The holiday season presents an opportunity to give special gifts to your loved ones. If you have a friend or family member in addiction recovery this year, you may find it difficult to find the right gift that supports their recovery and shows how much you care. You’ll want to give something that is well-thought out, meaningful, and unique to them. It may seem challenging, but the right gift can show your loved one the support they need as they endure the transition to sobriety.
Below are 6 unique gift ideas for your loved one in recovery.
A Shared Experience
Sometimes the best gifts aren’t material items, but an amazing experience that creates lasting memories. Planning a memorable experience with them can open their eyes to all that a sober lifestyle has to offer. It also provides valuable time for bonding and strengthening your relationship as they embrace their recovery. A fun experience allows them to be present and enjoy the moment, which is a valuable tool in recovery. Some ideas for a shared experience are:
- An amusement park
- A museum
- A local sightseeing destination
- A hot air balloon ride
- The movies
- Go kart racing
- A cooking or painting class
A diary or journal can be a very meaningful gift to someone in addiction recovery. Keeping a journal of their daily thoughts and emotions is yet another valuable recovery tool. Writing things down helps to identify stressors and encourage breakthroughs in recovery. Encouraging your loved one to add daily entries into the journal is an easy way to reduce stress in their day-to-day lives. If you want to add a more personal touch, getting their name engraved or adding an inscription provides makes it unique to them.
A Yoga Pass
Yoga is a healthy outlet to cope with daily life stress and potential triggers. It also provides many physical health benefits. It’s no wonder that yoga is used in many substance addiction treatment center programs and throughout recovery. Some benefits of yoga include:
- Increased physical strength and stamina
- Stress relief
- Increased self-confidence
- Better sleep
- More energy
- Increased self-awareness
- Improvement of overall health and wellness
A gift card or pass to a local yoga den is the perfect health-oriented gift for your loved one in recovery this holiday season. Enrolling in a yoga class also provides a sense of community with a common interest in health and wellness.
A Photo Album
A personalized photo album is a great gift to show someone how much you care about them and cherish the memories you have with one another. It’s important for individuals in recovery to know how much they are loved by those around them. A custom photo album combines a material gift with valuable life memories. It’s something that they can always turn to as a reminder of all of the love, support, and wonderful things around them.
A Day at the Spa
Everyone enjoys being pampered. Especially during addiction recovery, which can leave individuals feeling mentally and physically exhausted. Treating your loved one to a day at the spa, or even a couple of spa treatments is a luxurious gift that also tailors to their health. They are able to relax their body and mind and focus only on themselves. Spa treatments could include hot stone massages, saunas, and mud baths that all focus on detoxifying and relaxing the body. Not only does this decrease their stress levels, but leaves them feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
A custom piece of jewelry is always a great gift for someone in recovery. Depending on how open they are about their recovery journey, you may want to opt for a simple pendant or personalized engraving of their initials. You could also choose to engrave a personalized message or even an inspiring quote. If your loved one is open about their recovery, you could even engrave the date of their sobriety to remind them of their dedication and encourage them to keep going.
The best sobriety gift of all isn’t really a gift at all, but your unconditional love and support of their recovery. The holidays are not all just about the present exchanges, but being surrounded by friends and family who uplift you. Taking the time to express your support and how proud you are could go a long way for your loved one’s journey to recovery.