You want to buy the cigar lover in your life a great Christmas present. When it comes to matters relating to the stogie, though, you’re the first to admit you have no idea what you’re doing. We’re here to help!
Potentially hampering matters even further is that you may think your local cigar shop is filled with smoke and little gnome-like men who prey on the souls—and wallets—of people like yourself. You certainly wouldn’t want to go into a place like that!
Well, about the only thing that’s correct in the above statement is the “smoke” part. Even then, the cigar smoke is almost always confined to a cigar lounge that’s separate from the cash-register area or the humidor; the “floor,” as retailers call it.
In fact, you’ll likely find the local cigar shop (sometimes called a tobacconist) to be one of the most friendly stores you’ve ever visited. The staff are generally very knowledgeable about their inventory and cigars in general, and are willing to help any type of person who walks in … from neophytes to “experts.”
Local cigar shops are so accommodating and inviting, in terms of atmosphere, that even other customers may give you some suggestions or ideas. Usually, they’ll be good ideas, too. Yep, it’s that kind of place.
With all of that in mind, let’s look at some tips you can use to aid in your quest for the perfect cigar or cigar-related gift for the connoisseur in your life:
Current cigar preference
If you want to get your cigar-chompin’ loved one something different from their frequent brand, all you need to do is find out is the name of their current brand. You need to be a bit cautious here, though, as a lot of the big brands out there have a lot of sub-brands that can range very widely, in terms of their flavors, degree of taste (mild, medium, full), and so on.
So you’ll need to be somewhat artful about finding out exactly what kind(s) of smoke(s) they like. Unless you have access to the cigar box and you can see the brand and sub-branding, you’ll likely need to ask. You can take the old, “A friend/co-worker of mine loves cigars; what kind do you smoke?” route.
Unfortunately, you can’t always tell the specific sub-brand from the band on a cigar. That’s the way this industry is; sorry.
With that information in hand, a good local cigar store or tobacconist will be able to make recommendations on similar types of stogies. And you’ll become the favorite of the cigar lover in your life (kinda creepy if that person happens to be an uncle or something like that, but you get our meaning).
Boxes? You don’t need no stinkin’ boxes
You may know what your cigar smoker wants, in terms of her or his favorite stick (another name for cigar .. drop it at your local cigar shop and watch the staff swoon!). Or you may be acting on the recommendation of a cigar-store worker or owner. Then you waltz into the store’s humidor and look at the price on the box.
After you pick yourself up off the floor—generally speaking; not all boxes are expensive—you wonder just what have you gotten yourself into.
We have good news for you. Usually, you can get a much-smaller number of stogies for your cigar-loving friend or family member. The generally accepted number is five; in fact, sometimes you can even get discounts on a five pack (as they can be called), depending on the shop. You can almost always buy as few or as many cigars as you want, though. You might even want to mix up the brands within your purchase (two of one kind; three of another). It’s up to you.
And depending on the brand and type of cigar, you might be limited in the number of sticks you can buy anyways. We’re mainly talking about ultra-premium brands like God of Fire and OpusX here. Besides, you really wouldn’t want to buy a box of those things, unless you’ve got stimulus money waiting for you at home.
Maybe you’ve seen above part of our Cigar Christmas Buying Tips. Since we’re giving people and it’s that time of the year, here’s remaining part which deals with cigar accessories.
Before we continue, though, we want to clarify one thing: You don’t need to spend the kind of money a certain cigar magazine out there would lead you to think, based on its stories and advertising. All of the suggestions we’ve made in both above part and here are for the more-average person. We’re assuming you and the person for whom you’re looking fall into that category, because … well … you’re here. And believe us when we say there’s nothing wrong with being average. After all, we are. That’s how we know about this topic.
Cigar Accessories Gift Ideas:
Normally I’d try to find a quote from Sex and the City about accessories. But considering the demographic of this site, I’ll refrain. I’m actually a bit embarrassed that I even thought of that series/movie here. Anyhow …
For you, the person who is looking for ideas for that special someone who also happens to enjoy cigars, all I have to say is: Accessories.
Like most general categories of consumer items, cigars have accessories. And there’s a lot of them out there. There’s types. And sub-categories within types. And with the cigar market being as large as it is, there’s new stuff coming out all the time.
Plus if you really don’t know about the cigars your loved one enjoys and you don’t want to go out on a limb with a stogie purchase—we don’t blame you for that, either—accessories might be just the ticket for you. When it comes to gifts, accessories are the safe bet in the cigar world, which can be a very confusing one to the uninitiated.
Cigar lighters, but they should be “torch” lighters that burn butane. No cigarette lighters or others that use lighter oil. No Zippos here, either, unless you buy a special torch insert for them that use butane. And, yes, buying an extra can of butane with your purchase is a good idea. Just be aware that you have to ship butane via ground carrier, but unfilled lighters are fine for next-day or second-day air cargo, if you’re buying at the last minute.
Here’s our top 5 cigar lighter:
Also you can check the article on best cigar lighter..
Cigar cutters, piercers or scissors. All of these take care of the end of the cigar that goes into the mouth, as stogies need to be opened in some form or another to be smoked. The most-important factor here is to determine what kind of implement your loved one uses. If they specifically like cutters, you should try to find out if they like the guillotine style, or if they like what’s called the wedge or “v-cut.” Also, while cutters and scissors are similar in terms of how they work, a cigar connoisseur generally likes one or the other. And piercer fans generally don’t get into cutters or scissors.
Here’s our top 5 cigar cutter:
Also you can check the article on best cigar cutter..
Ashtrays. Cigar-specific ashtrays can be mini-works of art in and of themselves. They can run from kitschy (we have a “Big Butt Cigar Co.” ashtray at the Stogie’d offices) to ornate to just plain great looking. You’ll know them when you see them, too. Cigarette smokers don’t get this kind of respect from ashtray makers … and they shouldn’t really.
Here’s our top 5 cigar ashtrays:
Also you can check review of these cigar ashtray..
Finger cases. These are usually made out of leather, and are designed to fit anywhere from three to five cigars. If you’re going to go this route, we suggest finding out your cigar lover’s favorite size of stick, and then asking for the proper size of case to fit the stick. If all else fails, buy the one that holds the longest and fattest cigars.
Humidors. These keep our stogies all snug and ready to smoke. Basically, they keep cigars at an optimum temperature and humidity. Humidors can vary widely in quality and price; if you’re looking for a gift, a traveling humidor might be the way to go. They’re small, not that expensive and they’re usually something not owned by every cigar lover. And even if they do have a travel one, they’ll always take another.
Here’s our top 5 cigar humidor:
Clothing. Cigar-related clothing, whether it be logoed with a cigar maker’s brand (a.k.a. schwag or tchotchkes), from a high-end clothing line (Tommy Bahama, Nat Nast), or something that just looks good from most any level of department or clothing store, is almost always a safe bet with the cigar lover.