How to find the perfect gift for the stoners in your life this Christmas

Published Nov 25, 2019 01:00 p.m. ET
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The holidays are challenging when you have ‘a hard to buy for’ someone on your list but finding the ideal gift doesn’t have to be hard. With a few helpful tips and tricks, you will have the best stoner themed gift ideas to impress, and we are here to help you get started.

1. Check out their collection
Every cannabis enthusiast has a prized piece, no matter how small their collection might be, and their favorite tool for toking can give you a lot of insight into what they would really enjoy. Pay attention to the style and design to get an idea of where to start in buying the perfect stoner gift.

2. Figure out what kind of stoner they are
With so many advances in technology on the market, there are now thousands of new and unique products to choose from, and everyone enjoys a good old-fashioned toke. If they don’t have a bong or weed pipe, and you haven’t seen them smoke, but know that they enjoy the herb, then chances are they are more into edibles or the topical application of cannabinoids. Both of which are set to hit store shelves in Canada just in time for Christmas.

3. What other hobbies do they enjoy?
For some, a bong or pipe might be the perfect gift, but if you want something that feels a tad more personal, then you are going to have to delve a little deeper to make a meaningful connection. If they like online gaming, then a cannabis-themed controller sleeve might be right up their alley. Those who aren’t so technologically savvy might love a good old-fashioned board game instead. Try to think of things that you know they like to do, and no matter what it is, you can find something to do with both it and weed if you look.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
No one wants to give away the grand surprise, but it’s important to get some feedback if you want to make sure that your gift will get the most use. The best way to do this discreetly is to begin several months in advance of the holiday, but if you don’t have that kind of time, then you can also casually mention some of your most wanted cannabis-related goods, and they will probably tell you everything that you need to know in response.

5. Consider gift cards
If you don’t know what they like gift cards always make gift giving easy
Since there is only a bit over a month left until the big holiday, you might not have time to decide on and buy the perfect stoner gift, and that’s ok because digital money offers a solution that allows the giftee to choose their own surprise. A preloaded visa can be used on nearly any online website, including OCS, and some recreational dispensaries are introducing gift cards, so take a look around and make an easy purchase to gift the very best weed-themed gift this year.

Top 10 gift ideas for cannabis lovers this Christmas

Even with the helpful tips and tricks listed above, you might have a hard time thinking outside of the box, so to help, we have compiled a list of some of the greatest ideas for every stoner on your list of people to buy for this Christmas.

1. Grinder
Even if the cannabis enthusiast you wish to buy for doesn’t enjoy smoking, they will still get excellent use out of a high-quality grinder. Ground weed is needed to make a roll, to cook with, to infuse other products and to make dry herb into concentrates, so it really is a multipurpose ideal gift for most stoners.

2. Weed board games
For those who seek a fun activity that isn’t on television, weed board games might be the solution. You can find twists on old classics like Weedopoly and Higher Jenga or hop right into brand new gameplay with titles like Grass, which is a card-based game, or Stoner Flux, a brand new cannabis trivia game that will test the extent of your true knowledge of the plant.

3. A monthly subscription to cannabis magazines
There are so many monthly weed focused subscriptions to choose from, that you can find something for literally everyone. Some of the hottest titles so far in 2019 are High Times, Broccoli, Cannabis Culture, MG, and Culture Magazine, so head on over to their home websites to see which one might suit that ‘hard to buy for’ person best.

4. Décor
Bongs and weed grinders are typical go-to selections for gifts, but you really only need so many bongs before they are just taking up space. Instead, you might want to consider a cannabis-related décor piece that they will love. For some, the best piece of weed art is a brightly retro colored poster that boasts psychedelic images or cannabis plant close-ups, but for others, a more elegant piece is more relatable, and in that case, you might want to check out CBD candles, or black and white shadow boxes that can complement nearly any space.

5. Monthly, quarterly or one-time weed-themed mystery boxes
Who doesn’t love opening their mailbox to find free stuff? This stoner-friendly idea is perfect, as it takes the guesswork out, and allows someone else to take control over what is received. Some of the greatest rated companies this year include the Allume Chill Box, Canndora, Kush Cargo, Daily High Club, Cannabox, 420 Goody Box Hippie Butler, and High5Box.

Some of these cannabis subscription boxes cater to a particular group, like Canndora, who focuses on what women consumers want and The Daily High Club which is ideal for avid readers, so be sure to browse the selection and see what each one has to offer before making a financial commitment. No matter what your budget may be, a surprise box is an excellent Christmas gift that can be surprisingly affordable.

6. Blunt wraps / rolling papers
Only buy these for cannabis enthusiasts that you know like to smoke, and remember that blunt wraps are often preferred by cigarette smokers, so if you aren’t sure how comfortable they are with nicotine it’s always safest to choose a more natural hemp or rice-based rolling paper. If you aren’t sure on whether they smoke at all, then this is one weed accessory that you might want to avoid.

7. Hemp clothing
Most stoners are also advocates for the environment, and while that is kind of a generalization, even if the person on your list cares nothing for the ozone, there is nothing stronger and more durable that will keep on giving the same way that hemp clothing can. It is a little more expensive than your average selection at Walmart, but hemp clothing will last up to ten times longer than the more traditional cotton alternative. So, no matter what piece you buy, your giftee is sure to enjoy it for years to come.

8. Cannabis concentrate maker
Consumers are used to having to do some pretty crazy things to make marijuana concentrates, but now that weed is legal in Canada, there is a whole new market full of helpful and ever-evolving cannabis processing tools that can make almost anything you can imagine. Cannabutter, BHO, hash, bubble hash, gummies, and more are now as easy as filling a machine and hitting start, and if you’re wondering on where to go to find some, you should check you’re your local headshop or Amazon.

9. Stoner gear
If the stoner on your list is loud and proud of their love of the cannabis plant, then stoner gear might just be the perfect gift idea. Think bright and colorful pot leaf hoodies, Rasta hats, toques and mitts, or a camouflage cannabis leaf coat. All of which will be enjoyed for years to come and most can even be ordered from the comfort of your own home by visiting some of the hottest suppliers’ websites including Amazon.

10. Gift Cards (VISA or dispensary)
For the times when you can’t settle or decide on any of these ideas, there is always the gift card. Gift cards are an excellent choice that comes in denominations to suit any budget. So, if you don’t know what to get the stoners in your life this year, then you can always rely on the simplicity of plastic, which lets them make the ultimate decision whenever it suits them most.

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