Celebrating someone’s sobriety is such a proud, exciting occasion! Brainstorming different gift ideas can help you think of the perfect thing to give to your loved one.
As the journey from addiction to sobriety can put strains on relationships, the best gift you can possibly give a person in this journey is your love and support. Of course, celebrations can be more fun with a present! Wanting to commemorate this moment with a great gift is a wonderful thing to do.
While brainstorming, think about what type of gift you want to give. When considering what to give your loved one, think about your relationship, how you show each other you care, and things you love to do together. If you know that person “has it all” already, you may want to gift a fun experience instead of a physical item. If you want to use this present as an opportunity to really emphasize how much you care, consider selecting a personalized, meaningful gift. Have fun and get creative!
Remember that sobriety could be a private thing for some people. Respect your loved one’s boundaries when deciding whether to celebrate privately or in a large public party setting.
Experience Gift Ideas
Instead of gifting someone a physical item, you may want to gift them an experience that can lead to a great memory.
- Go see a show! Concert, sporting event, or theater tickets are a great gift. Make a day of the gift and join your loved one for the event.
- Book an adventure! This could be a longer vacation or a short day activity. Some people love hiking or exploring new places. Others may like being more daring with something like zip-lining, shark cage swimming, or sky diving!
- Take a creative class together! Create a memory by learning a new skill, like cooking or pottery.
- Healthy living is a big part of the journey to sobriety. You could gift someone a Gym Membership or Fitness Classes. You could even attach the gift card to a water bottle or yoga mat.
- Some of the best gifts are the ones that remind someone to treat themselves to some self-care! A relaxing trip or a spa day could do just that. Try giving a spa gift certificate in a basket of calming things like essential oils, slippers, or a robe.
Meaningful Gift Ideas
If you want to get a meaningful gift, get personal! Think about sayings, dates, and images that mean something to you and your loved one.
- A handwritten letter or card is a simple and inexpensive place to start. What better way to show someone how you feel than by putting it into words? A simple “Congratulations, I am so proud of you!” can go a long way in showing someone how much you support them and their commitment to a new lifestyle.
- A journal is a great gift for someone celebrating their journey with sobriety, as it provides a great place to be reflective. You can get a nice journal with lines for writing, or a journal with blank pages for art. Make it extra special with the first entry of encouragement written by you!
- A Personalized piece of jewelry, watch, or keychain can be a beautiful gift with an even more beautiful meaning. You can order a gift and have it engraved with important, inspirational quotes or milestone dates. A watch could be engraved with their anniversary sobriety date or a phrase like “One day at a time.” The phrase “Sober and Strong” is also simple and uplifting!
- Art or Photographs can brighten a space and have the potential to be deep and meaningful. Either make something yourself or purchase a work of art that you know they will love! You could even find a painting of a favorite place or memory. There are other creative ways to commemorate important dates, too! For example, “Star maps” are gorgeous prints of the night sky on a date of your choosing, and have grown very popular.
- A Display Box or Chip holder is a unique, practical, and meaningful gift for a person that may be in a program that commemorates sobriety with chips. This gift will give them a safe place to proudly store these milestone keepsakes.
- Something handmade, like a gratitude jar or a fresh-baked goodie, will bring a smile to anyone’s face.
- A donation in their honor could be a unique and meaningful gesture. Research local charities or non-profits that your loved one cares about.
- If you are not in person, you may want to send something fun! Consider a subscription box. There are subscription boxes for all kinds of interests these days, from movies to makeup and everything in between! Subscription boxes are mailed out automatically and give you the opportunity to keep on giving.
Of course, the most important gift you can ever give to a person celebrating their sobriety is your time, love, and support.