Gift ideas for AA member who is 6 years sober?

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    Nov 13, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    My friend is going to have his 6th year anniversary of sobriety in a few weeks. I would like to give him a gift. Any advice? Just a card? A gift card to Starbucks?

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  • commoncoll

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    Nov 13, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    Anything that reminds him where he doesn't want to be at is great. Coffee is a good choice as he may have picked up caffeine after leaving alcohol.

    You could also make him a little certificate. It will be silly and you will both laugh, but it will be a reminder that other people appreciate his efforts and support him.
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    Nov 13, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    A sixth wedding anniversary is supposedly celebrated with something made from iron, to denote strength, so that gives lots of room and might strike a nice note.
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    Nov 13, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    In AA each year is considered a birthday of sorts. The iron idea is nice. We gave our friend who is 18 years sober a birthday card and inside we wrote "Congrats on your 18th year!" we also gave her a musical jewelry box.

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    Nov 13, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    I think a bottle of champagne would be a nice gesture. After 6 years of being sober, I'm sure he could use a drink at this point.
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    Nov 13, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI think a bottle of champagne would be a nice gesture. After 6 years of being sober, I'm sure he could use a drink at this point.




    Now that's nice at all. We can't make a joke of things such as recovery. This is something that needs to be taken seriously and only calls for thoughtful responses.













    I'm thinking a carton of cigarettes.
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    Nov 13, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
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    Nov 13, 2011 4:12 AM GMT
    Anduru said254p_jack_daniels.jpg

    God dammit you beat me to it!!!
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    Nov 13, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    A gift card or Sculpted iron fist key chain... seen a couple of them at some gas stations and souvenir shops
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    Nov 13, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    good stuff. i never believed in celebrating just another day. days like that are emotional, the best gift (imo) is to remind them what a good person and friend they are cuz sobriety is the greatest gift there is.
    also, its no suprise that someone who earlier tore apart service members would think it was so funny to give someone alcohol on an anniversary of their sobriety. it just goes to show how little they know about life.
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    Nov 13, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    What does he "like"? Maybe a gift certificate to something specific that he likes.... itunes, amazon, best buy.... maybe some sort of chain or jewelry that represents this anniversary.

    As a goofy joke you could buy him a bottle of Sparkling Apple cider and "toast" together to a clean mind and body.

    Maybe take him out somewhere for a fancy dinner....

  • Bowyn_Aerrow

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    Nov 13, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    A nice bottle of wine icon_lol.gif

    No seriously it all depends on how close you are to him and how important program is to him.

    If he is not all gungho about program and counting off each passing month like its all important, then a simple birthday card, maybe a trip to dinner in his honor.

    If it is really important to him, then get him a trinket that reflect that this is his AA birthday.

    http://www.recoveryemporium.com/ may have some ideas.

    He most likely will go to a meeting and get his 6 year chip.

    One thing you might want to do is get an inspirational daily reading type book. Deep thoughts, positive thoughts, Bible inspired passages, whatever his religious/spiritual bent is.
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    Nov 13, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    Why don't you take him out to dinner...or ask him to do something to celebrate...give him your time.
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    Nov 13, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI think a bottle of champagne would be a nice gesture. After 6 years of being sober, I'm sure he could use a drink at this point.


    No, silly - a six-pack of Bud.
  • 24hourguy

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    Nov 13, 2011 5:12 AM GMT
    A daily inspiration calendar or meditation book or journal

    take him to dinner

    massage gift-certifiate

    Most of all just let him know that you appreciate his friendship

    Six years is a long time, your support and friendship is a great gift
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    Nov 13, 2011 5:28 AM GMT
    blackstrap saidgood stuff. i never believed in celebrating just another day. days like that are emotional, the best gift (imo) is to remind them what a good person and friend they are cuz sobriety is the greatest gift there is.
    also, its no suprise that someone who earlier tore apart service members would think it was so funny to give someone alcohol on an anniversary of their sobriety. it just goes to show how little they know about life.



    Well, I don't know who you're referring to but I'm with you on the offering alcohol, even in jest. Their struggle was no jest. It was a difficult and amazingly attained destination. At times, I think, they struggle still with moments of uncertainty and the jokes don't help.

    -Doug
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    Nov 13, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    If you're anywhere near West Hollywood, there's a store on Santa Monica Boulevard where you can get gifts and cards specifically for AA members celebrating anniversaries. If you're not, a card is always a nice gesture.... it's what people have gotten me.
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    Nov 13, 2011 1:37 PM GMT
    I bottle of champagne...


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    Nov 13, 2011 1:38 PM GMT
    sahem62896 saidIf you're anywhere near West Hollywood, there's a store on Santa Monica Boulevard where you can get gifts and cards specifically for AA members celebrating anniversaries. If you're not, a card is always a nice gesture.... it's what people have gotten me.


    My god LA has a store for EVERYTHING...

    I'm still laughing from the dog biscuit bakery I saw on my last trip
  • offshore

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    Nov 13, 2011 1:38 PM GMT
    Forget about girly rinks like Champagne, try Absinth.