Cigar Advisor’s Holiday Gift Buying Guide 2009

601 Blue Box-Pressed Maduro ($145.99 – $166.99)
The most accessible in the luxurious 601 series in terms of flavor and strength. A medium to full-bodied cigar made by Don Pepin using perfectly-aged Nicaraguan longfillers pressed in dark, oily Nicaraguan Habano wrappers. A great special occasion cigar that will be appreciated by more experienced cigar smokers.

Cariños ($53.99 – $75.99)
Cariños cigars are for the giftee who’s always open to trying something new. Created by Nestor Plasencia with a core of Panamanian, Honduran and Brazilian longfillers rolled in Nicaraguan Jalapa Seco natural or Nicaraguan Viso Oscuro Maduro wrappers. Medium-bodied with a rich, smooth and complex character.

Cigar Samplers
Davidoff 12 Cigar Assortment ($175.99)
What I call the Whitman’s Sampler of fine cigars. 12 of Davidoff’s best cigars in a wide variety of sizes personify the entire range Davidoff’s luxurious flavors and aromas. Presented in a cedar wood box with a detailed description of each cigar, it’s the perfect gift for the ultimate cigar aficionado.

Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro 5-Cigar Gift Set ($87.20)
The full-bodied Padron 1964 Anniversary series has received some of the highest accolades in the industry for decades, and these classic, box-pressed Nicaraguan puros are guaranteed to make your giftee smile with delight. I chose the Maduro for their richer, sweeter flavor. Also available in a natural wrapper gift box.

“The Muscle” ($49.99)
With the hundreds of samplers available it was tough to choose just one, so I threw a dart at the board and hit “The Muscle Maduro.” Ranging from medium to full in body, this all-star collection boasts dark wrapper leaves, and each cigar is loaded with complex flavor.

Cordoba 200 cigar humidor ($149.99)
A beautifully detailed cigar humidor that will hold up to 200 cigars. The box features high-quality craftsmanship and comes fully-equipped at a price that defies its luxurious appearance.

XiKAR Artisan 75 count ebony cigar humidor ($109.99)
XiKAR has a reputation for excellence and uses only the best materials for all their cigar accessories. This fully-equipped 75 ct. cigar humidor has an elegant ebony finish that will add a touch of class to your giftee’s smoking space.

Orleans Tobacco Leaf 25 cigar humidor ($44.99)
This value-priced 25 ct. cigar humidor comes fully-equipped and is adorned with a tobacco leaf for the tobacco loving giftee in your life, or someone who’s new to premium cigars and just starting to build their collection. A good buy!

Cigar Cutters
XiKAR Xi3 Amboina cigar cutter ($89.99)
The Xi3 series is top of the food chain in XiKAR’s repertoire of renowned cigar cutters. Ultra-sharp blades and patented teardrop shape design give it extra power and comfort, while the rare Amboina wood gives it eye-catching elegance.

Zino Davidoff cigar cutter ($41.99)
When in doubt, go with a proven classic. Designed by Zino Davidoff, this twin-blade cutter offers super-sharp, Swiss-honed blades, comfortable two-finger grip, and is made to last. A welcome gift for every cigar smoker.

Blazer Shark 54 Ring cigar cutter ($35.99)
And now for something completely different. Like the Davidoff cutter, the Blazer Shark features twin-blade action, but in a unique square shape that transforms into a pocket size square. It’s also ideal for the cigar smoker who favors wide ring cigars.

XiKAR Trezo Silver & Gold triple flame torch cigar lighter ($89.99)
Another winner from XiKAR. This elegant 3-jet torch lighter will perfectly toast and light cigars of any size, but is even more effective on wide ring cigars. It has a viewable fuel tank, easily adjustable flame wheel, and guaranteed for life.

Blazer EVO dual flame torch cigar lighter ($35.99)
Considered to be among the most dependable cigar lighters, the rugged Blazer EVO sports twin jets for perfect lights, Piezo quartz ignition, and has a built-in punch cutter on the bottom. It’s like getting two gifts in one!

Vector Megatron triple flame tabletop torch cigar lighter ($25.99)
Vector is another widely recognized name in fine cigar lighters, and they don’t call this affordably-priced triple flame lighter “Megatron” for nothing. Designed for your tabletop, it sits about 3″ high, and works like a charm.

Of course, there’s no way I’d have room to list ALL of my suggestions, but by now you should at least have some good ideas. And don’t forget: Cigars are symbolic of the Holiday season; celebrating good times with friends and family. So watch your budget, give selflessly, give with affection, and the reward will come back to you tenfold.

Happy shopping!

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor at

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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