The Ultimate Deadhead Gift Guide

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The Deadhead fandom lives on, if not in an intergenerational obsession with the iconic rock band but in ongoing collaborations and products that celebrate their legacy.

The newest Grateful Dead merch on the lineup is a new Slowtide quick-dry towel, designed in collaboration with Grateful Dead drummer and artist Mickey Hart. The towels are the latest products added to the company’s Grateful Dead collection, which includes an array of beach essentials for summer.

The band’s iconic dancing bears also march across luxurious Nixon watches and atop Hedley & Bennett aprons, while their famous skull-and-roses imagery is splashed across everything from luxe sweaters to fine china.

Here are the best, most unique Grateful Dead merch to gift the Deadheads in your life this year.

Mickey Hart Quick-Dry Towel

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Slowtide partnered with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart for this summer capsule collection. The new drop consists of three quick-dry towels, donning psychedelic graphics originally created on canvas with acrylic paint by Hart. “Slowtide towels offer a state of the art design that are both sand and water resistant. Paired with my images, these towels offer a unique take on what a beach towel of the future is,” Hart said in a statement.

Slowtide Mickey Hart Quick-Dry Towel $45 Buy Now

Dancing Bears Quick-Dry Towel

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Brighten up your kitchen with this adorable quick-drying towel, decorated with a colorful array of the band’s famous dancing bears.

Dancing Bears Quick-Dry Towel $19 Buy Now

Shashibo Shapeshifting Box

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This Grateful Dead fidget toy is a magnetic puzzle cube that can be transformed into 70 unique shapes. But aside from serving as a relaxing way to keep your hands busy throughout the day, it also doubles as a charming decor piece to add to your office or living room. For the partnership with the iconic band, the cube is upgraded with famous Grateful Dead imagery such as colorful dancing bears and the famous “Steal Your Face” album art.

SHASHIBO Shape Shifting Box $25.99 Buy Now On Amazon

Grateful Dead Snapback Hat

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Rock The Dead anywhere you go this summer with this classic blue and white snapback, featuring a bright blue dancing bear front and center.

Grateful Dead Snapback Hat $18 Buy Now

Parks Project x Grateful Dead Welcome to Bear Country Throw Blanket

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Grateful Dead’s dancing bears march across this Parks Project blanket in their very own camping gear, making it the perfect addition to your next outdoorsy trip with fellow Deadheads.

Parks Project X Grateful Dead Welcome to Bear Country Throw Blanket $120 Buy Now

Grateful Dead Allover Print Lounge Robe

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Get cozy in this plush robe, topped with an allover dancing bear pattern.

Grateful Dead Allover Print Robe $59 Buy Now

Grateful Dead x Chinatown Market Classic Clog

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The Grateful Dead gets the Croc treatement with this limited-edition tie-dye release currently available on StockX.

Grateful Dead X Chinatown Market $73 Buy Now

Joya Studio X Grateful Dead Sculpture Candle

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You won’t want to burn this gorgeous sculpture candle, shaped into a flower-adorned bear.

Grateful Dead Sculpture Candle $88 Buy Now

Pact Wharf Rat Tee

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A subtle tie-dye look for the fan who doesn’t need all eyes on them. The “Wharf Rat” tee is made of GOTS certified organic cotton and comes in all sizes from small to extra-large. The style is also available as a cute little muscle tank as well.

BUY NOW: $58

Igloo Cooler

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Keep your whole 2022 hippie vibe flowing all the way to the beach or the park with this cute Igloo collab. The vintage-styled coolers have returned with a playful dancing bear in a gorgeous turquoise blue, surrounded by the band’s signature tie-dye. 

BUY NOW: $44.99

Jerry Garcia Funko Pop 

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Jerry Garcia is the definition of cool even in Funko Pop form, which sees the famous rocker in his classic aviator sunnies and electric guitar. 

BUY NOW: $114.32

Grateful Dead in Concert, 1966 Print Poster

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Your gallery wall will get a vibrant, psychedelic edge with this stylistic poster from one of the band’s many 1966 concerts. 

BUY NOW: $22  $18.70

Steal Your Face Backpack (23% Off)

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This special Daytripper Backpack from Igloo will make the perfect companion for everything from the hiking trail to the beach to an outdoor concert. Tagged with the legendary “Steal Your Face” album artwork, the limited edition backpack also features MaxCold insulation, padded straps, two divided compartments to keep items organized and even a built-in bottle opener.

BUY NOW: $64.99

Hedley & Bennett x Grateful Dead Apron (20% Off)

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Dancing bears carry whisks and pans in Hedley & Bennett’s recent collaboration with the Grateful Dead, which is made up of two funky aprons inspired by the band’s psychedelic imagery. The louder option of the two features blue and purple tie dye, in addition to dancing bears holding culinary tools such as cutting knives and whisks. Both aprons are made out of 90% Cotton, 8% Polyester, 2% Spandex. Plus, you can personalize the gift by adding custom embroidered letters on the right chest for an additional $15.

BUY NOW: $105  $84

Grateful Dead Tie-Dye Playing Cards

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These make the best addition to any camping trip or long car ride. The full pack comes with different funky images, all featuring the band’s classic skull imagery and tie-dye patterns.

Grateful Dead Playing Cards $5.99

Slowtide Blanket

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Started by three friends, Slowtide creates comfort for outdoor hangouts. The brands whole vibe is basically creating various blankets and towels to keep your beach hangs both comfortable and stylish. You’ll spot their towels at trendy places including the Los Angeles, Portland and Palm Springs Ace Hotels. However, it’s their recent Grateful Dead collaboration that keeps selling out. This line includes over 12 different Grateful Dead-inspired blankets, towels and robes. There’s also a little California quick-dry towel and this white “Truckin” towel.

Fillmore Blanket $145

Guitar Strap

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If you’re a true deadhead, it’s time to represent on your guitar while you slowly pick through the opening of “Uncle John’s Band.” If you’re looking for something a little less dancing bear, we love this steal your face strap with the bands name printed across. And while you’re at it, pick up a few guitar picks as well. 

Grateful Dead Guitar Strap $30.95  $24.95


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Let’s not even pretend for a second that you’re not into stickers. If you’ve made it this far in the “Best Grateful Dead Merchandise” list, you definitely have a steal your face sticker on something or another in your life. What’s a few more?

BUY NOW: $9.25

Tubbs Frontier Snowshoe

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If you’re not going to go the traditional snowshoe route, then best to lean all the way in and go full deadhead snow bunny. This collaboration between the Dead and Tubbs is using the best-selling model from their whole snowshoe line. The limited edition shoes has EZ binding with a single buckle it makes getting in and out of the shoe simple.

Tubbs Grateful Dead Frontier Snowshoe $175.95