With the holidays approaching, gifts are a way to show your loved ones that you care about them. If you have a friend or family member in mental illness or addiction recovery, you may feel stumped as to what you should give them. For many on the outside looking in, it’s hard to tell what our loved ones need, and we don’t want to give them anything that could trigger them. Thankfully, there are many wonderful yet simple things you can do to be there for your loved one that are sure to boost their recovery rather than hinder it. Here are a few examples:
- The gift of experience. Rather than buying them something in particular, take your loved one out to eat, out bowling, to the movies, or something fun. Memories last a lifetime, and your loved one may feel greatly appreciate that you’ve taken the time out of your day to show your love and care.
- A gift certificate or gift card to something they need. If you know your loved one needs a day of relaxation, give them a gift card to a local spa. If you think they could really use more groceries, consider giving them a gift card to a local market.
- A book related to recovery. Many people in recovery want to learn about others who have successfully found a life past mental illness or addiction.
- Self-help resources. If you know your loved one is currently looking for a job, consider getting them some materials on prepping for a job interview, finding the right career path, and more. This could help take some of the added pressure for research off your loved one, as they can focus more on their recovery.
- A handmade gift. Sometimes, the most endearing gifts are the ones we know our loved ones spent quality time making. Consider making something for your loved one that would show them just how proud you are of them and how much faith you have in their recovery.