Give a Gift
By KELSEY ALLEN
Here are 20 recovery-related gift ideas to inspire you and your friends to enjoy a sober holiday season.
Want to rep your recovery without having to stick a Bill W. bobblehead on your dashboard? Looking for that perfect gift for a friend who is new to recovery but don’t want to give her another sobriety keychain?
Recovery gifts have come a long way since Al-Anon pendants and cheap CafePress T-shirts. Here’s a recovery gift guide that will inspire you and your friends to enjoy a sober holiday season.
Power of Recovery Muscle Tee
$21 | shoprecoverystuff.com
A lot of people in early recovery begin healthier lifestyles — at the gym, on the yoga mat, through martial arts or on the trails to take in the fresh air. This Power of Recovery Muscle Tee is the perfect way to share recovery and open the door to conversation. The Power of Recovery Muscle Tee has a full-banner “Recovery Is Real” badge printed on the front in a soft, vintage style for a worn, favorite T-shirt look and feel — because recovery should be comfortable.
You Matter Journal
$18 | thesoberhipster.com
Journaling or keeping a regular record of experiences and feelings, especially as they relate to your recovery, can be a helpful tool to advance your healing process. Whether you record your recovery-related struggles and accomplishments or identify and work through difficult emotions, this custom hand-stitched 5-by-8 journal is easy to slip into your bag, light enough to take it wherever you go, and the perfect way to start your story. The journal has a black cover, orange and white striped inside covers, and 80 lined pages.
$20 | newlyfeclothing.com
These socks are extra comfortable thanks to their cushioned bottom. The foot is black with artwork printed along the leg with crisp, bold colors that won’t fade.
1 Day @ a Time Bar Necklace
$14.50 | shoprecoverystuff.com
Keep the reminder to stay in today close to heart with this 1 Day @ a Time necklace with an 18-inch chain and lobster clasp. All stamped jewelry items are individually hand-stamped for an authentic look.
Progress Not Perfection Tee
$25 | newlyfeclothing.com
Life is not about being perfect. Life is about waking up each day and doing the best that you can, striving for progress and improving a little bit each day. Promising to keep you looking as good as you feel, this fine jersey, double-stitched, slim-fit T-shirt is available in both men’s and women’s.
Recovery Found Card
$3.50 | shoprecoverystuff.com
Cards keep loved ones in addiction reminded that people do care. Many times, a card is a link to the outside world they hope to get back to. In the depths of addiction, a hard piece of evidence that someone cares can be a strong encouragement toward recovery. These cards are designed to encourage and motivate anyone in their recovery process. They’re great for inviting friends to meetings, too. Inside message reads: Yes, it can be found.
High on Life Tank
$25 | newlyfeclothing.com
You don’t need the illusions of fun and pleasure. Life is plenty fun because you are naturally high on life.
Hangovers Suck Hat
$27 | soberissexy.com
Do you ever miss waking up feeling like you could do with another night’s sleep and then being hounded all day by that sluggish, tired feeling and blackout anxiety, making it hard to concentrate at school and impossible to focus on your loved ones? No, of course not. Hangovers suck. Which is why this hat, with a self-fabric adjustable slide closure with buckle, is awesome.
$15 | shoprecoverystuff.com
It’s easy to forget the day-to-day “what it takes” of recovery. Recovery takes the infamous 3 Gs: gratitude, grace and grit. Keep that reminder in view with this adjustable bracelet stamped in a fun font to make you smile with both confidence and humility at the day-to-day efforts of recovery. The 3G cuff bracelet is 1/4-inch wide and comes in a medium size but is adjustable so you can adjust to your fit and liking. It’s the perfect stacking bracelet to mix and match with your other bracelets and jewelry pieces.
Gratitude: A Journal
$8.93 | amazon.com
It can be hard to remember to take time to reflect on the things your recovery has given you. But finding ways to feel grateful is an essential element of a happy, healthy recovery. Keep a daily record of life’s little blessings with this keepsake gratitude journal filled with a year’s worth of insightful prompts, inspiring quotes and ample room for reflecting on all the things that make life great.
Live Recovery Hoodie
$28.50 | shoprecoverystuff.com
Get life — live recovery! Designed with the grungy look of a well-lived and loved sweatshirt, this Live Recovery hoodie warmly says it all. It’s unisex with a classic fit and front pocket.
$25 | soberissexy.com
Your lips won’t touch drugs, but they might touch your crushes’ lips — if you’re lucky.
Now’s the Time Tank
$19 | partysoberclothing.com
Founded in 2012, Party Sober Clothing is designed to promote a clear state of mind and a positive lifestyle. Want to help change the binge drinking culture on your campus? Help normalize the dry social scene with this Now’s the Time tank.
Recovery Metro Canvas Zippered Tote
$20 | shoprecoverystuff.com
Carry recovery in style, and share the message. This heavyweight cotton canvas bag features an inner zippered side pocket and an outer zipper for full closure. This is a great, classic canvas bag that can hold a lot. Its size and durability make this bag very versatile — ideal for travel, the gym, school and work.
Recovery BFF Bling Tanks
$21 | shoprecoverystuff.com
Diamonds are the hardest rock there is, but they can be chiseled, shaped and formed to become the most valuable, precious gem with infinite value. So it is with recovery! Seeing the spark come back to someone as recovery overtakes the hopelessness of change, watching a new person form as recovery is chiseled out and seeing a gem emerge is the miracle of recovery. Share your recovery out loud with this bling shirt, available in V-neck tees and tanks and printed with a classic saying in silver ink and a rhinestone finishing touch that’s sure to make this shirt a definite BFF!
Dopeless Hope Fiend T-Shirt
$32 | soberissexy.com
Sober Is Sexy wants you to rise up out of the ashes, take your mask off and change the world one T-shirt at a time. This tee is a reminder that there is always hope.
Recover Out Loud Coffee Mug
$8.95 | shoprecoverystuff.com
This 11-ounce traditional ceramic mug comes in not-so-traditional bright red!.
Sober Dream Bracelet
$65 | doingitsober.com
Handmade to order, this beautiful wrap is made with 100 percent pure silk with genuine amethyst wrapped with vermeil gold. Cooper charms, gold charms and silver charms are uniquely hand-stamped with your sobriety date, special day, birthday or anniversary.
Music Is My Drug Tee
$20 | newlyfeclothing.com
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” This T-shirt is everything you’ve dreamed of and more. It feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It’s comfortable and flattering for both men and women.
Recovery Stamp Decal
$4 | shoprecoverystuff.com
Are you ready to expand your personal recovery community? Picture yourself filling up at the gas pump and the person next to you says, “I’ll have two years in January.” The next thing you know, you’re talking, sharing support, connections and events. Or, someone approaches you to share about their efforts to help a family member, and you end up sharing encouragement and some contacts with them for support and help. It should be that easy to connect with others in recovery and for recovery. We need one another, and we need to make it easy for those still suffering to find us. A car sticker on your back glass can do that.