By: John Moralis
Ah, the holiday season: crowded malls and shopping centers, fruit cake, and the daunting task of finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones. But, as Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “never be daunted,” — advice that is particularly helpful during the holidays. Much needs to be accomplished in very little time, but we power through and emerge on the other side a little war torn, yet somehow better for surviving another bout of the hustle and bustle. CIGAR.com is making your life a little easier with a Holiday Gift Guide (opposite page) suited for any enthusiast on your list. Everyone from the cigar novice to the experienced pro will appreciate the assortment of items. So, go ahead — have a seat, pour yourself a drink, and shop from the comfort of your own home. After all, what sounds more appealing — mall traffic or some much needed peace and quiet?
The Perfect Gift for Any Enthusiast — Altadis Iconic Brand Assortment
Altadis is known worldwide for its pristine portfolio of premiums. From H. Upmann to Montecristo, the company releases some of the most popular cigars available today. The Altadis Iconic Brand Assortment features some of Altadis’ crowned jewels, including H. Upmann The Banker, Romeo y Julieta 1875, and Montecristo Classic. This gift is ideal for any enthusiast on your list — from the curious to those who have been enjoying premiums for years. It’s a gift that is sure to impress.
Full-Bodied Gems for the Aficionado — Oliva 90+ Rated Sampler Box
Oliva is well-known to enthusiasts around the world for crafting top-quality cigars from tobaccos that are second to none. The Oliva 90+ Rated Sampler Box features 10 of Oliva’s top-tiered blends, all housed in a stylish slide-top cedar gift box. The aficionado in your life will surely be dazzled with offerings like Serie ‘G,’ Master Blends III, and the highly sought-after Serie ‘V’ Melanio.
For those who are ‘On-the-Go’ — Macanudo Travel Set
Macanudo is one of the most recognizable brands in the world and one of the best-selling. A number of its blends are mellow and brimming with flavor, making them accessible to anyone who enjoys a great cigar. Pair Macanudo’s popular premiums with top-quality accessories, and what you’ll get is a gift suited for any enthusiast. The Macanudo Travel Set is designed for those who are always on the go. Included are 8 Macanudo Hyde Park cigars, a durable Herf-a-Dor that holds 10 premiums, and a CIGAR.com torch lighter crafted by Xikar.
An Ideal Gift for the Connoisseur — San Cristobal Paradise Assortment
Ashton is synonymous with luxurious, sophisticated cigars, and is a preferred brand among aficionados who expect only the best. The San Cristobal Paradise Assortment offers an array of premium blends, all critically acclaimed for their memorable and complex profiles with unparalleled craftsmanship. The San Cristobal Paradise Assortment is comprised of five cigars, some with 90+ ratings and a lighter that will impress the connoisseur in your life.
Accessories That Will Not Disappoint — CIGAR.com Luxury Accessory Set
Cigar enthusiasts will no doubt receive a treasure trove of new premiums to enjoy over the holidays, but something that may be lacking are top-notch accessories. The CIGAR.com Luxury Accessory Set includes everything a cigar fanatic needs to fully enjoy a premium, including a lighter, cutter, and a 3-finger cigar case for those trips over the river and through the woods. All of the accessories are crafted by Xikar and feature the CIGAR.com logo. This is certainly a gift that will be a welcomed addition for any lover of the leaf.
See gifts like this and more with our Gift Guide: Christmas Edition!