cultivate mindfulness and expand their spiritual life.
Meditation offers hundreds of courses, classes, and resources at an affordable price. Their membership package also includes attendance at live events, like community meditation classes, speakers, and specialized classes.
If you want a more ambitious gift, consider purchasing a meditation retreat; the organization offers regular retreats in gorgeous California locations.
As anyone in recovery will tell you, sobriety is about having fun.
Many recovering alcoholics, once freed of their addictions, seek out the exciting and novel experiences previously inaccessible to them.
Use this drop zone locator to find your nearest dive site.
Consider booking a skydive for your loved one—or book two and knock an item off your bucket list!
This gift may require consultation with your recipient before purchase since skydiving is relatively expensive and adrenaline-intensive activities aren’t for everyone.
#17: A Gift Card
Addiction is expensive, and any newly sober alcoholics struggle financially.
While gift cards may not be the most exciting gift, sometimes your loved one needs groceries or home improvement items more than a fancy piece of jewelry.
Consider getting your loved one a gift card to Amazon or Whole Foods, or buy them a Visa card they can use anywhere.
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones we need most.
#18: A Tattoo
Tattoos are common in recovery spaces; people like to memorialize their experiences, sobriety dates, and other meaningful memories in ways that last forever.
This tattoo-shop locator helps you find the right tattoo shop and designer for the exact piece you are looking to get.
You may want to seek input for your gift recipient before booking them a tattoo to avoid spending a lot of money on something they do not wish to.
Alternatively, you can buy temporary recovery-related tattoos on Amazon. This product boasts twenty temporary tattoos featuring famous quotes from AA literature.
Sober people love to celebrate like anyone else!
There are tons of non-alcoholic winemakers, but few make good virgin champagne. Chateau de Fleur makes an excellent non-alcoholic bubbly, so your loved one can celebrate their milestone in style (and responsibly).
Pierre Chavin also makes a carbonated pink wine at a slightly higher cost—a perfect option for the former frilly cocktail drinker.
Alternatively, Lyre’s Italian Orange Non-Alcoholic Aperitivo delivers the same rich, bitter flavor of a traditional aperitif with non-alcoholic content.
Remember that some recovering alcoholics are uncomfortable with the idea of drinking non-alcoholic imitations of alcoholic drinks, so consult your loved ones before making your purchase.
One of the best features of sobriety is one’s ability to remember everything.
Consider printing pictures of your recipient’s favorite moments, or get them a subscription to Chat Books, a service that lets them pick photos from their phones and have them printed in a physical album!
Chat Books offers one-time printing services, or you can purchase one of their monthly packages for a gift that keeps on giving.
This gift is perfect for the sentimental and family-oriented recovering alcoholic in your life.
#21: A DIY kit
They offer a fun and responsible way to pass the time and have fun—an essential outlet for anyone in recovery.
Additionally, recovery often offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore new hobbies and identify alternative outlets for stress.
DIY kits are affordable, fun, and perfect for anyone who likes to use their hands.
DIY kits are popular for a reason.
#22: A Sobriety Calendar
Sobriety calendars are simple and valuable tools for tracking one’s recovery journey.
You can purchase essential sobriety calendars and habit trackers on Etsy or consider a sobriety app for a more elaborate (and expensive) gift.
Sober Grid, for example, is the most popular recovery app available and boasts peer support networks, addiction support, chat forums and communities, and more.
Sober people still like to party!
However, many avoid boozy events to protect their sobriety.
Consider taking your loved one on a trip to one of these booze-free festivals. If they are comfortable being around drinking, you can also attend a sober-friendly music festival, like Bonnaroo (TN) or Lightning in a Bottle (CA).
Consult your loved one before splurging on an experience that may be beyond their comfort zone.
#24: A Recovery Workbook
Sobriety is only the beginning.
Many recovering alcoholics need to build alternative coping skills and behaviors to navigate difficult situations in life.
A recovery workbook is a perfect gift for those inclined towards self-improvement.
You can also choose recovery workbooks that cater to more specific needs: from anger management to women’s recovery; there are workbooks for everyone!
#25: A Party
One of the greatest gifts you can offer to a person in recovery is the chance to celebrate their milestone with the people they love.
Throw your loved one a party and invite everyone who has made their recovery possible!
The Best Gift of All
If you are reading this article, you’ve already given your best gift: your support.
Recovery is an enormous achievement, and it comes with many challenges. Many recovering alcoholics have endured tremendous hardship, and your support is what matters to them most.
So above all, remember to express compassion and congratulations to the recovering people in your life.
Cardi “likes to party” Clark has 15+ years of designing, planning, and executing successful parties and events. Highly skilled in event strategy, management, planning, and execution with a track record of exceeding expectations. I make it happen. I get it done and people have fun!