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The Pothead’s Gift Guide
From medical marijuana users to the casual stoner, here are the best holiday gifts for the weed enthusiast.
Curated gift guides have changed the game of holiday shopping—providing ideas for everyone from a cat lover to a practical-but-dapper man. But among the weird and wonderful categories, there’s one that rarely makes the list: cannabis aficionado.
Whether a medical marijuana patient, a sophisticated stoner, or a Doritos-loving pothead, in the world of weed gifts there’s something for everyone. Here are our 10 favorites this year.
Gold Rolling Papers, $55 (pack of 12)
The world’s first 24-karat gold rolling paper doesn’t just brighten up a joint, it leaves behind an ashtray full of gold remnants. Shine Papers, the makers, call these leftovers “the gems.” While you can’t pawn the gold from the ashes—a question they get asked regularly—you can brag about them being real gold. Although at $55, bragging rights come with a price.
This coloring book, the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, is not child’s play. Made up of 36 “mind-melting, psychedelic illustrations,” it features nine different independent artists whom the book helps support. Aimed at “high-minded adults,” it’s marketed as a “therapeutic and meditative” way to unwind. Best secret: It’s got hidden emojis on the spine.
Described by Fresh as a “sensual and earthy-scented” fragrance, the cannabis-scented candle might seem odd at first. But with vaporizers eliminating the smell of marijuana in homes, somebody has to carry on the hazy tradition. Fresh’s candle, a “rich blend of patchouli, chocolate, and a cannabis accord,” is meant to offer “an air of intimacy and sensuality.” Don’t believe them? Light one up.
An “exclusive mystery 420 box,” cannabox is a subscription-based service that offers a mix of essentials and “stoney gear.” While there are several Birchbox-of-pot type of services Cannabox’s twist is a “mystery theme” each month. November’s secret theme was a “Star Wars-themed surprise they nicknamed “Stoned Wars.” Chewbacca not included.
Genius Pipe, $99
One of several new smoking devices to debut in the past year, the “genius pipe” has taken the lead. Marketed for tobacco only, it’s a “stealthy, healthy, sexy” new smoking device that’s small enough to fit in your purse and simple enough to clean in minutes. Created by experts in the world of fluid dynamics, the pipe uses the “golf-ball style dimple technology” to cool the smoke and—in doing so—“eliminate the lung and throat burning.” The pipe comes in sleek white or gold (“High Expectations”) or limited edition patterns (like Edvard Munch’s The Scream).
Hemp Lip Conditioner, $4.80
A fan favorite from the cannabis crowd, The Body Shop’s line of hemp includes a lip conditioner to leave lips feeling “soft and smooth.” A mix of cocoa butter, shea butter, and hemp (which, like marijuana, comes from cannabis sativa), it’s a PG way to enjoy the benefits of the cannabis plant. Also available, hemp on a rope soap.
The first U.S. company to win a license for cannabis-infused skincare, Appothecanna is leading the charge in cannabis topicals used for pain. The company’s main products are pain crème and pain spray, which “cool and invigorate” sort muscles and distressed skin. Appothecanna credits the “anti-inflammatory plant extracts” with successfully bringing relief. On top of cannabis the lotion is infused with peppermint, juniper, and arnica.
THC-Infused Tootsie Rolls, available in Colorado only
Dixie Elixirs & Edibles, the premier edible cannabis brand, has a soft spot for chocolate—bringing medical marijuana patients and recreational users alike everything from truffles to brownies. This year they’re offering a pack of six “dixie rolls”—a “chewy, chocolately” candy that looks a lot like tootsie-roll but acts a lot like a joint. Buyers beware, too much of a good thing can be dangerous.
Of the dozens of marijuana books that fill the shelves each year, Dan Michaels and Erik Christiansen’s book Green has received the most critical acclaim. The large coffeetable book is part cannabis research (Michaels), part beautiful cannabis photography (Christiansen). Dubbed “required reading for a generation of curious and sophisticated pot smokers,” it goes into depth about everything from botany to flavor.
Kush Kards, $8
The “Ultimate Stoner Greeting Card,” Kush Kards are traditional greeting cards made for a higher purpose—room for a pre-rolled joint. Cheesy puns like “Just wanted to say High” and “Dank you” fill the colorful cards, which also include a match strike for the receiver to light their joint right away. The company is even featuring holiday cards, the most creative: a red-eyed Rudolph the Reindeer.