How can I keep the gift box of anniversary cigars for my husband fresh until our special date?

A: Those are fine smokes. However, they will not make it to November unless you keep the box sealed and placed somewhere in the house where the room is cool and a little damp like a basement.

I suggest putting the factory box in a plastic storage container with a small kitchen sponge dampened (not soaked) with distilled water. Check the sponge once a week. If it dried-out, do it again and as often as you have to, until the special day. If it’s still a little damp, let it be. With no additional humidification at all, they’ll last at least a few weeks in their factory box.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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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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