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RS Staff Picks Gift Guide: Stimulate the Psychedelic Experience

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Oh, how wild 2020 has been. While this year has had its unprecedented hardships, the yearly ritual of gift-giving is one thing you can do to keep spirits high. The Reality Sandwich team has curated a list of psychedelically stimulating gifts sure to delight anyone on your list. Those who are substance-free and the most experienced psychonaut alike will enjoy the journey any one of these products can provide. 

Surprise loved ones with a profound psychedelic stimulation product that can produce similar trippy visuals or physical sensations. Other gifts on this list are the perfect companions for journeying or learning what psychedelic experiences are all about.

We don’t suggest putting LSD under the tree, but we do have some totally legal ideas for you to gift a trip. Enjoy shopping!

Tech

Mood enhancing technology is advancing as quickly as psychedelic research. And we’re stoked about it. Sometimes technology can be a great ally for a trip, and sometimes it can induce psychedelic-like states without any substance at all. You can finally burn those well-intended plans for your own basement float tank. Mood enhancement AI has some new ideas for you. Here are hand-picked gift ideas from the Reality Sandwich team, from some of the most cutting-edge therapeutic technology to seriously cool functional furniture. Dig in!

inHarmony Meditation Vibro Acoustic Cushion 

This inHarmony product is a great investment towards your mental and physical health. The meditation cushion provides many therapeutic benefits, including but not limited to increased focus and mental clarity, reduced anxiety and stress, and a shortcut to meditate deeper, faster, and longer. Accepting pre-orders for January 2021.

RS Staff Pick: Kaycee in Content

“I absolutely love my vibro acoustic sound lounge.  I use my it nearly every day and always notice a difference in my mood. The sound lounge helps me calm anxiety while providing the mental reset I need to feel energized. I can’t wait to try the cushion version!”

The BioMat Professional

The BioMat Professional is an FDA-approved infrared mat that is approved for treating pain, stiffness, symptoms of arthritis, and muscle pain. Users report the BioMat’s infrared and negative ions relieve stress and improve well-being.

We’re not saying this for sure (can someone please call the Doctor?!), but we’ve heard that this kind of a technology can also help with challenging trip experiences. It’s been known to help Fido too! 

RS Staff Pick: Mallorie in Project Management

“I have had a BioMat for over ten years and I cannot imagine a better tool for overall health and wellness. When I was a competitive athlete I used this mat for at least an hour after a hard training session and slept on it overnight post-competition. The BioMat sped up my recovery times significantly, giving me a strong competitive advantage over other athletes. And it’s not just great for athletic performance and recovery. Now that I am older I use it to relieve stress, ease everyday muscle tension, and reduce overall inflammation.”

Hapbee Wearable Device

Conquer stress in a new way with Hapbee. Through their unique headwear technology, Hapbee employs low-energy magnetic fields that have been used therapeutically for decades. Scientifically designed for happiness, relaxation, focus, and more – whenever you need it.

RS Staff Pick:  RS Sandwich Face – Brand Mascot 

“Quite a neat piece of technology. Skeptical that a wearable device can change the way you feel? You’re not the only one. But shockingly, 100% of Hapbee users could feel & tell the difference, in blind tests.”

SoundSelf

Meditation is a smart part of any psychedelic practice. Check out Soundself. It’s a powerful guided experience sans the substance! 

A visionary meditation experience for PC and Mac users, SoundSelf’s technology uses your voice to generate a hypnotic world of light, color, and sound. SoundSelf will gently lull you into meditation by engaging you in a centuries-old practice.

RS Staff Pick: Mallorie in Project Management

“This is more than a game, more than a guided meditation, it is a powerful immersive experience. In the past, I have had trouble sitting for any type of meditation practice. I would get distracted and my mind would not shut off. Within just a few minutes of using vocal tones to chant along with SoundSelf, I was able to drop right into a different level of consciousness. Love this technology!”

Hyperice Hypersphere Vibrating Therapy Ball

Intensive and comprehensive, the high-intensity vibrating Hypersphere Therapy Ball can be used for trigger point release on your tightest muscles so you can recover faster and move better.

It has also, ahem ahem, been known to bounce around festival life as a trusty vibrating ally for party goers. Use it to stimulate blood flow and distract the aliens! If you know. You know. 

RS Staff Pick: Kaycee in Content

“Best massage ball ever! A crowd please at parties as well as the perfect solo massage device.”

Accessories 

Explore our staff picks within the accessories section of our Holiday Gift Guide. While featuring top-rated products, from merchandise to home decor, our accessories section has a handful of fun gift-giving ideas for anyone – including those on a budget.

To Wear

DELIC x Ras Boss Gold Dipped Mushroom Necklace

This beautiful, hand-crafted pendant features a real mushroom “dipped” in 24k gold. Each piece is made by hand and completely one-of-a-kind. The real mushroom is still inside, sealed, and finished with a thick 24k gold plating!

RS Staff Pick: Jackee CEO

“This is quite literally the only mushroom I’d ever wear. Why wear them when you can eat them, after-all? Protect your neck!”

