If you are a non-smoker, cigars probably conjure all kinds of images in your mind. Cigars have been largely associated with sinister characters in Hollywood media, while the reality is very different. Cigar aficionados are growing in their numbers. Mostly male, these fans view cigar smoking as a traditional and time-honored lifestyle; associate meaning and comfort with the hobby. Cigar smoking is almost a league of its own, so it’s only fitting that you carefully consider your gift if you wish to make a cigar lover happy. Here are some ideas below that might help.
Ashtrays are an important part of the smoking experience. They help keep the area clean of the ashy residue left behind. Out of sight, out of mind, so you focus less on the mess and more on smoking. Cigar ashtrays are slightly different from the ones intended for cigarettes. One of the main differences is the size of the standard four indents (four indents for simultaneous use by four people). The indents are big enough, so any standard cigar can comfortably nestle in them while you do something else in between puffs. Another difference is that these ashtrays are usually larger and/or deeper because cigars are comparatively larger than cigarettes. They also produce more ash. Hence, cigar ashtrays must be big enough to hold ash from multiple cigars.
For most smokers, the ashtray is also reflective of one’s personality, and so choosing the right ashtray for themselves is a big deal in itself. Ashtrays can come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and materials, so you can really let your imagination run wild. Glass ashtrays don’t stain easily, especially the ones made of crystal, and are easier to clean. You can also choose ashtrays made of wood or other material. They also come in various artistic forms, if you really are looking for the perfect one. The key, however, is to know the taste and personality of the gift receiver.
Like ashtrays, lighters are very important for smokers. Lighters these days come in so many forms that the options are practically overwhelming. Lighter designs can vary from traditional to modern, metal to plastic, artistic or plain, depending on the manufacturer. The basic difference in lighters, though, lies in how they produce the flame to light your cigar. The type of cigar and flame can be crucial for the serious cigar lover since the choice can determine their smoking experience and also reflect their personality. Early lighters that came in the late 19th and early 20th century used ferrocerium and were called strikers; these are called flint lighters today. These days, modern options can range from gas to electric and even digital lighters. Most commonly used lighters typically use butane as fuel and vary in other components. The ones that cigar aficionados prefer above all are butane lighters with three flames.
If you know someone who loves cigars, you probably have heard them boast about their collection. It is safe to assume that cigar lovers will have a collection that they either bought themselves or are given as gifts. Still, do they just store them in a random drawer? Turns out, storing cigars properly is vital if you want to maintain their quality for later consumption. If conditions are either too dry or too moist, too hot or too cold, the cigars simply lose their taste. To avoid this from happening to their prized possessions, cigar lovers are particular about storage and generally use a humidor; a humidity-controlled box for tobacco products. They come in many sizes depending on preferred capacity, and a good quality travel humidor can be a thoughtful gift that any cigar lover would appreciate receiving. Humidors would keep cigars fresh for them when they’re on the go, where they can’t often control the temperature and humidity.
Cigar Sampler Set
The world of cigars is as diverse as it can be. Depending on where they come from and who makes them, they come in varying flavors, shapes, sizes. While most smokers will be partial to a particular flavor or brand of cigars, true cigar lovers have a proclivity to try out different cigars from varying brands, manufacturers, and regions. A cigar sampler set is a perfect gift for these enthusiasts as it offers them a chance to taste something unique and different from what they are used to.
Whether you are a smoker, you can probably find a range of gifts for the most daring to the most conventional of cigar lovers. However, for a non-smoker, even simple gifts like an ashtray or a lighter, if chosen well, can also show great consideration to your cigar-loving friend or family member.