As we move into this holiday season, we are thinking of gifts for people we don't necessarily "know" well - the person who delivers the mail, walks our dog, our employees and/or coworkers, grab bags, our children's teachers, etc. As this season starts up, many go to social media to question what gifts are appropriate. At least one in three responses is "wine/a bottle/liquor/etc."
Please - PLEASE - be careful when giving gifts to people you don't know. As someone who has dealt with addiction in my family and studied it in school, giving someone you don't know well alcohol could be dangerous. Whether we want to believe it or not, holding that bottle in their hand could spell the difference between sobriety and a relapse.
Obviously, we can all say "hey, if they don't want it, they don't have to keep it." But in reality, 1) someone with an addiction often doesn't have the power to make that choice, and 2) why on earth would we give a gift to someone if we think they may not keep it?
Personally, I find gift cards to be the easiest and most appreciated gift for people I don't know well.