Whether it’s a sobriety “birthday,” a regular birthday or you just want to show your support, finding the right present for a newly sober friend can pose a challenge. Many people are used to giving bottles of wine or liquor as gifts — obviously not the best choice for your sober pal. Here are a few ideas I’ve given (and gotten):
“I am not hiding vodka in this mug” coffee cup: This is one of my all-time favorite gifts to give people in recovery. Why do I think it’s so hilarious? Because I actually did hide vodka in mugs, water bottles, my stomach – anywhere I could. And I love using this mug because I’m not hiding vodka in it, or any other cup, these days. That’s something I can certainly raise a glass (mug) to. Vodka mug, $12.99, cafepress.com
Daily gratitude journal: It can be hard to remember to take time to reflect on the things our recovery has given us. But finding ways to feel grateful is an essential element of a happy, healthy recovery. Writing in this cheerful journal is an easy way to incorporate reflection into your daily routine. The prompts and quotes throughout the lined book help fuel the creative process when you’re stumped for inspiration, too. Gratitude Journal, $14.95, papersource.com
SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker: Bubbly water is a lot more fun with this at-home gadget; use the syrups to create the virgin beverage of your choice, or just make fizzy water without going through endless plastic bottles. Revolution Black Starter Kit, $179.99, sodastreamusa.com
Tea wallet: No matter how limited the beverage options may be, with this handy tea holder your friend won’t be stuck drinking plain water when out and about. Simply tuck a selection of favorite teas in the pouch (my go-to picks are Mighty Leaf’s Green Tea Tropical and Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend) and throw it in a purse or pocket. Yanettine Linen and Cotton Tea Wallet, $19, etsy.com
The very best way you can show you’ve got the back of someone in recovery doesn’t cost a thing: Sometimes what we need most as newly sober people is just the time, patience and compassion of a friend — someone who will listen and support us as we discover our new, clear-eyed world. The gift of friendship is, after all, priceless.
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