Your Ultimate Cannabis Gift Guide For 2020

Holiday shopping for the weed smoker in your life can be tough. Sure, you can put absolutely zero through into your gift and grab your favorite stoner a gram, an eighth, or a few joints and they will most definitely be grateful. Everyone loves free cannabis, especially people who smoke all the time. But giving people gifts that they may potentially burn through in a single sitting offers similarly fleeting satisfaction for the giver.

Which begs the question: What kind of gift do you get a stoner that’s weed-related, has some staying power, and isn’t corny?

Put down those weed leaf socks and get away from that pot leaf-shaped ashtray. We’re going to guide you through a list of useful products that stoners of all stripes and tolerance levels will absolutely love. These are carefully curated items that we’ve personally sampled, ensuring that each pick is 100% weed-lover approved. Let’s dive into this year’s ultimate cannabis gift guide.

PART I — Herb & Stocking Stuffers

High 90’s 1,200mg Flavored Pre-Roll

$25

A High 90’s flavored pre-roll isn’t just your average pre-roll. Each one packs a powerful punch, delivering 30%-40% THC per joint. That’s enough to get even your hardcore daily smokers stoned out of their minds.

This is no single-use joint — it’s a decadent treat. Each pre-roll is dipped in wax and subtly flavored with tropical notes that will make anyone feel like they’re getting high on a beach in California. Our favorites are the Gelato, Double Cup, and Tropical Punch, but honestly, each is tasty and strong enough to put you on your *ss.

If you can, try to get your hands on the full sample pack for an extra sweet gift.

Buy it here.

Caviar Gold Cavi Cone

caviar gold

Price: $15-$45

A single Cavi Cone by Caviar Gold offers an almost psychedelic experience, no matter how experienced the smoker. Each Cavi Cone joint features Caviar Gold’s premium infused kush dipped in 92% pure liquid THC and then dusted in kief, offering an intense experience that’s not for your novice smoker.

Buy it here.

Lowell Farms Lowell Smokes Eighth

Lowell Farms

Price: $45

Lowell Farms produces some of the highest quality herb in California and their products are always beautifully packaged, like the Lowell Smokes Eighths, which have everything you need to get your smoke on. Six high quality filtered joints, thick high-quality match sticks, and a strip to light them on all packed in a convenient carrying case that fits in your pocket, purse, bag — hell, you can roll them up in your sleeve like you’re James Dean.

The THC in these joints is top shelf, hovering just above and below 20% THC and offered in a variety of strains geared toward sleep, creativity, chilling out, and any other type of marijuana enhanced hang you can think of. This is the perfect gift for the smoker who loves joints and is way classier than gifting an eighth in a plastic vile.

Buy it here.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2020: The Best High-Design Bongs

Sometimes the best high comes from taking a good old-fashioned bong hit — a true and well-deserved pleasure in the surreal holiday season of 2020. And no cannabis connoisseur’s collection is complete without a prized piece of glass (or ceramic). A bong, technically known as a water pipe, was first used (and named) centuries ago by the Hmong people in Laos and Thailand, as a natural filtration device made from bamboo for smoking tobacco, cannabis and other herbs. Today, bongs are more beautiful than ever with cannabis companies elevating over-the-top ornate offerings from traditional head shops into minimal, modern works of art. Here are eight high-design bongs to gift the cannabis purist on your list this year.

Long live bonging! 

Session Goods Bong

Founded by five friends in San Francisco and Los Angeles as a side hustle, Session set out in 2019 “to create moments of indulgence, thoughtfully expressed through permissible vices.” Its debut designer bong is made of borosilicate glass with a sleek, tapered shape and molded indent for an ergonomic grip. An intuitive silicone footer protects the glass from inevitable damage (and also hides unsightly dirty water). $120, sessiongoods.com 

GRAV Small Wide Base Water Pipe

From GRAV, the pioneer in scientific cannabis glass, comes its beloved Wide Base Water Pipe in an updated version, fabricated in translucent grey colorway with clear accents. This longtime favorite has all of the same features from the original like the wide conical fission percolator, which diffuses smoke through water and a narrow neck that prevents splash-back. $134.99, grav.com

