West Coast Gifts is Canada’s largest designer, manufacturer and distributor of award winning glass pipes, vaporizers and smoking accessories for the cannabis connoisseur. We offer over 7,000 products at competitive prices with speedy shipping and superior customer service.
Our company was founded by several young entrepreneurs who saw an opportunity to get into the cannabis industry a couple years ago. Just kidding. Our story is a little more interesting than that (no offence to all the cannabros out there). Basically, we owe our existence to the godfather of colour changing glass pipes. It all started from the imagination of a Dead Head we affectionately refer to as ‘H’…
Our Story: Home of the Original Colour Changing Glass
“Once in a while you get shown a light, in the strangest of places when you look at it right.” ~ The Grateful Dead
Would you believe us if we told you that the founder of West Coast Gifts discovered the magic of colour changing glass pipes while following the Grateful Dead across North America in the early ‘90s? You can’t make this stuff up.
But seriously, our founder Howard ‘H’ Franklin knew he had found something special and made it his mission to spread the word about colour changing glass pipes from coast to coast. Soon, H’s pipes were flying off the shelves at every store he could stock.
Of course H didn’t stop there – after retiring to a giant tree on Vancouver, BC’s Wreck Beach (ok maybe not an actual tree, but close), he made tons of zany friends (as you would expect) and was inspired to start a wholesale distribution company so people far and wide could experience the wonder of glass pipes that change colour. He called them Red Eye Glass pipes, built a website and decided to start a business.
When H tried to secure a business loan, however, the banks were less than excited about giving money to a guy in a tree selling magic pipes (fair enough) so our boy H got creative. He re-designed the front page of his website and rebranded it from Red Eye Glass to West Coast Gifts where he promoted incense and candles. The bank finally agreed to give him a loan and he launched his wholesale distribution business.
Today, H’s original Red Eye Glass® brand is one of the most widely recognized glass pipe brands in the world. Since 2003, West Coast Gifts has grown to become the largest distributor of smoking accessories and vaporizers in Canada. All thanks to a creative and resourceful Dead Head named Howard and our loyal customers to whom we are eternally grateful.