Unique Gifts for Those Graduating From AA: Honor Their Hard Work and Dedication

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Sobriety is worth celebrating! Anyone who graduates from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has demonstrated strength and bravery that should be commended. If you have a friend or family member who’s worked on their recovery, you’ve probably heard them mention receiving small tokens known as “AA chips.”

These chips are essential for marking sobriety milestones and are valuable for instilling pride and a sense of accomplishment in AA members. You can provide your loved one a similar sense of achievement with a custom AA graduation gift.

The Importance of Giving AA Recovery Gifts

The journey to sobriety can be tricky and requires significant hard work and dedication. You can acknowledge your loved one’s efforts and surround them with daily inspiration when you opt for Alcoholics Anonymous gifts.

These gifts can celebrate the recipient’s “Sober Date,” which is the last time they consumed alcohol. It is similar to an anniversary in many ways, but many see it as a more significant occasion. Sobriety is a constant challenge, which is why AA members say, “I am an alcoholic,” not “I was an alcoholic.” 

From sobriety gift baskets to custom lapel pins, you can find various gifts for those graduating from AA from a reliable AA gift store or, even better, have a custom piece made to celebrate their achievements. Whichever gift you choose, let’s take a closer look at why your recognition matters.

Celebrates Sobriety Milestones

AA chips mark a set number of days and months since the individual last consumed alcohol, but there is no need to adhere to a rigid schedule when giving AA anniversary gifts. You might want to celebrate their sobriety for their birthday or at a holiday, for example, or as part of another milestone such as getting a new job. The important thing is to celebrate their recovery.

Provides Encouragement and Support

AA sobriety gifts not only mark the passage of time but encourage the recipient to stay sober as well. Their battle is difficult enough, but with accountability and compassion, they are more likely to keep from engaging in that behavior again. By giving a gift, you express your solidarity to their commitment, and it lets them know they can rely on you for help if needed.

Strengthens Fellowship and Camaraderie

Relationships with family and friends can be challenging when dealing with alcohol addiction, and making new, trusted acquaintances is not always easy. If you’re lucky enough to be trusted by someone on their journey, giving a thoughtful gift celebrating their Alcoholics Anonymous anniversary or graduation is a wonderful way to show that you support them now and in the future.

Commemorates Personal Growth and Transformation

Alcoholics Anonymous merchandise is more than inspirational trinkets. These gifts significantly honor the change from the person they used to be to the journey they are on now. While some AA merchandise might seem like a small gesture, it commemorates an incredibly significant event in their lives and their continued growth.

10 Meaningful Gifts for Those Graduating From AA

You will want your choice to be tailored to the recipient to ensure the gift will have an emotional impact. While this can mean having their name embroidered or engraved on a gift, it can also simply be something they’ll use, look at, or enjoy every day. Here are ten ideas for custom AA graduation gifts that your loved one will value for years to come:

1. Custom Anniversary Coin

A custom anniversary coin may seem similar to a standard AA chip, but the difference is the level of customization possible. You can include special graphics and unique messages or make the coins an unusual size. These thoughtful milestone tokens can be miniature works of art, meant to be a constant reminder of their sobriety journey and deeply personal. 

There are many challenge coin types to choose from. If you want to make the custom coin stand out, you can incorporate special features such as glow enamel to make it particularly eye-catching. A wide variety of color plating options and edge designs are also available.

2. Custom Lapel Pins

For a wearable sobriety reminder, custom lapel pins make a durable, attractive AA graduation gift. Like the coins, you can craft specific messages, include bespoke graphics, and choose from options that add visual flair, like sliders, blinkies, spinners, and gemstones. Backing options include military mounts, jewelry clutches, magnetic clutches, and cufflinks.

3. Custom Belt Buckles & Patches

Just because someone is working on their recovery doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy some bold style! Custom belt buckles are perfect for people who enjoy flashy or whimsical gifts and can be modified with the graphics or lettering of your choice. Choose between hinge and hook Western-style buckles or box frame buckles for web belts. 

If you don’t think the recipient would be the type to wear a custom belt buckle, you can always go for custom patches instead. Perhaps they would rather sew a cool patch onto a denim or leather jacket, for example. Choose iron-on, PVC-backed, or hook-and-loop mounting.

4. Custom Milestone Trophy

A custom trophy or event medal can be the ultimate celebration gift. These trophies can be a reminder that the journey to sobriety is one of the most challenging battles of all. 

You can customize each medal to your exact specifications, including size, shape, color, wording, images, and finish. You can choose from an array of ribbon colors to complete the look.

5. Recovery Journals

Since sobriety is a lifelong commitment, you can help the recipient mark their progress with a recovery journal. The best part about a journal is that it’s a blank slate; you can opt for an elegant embossed and personalized journal or a plain notebook, depending on the recipient’s personality. 