Elevate Jane Mimi

Meet Mimi, a delicate minimalist pipe that delivers the most proper of highs from the contemporary smoke shop Elevate Jane. Founder Angela Mou commissions all of the Long Beach-based store’s custom pieces from a locally-based glassblower in Orange County. $149, elevatejane.com 

K.Haring Water Pipe

Inspired by the late visionary Keith Haring, the K.Haring Water Pipe (center in the photo above) features the artist’s iconic artwork and signature on precision-crafted, thick borosilicate glass. Its removable, diffused downstem fits a spacious bowl with an airtight, ground glass connection, while a seven-slit showerhead percolator produces smaller bubbles to moisturize, clean and cool your smoke (there’s also a built-in ice-catcher). $160, haringglass.com 

Summerland

“Made from the earth, by hand, in California,” Summerland’s uber-cool collection of opaque bongs (and other “stonerware”) stands out for its clean lines. Constructed in lead-free, food-safe glaze and ceramic, its silicone grommet ensures easy hits and airtight carbs every time. Choose from three designs (Pleasure Point, Chongo and Land Yacht) in three shades (Dust, Charcoal and Terracotta) — or go for the original in glossy white. From $165, welcometosummer.land

Marley Natural Water Pipe

Utility meets design in this classically shaped water pipe, which seamlessly blends sustainably sourced black walnut with hand-blown borosilicate glass. The flush-fit, five-hole downstem and ice pinch make for cool, smooth and slow draws. The wood smoke chamber that connects to the

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2020 Gift Guide: Ideas under $30

Lovers of hip-hop culture will appreciate a good card game to test their knowledge and a box set from University of Dope 
Courtesy of University of Dope

Lovers of hip-hop culture will appreciate a good card game to test their knowledge and a box set from University of Dope
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Some like it hot. Celebrate the holidays with a festive ceramic elf mug in Christmas red or green, plus a petite bottle of chocolate-chocolate hot chocolate mix that’s non-GMO and certified gluten-free at Lucy’s Market. The two are a perfect combination for keeping your favorite person warm when it’s cold outside. Mug, $12. Hot chocolate mix, $10. 56 E. Andrews Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-869-9222, lucysmarket.com.

Festive ceramic elf mugs commemorate Christmas in red or green and a bottle of hot chocolate mix makes the season even sweeter. 
Courtesy of Lucy's Market

Festive ceramic elf mugs commemorate Christmas in red or green and a bottle of hot chocolate mix makes the season even sweeter.
Courtesy of Lucy’s Market

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Nothing but hoops. Make a colorful fashion statement year-round with medium or large cloth-covered hoop pierced earrings with an accompanying Ankara print storage pouch from local retailer The Bombchel Factory. This gift has a philanthropic element; purchases support the education and training of women in Liberia. $20. Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. shopbombchel.com.

Make a colorful fashion statement year-round with cloth-covered hoop pierced earrings plus a matching Ankara storage pouch.
Courtesy of Bombchel

Make a colorful fashion statement year-round with cloth-covered hoop pierced earrings plus a matching Ankara storage pouch.
Courtesy of Bombchel

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Credit: James K. Holder II

Get comfy. For those who need to add a jazzy feel to their work-from-home space, give the gift of gold tapestry pillows in three different metallic print florals by Rifle Paper Co. × Loloi. The exterior is 100% cotton, and each pillow can be customized with an interior polyester fill. Exterior pillow only, $20; with fill, $30. riflepaperco.com.

Give the gift of comfort with gold tapestry pillows in three different metallic floral prints by Rifle Paper Co.
Courtesy of Rifle Paper Co.

Give the gift of comfort with gold tapestry pillows in three different metallic floral prints by Rifle Paper Co.
Courtesy of Rifle Paper Co.

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Teatime. ‘Tis the season for a curated collection of winter teas with flavors including raspberry ganache, spiced ginger plum and rum raisin biscotti from Tea Forté. The 10 pyramid infuser set, appropriately called the warming joy petite presentation box, is palate-pleasing and easy to prepare by placing the tea bag in water. $20. teaforte.com.

