By: Holly Highlife

Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Festivus, chances are good you’ll be buying some presents this holiday season. So what to buy for the cannabis lover in your life?

“The PAX3 is going to be pretty sweet,” says Maka Kala’i of Organic Alternatives. This PAX vaporizer is going to be the first product that works equally well with flowers and concentrate by using three interchangeable lids; one for a full oven of flowers, a half-oven lid, and the lid for concentrate oven. It’s also faster and is ready to puff in 15 seconds!

“It’s pretty awesome that the concentrate oven also fits the PAX2. You can have one for flower and one for concentrate.” If you’re like me and own an original PAX, the newer oven won’t fit, but it is a great excuse to by a newer model. As with all PAX models, they come with a 10-year warranty.

One of the coolest features of the PAX3 is the app for your phone in both IOS and Android platforms. This allows you lock and unlock your PAX, control the temperature with a flick of your finger, and track the number of hits and their length. There are a few games also included with the PAX app.

Edibles are a big seller during the holidays. “We’ve seen a lot of adults coming in to buy edibles as adult stocking stuffers,” says Kala’i. I’d be thrilled to find some Wana Sour Gummies, Sweet Grass brownies or cookies in my stocking.

Organic Alternatives just began carrying Coda Chocolates in three flavors, and also hand-painted chocolate truffles! “They are very festive and gift-worthy, with almost no cannabis taste.” Then there is my personal favorite, the Affogato Bar by Incredibles. As with all edibles, keep them far, far away from the kiddos.

As cannabis becomes more mainstream, cannabis products are becoming popular gifts for “White Elephant” parties. “Those are always the first ones that get ‘stolen’ or battled over by participants,” says Kala’i with a laugh. I cannot picture it happening at the local ladies’ organizations, but it sounds like fun to me!

It is important to remember under Colorado law, cannabis and cannabis products can be gifted to others, but never sold. Shipping or taking these products out of state is never okay.

One huge driver of holiday business is tourism. “People come to town to visit and a trip to a dispensary is on almost everyone’s to-do list,” says Kala’i. “We get a huge uptick in business.”

Along those lines, do you have a dad or other relative suddenly embracing their hippie roots? (My friend Kyle has this problem.) Can you tell/smell they’ve been hot-boxing in their car? Give them the gift of stealth this year with one of the excellent vape pens carried at OA.

On a more serious note, if you have a friend or family member with arthritis, an injury or chronic pain, think about topicals. “It is a great way to introduce someone to what cannabis can do,” says Kala’i. “Topicals are huge sellers for people with injuries, aches or pain.”

OA carries a wide variety of merch to wear in support of, or as a souvenir of their visit. Their colorful “Colorado leaf” logo is on hoodies, long-sleeve tees, beanies and in both men’s and women’s sizes.

Look for a number of sales while shopping at OA during the month of December. Still stumped on gift ideas? “We’ll also be doing holiday gift baskets with a little bit of everything in them.” Stop by Organic Alternatives to check out the array of gifts galore.

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