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Last Minute Gifts for the Cigar Lover in Your Life

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Shane K.

You’re not alone if you saved your cigar shopping until the last minute. Cigars make excellent gifts during the holidays, especially if you need a last-minute present or stocking stuffer for your favorite aficionado. If you’re like a lot of folks shopping for cigars, deciding on the right gift or what brand to buy can be intimidating. Fear not. We’ve got great last minute gift ideas for your dad, husband, or boss regardless of your budget. Take a look at our list of the best last minute gift ideas for him. Here’s a quick rundown of the best cigar samplers, accessories, and cigar gifts you can pick out this year.

Holt’s Gift Cards

In case you’re in a big hurry to get a last minute cigar gift, breathe a sigh of relief! We sell Holt’s Gift Cards. You can send an electronic eGift Card directly to your gift recipient’s inbox, or you can choose to send a physical gift card through the mail. Your favorite aficionado can shop for his or her favorite cigars at their leisure. We carry over 550 cigar brands, plus a full range of accessories, humidors, man cave essentials, and more. Holt’s Gift Cards never expire and can be used online, by phone, or in person at our retail locations.

Cigar Samplers

Hands down, cigar samplers are the most popular cigar gifts during the holidays. You can get multiple cigar blends, sizes, and brands in a single purchase. Cigar assortments are a great way to turn your connoisseur on to new cigars. Plus, you don’t have the worry of buying an entire box of one kind of cigar and wondering whether it’s the right brand. Here’s a list of the most popular cigar samplers for the holidays.

#1 - Ashton 5-Cigar Assortment

The Ashton 5-Cigar Assortment is comprised of five outstanding Dominican cigars handmade at the prestigious Fuente family factory in the Dominican Republic. The collection includes mild, medium, and full-bodied cigars blended by legendary cigar-maker Carlito Fuente from the finest tobaccos. Easily impress your favorite cigar lover with iconic top-rated blends like Ashton VSG, Ashton Cabinet, Ashton Classic, and more. The Ashton 10-Cigar Sampler is also an excellent choice and includes the same blends but in a bigger quantity.


Ashton 5-Cigar Assortment

#2 - Arturo Fuente ‘Xtremely Rare’ Sampler

Ten celebrated cigars make up the Arturo Fuente ‘Xtremely Rare’ Sampler. Each is featured in a pair, including rarities like Fuente Fuente Opus X Oro Oscuro and Arturo Fuente Magnum R. You’re also getting iconic Dominican blends with Arturo Fuente Hemingway, Arturo Fuente Double Chateau Sun Grown, and Double Chateau Fuente in a Natural wrapper. Cigar lovers lucky enough to be on your gift list will be thrilled with your choice.


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#3 - Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City Assortment

If you need hard-to-find cigars from the top shelf to impress a finicky aficionado, the Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City Assortment promises to get an unforgettable reaction. When Carlito Fuente released Fuente Fuente Opus X back in the mid-1990s, the blend became an instant hit. It sold out everywhere it could be found. Today, the blend is produced in very small quantities. Five cigars comprise an extraordinary selection of Opus X shapes.


Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City Assortment

#4 - La Aroma de Cuba 5-Cigar Assortment

The popular La Aroma de Cuba portfolio is represented in an excellent five-cigar lineup with the 95-rated La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor, 94-rated Reserva, the 94-rated Edicion Especial, and the 93-rated original La Aroma de Cuba blend. The brand first became well-known in the late 1800s as a favorite of Winston Churchill. Today, La Aroma de Cuba is blended by award-winning cigar-maker Pepin Garcia. 


La Aroma de Cuba 5-Cigar Assortment

#5 - San Cristobal 60-Ring Assortment

Easily please a fan of big ring gauge cigars with the San Cristobal 60-Ring Assortment. Three distinct blends include the brand’s bestselling recipes (2 each) in a thick 60-ring format. The collection is blended by Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia from premium aged Nicaraguan tobaccos beneath Ecuador Sumatra, Connecticut Shade, and Ecuador Habano Oscuro wrapper varietals. Your favorite cigar lover can savor notes of cocoa, earth, leather, and white pepper in cool and copious draws.


San Cristobal 60-Ring Assortment

#6 - Padron Collection Natural Sampler

The Padron Collection Natural Sampler is an excellent introduction to a world-renowned Nicaraguan brand. Acclaimed cigars like Padron 1964 Anniversary, Padron 1926 Series, and Padron Family Reserve have scored Cigar Aficionado’s coveted ‘#1 Cigar of the Year’ title in the past. More recent addition Padron Damaso is also included with the original Padron blend. Fans of darker, sweeter cigars should consider the Padron Collection Maduro Sampler as well.


Padron Collection Natural Sampler

#7 - La Aroma de Cuba/San Cristobal ’93-95’ Rated Collection

The best cigars from two prominent Nicaraguan brands meet in the La Aroma de Cuba/San Cristobal ’93-95’ Rated Collection. This medium to full-bodied collection is blended by celebrated father-and-son cigar-makers Pepin Garcia and Jaime Garcia from premium aged Nicaraguan tobaccos beneath an excellent assortment of wrappers, including San Andrés, Ecuador Habano, and Nicaraguan varietals. Five different blends, rated highly by the critics in Cigar Aficionado, make an impressive gift for a great value.