'Tis the season for a collection of soothing teas with spicy and fruity flavors from Tea Forté.
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‘Tis the season for a collection of soothing teas with spicy and fruity flavors from Tea Forté.
Courtesy of Tea Forté

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All hands on deck. Once the halls have been decked, gift your helpers with a trio of Aveda moisturizer for lending a helping hand. The boxed set offers relief for dry hands by way of limited-edition crèmes in cherry almond, shampure and beautifying. $24. aveda.com.

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Gift guide: 23andMe Ancestry + Traits Service is a thoughtful Christmas gift for history-lovers

The 23andMe Ancestry + Traits Service is a thoughtful and unique gift for people who want to know more about where they come from. The online DNA service helps users learn about their ancestral origins and customers are able to discover DNA relatives around the world (at least in theory). 

This isn’t a Christmas present that involves needles or blood. Instead, recipients need only to provide a saliva sample, which they then pop in the post once they have registered their sample online.

This gift keeps on giving, because three to five weeks later, the user will receive a report available to view online, that will give them a glimpse into their ancestry. They can choose whether they want to share their findings, and could even reach out to people who may be distant relatives.

Who’s it for?

Aspiring genealogists: 23andMe taps into the current popular interest in family history and the online tool allows the user to automatically start to build a family tree from their DNA relationships.

For family groups: The kit is great for families wishing to share and compare genetic similarities. This year in the UK, not everyone can spend Christmas Day together, but this kit could help soften the blow. 

For the person who has everything: We all know someone who is lucky enough to have stylish clothes, the latest tech and everything else in between. But this kit offers something completely different and could allow them to discover and make contact with members of their wider DNA family groups across the globe. It’s an adventure in a box.

Christmas gifts

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Age range:

23andMe say its kits are intended for adults. In fact, customers have to be 18 years or older to order a test. However, DNA kits may be used for children providing the kits are activated by their parent or legal guardian.

What makes it the ideal Christmas gift?

Exciting and novel: An online ancestry and traits kit makes a refreshing change from socks and gift vouchers. While it’s a generous gift, it offers longevity and offers access to more than 80 personalised reports.

Straightforward to use: The 23and Me kit comes with great instructions and is simple to use, working with an easy and non-invasive saliva test and then offering users reports that are easy to digest. For those who want more detail, additional layers of information are built into the product such as an interactive tool to explore their ancestry.

Flexibility: The product can simply be used to provide detailed online reports from DNA or users can decide to delve deeper by using other features such as the DNA relative finder, which allows them to message possible relations. There’s also an option to upgrade to the Health + Ancestry service for an additional fee.

Buy the 23andMe Ancestry + Traits Service here:

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Gift Guide 2020 – Gift Ideas for the Austin-Loving Cinephile in Your Life: From the big and small screens to your giftee – Screens

I Luv Video T-Shirts

I Luv Video was an Austin institution. An integral part of our city’s film culture for nearly 40 years,
the indie movie rental store announced in September that it was closing its doors for good. If you’re like most of us, still broken up over the loss of this wonderful and weird establishment, why not help keep the memory of this special place alive through an I Luv Video T-shirt? Unisex and available in three styles, they’re a perfect gift for all your heartbroken movie-loving friends. May its memory bring us comfort. – Sara Hutchinson

S-4XL, $29-39. www.iluvvideos.com.


Give A Gift, Get A Gift – Austin Film Society

Looking for a way to support your local Austin film community from the comfort of your own home? Search no further than Austin Film Society’s holiday membership drive – where this year, all gifted memberships will include two bonus months of the program and a physical thank-you gift. While the cinema is closed, all virtual membership benefits this year will include free online sneak previews, virtual events, discounts on the AFS streaming platform [email protected], and access to the AFS Discussion Club – plus, you can choose between an additional free AFS hat or AFS Cinema T-shirt branded with a new unique design. – Naomi Brady

$65-1,380. www.austinfilm.org.


Austin School of Film Gift Box

The nonprofit Austin School of Film has had quite the year. Faced with unprecedented challenges, they’ve hung on with inspiring grit and passion. Pivoting to remote classes and events with their Play at Home series, ASF continues to sustain and build our filmmaking and film-loving community. Cinephiles everywhere can show their support through Austin School of Film’s Holiday Box. The box comes with the best of ASF’s hip gear, including a T-shirt, tote, and bandanna. All proceeds go toward ASF’s community programs. Giving the gift of style while supporting a great cause? That’s a win-win. – S.H.

