Giving Cigar Gifts

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Hayward TenneyI’ve received my fair share of cigars for Christmas. Some of been absolute winners, and others have missed the mark. But it’s the thought that counts, right?

Right?

Sure, while the act of giving a gift is certainly worth something, a thoughtful gift giver will consider whether the recipient will actually enjoy it. With that in mind, I’d like to offer a little primer on cigar gift-buying. If you hope to be the recipient of a cigar gift this holiday season, please feel free to print this out and leave it somewhere conspicuous.

Well-meaning gift-buyers will sometimes let price and ratings be their guide. But absent an understanding of what your gift recipient likes, you may as well be shooting in the dark. Cigars come in so many configurations, one can easily feel overwhelmed.

After all, there are mild to full-strength cigars, light to heavy-bodied cigars, and mellow to full-flavored cigars. There are also more combinations of wrapper/filler/binder tobacco than you could ever get to in a lifetime. All this can leave one feeling confused and overwhelmed. Here’s some useful advice for making the most of your gift:

  1. Ascertain what brand(s) the intended recipient prefers, and give those.
  2. If the recipient enjoys trying new cigars, enlist Famous Smoke Shop’s Customer Service team (800-564-2486) or the Famous Smoke Shop Retail Store for expert cigar suggestions.
  3. Still uncertain? Consider giving a cigar accessory. Lighters, cutters, cigar swag, ashtrays and humidors are always appreciated!
  4. Give the gift of choice with a Famous Smoke Shop gift certificate.

Take my word for it: your giftee’s eyes will light up like a cigar when he receives a gift that obviously took some consideration.

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Lou Tenney

Lou Tenney

Contributor at Cigar Advisor

When he's not busy writing, editing, smoking cigars, or raising his many, many children, Hayward " "It's Lou, not Hayward" " Tenney spends his days combating confusion about his real name (it's Hayward, but please - call him " "Lou" ") and mourning the matrimonially-induced loss of his moustache (what's he gonna do with all that moustache wax he made?).

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