Best Holiday Presents for Sober Loved Ones

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When it comes to Christmas and holiday gifts for people in recovery, there are certain items that you should stay away from. Gifts that include alcoholic beverages are not recommended for sober people and these also extend to candy that includes alcohol or other similar foods. There are endless ideas to choose from and we’ve put together a list of gift ideas that include the best holiday presents for sober loved ones.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Sober People

If you have a loved one in any stage of addiction recovery you may be struggling to find the perfect give to promote their sobriety and express your love, pride, and admiration for their journey. Take a look at this helpful list of Christmas gift ideas for sober people to make your decision to purchase the perfect present a little easier this holiday season.

  1. One Line a Day Journal: Counselors and therapists often encourage those in recovery to write daily thoughts, emotions, and affirmations. This helps to reduce stress, promote well-being and identify triggers. A “one line a day” journey is the perfect way to ease into the writing process and form the habit of writing every day.
  2. Hobby Supplies: During your addiction treatment you’re encouraged to explore sober hobbies to provide stress release and eliminate boredom. Whether it’s sewing, painting, hiking, or cooking, you can assemble a box full of supplies your loved one needs to enjoy their newfound hobby.
  3. Sober Weekend Trip: Gather a group of their closest friends and get away for the weekend. Whether you’re just renting a house nearby or going a cabin for a camping trip, this allows your loved one to reconnect with friends & loved ones, bond, and make new sober memories.
  4. Spa Day: Health & wellness are two very important elements to maintaining long-term sobriety. A spa trip allows your loved one to relax, recover mentally & physically and release toxins. You can enjoy a massage, facial, and meditation in the sauna.
  5. Meal Kit Subscription: Cooking can often be seen as intimidating, especially for those with little experience. If your loved one has found a love of cooking during their sobriety, a meal kit subscription is a great way to get them into the kitchen and easily experiment with recipes that may seem unapproachable.
  6. Gym/Yoga Membership: Exercise, whether weightlifting or yoga, is highly encouraged as a way to relieve stress, promote wellness and increase confidence. A 3-month pass to a local gym allows your loved one to ease into fitness without any added pressure.
  7. Life Coaching Sessions: In therapy, we uncover the root cause of your substance abuse disorder and treat trauma. However, a life coach helps to identify short & long-term goals and then come up with strategies for achievement and success. These goals can be associated with relationships, careers, health & fitness or just day-to-day life.

Medically Reviewed: December 18, 2022

Dr Ashley

Medical Reviewer

Chief Editor


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

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