Father’s Day is a chance to celebrate Dad in all his glory. Pop wakes up with expectations of leisure, recreation and presents. And while the #1 Dad will love whatever gift he receives from his mini-me, a gift from his spouse is a welcomed signal of appreciation. This year I’m considering something a little different for my husband, something sure to put a grin on his face.
1. Pair the Colorado outdoors with music — a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Gift tickets for the two of you, or for he and a friend, to one of the summer concerts at Red Rocks. The rest of this month at the Morrison venue is eclectic, if nothing else. Depending on your tastes you could see James Taylor (June 17-18); Nas–Flying Lotus–ScHoolboy Q triple bill (June 19) or Skrillex (June 20-21) — sorry, the June 27-29 Widespread Panic run has long been sold out. Check out the full summer concert schedule here. Don’t forget the movie nights this summer — two guy-centric flicks that stand out are “This is Spinal Tap” (June 24) and “The Big Lebowski” (Sept. 2). The ambiance and the open air are sure to help him relax and enjoy.
2. Ditch the traditional tie and get him some marijuana-themed apparel.
A tie is a long, thin piece of material, wrapped around the neck and tightened so that it is snug around the wearer’s neck. That, my friends, sounds like a noose. Skip the subconscious morbidity this year and pick from the seemingly unlimited choices when shopping for cannabis-inspired clothing. You name it and someone, somewhere, had made it with a pot leaf or two on it. Undies? Check. Adult footie pajamas? Check! This T-shirt from 6DollarShirts.com presents a valid point, and for the canna-enthusiast who is also a cat lover this shirt by Rip N Dip covers both bases adorably.
3. Has he ever seen his key ring … on weed?
I don’t know about you, but my husband, the father of my child and gentleman extraordinaire, has what might be a hundred keys. He has house keys and car keys and work keys, oh my. Helping him dress up the key ring, a staple of his every day, can be a cute reminder of how much he is loved. Enter the Sweet Leaf Key by Good Worth & Co, which is a small but flashy choice for a house key. Another option could be this handmade key chain with cut-out coin by Bongo Beads. You could even choose to leave the weed leaf out of it and express your thoughts with words using this offering from Rasta Empire that simply reads: Legalize It.
4. Add to his (4:20) toolkit.
Maybe dad is new to cannabis or maybe he is an old hand in the game. Whatever the case — starting a collection or adding to an existing one — a new pipe or vaporizer will be a sight for sore eyes. One kit I found on EverydaySmoker.com includes a grinder, a lighter and (one of my personal favorite styles of pipe) a steamroller. This would dazzle even the seasoned smoker. I mean, how many steamrollers have you smoked out of? Alternatively, if you have a little more cash and would prefer to vaporize, I’ve heard good things about the Pax Ploom for its sleek style and the Herbalizer, which is designed by former NASA engineers. Both are high quality and discreet. Though I’ve yet to try either, I know my guy would be psyched if I surprised him with one of these.
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5. Help him build his library, one High Times Magazine at a time.
It’s no secret that we at The Cannabist have partnered up with High Times Magazine. They know a lot about the reporting of marijuana and marijuana culture, and at The Cannabist, well, we love being in good company. When my husband was growing up he got a monthly subscription to skateboard magazines. The anticipation is half the fun — checking the mailbox after school each day for the next issue. These days, we dread the mailbox filled with junk flyers and bills. This Father’s Day let’s aim to turn around mailbox doom with a monthly HT subscription. With grow tips, photo spreads and interviews with Dad’s favorite pro-marijuana folk, a monthly ’scrip for this classic mag won’t disappoint.
Take it easy, dads, happy day!