We know what you’re thinking: Oh boy here we go again with another holiday cannabis gift guide! We get it, we’re kind of burnt out on these guides too. Most of them are pay-to-play. For example, Chatelaine’s list reads like a menu approved by the Toronto Stock Exchange because they made it for their “partners in [corporate] cannabis”. That is to say they were paid to include certain products. We aren’t picking on this publication, you’ll see similar (with even less transparency) games being played across the industry this time of year.
So here’s the deal for Stok’d Cannabis’s Straight Up Holiday Gift Guide: we promise not to make any cheezy references to “that stoner on your holiday shopping list” and only include the very, very best products we carry. The companies will find out we’ve included their products at the same time you do! To ensure only the best gets on our list, we’ve reached out to managers at each Stok’d location for their top cannabis picks for the 2023 holiday season.
Straight outta Eglinton East, here are Angie’s top picks
“This vape right here, gets me so excited! I’m not huge on the super fruity vapes but I do like a little favouring here and there and this guy right here hit that mark! Between taste and potency, this vape is my go to! The slight pine taste you get on the exhale is very pleasant. Once you finish your exhale, that is where the fun begins! This vape packs a punch, it’s like a dab on the go! Sherbinski is doing it right, let me tell you! All of their vape carts and disposables are fantastic but this one is my personal favourite. ”
“When I say this bud is frosty, it’s beautiful! This citrusy, tangy flavoured flower is a little bit more sativa leaning then I usually smoke. Everything I typically don’t like about a sativa is absent from this flower and I think that’s what makes me love it! It’s not racy at all, which is why I tend to stay away from sativas (as my natural god given anxiety makes me racy enough as it is). I’m super impressed with this smoke! I feel really goofy and happy with a little pick up in energy. I want to be able to smoke a sativa too and this gives me the opportunity to reap the benefits of a sativa leaning hybrid without the effects I don’t want! Terp Town never misses in my opinion!”
“The beautiful symmetric design on the neck and base of this bong is mesmerizing! They are multi-colored and with a chrome finish that is right up my alley. The height of this bong is ideal for a smoker like me, it allows the smoke to cool a bit before getting to my lungs allowing me to take in some monster hits! I fell in love with this bong the moment I laid my eyes on her!”
Kingston Road fam, you’ll want to tune into Spliffside’s Michaela for her picks on how to keep the holidays merry.
“I love these bath bombs because they fizz for a solid 20 minutes and the bits of real lavender flowers make me feel like I’ve had a mini spa escape without going out in the cold!!”
“These dark chocolate coins hit the spot everytime!! Not too sweet and they have just the right amount of flavouring that doesn’t overpower the quality chocolate taste, all while providing a wonderfully relaxing body high.”
Jon from our Pharmacy location was kind enough to share his top 3 products for the gift guide.
“Super smooth smoke, clean white ash, gave me a nostalgic experience like a blast from the past. Amazing for social events or gaming.”
“Dense frosty beautifulness in this jar, A very potent smoke, I don’t get that compelling feeling to roll another joint after an hour and a half. Make sure to eat your dinner and get all tasks out of the way before smoking this beauty.”
“Frosty with nice purple marbling throughout this bud. Nice white ash with a creeping high that hits behind the eyes leaving your body with a tingling sensation.”
Repping Niagara, we have Francesco (aka French) our beloved stoner GM and resident weed snob.
“The Shatterizer is one of the first hand-held portable concentrate vapes for shatter. It’s a gentle way to get into concentrates if you’re more of a flower or hash person. Also it’s reasonably priced for a portable dab rig and the reviews on it are solid! “
“A smoke for the old heads and the cannasseurs alike. This one brings me back to the days where we would hang out at “the shed” playing video games and having a blast. Gassy and earthy this bag will bring you back to the good ol’ days.”
“Sweet Justice is dialled into classic soda flavours like Ginger Ale. Think like a rye and ginger but without the hangover 😵. These guys are local to our Scarborough stores and some of the best in the canna-beverage business. Perfect extended holiday chill time, holiday family dinner or a night out with the homies.”
We also asked co-founder of Stok’d, Lisa Bigioni, to share some of her favourite products, some of which you may not know we sell. Cannabis apparel and lifestyle products, CBD-only products, topicals, cannabis literature education resources are all things we carry. If you’re buying for a canna-cautious person or a hardcore consumer that loves all things weed, both will appreciate the ideas in this section.
I’m a sativa girl at heart and these babies really help me get my creativity on. Many Stok’d marketing ideas were inspired by an Animal Face sesh. While Carmel has come out with a number of other great products, Animal Face will always be one of my favourites! #getstokd
“These functional works of art are so pretty, and as a Libra, I’m all about pretty! Breaking the tradition of stoner gear made for young men in their 20s, My BudVase(s) are statement pieces that will get you stoned. A bong that I can have out on display and my 86 year old mother just thinks it’s a pretty vase! win/win!
“A topical CBD product that you can apply directly to sore bones, muscles, sunburns and other skin ailments. At my age I have aches and pains that come out of nowhere and this baby is a miracle worker. I’ve got my whole family using it.”
We have a wide array of Stok’d clothing including our Stok’d Crewneck sweatshirt. This one comes with either ‘Stok’d Cannabis’ or ‘Stok’d Canada’ so you can gift to canna lovers and non-lovers alike!
“If you’re looking for how to turn edible baking ingredients into elevated treats, Stok’d also carries cannabis literature and educational resources like Ann Allchin’s latest book Butter and Flower. Turn some of your homegrow into edibles or create an infused dinner party for your friends., Lots and lots of goodness in these pages.”
Co-founder Brian is the resident Stok’d OG and a man who knows what he likes. When we asked him for his picks he whispered “Puffco” and stared off into the distance.
A handy, little device to start your concentrate journey on. If you’ve always wanted to try all these fancy waxes, resins and *check’s notes diamonds, the Puffco is a painless way to start.
Well there you have it, folks! The Stok’d Guide To Green Gifting: Top Cannabis Picks for the 2023 Holiday Season. We covered many product categories including dried flower, pre-rolls, cannabis drinks, concentrates, accessories, Stok’d Cannabis apparel and lifestyle products, topical products and cbd-only products. Each recommendation is personally shared by Stok’d fam from each location. Our intrepid leader and co-founder Lisa also dropped in with recommendations to bring joy this season. We hope we’ve given you some great ideas for presents, whether you want to give them to other people is entirely up to you 😂.