Are you stuck because you need to get a gift for someone who is a member of AA? You obviously can’t get the usual bottle of wine as a hostess gift, or a homemade beer kit for Father’s Day. However, there are tons of incredible presents available to help them start new hobbies and uplift their spirits.
If you are an AA member yourself, you may be looking for a way to say thanks to your sponsor or those who have helped you along this difficult path. We have also found some gifts to help make amends.
You can show your support for their new lifestyle with these amazing Alcoholics Anonymous gifts that are sure to inspire serenity and perseverance.
1. Adrenaline Rush
AA sobriety gifts
A reason why some people “fall off the wagon” is because they are worried that life without alcohol will be dull. Give them a natural high with an experience such as zip lining, race car driving, or flying an airplane. It could become a new hobby. My friend’s dad tried skydiving once, and it ended up becoming his favorite pastime.
An online cooking class or an online art class are also new hobbies to try. Maybe they will become the next Emeril Lagasse or Pablo Picasso.
2. Boba Tea Kit
Some people have no problem drinking non-alcoholic beer or wine. Others feel like just the taste might bring on a relapse. For those who want to avoid temptation, try a boba tea kit. Boba teas are trendy. They can even mix one at home to bring to a party. It seems like everyone carries some sort of beverage around with them nowadays, whether coffee, soda, or water. They will fit right in.
If they prefer cocktails, give them some mocktails. Then they can feel fancy without resorting to kids’ drinks.
Or try a mocktail recipe book. Then they can mix up their own tasty drinks. These are also great for the under age crowd.
3. Meditation Cushion
Gifts for AA members
We’ve all heard someone say the infamous phrase, I need a drink. But why? Some people use alcohol as a coping mechanism for dealing with stress. A more helpful way to unwind is through meditation. AA members need to incorporate new healthy habits into their routines. You can ease their journey by giving them a meditation cushion.
Meditation has been around for about 5000 years. That is because it works. Books on meditation will help them learn more about the practice.
A white noise machine will help block distractions as well as provide relaxing background sounds.
4. Recovery Journal
Helpful AA recovery gifts
We’ve all heard actions speak louder than words. That’s because they do. Recovery journals are helpful because they make people move beyond just words to take action. They have to do something.
12 step puzzle books can occupy them when alone, while keeping their recovery in the forefront of their mind. It only takes a minute for old thought patterns to creep up.
There are many other sobriety books they may find helpful on the road to recovery. The best way to help them is to immerse them in their 12 step culture 24/7.
5. Cappuccino Machine
Alcoholics Anonymous gifts for coffee lovers
Anyone who has been to an AA meeting or seen one on tv knows that members drink lots of coffee. Now that time they spent mixing drinks can be switched to gourmet coffee culture. This isn’t your average cup of joe. This is top shelf.
Replace their beer mugs and wine glasses with stylish cappuccino mugs. Then supplant their drink stirrers with cute coffee spoons.
6. Diamond Painting Coaster Kit
New hobby gifts for AA members
Often people in recovery find themselves bored. They aren’t hanging out with their old friends or frequenting the same places. Starting a new hobby can help them break some of their old habits. After trying a few hobbies they might even find they wished they hadn’t wasted so much time drinking instead of pursuing this new world of interesting pastimes.
They may want to try their hand at candle making. Choose from a variety of candle making kits. Or they can try using a wood burning kit to create art or to engrave the serenity prayer on a piece of wood. Once they hone their new skills, they may even use one of their projects as an AA sponsor thank you gift.
7. AA Coin Clock
AA recovery gifts for coins
If you are looking for an Alcoholics Anonymous anniversary gift, look no further. These clocks make a decorative place to display those anniversary coins. Whether a one month coin, 90 days, or a year or more, those coins add up. They need a place to display them to remind themselves how far they have come.
If they don’t need another clock, there are many other options for a recovery coin display.
If it is their first coin, you don’t want to overwhelm them with all those empty spaces. In that case a keychain coin holder is the right choice.
8. Carved Guardian Angel
AA sponsor gifts
Sponsors are like guardian angels. They will answer your call and listen to your drama in the middle of the night when they much rather be sleeping. Plus they call you out on your bull*!*# and hold you accountable. Show them you understand their sacrifice with a carved angel they can keep forever.
For a customized AA gift get an angel wings necklace engraved with a note of thanks or a pendant with their name.
A thank you heart with a sentiment can be displayed on a desk or mantle so they remember your appreciation every time they see it.
9. Serenity Prayer Wall Art
Must have AA recovery gifts
New AA members need all the help they can get. A wall plaque will keep help within easy view. You might even want one for yourself. We all need a little serenity now and then when life gets messy.
A serenity prayer bracelet or keychain will keep this helpful inspiration at their fingertips.
10. Funny Candle
Gifts for AA members asking for forgiveness
The 9th step of AA is about making amends. It is a way for people to look back, assess those they hurt, and offer a sincere apology. This funny candle will help get the message across along with their words.
While a gift is no substitution for a heartfelt apology, an apology necklace will remind them of your sincerity the next time you frustrate them.
An I’m sorry stuffed animal also helps express your regret for any suffering you have caused them.
11. Recovery Coin
Gifts for sober anniversary
AA uses coins to celebrate successful sobriety. These coins help motivate members to stick with the program and avoid relapsing by reminding them how far they have already come. Give a special coin to them to express that you understand the importance of these milestones.
In AA the Big Book is their Bible. If they have been around awhile their book probably has passages highlighted, notes written in the margins, and a bent spine. A Big Book with a cover is a useful gift for members whose original is falling apart, but it can also be a lifesaver for a new member.
For a funny AA anniversary gift give a pair of sober socks.
12. Puzzle Cubes
Alcoholics Anonymous recovery gifts for idle hands
For people who are used to holding a drink, having idle hands is painful. Give their fingers a new occupation with fun puzzle cubes that will workout their mind too.
Some people self medicate with alcohol to decrease anxiety. A stress ball or fidget spinner can fit in their pocket or in a purse, making it easy to take with them. These will help decrease anxiety in social situations where they would normally need to have a drink.
13. Sobriety T-shirt
AA gifts for him
Sometimes people in Alcoholics Anonymous don’t want to be anonymous. If your AA member is proud of his sobriety or needs a way to keep people from asking if he wants a drink, a sobriety t-shirt will do the trick.
For those who like to remain incognito, a sobriety necklace can act as a talisman when temptation hits. The concentric maze-like circles with the AA symbol are a reminder to stay sober no matter what situation they find themselves in.
Another useful gift for him is a recovery hoodie. The cool design on the front symbolizes abstinence from drugs and alcohol.