La Aroma/San Cristobal '93-95' Rated Collection

#8 - Oliva 8-Cigar Assortment

Price and prestige converge in the Oliva 8-Cigar Assortment. The brand’s most popular blends include Oliva Masters Blends 3, Oliva Serie V, and Oliva Serie V Maduro. Each is represented, plus four more in a collection that reveals sweet and spicy tasting notes of dark chocolate, black pepper, cayenne, wood, and leather. Impress your favorite connoisseur with an award-winning brand for an unbeatable value.


Oliva 8-Cigar Assortment

#9 - Perdomo Award-Winning Connoisseur Collection

Perdomo’s Award-Winning Connoisseur Collection includes 12 popular Perdomo cigars, two Epicures each in six unique blends. This unbridled tour of Perdomo’s finest cigars features the bestselling Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne, 20th Anniversary Maduro, Double Aged Vintage Connecticut, Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown, Habano Maduro, and Lot 23 for an unbeatable value. Introduce your favorite aficionado to one of today’s top Nicaraguan brands in a classy assortment that includes notes of white pepper, leather, earth, dark chocolate, espresso bean, and more. Brand founder Nick Perdomo is well-known for his meticulous quality control standards, and here you can taste the differences his Ecuador Connecticut, Sun Grown, and Maduro wrappers impart.


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#10 - Alec Bradley ‘All-Star’ Sampler

The Alec Bradley ‘All-Star’ Sampler ranks as the brand’s most sought after collection thanks to a top-selling lineup that includes five of the highest-scoring Alec Bradley blends ever made. The 96-rated, former ‘#1 Cigar of the Year,’ Prensado joins the 94-rated Family Blend, 90-rated Connecticut, 90-rated Tempus Nicaragua, and the earthy and woody Magic Toast in a virtual cigar nirvana. You can’t go wrong choosing celebrated Alec Bradley blends for a fraction of their original price in a single collection.


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Cigar Accessories

Cigar accessories make ideal gifts when you want to show your appreciation for your favorite cigar lover. Because cigar lighters and cutters are easy to lose, you can never have too many. Plus, most connoisseurs love to get their hands on the newest cigar gadgets. You can always pick out a beautiful new ashtray, humidor, or a decoration for his man cave. Here are some of our bestselling cigar accessories.

Cigar Lighters

A quality cigar lighter is essential. Most aficionados keep one in their jacket, their golf bag, and their man cave at all times. Choose from a range of sporty and reliable models from Xikar and ST Dupont. Many come with a lifetime warranty and a built-in cigar cutter. Larger tabletop models are perfect for passing around the poker table when your cigar lover is playing cards with friends. Jetline makes an entire collection of branded torch lighters too. Prices start around $10 and go up to a few hundred depending on how fancy you’d like to get.

Cigar Cutters

A razor-sharp cigar cutter is just as critical as a good lighter. Xikar makes several of the best cigar cutters you can buy. The Savoy Steel Cutter is a classic double guillotine and each cutter comes in a protective leather sleeve. Shop our collection of straight cutters, punch cutters, and V-cutters. Innovative new models include self-sharpening blades with a safety lock. Accommodate a range of cigar shapes with Xikar’s XO CutterXi1 Cutter, or the conveniently collapsible MTX Scissors.  


No man cave is complete without an eye-catching ashtray. We’ve got a huge collection to browse. Signature ashtrays from every popular brand like Ashton, Arturo Fuente, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, and more are available. Indoor and outdoor models include glass, ceramic, crystal, and easy-to-clean melamine finishes. Pick out a vibrant color in a size that can hold an entire crowd’s worth of cigars.

Cigar Carry Cases

Cigar carry cases make an excellent gift for the cigar lover who’s shuffling cigars back and forth to the golf course or the local smoking lounge. Cigars get damaged easily if they’re shoved into a pocket. A carry case is great insurance that your cigars arrive in one piece no matter where you’re going to smoke. Heavy-duty crush-proof plastic models are also available if your cigar lover is a great outdoorsman who likes to bring cigars on camping, fishing, or hunting excursions.


If your aficionado has reached the point where he or she is buying more than a few cigars at a time, and they’re getting dried out, it’s time for a humidor. We carry a wide variety of finishes and sizes that can hold the perfect quantity of cigars. Shop our selection of humidors and choose one that matches the office, man cave, or smoking room where your cigar lover likes to light up.  

Cigar Gear

If you still can’t find the right gift for the connoisseur who’s already got it all, check out our menu of Man Cave Essentials. Here you’ll find colorful and eclectic items like metal cigar signs, cigar bobbleheads, branded rocks glasses, flasks, and more cigar accessories. Sign your aficionado up for our Holt’s Cigar of the Month Club, and get an excellent five-cigar sampler delivered to his or her doorstep every month. It’s one of the best cigar subscriptions out there.

Need More Help?   

If you’re craving a little more personal assistance, you can always contact us via email, chat, or on the phone during business hours to speak with a member of our Call Center or Retail Teams. We’ll guide you to the perfect cigar gift this season!

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