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Alternatives to Alcohol: A Gift Guide for the Sober Curious

Alternatives to Alcohol offer an option for the Sober Curious to celebrate without the alcohol or the hangover!

Is someone in your life looking to reduce alcohol or live an alcohol-free lifestyle?

Surprise them with a thoughtful gift, or offer one of these trendy beverages at your next gathering!

hands holding alternatives to alcohol engaged in a cheers.
Cheers to alternatives to alcohol!

Sober Curiosity Explained

Sober curiosity, as described by Ruby Warrington in her book “Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol,” involves questioning the societal pressures to drink rather than mindlessly following the drinking culture.

Picture of Sober Curious Book by Ruby Warrington

Understanding Sobriety vs. Sober Curiosity

Sobriety often results from alcoholism or an alcohol use disorder.

On the other hand, embracing sober curiosity means opting out of alcohol for the benefits it offers to both physical and mental health.

The Sober Curious Movement promotes an alcohol-free lifestyle while being inclusive of those not prepared to completely relinquish alcohol.

However, the movement also welcomes individuals who aren’t willing, ready, or planning to give up alcohol completely.

Sober Living Sign

Who is Sober Curious?

Recent studies indicate that Gen Z adults (ages 21-24) and younger Millennials (ages 25-34) dominate the Sober Curious Movement, whereas older adults aged 55 and above show less interest.

Interestingly, this older age group constitutes the largest demographic abstaining from alcohol.

Health Benefits of Alcohol Alternatives

Consistent alcohol consumption accelerates aging, impacting physical and mental health as individuals grow older.

It leads to dehydration, quicker organ deterioration, reduced brain functionality, and increased susceptibility to illness.

Moreover, alcohol worsens existing medical conditions, interacts with medications, and heightens the risk of accidents.

Consider alcohol alternatives to support healthy aging by mitigating the adverse effects of regular alcohol consumption.

The Rise of Alcohol Alternatives

This growing demand has led to improved products surpassing the quality of previous non-alcoholic options.

The sober curious movement, along with Sober October and Dry January have generated an uptick in the demand for booze-free substitutes to alcohol.

Alternatives to alcohol offer an option for the sober curious to celebrate without the alcohol or the hangover!

US retail sales of non-alcoholic spirits grew 116% to $4.5 million, according to NielsenIQ. Alcoholic spirit sales slipped about 1% to just under $21 billion.

Alternatives to Alcohol Gift Guide

Explore these holiday gifts perfect for your Sober Curious friends and family.

These alternatives to alcohol also make splendid host/hostess gifts and will undoubtedly pique the interest of guests at your holiday gathering.

(Note: Some options may contain trace amounts of alcohol and may not be suitable for individuals abstaining from alcohol entirely.)

Chocolate peppermint mocktails in martini glasses
Festive mocktails for your Sober Curious guests!

Learn more about alternatives to alcohol in this Age-Defying Dietitian blog post – “Alcohol Alternatives: A Buzz without the Alcohol“.

1. Better Rhodes Occasion Collections

This Complete Non-Alcoholic Holiday Hosting Pack 2023 makes it easy to offer a variety of options to your sober curious guests.

Your pack includes the following four products:

  • 4-pack Sir. James 101 Alcohol-Free Pink Gin Tonic
  • 6-pack Busty Lush She’s Passionate Non-Alcoholic Tropical Weisse
  • Wander + Found Non-Alcoholic Cuvée Blanc
  • Non-Alcoholic Zeero Sangiovese
  • Wander + Found Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Rosé

2. Raising the Bar’s Monthly Mocktail Box

This subscription service delivers non-alcoholic cocktail ingredients to make your own mocktails at home.

Raising the Bar offers one, three, six, and 12-month subscriptions.

Each box includes the ingredients to make four servings of the drink of the month, plus a garnish or piece of barware!

a woman accepting a delivery of alternatives to alcohol at her front door.
A monthly mocktail box delivered right to your door!

3. Kava Starter Kit for Two

A supplement known as Kava may mimic alcohol’s effects.  This plant native to the Pacific Islands may also aid in relaxation, stress relief, and sleep*.

Kava.com’s Starter Kit for 2 contains instructions to perfect your drink-making skills.

The kit includes powdered root, a muslin extraction bag, lemongrass, and two hand-crafted acacia wood cups.

Be sure to consult your healthcare provider before consuming Kava. It may interact with some medications.

Kava mixed in a bowl with water

4. Seedlip’s Non-Alcoholic Spirits Gift Set

This Gift Set from Seedlip includes two of their most popular spirits – Spice 94 and Garden 108.

Mix these spirits with tonic water, or another mixer, for a non-alcoholic cocktail.

Mocktails-an alcohol substitute
Mix up some mocktails!

5. Magic Kick’s Alternative to Alcohol

An Adaptogen beverage line, Magic Kick, was created by Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing reality star, Fredrick Eklund.

Eklund’s line includes three beverage options named for their desired effect:

  • Party (Blueberry Chai)
  • Sex, (Pomegranate Lime)
  • Sleep (Blueberry Lavender).

A Magic Bundle is available to sample all three varieties. The pretty bottles make for a perfect host/hostess gift!

6. De Soi’s Bubby Bundle

De Soi, co-founded by singer Katy Perry offers non-alcoholic Apéritifs made with natural Adaptogens.

An Apéritif is a refreshing alcoholic drink served before meals to stimulate the appetite.

Their variety pack includes their three Non-Alcoholic Apéritifs –Golden Hour, Champignon Dreams, & Purple Lune.

7. Adaptogenic Cocktail Discovery Kit Bundle

Boisson’s Adaptogenic Cocktail Discovery Kit Bundle offers a variety of different brands of non-alcoholic Adaptogen drinks.

This bundle is a great gift. It’s also a perfect way to provide a sampling of alternatives to your sober curious guests!

2 festive mocktails with cranberry garnish
Festive mocktails for your Sober Curious guests!

Takeaways on Alternatives to Alcohol

As the Sober Curious movement gains momentum, the demand for alcohol-free alternatives continues to rise.

These options offer a way to socialize, relax, and enjoy the holidays without the negative effects of alcohol.

Consider incorporating these alternatives into your gatherings and gifting them to your Sober Curious friends and family.

Do you have any other alcohol-free alternatives to share? Let us know in the comments below!

A group of people at a holiday dinner party.
Tis the season to enjoy alcohol alternatives!

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