Last Updated on May 29, 2024 by Dr. Alberto Solà

The season of giving gifts is coming! This time of year is an exciting one for givers and receivers alike. It’s often just as fun to shop for gifts as it is to give (or receive) them. During the holiday season, people everywhere spend hours, days, or even weeks carefully considering and selecting the perfect presents for the loved ones in their lives.

We have become a materialistic society, and many today seek to avoid becoming more of one. However, the value and joy of giving a gift to someone we care about don’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

If you’re reading this, you likely know someone in recovery or are in recovery from addiction yourself. Although people in recovery are just like anyone else and have unique interests specific to them that likely offer a wide variety of gift suggestions to people buying for them, perhaps you would like to buy your friend or family member a gift specific to this aspect of their lives and being. A gift that appropriately celebrates and encourages ongoing recovery may be just what you seek, but it may be difficult to determine the perfect thing.

There are a number of gifts that accomplish this. Read on to discover some wonderful gifts for people in recovery for your friends, family, loved ones, or even as a special treat for yourself.

Eleven Gifts for Someone in Recovery from Addiction

Certainly, the person you love will be happy with anything you get for him or her. However, here are some great recovery-specific ideas to consider when doing your shopping this year.

Special Journal

For many, journaling is a big part of the recovery process. Whether your loved one uses a journal to work through difficult emotions, track triggers, or simply to write down his or her thoughts, a pretty or personalized journal will likely be a gift that they will treasure and will put to good use.

Fitness or Yoga Pass

After years of self-abuse through drug and alcohol consumption, many people in recovery turn to fitness as an outlet in recovery. A pass or punchcard to your friend’s favorite yoga studio or gym will certainly be welcomed with open arms. If you don’t know where he or she likes to attend classes, perhaps consider buying a gift card to a new and exciting place. Since everyone is especially appreciative of time with the ones they love, buy one for yourself, too, and attend classes together.

Spa Day

Men and women alike will appreciate a day at the spa. Most spas offer packages that include a day of pampering and relaxation. If you’re not sure what your friend or family member will like best, a general gift card for services will make a great gift.


Although everyone appreciates receiving flowers, they soon wilt and die. Houseplants, on the other hand, can last many years or even decades. Everyone enjoys having greenery and living things in their home, and your friend will continue to appreciate this gift for years to come. Plants are a good reminder of the importance and vitality of life and celebrate the fact that your loved one is enjoying life fully now, one day at a time.

Subscription to a Meditation App

There are a number of great meditation apps on the market these days, including but not limited to Calm and Headspace. There are free parts to each of them, but they also include a wide variety of helpful, paid options. A subscription to one of these apps is welcomed by most, and will help to encourage a regular meditation habit, which does wonders for stress reduction and personal growth.

IOU for a Camping Trip

You likely won’t want to take your loved one camping in the dead of winter; even in our nation’s warmer climates, camping is usually best reserved for the summertime. However, an offer to take your loved one on a camping trip can make a great holiday gift and will give you both something to look forward to in the future. Spending time in nature is good for the mind, body, and soul, and is a great gift for anyone who is getting back to living their absolute best lives.

Adventure Vacation Together

Some people just love adrenaline, and there’s nothing better for meeting that need than a vacation full of it.  Whether you and your loved one are drawn to ziplining, waterskiing, off-roading, rock climbing, skydiving, or any other high energy and high risk activity, there is a vacation package out there for you. Find it, and have a blast together on your trip.

Photo Album

Everyone loves a personalized gift from the heart. If you have collected pictures of you and your loved one together over the years, why not create a photo album of the wonderful memories you have made together. You can make one of these yourself at home using whatever you have around the house, or have one professionally made by a service. Either way, it will be a hit. Be sure to leave space at the end for pictures you’ll take in the future!

Something Engraved

People in recovery are always celebrating their clean and sober date and it is a day that means so much to them. If you know this date, you might consider getting it engraved on something for your loved one. Engraved jewelry is a good idea, but a picture frame or a keychain may be just as well-received.


There are countless celebrities that overcame addiction and who documented their struggles and victories in memoirs and autobiographies. If one of these celebrities is someone your loved one respects or enjoys, you might think about giving him or her a book about that person. Biographies are often quite riveting and inspiring, and if your friend is a reader, he or she will appreciate a gift like this.

Craft Kits

Everyone enjoys making something, even if they don’t think they are artistically inclined.  Craft kits make creation a little less intimidating because they include directions and all the necessary materials; even the most creatively challenged will have success when they start from a kit. Craft kits allow people to create and keep busy, and your loved one may even discover a hidden talent when they make something beautiful!

Happy Gifting

No matter what you choose to get your loved one this holiday season, he or she will love it if it comes from the heart. Good luck with your shopping and gift-giving and have a wonderful holiday season this year.

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