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5 Ways To Make The Most Of The Holidays

The holidays are many people’s favourite time of year, but the season also comes with the potential for major stress.

Between social commitments, family squabbles, gift-giving responsibilities, and preparing for everything, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and get off track from your normal routine.

Instead of getting stressed out by all the pressure, make a conscious choice to enjoy yourself more and worry less. Keep reading to find out how.


Set an Intention For the Season

This should include what you want to do and how you want to be. For example, you may want to go on vacation or choose to be more present during the holidays.



Have Realistic Expectations

People tend to put added pressure on themselves during the holidays to get the right gifts, the right decorations, the right outfits, etc.

Setting unrealistic expectations only leads to disappointment and FOMO (fear of missing out). Instead lean into JOMO (joy of missing out) this season. Appreciate the moment you’re in and don’t worry about the rest.

Feeling relaxed and happy is always going to feel better than perfect and pressured.


Make a Holiday Fun List

Write down the holiday activities that are most important to you and refer back to it throughout the season. Keep it to around five items, although you can include more if they are small and easy to accomplish, or fewer if they are loftier and require more planning.


Be Creative with Scheduling

Get your calendar ready and make a note of all your “can’t miss” activities so you can keep in mind what’s coming up and how much time you’ll need to prepare.

Don’t try to get all your errands and to-dos done during primetime hours. If you want to bake cookies, try doing it on a Thursday night or a Sunday morning instead of busy nights like Friday or Saturday.


Create a Calm Environment

During this time of year, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with bright lights, decorations, and loud festive music, so be sure to keep your personal space a bit calmer.

When you’re at home, play soothing music (even if it’s still seasonal) and try to set the mood for relaxation with candles and some greenery.

Remember that the real meaning of the holidays is to spend time with those who matter most to you. As long as you are nurturing your loved ones and yourself, what more do you really need?


Find more great tips on the COVE™ blog now.



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Do’s and Don’ts of Gifting Cannabis This Holiday Season

With the holidays right around the corner, cannabis can be an exciting and unique gifting option. That said, there are many things to consider before wrapping your favourite strain and tucking it under the Christmas tree.

Keep reading for our dos and don’ts of gifting cannabis.

Do’s of Gifting Cannabis


  • Cannabis-related stocking stuffers are a great place to start. Small accessories such as rolling papers, lighters, cones, etc. can make the perfect holiday gifts.


  • Upgrade your recipient’s essentials! Vaporizers, glass pieces, and even high-quality grinders are used frequently and can be expensive, so upgrading them for someone special is an amazing gift idea.


  • Make sure your gift is labelled. Include as much information as you can on your gift, especially if it’s a cannabis product.


  • Buy gift cards! Cannabis can be a very personal gift, so opting for a gift card is also a great way to give some green.


Don’ts of Gifting Cannabis


  • Don’t mix cannabis and alcohol. Cannabis can be a great alternative to traditional alcoholic gifts, but they are best kept as separate experiences.


  • Don’t gift old, dried flower. If your friends and family are new to consumption you don’t want to create a bad experience for them.


  • Don’t gift edibles without talking to the recipient about them first. Edibles give everyone a different experience, so it’s best to let someone know what to expect from this gift beforehand.


  • We also wouldn’t recommend gifting a variety you haven’t tried yourself! And never give anyone an edible as a snack or meal without them knowing what it is and that it’s in their food.


  • Don’t assume everyone will like what you like. Be mindful of your recipient’s tolerance and experience level!


  • Don’t expect to return anything. The return policy for cannabis and accessories will be different than most other gifts and will vary from retailer to retailer.


No matter what your cannabis gift giving plans are, keep these in mind and head to the COVE™ blog for more great tips!