$50. www.austinfilmschool.org/holiday-box.


Mondo Poster Auction

Know a movie superfan, or have someone in your life who loves to collect movie
posters? For the first time ever, eMovie
Poster.com is hosting an online Mondo limited-edition print poster auction, running until December 13. In an effort to help support the Alamo Drafthouse during the pandemic, Alamo founder and Executive Chairman Tim League is selling nearly 2,000 limited-edition Mondo prints from his own personal stash, including out-of-print sets like the Tyler Stout and Olly Moss Star Wars Trilogies and highly coveted film posters by Aaron Horkey, Becky Cloonan, and Shepard Fairey. All proceeds will go toward supporting Alamo Drafthouse employees and COVID-closure expenses. – N.B.

www.emovieposter.com.


Alright, Alright, Alright

Melissa Maerz gave our city a gift with her new book Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. Maerz interviewed dozens of people for the project, including the film’s stars and many longtime Austinites. The book tells the story of the film’s infamous production and release, providing insights into Linklater’s conflict with studio executives, but

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Gift guide for cyclists: How to keep them on a roll

While it hasn’t been without its frustrations, the Great Bicycling Boom of 2020 definitely opens up some new prospects for Christmas-season gift-giving.

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit in the spring, the bicycle industry experienced an unprecedented surge of demand: Local bike shops not only had difficulty keeping up with demand for new bikes, they were slammed with repair and maintenance work on bikes people already had. Phil Hooper, owner of Eastern Shore Cycles in Spanish Fort, said that some of that has changed, all these months later, and some hasn’t.

The long wait times for repairs are gone, as are the lines of customers waiting their turn, Hooper said Wednesday. “But it’s 9:30 a.m. and twice today we’ve already had that fun conversation twice,” he lamented. “‘Do you have any kids’ bikes?’ ‘Why not?’ ‘When will you have some?’”

Hooper does have dozens of bikes for sale, which wasn’t always the case earlier this year. But he’s hurting for some specific types: fitness hybrids, children’s bikes, entry- and mid-level mountain bikes. Another thing he’s had a hard time keeping in stock is stationary trainers that let a rider convert a roadgoing bike into an indoor exercise bike. They’ve always been a seasonal item, but this winter the demand is higher. “Those are like the toilet paper hoarding right now,” he said.

Bear in mind that because bike shops deal with different manufacturers and supply chains, circumstances will vary from store to store. It pays to shop around. And any local bike shop will have a selection of goodies that’ll help keep a new rider on the bike or help an intermediate rider progress. Here you’ll find a few suggestions, some of which involve bookstores rather than bike shops.

This guide assumes your rider already has a helmet, a decent headlight and a painfully bright blinky taillight. If they don’t, start there.

Eastern Shore Cycles in Spanish Fort, Ala.

Flat kits equip a rider to deal with the flat tire they’ll probably suffer sooner or later. From left is a Lezyne model that tucks gear under a bike’s water bottle cage ($50); an MSW all-in-one kit with a container that fits in a bottle cage ($40); and a Zefal tool case ($15) that fits a bottle cage.Lawrence Specker | [email protected]

Flat kit (various manufacturers and price points) — Any rider should have the tools to fix a flat. The basics are a spare tube, a couple of tire levers and a cartridge CO2 inflator or mini-pump. All-in-one kits are available, or the folks at any local bike shop can tell you how to assemble the pieces. “We like to do the a la carte method,” said Hooper. “That way we can get everybody exactly what they need.” You will need to know your recipient’s tire size. If you’re being stealthy and don’t want to ask them, you can get it off the sidewall of the tire. Look for something like “700C x 25” or “26 x 2.1,” and make sure to note if the valve is

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Holiday Gift Guide 2020: The Best Art Books

This holiday season, there are many books for the art-obsessed on your gift list to enjoy. From Andy Warhol drawings to Salvador Dalí paintings and DIY art projects to do at home, there’s something for everyone.

