So, your best friend/spouse/uncle/second cousin once removed’s birthday is coming up, and you’re not sure what to get them. You have a few ideas, but a problem arises with the fact that they don’t drink alcohol. That takes a few things off of your list. Nowadays, more and more people are giving up alcohol in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.
But, it can still be a challenge to find fun, engaging adult gifts, without the alcohol component. Fortunately, there are still some universal ideas that would make great presents for anyone, particularly those people in your life who don’t drink. Here are seven gift ideas we developed for someone who doesn’t drink alcohol.
1. DIY Mocktail Recipes
If your loved one wants to try the alcohol-free lifestyle, start him or her off on the right foot with a DIY mocktail recipe book. This puts together all of the latest and greatest flavor combinations for mocktails, so your friend can still feel included when others want to drink. For example, check out this popular option here, or read our latest blog article on springtime mocktails they could enjoy.
2. Cooking Classes
For the person in your life who loves entertaining—but may not be the best cook on the planet—surprise him or her with a set of cooking classes. This way, they can expand their flavor palette, without any concern for alcohol. Take classes with them, or be the test subject for all of the new recipes they learn. At the end of the class, help them host an event where they can show off their skills and relax without alcohol.
3. Engraved Cutting Board
Whether or not your loved one is a food connoisseur, an engraved cutting board is always a unique gift to give the entertainers in your life. Choose a quality cutting board and then have it engraved it with their last name, initials or a fun phrase between the two of you. They can either put the cutting board to regular use, or display it in a prominent location at their home.
4. Personal Letters
If your loved one is sentimental, nothing means more than genuine words of love and appreciation from their closest friends and family. Put together a compilation of letters from their friends and family members, sharing how much they love the honoree and everything they mean to them. On the day of the party, present the gift and watch as they melt in happiness from the kind words.
5. Favorite Game
With springtime here and summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to surprise your loved one with a backyard game, or keep it cool and stay inside. Check online for popular games, or give them one they’ve had their eye on for awhile. Whether it’s cornhole or Monopoly, games have a way of bringing everyone together and easing tensions—similarl to alcohol, but without the headache.
6. Latest Book
If your friend or family member enjoys snuggling in a chair and reading their favorite story, then a book is the perfect option for a gift. Even if they’re not into reading, you can never go wrong with a casual book they can skim through. Pick out the latest and most popular book, or ask if there are any on their list. Of course, they can always sip on a glass of their favorite beverage as they read through the storyline.
7. Non-Alcoholic Options
Which brings us to our final gift: non-alcoholic options. For the person who’s given up alcohol, social events can often feel exhausting and exclusive. Everyone seems to be drinking but you. Give them the gift of inclusion with a sample of non-alcoholic options they can enjoy. Whether they’re a beer lover, wine connoisseur or like a delicious spirit, we have a plethora of options you can choose from and surprise them with.
Choosing a gift for someone who doesn’t drink alcohol can feel like a challenge. However, there are still a variety of presents to pick! If you want to surprise someone you care about with a gift, keep these ideas in mind to brighten their day.