Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Perfect Presents for that Person in Recovery

Anna David
6 min readDec 6, 2018

Oh, the holidays are here and while this time of year can be challenging for sober folks (as grizzled old timers in 12-step meetings are fond of saying, alcohol is a three-fold disease consisting of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s), it is also a time to cherish and spoil the sober people in our lives. Below please find my completely unbiased (see items 3 and 10) selection of 10 gifts you most definitely should get those fab folks.

Ekka Life Monthly Subscription Box: $121-$432

If you’ve ever wondered why there’s no gift subscription box specifically designed for those in recovery, stop wondering and start ordering an Ekka Life subscription for that person in your life who could use something miraculous every month. Ekka is all about the holistic approach to mind, body and spirit and each Ekka box contains six to eight items dedicated to self-care with a minimum retail value of $100. Available in three, six and 12 month options!

Day by Day Book: $29.99

A journal designed to track personal progress in recovery on a daily, weekly and monthly basis while offering a customizable framework to support them along the way, the Day by Day Book was invented by Sober Moxie creator Noelle Van Vlierbergen. This is for that person you know who could get a lot out of a new BFF with whom they could track their moods, rituals, goals, milestones and more.

Party Girl audio book: $19.95 (or free with an Audible subscription)

Yes, I know this is my book and it’s read by me but I can still state in an absolutely unbiased way that I think the audio version of the semi fictionalized story of my pre-sobriety life would make an excellent gift for that person in your life who doesn’t shock too easily (do note: the book starts with a drunken wedding threesome). If you’re not sure your friend would like it, you can always get it yourself and then once you discover its awesomeness, get it for your friend?

Sober Not Boring Mug: $11.99

Austin Cooper, the inspiring coach behind the Sober Evolution, offers a wide range of t-shirts, tanks and mugs but my favorite is probably his SOBER NOT BORING mug. While of course we know we’re not boring, isn’t this a lovely way to remind a friend of that every morning?

Year-long membership to Witches Rehab: $36.50

This collective started by sober sorceress Lauren Wallet consists of monthly meetings and an on-line coven containing spells, new moon and full moon rituals and sorcery services, among many other treats. This is for that woman or woke man who needs to reclaim a little magic and magik in life.

Long Distance Friendship Lamp: $85-$170

Recovery has its lonely moments but nothing helps us get through them more than one another. Now modern technology has created an opportunity for literal proof of those bonds. Here’s how it works: you keep one of the lamps and give the other to a loved one, whether that person is across the street or the world. Once the respective lamps are connected thru Wi-Fi, whenever one of you touches your lamp, a rainbow of colors hits the other person’s lamp. Let’s call it the Light Hustle seen round the world.

Addiction Recovery Tumbled Crystal Healing Set: $4.99

If the people in your life find crystals a bit too woo-woo, this is not for them. But if they’re a bit on the witchy side (see #5), then you can’t do any better than this small bag of crystals designed specifically to provide support in addiction recovery. Containing Amethyst, Hematite, Onyx, & Tiger’s Eye, the Addiction Recovery Tumbled Crystal Healing Set comes in a black velour pouch and includes a description card for each crystal.

SOBER AF Hat: $22

Is someone you know sober AF? Well then, why not help them tell the world about it? Luckily you can with this embroidered cap from the Doing It Sober store. This bad ass hat isn’t the only amazing thing you can pick up here either — there’s an array of tanks, T’s, medallions, stickers, pins, crystals, ornaments and so much more.

Bubble Tea Kit: $35

Yes, people in recovery are known to consume a great deal of coffee. And that’s exactly why Taiwanese bubble tea can make for a nice change. This kit contains black and rooibos chai tea tapioca pearls, along with two stainless steel straws. The ideal bubble option for anyone missing a glass of bubbly.

Book Mapping Call: $200

Yep, I stuck another gift you can get through yours truly into this guide. But also, I can’t think of a better present for that person in your life who’s always said they wanted to write a book but can’t seem to get started than this: a book mapping call with Kristen McGuiness. Kristen, the LA Times bestselling author of 51/50: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life (as well as the co-author of five other non-fiction books), worked in book editorial at St. Martin’s Press, Simon & Schuster, and with Judith Regan at Harper Collins. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no one in the world who’s as skilled as she is at taking someone from general book idea to completely mapped out book. And in these hour-long consultation calls that have previously only been available to students in my coaching program, that’s exactly what she does. Just how effective are they? “I’d long wanted to tell my story but it wasn’t until I had this call that I realized what my book would be,” says Darren Prince (pictured above with Magic Johnson and Dr. Drew Pinsky), the bestselling author of Aiming High: How a Prominent Sports and Celebrity Agent Hit Bottom at the Top. As a result of that book, Prince has appeared on CNN and Good Day Live.

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Anna David

NY Times bestselling author of 8 books, publisher, TV/TED talker. Want to find out more about my company?