Did someone say green wave? As of November 3, 2020, 15 states have now legalized recreational cannabis, with many more on the horizon. Better still, several of these states are putting racial justice and restitution at the core of their legalization plans with measures that prioritize reparations to communities targeted by cannabis criminalization. During a holiday season in which stress, loneliness, anxiety, and burnout (particularly for women, in the latter case) could not be realer, weed is a balm for a lot more people than you might think. If you’ve got best buds and chronic companions who are using cannabis as a way to relax, recharge, and get ready to face a new year, a green gift might be just the thing. For adventure seekers, happy hermits, and everyone in between, there’s likely a gift on this list that can enhance the lives and calm the minds of your most lifted loved ones.
Your pal who elevated the weed brownie back when everyone else was ‘gramming their first sourdough loaves is the perfect recipient for one of a growing number of cookbooks geared toward baked bakers. Edibles features an inspired spread of nibbles both sweet and savory from Hua, founder of cannabis-mashmallow brand Mellows. If you’re looking for more family-sized dishes, check out Cooking With Herb: 75 Recipes for the Marley Natural Lifestyle ($30). Marley Naturals founder and bona fide reefer royalty Cedella Marley takes a holistic approach to cannabis cooking with recipes that prize simplicity and flavor, in addition to personal reflections and wellness tips. Both cookbooks give detailed advice on calculating dosages for recipes; both also pair well with a “The Food Has Weed in It” oven mitt ($13.75).
If the stoner in your life has children, pets, or nosy housemates in theirs, do them a solid with the gift of secure, smell-proof peace of mind. The tidy, padded compartments in Stashlogix’s Silverton case (it comes in three sizes) will please anyone who likes to keep a capacious pot pantry. If you’re looking for a smaller, sportier option, the HushLifestyle fanny pack ($54) is perfect for anyone who likes to heighten their highs in the great outdoors. Both options come with combination locks.
Everyday products from smoothies to soap suddenly seem to be crammed with cannabidiol, the cannabis plant’s non-psychoactive ingredient. A combination of abundant raw materials and a lack of regulation make for a surfeit of CBD scams, but while you should probably hold off on buying that CBD pillow, beauty products made with pure CBD oil are popular for good reason. Cannabidiol’s hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties are great for moisturizing skin and soothing acne and eczema; and because they contain no THC, glowing up ≠ getting high. The flagship product from Black women–owned brand Brown Girl Jane is eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and gorgeously packaged. Beyond the skin benefits, the company touts the need to redress harm caused to Black communities by disproportionately harsh drug laws, as well as to—as BGJ’s mission statement asserts—“support, represent, and diversify this growing industry in a way that accurately reflects ourselves and our sisters.”
Why should cocktails get all the glamorous, look-at-me accessories? Other vices deserve some shine too; and a subtly colored, hand-blown glass joint holder (available in two sizes) lends some decadent Breakfast-at-Tiffany’s energy to any pal who’s planning to spend the holidays winding down in style. If you want to splash out even more on your best mota mates, Sackville & Co.’s multi-tiered, brushed-gold grinder ($40) is an all-grown-up way to say “Happy holidays, I’m glad we don’t have to sneak outside for a clandestine toke behind the garage anymore.”
The connection between cannabis and creativity looks different for everyone. And while nobody needs to be high in order to imagine what a mountain of tacos or a dog on a surfboard would look like, 420 Things to Draw While High’s roomy pages and drawing prompts make it a great present for anyone who believes in the generative—or even just the relaxing—potential of doodling.
Not even dedicated fans of the flower want their living spaces to smell like Jeff Spicoli’s van—and if they share that space with nonsmokers, keeping things free of Sour Diesel notes is just good manners. The scent blends in P.F. Candle Co.’s candles, incense sticks, and reed diffusers—including Sandalwood & Rose, Teakwood & Tobacco, and Amber & Moss—are subtle and sophisticated as well as vegan and free of phthalates.