Don’t panic. Buying gifts for men in recovery is not nearly as hard as you might think. Sure, you can’t get them a bottle of wine, but that’s something you only want to get your boss anyway. As long as it’s thoughtful, they will enjoy it. There are some go-to gifts for men in recovery that we think work every time.
Subscription Box – The Gift That Keeps Giving
Get him a subscription box, something that he will receive for as many months as you like. You can choose to send a box a month for 3, 6, or 12 months.
Here are some of our favorites that are perfect gifts for men:
- Butcher Box – Monthly meats
- Gentleman’s Box – Groovy style and essentials
- Loot Crate – Nerdy stuff for geeky guys
This are our favorite fun gifts for men in recovery because they keep getting them and it’s like Christmas or Hanukah once a month.
Get Him a Book
Get him the gift of some perspective and a little alone time. Books are great gifts for men in recovery because they offer both. The best books for men in recovery don’t have to be about recovery, but having a relatable experience just makes the book more special. Pro tip: don’t give him this gift in front of lots of people and explain it to him so he is not embarrassed by it. He could be a sensitive dude, so be sure to know him well first.
Some of the nest books include:
- Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
- Professional Idiot – Steve-O
- Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
Also consider audio books for the non-reading type. We all commute, go to the gym, or simply sit with our headphones in. Audio books are more fun to listen to than you might realize!
If there’s one thing that men in recovery understand, it’s journaling. Step 4 in the 12 Step program is all about making a tally of everything you have done. That gives everyone in recovery a taste of real journaling and for some, that sticks. Or they may have forgotten how therapeutic that is.
You can find really great, leather-bound journals at stationary stores or bookstores. Check your local Barnes and Noble for some really great options.