Finding the right gift for your loved one’s birthday can be quite difficult, especially when that special someone may be a recovering addict. It’s important to be sensitive to your recovering loved one while at the same time remembering that even though they are dedicated to their sobriety, like you, they have interests and hobbies. Keeping this in mind, here are a few gift ideas that may assist you on the frustrating journey of getting the perfect gift.
Not all jewelry has to be covered in silver and gold. Some of the best and most personal jewelry are simply physical reminders of milestones taken to represent past achievements, such as a bracelet with the date they decided to begin abstaining from drugs and alcohol abuse. This can help to remind a recovering addict of the hurdle they were able to overcome in beating their addiction to drugs or alcohol and is no longer holding them back.
2. Inspirational Prints or Greeting Cards
Quick and easy, greeting cards and postcards may not be a lasting physical memento like a bracelet, ring, or necklace, but greeting cards can really help put your intentions into words. They are a private and personal way of congratulating your loved one about their sobriety. Greeting cards are both endearing as well as thoughtful and tons of adorable cards with sentimental messages can be found on websites like Etsy.
3. A Framed Photo
More than material things, the gifts that really pull at your heartstrings are ones with sentiment and they are always sure to be winners. Find a photo of you two together from a day that is synonymous with good memories for you both. Then, find a cool frame (you can even decorate it, if you’re feeling crafty) and give the gift of your memories together. This can remind your loved one that no matter what, you are here for them and that you are excited to make more memories with them in the future.
4. Sober Coffee Mugs
A coffee mug is something your loved one will be seeing every day, when they wake up in the morning for a cup of coffee or even as they open the cabinet for a different glass. This mug can serve as a reminder to your loved one to remain proud of their choice to remain sober.
5. Sober Tees
While some people are less outspoken about their recovery other’s preach it loud and proud. A graphic T-shirt would be a great gift idea for those who projecting their proud representation of their sobriety to the rest of the world.
Even though everyone loves to give and receive gifts, the most valuable gift is time. Don’t forget to spend as much time with your loved ones as possible and let them know that you are there for them.
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