Judd (The Museum of Modern Art, New York)

The companion catalog to MoMA’s retrospective of American sculptor Donald Judd (on view through January 9)—the first in 30 years—is a stunning tribute to the late artist.

Dalí: The Impossible Collection (Assouline)

This tome spotlights 100 works by surrealist Spanish painter Salvador Dalí by exploring his myriad influences and inspirations from Old Masters to realism, Impressionism, to his obsessions with religion, science and stereoscopy.

B. Wurtz: Pan Paintings (Hunter’s Point Press)

Edited by artist and publisher Barney Kulok with an essay by art historian and curator Erica Cooke, this monograph centers on the work of New York-based artist B. Wurtz. The artist is famous for transforming nondescript disposable aluminum roasting pans and to-go containers into works of art by painting on them.

Open Studio (Phaidon)

At a time when we’re all stuck at home, this book offers a behind-the-scenes look at leading contemporary artists at work in their studios, with original art projects to recreate at home. Written by Sharon Coplan Hurowitz and Amanda Benchley, you’ll get an inside look into the art practices of John Currin, William Wegman, Rashid Johnson and George Condo.

Andy Warhol: Love, Sex, and Desire (Taschen)

We all know about Andy Warhol’s Pop Art paintings and sculptures but, long before he created those iconic works, he made many drawings celebrating the male form. Now 300 of these rarely seen risqué works on paper (done in pencil and ink) are showcased.

Mary Weatherford I’ve Seen Gray Whales Go By (Gagosian)

The catalog for Mary Weatherford’s recent painting show at Gagosian (her first solo exhibition with the gallery) features her masterful works of sponged paint on heavy linen canvases.

Helen Frankenthaler (Abrams)

Curator and historian John Elderfield writes about the work of abstract American painter Helen Frankenthaler in this beautiful book.

Cy Twombly: Making Past Present (MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

The catalog for the Museum of Fine Art, Boston exhibition this year features a selection of the American artist Cy Twombly’s paintings, drawings and sculptures alongside works of classical antiquity, including a number from his personal collection.

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The T List: Holiday Gift Guide, Part II

Welcome to the T List, a newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. For this week, we’ve turned it into the second installment of our holiday gift guide, with recommendations from T staffers on what we are coveting for ourselves this season, as well as the gifts we’re thinking of giving our friends and loved ones. Read the first edition here, and sign up here to find us in your inbox every Wednesday. And you can always reach us at [email protected].


The Beverly Hills chocolatier andSons was launched last year by the brothers Marc and Phil Covitz, who grew up watching their mother, Aviva, run the local outpost of the Swiss chocolate brand Teuscher. Hoping to create American chocolates as luxurious as those they ate as children, the pair — along with the esteemed pastry chef Kriss Harvey — debuted their own hand-painted bonbons (some filled with fruit-forward ganaches, others with rich house-made pralines and popping candies), which come in beautiful foil-stamped boxes that open from their center. No less covetable are the brand’s holiday specials, including its Eggnog Snowmen, with white chocolate shells and creamy centers that strike the perfect balance between sugar and spice.


In my fantasy kitchen there would be not much more than one big pot, a single perfect knife and a heat source, and all other unnecessary equipment would be banned. (No more apple corers or egg slicers.) But I would make an exception for this bread cloche, which is impressively effective: Made from mica-rich clay in England by the ceramist Isatu Hyde, it creates a steamy enclosure for your dough as it bakes in the oven, producing bread with a uniquely light texture and well-developed crust. It is also pretty enough to sit on your counter and double as a vessel in which to store your loaf.


There are few thrills greater than receiving an Hermès orange box, especially around the holidays. This year, I have my sights set on these painted wood bracelets, which can be worn individually,

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STEM Gift Guide 2020

What makes a great gift in 2020, the year that just wouldn’t let up? It needs to fill the endless time at home, feel nothing like remote learning, be pretty easy for kids to use on their own, bonus if it’s fun for grown-ups, and, um, let’s be real: We don’t want to pay a lot.