Alien Backpack

A current mood because you are totally out of this world! The We Come in Peace Alien Backpack has a vegan leather body and adjustable blue metallic straps with chain hardware – a festival vibe for sure. Not to mention, it has a back zip pocket and light-up eyes with various strobe modes!

RS Staff Pick: Mercedes in Social

“I just love this alien backpack because it’s cool, stylish, and functional. Perfect to dress up your outfit for music festivals or every day if you’re feelin’ spunky.”

DIY Tie-Dye Kit

Hippie Holiday DIY Tie-Dye Kit is a flower child’s favorite present. Affordable, fun, and useful, the hippie tie-dye kit is the perfect holiday gift for anyone. Psychonaut or not, collect your psychedelic energy and create some trippy clothes.

RS Staff Pick: Mercedes in Social

“I got into tie dying over quarantine and I love it because it’s a fun craft to pass the time and you get some cool new clothes out of it. Get creative on your next trip!”

For the Home

Unforbidden Fur Body Pillow 

During your psychedelic journey, you may want the comfort of a body pillow to hold. The Unforbidden Fur Body Pillow is finished in 100% upcycled Toscana sheep fur from Spain – upcycled and unique just like you!

RS Staff Pick:  RS Sandwich Face – Brand Mascot 

“Picture this: You’ve just gulped down a lemok-tek mushroom mixture at home in the company of a trusted sitter. Intentions have been set. You’re ready for the journey ahead–all snuggled up to this body pillow. Running fingers through the lush fur, you breathe deep and ground yourself with the soothing sensation. When you open your eyes, the fur begins to dance… Bon voyage!”

BlissLights Sky Lite Projector

Transform your journey space!

If you can’t see the universe, bring the universe to you. The Sky Lite shines a universe of moving laser stars against a drifting blue nebula cloud. It’s your own personal galaxy! The tilting design allows you to shine the effect on walls or ceiling. Transform your space!

RS Staff Pick: Mattie in Marketing

“ I bought this as a gift for my niece and tested it out before gifting. I was so impressed by the visuals and mini galaxy it created that I bought one for myself. It instantly creates a peaceful vibe in your home or apt. It’s great for meditating, listening to music, taking a bath, or having a party!”

Psychedelic Books

Okay so…you’ve already read Pihkal and Tihkal have you? We believe you wink wink...

Now take a peek at some of the most highly-rated psychedelic books in modern history. These are “hit it out of the park” options for anyone interested in or experiencing psychedelic culture. Our top two picks are the most relevant and up to date texts about the human psychedelic experience and our historic relationship to drugs and altering our mood states. Give the gift of knowledge and while you’re at it buy a second one for yourself. Knowledge is power. Have a bite!

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan 

How to Change Your Mind, a #1 New York Times bestseller, presents a brilliant investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs–and the spellbinding story of Pollan’s own life-changing psychedelic experiences.

RS Staff Pick: Madison in Design

“My mom and I went on a fifteen-hour road trip to go quartz mining & we listened to this book on tape. After hearing me talk about wanting to read it, she gave me a physical copy as a gift months prior. Having gotten a decent way through it, I knew it would be great for us to listen to on the long drive––and it was! It fostered some meaningful dialogue. Definitely recommend it!”

The Immortality Key by Brian Muraresku 

Brian Muraresku’s The Immortality Key dissects the role psychedelics have played in the origins of ancient Western civilizations, and the real-life quest for the Holy Grail that could shake the Church to its foundations.

RS Staff Pick: Kaycee in Content

“The perfect book to begin your quest to learn the truth behind the history of psychedelics in Western culture.”

Be Here Now by Ram Dass

Be Here Now, by Ram Dass, is a vehicle for sharing the true message and a guide to self-determination. With over 150 pages of metaphysical illustrations, stoic, practical advice, and a chapter dedicated to quotes and book recommendations, Be Here Now will enrich your emotional, physical, and spiritual life.

RS Staff Pick: Brett in Marketing

“Half reference book, half deep dive into the life of Ram Dass, formerly known as Richard Alpert, and his experience going from Harvard Researcher to spiritual leader. Fascinating story of the counterculture in the 60s accompanied by some amazing art. Everyone takes something different from this read, I leave it on the living room table for curious minds to look through.”

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2 thoughts on “RS Staff Picks Gift Guide: Stimulate the Psychedelic Experience”

  1. In the book recommendations you leave out some important classics by Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts and Huston Smith. Why not add Huxley’s “Doors of Perception” (and his novel “Islans” about a fictitious psychedelic culture), Watts’ “Joyous Cosmology,” and Huston Smith’s excellent “Cleansing the Doors of Perception (given out to subjects of psilocybin studies at Johns Hopkins)? Great holiday reading!

  2. Those are surely insightful reads as well! With so many thought-provoking psychedelic books out there we simply could not include them all – the books mentioned in this guide are personal picks from our staff who have connected with them. Thank you for mentioning those other psychedelic classics!

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