To make it even more personal, you can include a direct message encouraging them to stay on the right path.

6. Handwritten Letters of Encouragement

Everyone loves getting letters, but they’re incredibly impactful when they’re meant to encourage and build up someone going through a tough time. And make no mistake — sobriety can be difficult. To make the letter more meaningful, you can have it framed for posterity. Your supportive words can be vital on challenging days.

7. Gift Cards for Sober-Friendly Activities

People who are on a sobriety journey are typically trying to get out of old, bad habits. That can be tough when many of the activities they love may have contributed to their behavior in the first place. Gift cards for sober-friendly activities can be ideal for AA graduates. 

Make sure you provide gift cards for places and environments that will contribute to their sobriety rather than threaten it. Consider fun activities that don’t require alcohol (or even forbid it), such as:

  • Ax throwing
  • Car or go-kart racing
  • Cooking classes
  • Mini-golf
  • Art classes
  • Paintball
  • A day at the spa

You can come up with even more options as you get to know the person and their interests.

8. Sobriety Photo Albums

Celebrate your loved one’s new life with an album of sobriety pictures. As you both enjoy events and outings, take plenty of photographs and craft them into a narrative. While you can make this album digital, a physical photo album can be more meaningful. You can create captions below each photo detailing the activity or include small trinkets or clippings.

9. Sobriety Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are fun because they contain a variety of individual presents. They can feature lotions, bath bombs, candy, motivational stickers or cards, and other items. The options for personalization are endless, and you can make the gift basket incredibly encouraging with the right goodies.

10. Your Time

It might not cost you anything, but your time can be the most appreciated gift you can give. People in recovery can benefit greatly from spending time with supportive friends and loved ones, and it’s also a great way to offer a little accountability. 

Spend a day helping them out, whether you do some yard work together or help them clean their home. You can also volunteer at a local nonprofit or simply keep them company, especially on hard days. Whatever you do, your time is a priceless gift to encourage their sobriety.

Show Your Support With AA Recovery Gifts From Lone Star

Graduating from AA is a significant milestone in the life of someone in recovery, but it shouldn’t be the last one. Celebrate sobriety with the right gifts from Lone Star Challenge Coins, and make sure your loved one knows they can count on your support. 

Our custom challenge coins and products are crafted in the USA with top-quality materials to create durable, beautiful gifts you will feel proud to give your friends and loved ones. Whether you want to gift a commemorative lapel or dazzle with a custom belt buckle, you’ll find the perfect gift for anyone graduating from AA at Lone Star Challenge Coins. 

Contact us to learn more, or visit us online to browse our selection today.

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J and jarren
J and jarren
10 November 2023
My class spent well over $9,000 on our class coins. First issue, they didn't get them to us in a timely manner. We received them barely in time for graduation. Second, they sent us coins with a misspelled word (brave) as seen in the picture. Third issue, a lot of the spinners came broken, also as seen in the picture. When I reached out to the company, they claim sending replacement coins out at a later date is rectifying of this situation. Very empathetic to the situation at hand overall. Not very professional at all, terrible business practices and they definitely will not receive future business from me nor any recommendations either. Zero stars
M. Wong
M. Wong
27 October 2023
I found this company last year after a recommendation from a friend and I've ordered several times now. What keeps me coming back is the high level of customer service and responsiveness in the projects that have been created. The work product is also great and the quality of the coins, detail and just overall, I am very pleased with. This is my GO TO shop now for coins. Please check them out, you will not be disappointed! PS. Big shout to Corbin for his amazing guest service!
Stephen Ryan
Stephen Ryan
25 October 2023
This company is fantastic! I reached out to them to create a custom shaped coin with custom artwork that they had put together for me. The coins are a Veteran's Day thank you token for those who served at our company. We will definitely be returning for future orders. From start to finish, they were very open with communication, extremely fast to respond to concerns and questions, and lastly delivered something that blew us out of the water. Thank you so much!
Alejandra O'Connor
Alejandra O'Connor
25 October 2023
I ordered challenge coins on behalf of my government agency. Lone Star was easy to work with and did amazing things with the graphics I sent. They turned the artwork around quickly and each time it was better than what we had hoped for. We did have several back and forth messages to get the coin exactly as we wanted it. Our representative was so patient with us and had excellent customer service. We also got the coins in the mail quickly. Working with Lone Star was a wonderful experience end-to-end.
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18 October 2023
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Rafael Moronta
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13 October 2023
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Dan Kiser
Dan Kiser
22 September 2023
Corbin was very combative when I explained that the design provided was not at all reflective of the requests that I provided on the Inquiry form. Based on the customer service alone during that 1 phone call, I am not inclined to pursue any business with this company. EDIT: I spoke to the owner, Mike, and he helped rectify the situation and framed it as a learning opportunity for his team. This is a good reminder that people make mistakes but first impressions matter.
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