No sweat. [Insert wan smile.] In past years, this annual STEM gift guide has practically written itself (check out the 2018 and 2019 lists – there are evergreen gems in both). But this year, nothing seemed quite right. Which is why this article, which should have come out in time for Black Friday, and definitely by Cyber Monday, is coming out today.

I considered dozens of options before recommending these 12 STEM-inspired gifts. In this year of austerity, all the gifts do at least double duty: Not only will your kids love them, but they will either (a) be able to entertain themselves while you catch a minute to yourself or (b) promise to be fun for the grown-ups, too. Some are even designed so you can play together (virtually) at a distance. And for the first time since I started writing these gift guides, this year’s includes a practically effortless way to thank your teachers.

As in years past, hats off to the extensive research by the engineering team at INSPIRE at Perdue University. Their annual gift guide, in which dozens of toys and games are tested by engineering undergrads, never fails to delight, with ideas for cutting-edge, fun, educational gifts just waiting to make their way to a kid you love. And if that kid is you, #nojudgment. It’s been a long year.

Code Rocket

  • This year’s coding favorite is a tiny little gadget that promises so much fun that you might not even realize your kid is learning to code in C++. Code Rocket is an introduction to microprocessors. The beautiful project cards guide you to code the rocket to do something. Once you get the hang of it, you can debug and make your own code, all while things light up and make noise at your direction.

Robots, robots, robots! Robots for every age and budget

  • This one, by Learning Resources, is completely unplugged, is age-appropriate even for pre-schoolers, and is so adorable that my older kids gravitated to the computer to watch the teaser video with me. Its gears can be combined in countless ways, so, as a mother of three in a small NYC apartment, it checks the box of staying power.
  • Taking it up an age-notch, Botzees combines
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GIFT GUIDE 2020: Miss social events? Then donate to the organizations that host them

It’s probably a safe bet to say you miss going out. Even with the majority of the state reopened and capacity restrictions eased in restaurants and retailers, our lives are far from back to normal.

In this new era of social distancing, movie theaters and museums are open, but the days of gathering comfortably at concerts, massive outdoor festivals, and church services are still well beyond our reach as COVID cases continue to surge. This year, organizers of block parties and parades cancelled events, hoping to reschedule the festivities for next year– but, at this point, hopes of full scale revelry in 2021 are looking bleak.

The Central Alabama Caribbean American Organization, a Birmingham-area organization devoted to celebrating Caribbean culture– normally has a festival in June to commemorate Caribbean American Heritage month.

Nearly 5,000 people attended last year’s festival in Bessemer says CACAO’s founder and president, Pauline Caesar.

“We were all excited to do it even bigger this year. And then of course, COVID-19 set in. So, out of an abundance of caution, we just cancelled everything.”

Since so many people were looking forward to the festival, the group decided to host a day of digital festivities on June 13, streamed live on Facebook. For a little over four hours, DJs from Birmingham, Los Angeles, and Atlanta played reggae and soca music while officials from various tourism offices and Caribbean islands logged in to give viewers well wishes.

“We decided to do something virtual just to let people know that it was Caribbean Heritage Month, but we wanted to let people know that they were still here and still very much engaged,” said Caesar.

She says CACAO was able to raise about $1,200 from the June event. They split the money in half: Part of the funds went to the organization’s college scholarship fund for students with Caribbean heritage. The group donated the other half of the proceeds to the Equal Justice Initiative.

The pandemic also forced CACAO to cancel its biggest fundraiser of the year– it’s annual December gala. In a normal year, the dinner event helps the organization bring in about $8,000, a pool of money the group uses to fund events and it’s scholarship program.

CACAO has sponsors who have been with them for years, including Blue Cross Blue Shield and Alabama Power. But aside from those donors, it’s up to the group to cover the cost of booking entertainers and the facilities for their events. CACAO also draws a percentage of its income from membership dues, which help cover expenses.

Aside from the virtual festival, the group hasn’t had any additional fundraising events since June. Looking toward next year, Caesar says it’s highly unlikely that the organization will host any large, in-person gatherings, including the festival.

“We definitely don’t think that we will be hosting the festival because the vaccine won’t be widely distributed enough by then for us to convene in any large numbers. So we don’t want to take that risk. Our largest fundraising

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