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Try these tips to ensure they stay fresh
By Jonathan Detore
It’s that time of year again, folks! It’s time for family, togetherness, and giving to those who are less fortunate or to show our appreciation for our loved ones. It’s certainly my favorite time of year, and it always puts me in a giving mood whether it be volunteering in my community, a neighboring community, or simply getting a gift for someone special to me — and what gift is better than cigars? Well, our wives and girlfriends might want to get us cologne to counter the smell of cigar smoke. Maybe a razor to shave that ZZ Top beard or epic moustache, but we know cigars are number one on our Christmas lists, and for those who wish to buy cigars for others this year, I’ve got a few tips to ensure they stay in smoking fresh condition.
I reached my first full year of working in Customer Service this past September (hold the applause), and the trend I see around the holidays is that our loved ones, who are typically not cigar smokers, buy cigars for those of us who do enjoy cigars. Last year, and I’m positive this year, we will get plenty of calls from those customers on December 26th to the tune of “My cigars are dry and they were a Christmas gift!”
The number one mistake a lot of gift-givers make is buying cigars too early. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big supporter of getting Christmas shopping done early just to get it out of the way, so I can truly enjoy the holidays; but with cigars, this poses the problem of the cigars possibly drying out, which in turn causes these phone calls and emails.
During the Holiday Season it’s so hard to keep from tripping over ads and articles on “Great Gift Ideas!” I figured I might as well get in on it too, with my own guide to finding the perfect cigar gift. So, I’ve kept it simple. Here are five great gift ideas in five respective categories and various price points, that you can hint at to your wife, girlfriend, best friend, business colleagues or, you can tie a string around your finger like Uncle Billy in It’s a Wonderful Life, so you can remember to buy them for yourself.