Cigars make a fine gift for any sort of occasion. They’re one of those luxury items that people may not buy for themselves, but are sure to enjoy. Even if the gift-giver is not a cigar aficionado themselves, they can find success if they follow these facts.
First, consider from where the cigar is purchased. When purchasing the cigar or cigars, it is better to purchase one from a professional tobacconist or other specialized establishment, rather than a convenience store or gas station. This is to be more confident the cigar has been stored appropriately. Source
Second, consider price. Fortunately, the largest or most expensive cigar is not necessarily the best one. There are quality cigars available at all price points, and a professional tobacconist will be able to point them out.
Third, consider the type and brand of cigar to purchase. Cigars come in different shapes, lengths and colors, and this reflects the different cigar rolling methods and different types of tobacco leaves. Consider what the recipient may enjoy. This is another reason it is helpful to visit a specialized cigar establishment. A truly knowledgeable staff person can talk about the cigar’s creator, the type of tobacco used and the rolling process. They are usually also adept at predicting the type of cigar someone will like based on their tastes in other things, like coffee or alcohol.
Fourth, consider how the cigar will be transported. It is important to think about how the cigar will travel the recipient’s hands. Cigar tobacco leaves must be kept a little warm and a bit moist, hence the need for them to be stored in a “humidifier.” Even the highest-rated cigar can become low-quality if it isn’t humidified properly. The longer the cigar is outside of a humidifying agent, the drier and less enjoyable it becomes.
Therefore, consider putting a moist paper towel in a humidor bag with the cigar, which will keep for several days. The tobacconist will be able to help ensure this is done correctly. If it will be stored for longer, consider purchasing a travel humidor or cigar tube.
Fifth, consider if the recipient has the requisite cigar smoking accessories. Most importantly, if they have the means of producing a clean cut or punch at the end of the cigar. A sloppy cut can loosen the tobacco wrapper, which is reduce the quality the smoke. If nothing else, consider cutting it at the point of purchase. Source
Cigars make a fine gift choice, and it is easy for even a cigar novice to choose a good one. If they remember these facts, they can be confident their gift is a good one.