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Sober Gift Guide Part 2

Christmas Gifts for People in Recovery

Finding one’s spiritual center is an important part of the 12-step approach to recovery. Spirituality, of course, means different things to different people, but for many, finding this spiritual path forward is one of the most impactful parts of the 12-step process.

If that’s you, or if a loved one with whom you’ll be celebrating Christmas has found great meaning in the spiritual aspects of the 12-step recovery program, the second installment of our sober gift guide is for you.

Here are some gift suggestions to support the spiritual journey:

The Bible

In a 12-step program, spirituality does not have to mean Christianity. But if you or someone you know has found comfort and meaning in the Christian tradition, giving a Bible is a great way to support their journey and celebrate the holidays.

Books to enrich the spirit

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz provides inspiration and guidance for spiritual growth and self-reflection, and it’s particularly useful for those in recovery.

Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the book examines self-limiting beliefs, while also providing a powerful code of conduct for happiness, freedom, and love.

The Four Agreements is just one of many books that support the spiritual journey of a recovering addict. Another popular book is Drop the Rock by Bill P., Todd W., and Sara S.

Oriented around the 12-step process, Drop the Rock helps readers forgive themselves and let go of the past while also growing past harmful behaviors and ideas.

Gifts to support the practice of meditation

Meditation can be effective in managing stress, depression, and anxiety, but meditation is also a very spiritual experience.

For meditation, consider giving a book or a guide about the ancient practice. Other good gift options related to meditation include a sitting pillow or subscription to a meditation app.

These are only a few suggestions for spiritual-themed gifts to give to a loved one in recovery, or to add to your Christmas list this holiday season. Other gifts ideas include a prayer candle, a Tibetan singing bowl, or a sacred text in the religious tradition of your choice, whether that be the Torah, the Koran, to the Baghavad Gita.

But no matter what you choose, giving a spiritual-themed gift is a great way to support the spiritual journey of a loved one, or to deepen your own spiritual awakening.

In the next installment of our sober gift guide, we’ll offer suggestions for gifts to promote and inspire self-care.

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