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Guide to Giving the Best Cigar Gifts

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Cigars and celebrations were meant for one another. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, a promotion, Christmas and the Holidays, or a new baby, fine cigars go hand-in-hand with any kind of congratulations and merriment. The truth is, you’re blessed when you have a pal, companion, or relative who loves premium cigars. The gift-buying possibilities are practically endless.

Don’t get bogged down trying to find the be-all-end-all cigar gift when you don’t know a lot about cigars. Finding the best cigar gifts for your favorite cigar lover is fun and simple with a bit of expert guidance. If you’re like a lot of folks, there’s a good chance you don’t have a premium cigar shop right around the corner, or maybe even in your town or city. But that’s okay.

There are a number of excellent online resources nowadays where you can discover the best cigars to give as gifts. In lieu of consulting with an aficionado in person in a local smokeshop, we’re happy to provide some invaluable advice and surefire gift recommendations guaranteed to please the cigar connoisseur in your life.

Premium cigars are patiently handcrafted by skilled artisans who spend years developing their technique. There are a tremendous variety of brands, blends, shapes and sizes to choose from. When it comes to the best cigars, nothing is rushed. For many premium cigar-makers, the process is personal and they go to great lengths to ensure every cigar hand-rolled at the factory reflects the precise standards for flavor, construction, and aroma they have articulated for a given blend.

Oftentimes, the cigar-maker’s name is branded on the cigar’s band and with it, the blender’s reputation. Attention to detail and pride set premium cigars apart as gifts that can be wonderfully personal and marvelously impressive.

Buying a Box of Cigars

One of the first and most obvious things we think of when it comes to cigars is “a box.” Receiving a box of cigars is a welcome addition in any connoisseur’s humidor. However, you should keep a couple of things in mind.

Does your aficionado have a humidor to keep a box of cigars fresh and stored in the correct conditions? And, what kind of cigars (brand, blend, and size) does he or she like to smoke? Many full boxes of cigars are packaged in quantities of 20 or 25. When you know someone regularly enjoys an Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature, for example, it’s a safe bet he or she will be ecstatic to receive an entire box.

There are a number of inexpensive, temporary humidification options, such as humidification packets, that will keep your cigars in perfect shape for several months, provided they’re in a sealed environment like a Ziploc bag, if not a humidor. This is also great to know if you decide to buy a handful of single cigars from either one brand or multiple brands to assemble your own, personalized collection as a gift.

Cigar Samplers

Like a lot gift buyers, you may not be intimately acquainted with your cigar lover’s likes and dislikes. That’s no cause for alarm or discouragement, though. You can always select from an expansive selection of cigar samplers. Many cigar samplers are available in quantities of 5 or 10 cigars, like the bestselling Ashton 5-Cigar Assortment, or the Ashton 10-Cigar Sampler. Each edition provides a tour of unique blends and sizes from the brand’s iconic portfolio. Many premium brands, including Ashton, Arturo Fuente, Padron, La Aroma de Cuba, and My Father offer a range of samplers that feature their most popular cigars. You can also discover a number of mixed samplers which include cigars from a variety of different brands.

You can even find unbeatable discounts on bestselling assortments from Rocky Patel and famous Cuban-legacy brands, like Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo. Cigar samplers are an ideal choice when you’re in the hunt for cigar gifts that are guaranteed to please, without the pressure of finding that one perfect cigar to fit the bill. Plus, there’s a strong chance you’ll expose your favorite connoisseur to a brand or a blend they may not have had before, and most cigar nuts love to smoke new cigars.

Cigar Accessories

Maybe you know your cigar lover already possesses a ton of cigars and you’re tempted to avoid “bringing sand to the beach,” so to speak, and you’d rather choose another cigar-related gift. In that case, it’s definitely worthwhile to consider getting a cigar accessory.

A number of cigar connoisseurs love cigar gadgets. Cigar lighters, cigar cutters, humidors, ashtrays, cigar cases and more are all great gift ideas. An evolving stream of sporty, innovative lighters that often integrate convenient features like a built-in cigar cutter or a wind-resistant flame are available from popular brands, including Jetline, Xikar, Colibri, and ST Dupont. Or, you can browse a host of precision cutters from many of the same manufacturers.

Different kinds of cigars call for different styles of cutters, such as a guillotine (straight), punch, or V-cut. You’ll find a number of impressive cutter and lighter options that are pocket-friendly, as well as oversized tabletop models. Regardless of your budget, you’ll have no trouble picking out an appealing finish that matches the profile of your favorite cigar smoker. Choose a simple, but eye-catching, accessory for roughly $20, or go for something opulent, like a collectible, limited edition ST Dupont Ligne 2 lighter when you know your cigar lover has extravagant taste.

No man cave is truly complete without a cavernous humidor, or at least a desktop, or travel-size option. Keeping a cigar collection in tip-top shape is essential, but it’s never a challenge with a quality humidor from brands like Savoy and Rochester.

For any cigar lover, a humidor is a wise investment. One additional benefit for gift-givers is that you can readily give the gift of cigars on future occasions knowing your connoisseur has the perfect place to store them. Besides that, most aficionados love to smoke in the company of others. Your cigar lover can begin a collection or keep a nice supply on hand to share with pals.

While we’re on the topic of cigar-smoking buddies, don’t forget to check out all the cool ashtrays on our site. Ashtrays not only prevent a stray stogie from smoldering your carpet, but they also make masterful centerpieces on a coffee table, desktop, or picnic table. A lot of popular ashtrays reflect the vivid imagery and colorful designs found on cigar bands. Most are easy to clean and really add a classy to touch to a cigar-friendly room.

A Few Additional Alternatives

We’ve all been there before. You’re super-pressed for time and you need a cigar-gift like yesterday! Performing exhaustive cigar research simply isn’t on the radar. Hit the checkout at a fast and furious pace with a simple swipe on your smartphone and order a Gift Card. You can send eGift Cards direct to an inbox in a matter of moments and your cigar lover will be nonetheless delighted to shop away at his or her heart’s content.

We also offer a popular Cigar of the Month Club subscription, which is available in 30-day, 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month durations. Continually expose the connoisseur you know to an amazing new variety of top-notch cigars selected by the in-house experts at Holt’s. Shipping is free and each package includes detailed tasting notes and ratings. Cigar of the Month Club is perfect for the cigar lover who’s eager to taste new cigars.

And, when you’ve got the perfect cigar gift already picked out, be it a box of cigars, a sampler, or an accessory, but you’re looking for a unique bonus item to juice up the curb appeal of your gift package, take a look at our expansive Man Cave Essentials menu. Here, you’ll find a burgeoning collection of cigar hats, apparel, glassware and other original cigar-themed merchandise guaranteed to show your cigar-lover just how much thought you put in!

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