Wondering what to get that non-drinker for Christmas now that a bottle of scotch is out the question? Here are five ideas to get you thinking.
For many people, alcohol is a pleasure; an indulgence. Spa treatments provide something similar, except without the bruises. Well, fewer bruises. Well, okay it depends on your masseur. Anyway, it gives people something they sometimes forget to give themselves: permission to relax, forget the worries of the day and generally get prodded with sponges. And if you buy someone a voucher, they can choose their specific treatment or treatments that suit them best.
Cheaper: Something spa-like for the home, like bath bombs
Cheapest: Squeeze their shoulders for four seconds and say “there you go”
Alcohol is a very social drink (well, when it’s not busy being a very anti-social drink) but it doesn’t have the monopoly on that. Coffee is a great excuse for people to get together and develop fixed stares in a relaxing environment. It’s also one of the few non-alcoholic beverages that has a connoisseur element. If someone loves coffee, giving them something like an espresso machine is giving them an excuse to invite people round.
Cheaper: A stove-top espresso maker and/or some good quality ground coffee
Cheapest: A sachet of Nescafe and a plastic spoon.
When people give up drinking, they often end up swapping one vice for another, but at least chocolate doesn’t have links with violence. Well, unless you’re depriving someone of it. There’s a whole world of chocolate to discover, and some are truly works of art, like Maribelle’s amazing (and amazingly expensive) chocolate handbag collection. The truly decadent could even buy two tickets to Bruges to go from one chocolatier to the next.
Cheaper: Buy some retro sweets and be transported back to a time when you weren’t concerned with things like alcohol. Or tooth decay.
Cheapest: Give them a bite of your Mars bar.
The selection of drinks at bars for non-drinkers can be fairly dismal, especially when it comes to beers. But if you get someone a selection box of alcohol-free beer such as those sold by the UK’s Alcohol Free shop allows someone to try ones from all over the world. NB alcohol-free beer may cause relapse amongst some alcoholics, whilst others still consider it a relapse in itself.
Cheaper: Many supermarkets do sparkling alcohol-free wine in champagne-like presentations.
Cheapest: Serve them up a glass of tap water, with a straw as a flourish
Given the calorific nature of alcoholic drinks, if someone has given up drinking fairly recently, there’s a good chance they’ll be losing weight. Unless some idiot’s bought them loads of chocolate of course. Reward them with clothes that fit their new-found frame.
Cheaper: A gift voucher for their favourite retailer to go towards new clothes
Cheapest: A piece of string makes an excellent adjustable belt.