Time is winding down, Christmas will be here in only a few weeks! And if you’re searching for the perfect gift for the cigar enthusiast in your life, the options can be a bit overwhelming.

Sure, it used to be that all you needed was to buy him a new subscription to one of the leading cigar magazines, but now there’s even too many of those to choose from! Not to mention, there’s only so many magazines a guy can read — what he/she really wants will take far too much snooping through their social media to discover…

Allow us to direct you straight towards the good stuff. What is popular, trending, fun, and what the potential deals are this season!

Best cigar gift ideas for 2016

We’re breaking this into 4 categories to make it as easy as possible. Simply drop down the menu for the category you’re most interested in and we’ll tell you where and what to buy! Last ditch effort? We’ll give you the info on gift cards that offer the best bang for your buck.

SEE ALSO: Cigar Dojo coupon codes to save big on cigar purchases

Cigars

This is still a bit of a gamble (every smoker has different tastes), but we’ll do our best to break it down—if you can simply find what style your cigar enthusiast enjoys, we’ll take care of the rest. All you really need to know is this: do they prefer milder cigars or full cigars? And what shade do they prefer: Connecticut (light), natural (medium), or maduro (dark).

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CONNECTICUT SHADE

The Big Payback Connecticut (mild-medium strength/body)

Room101’s fan-favorite The Big Payback cigar gets a Connecticut makeover for 2016. The cigars are intended to be chock-full with flavor at a price that’s low enough to be your daily smoke. A perfect choice for a morning smoke with a creamy cup of coffee.

Caldwell Dos Firmas (medium strength/body)

Not many Connecticuts will make it into the “strong” category. However, there are some that offer enough flavor to make up for it. Perhaps the most flavorful and complex in this department is Caldwell’s Dos Firmas — showcasing a brilliant display of cream, salted butter, and a fun sensation comparable to licking a peanut shell!

NATURAL SHADE

AJ Fernandez Bellas Artes (mild-medium strength/body)

One of the most unique releases for 2016! The Bellas Artes by AJ Fernandez manages to introduce full, complex, and unique flavors, while still managing to keep the price down… This is due to the fact that A.J. grows his own tobacco in Nicaragua, enabling him to experiment with a 3-seed hybrid for the cigar’s proprietary wrapper.

Davidoff Nicaragua Box Pressed (medium-full strength/body)

Davidoff has long been known as the go-to smoke in the arena of refinement and sophistication. But in 2013 they introduced a more affordable and high intensity experience by venturing away from their traditional use of Dominican tobaccos, showcasing the fiery side of Nicaraguan leaf. Nicaragua Box Pressed is the 2016 update, adding a more fun box-pressed shape and amping the strength up another notch or two!

MADURO SHADE

The Tabernacle (medium strength/body)

Foundation Cigar Company hit the scene in 2015 and is quickly rising the ranks among cigar enthusiasts. The brand focuses on Nicaraguan profiles, using hand-selected tobaccos and some of the most talented cigar blenders/craftsman in the world. This is a dark, gritty, and all-around flavorful smoking experience without knocking you over the head with nicotine.

Tatuaje TAA 2016 (medium-full strength/body)

Tatuaje is the brand near-any hobbyist defaults to when “craft”, “boutique”, and “collectable fun” are the objectives. The level of collectable/rare difficulty from Tatuaje covers a large scale, and right in the middle—the sweet spot—is the Tatuaje TAA series. This year’s blend showcases a fan-favorite re-creation of a 2012 classic. You’d have to be clinically insane not to want these bad boys for Christmas this year…

BONUS: Cigar Dojo has recently introduced our highly-anticipated sequel to the popular Sarsaparilla cigar—Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla II! Cigars are limited to only 1,000 bundles of 10, with a very limited allotment still available while supplies last.

Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla II (medium-full strength/body)

It’s been a long two years since the original cigar was released, selling out of the 1,000 bundles shortly thereafter. Since then, cigar enthusiasts have craved for the cigar’s return… And at long last, it’s back (for a limited time). The cigars are known for catering to big and evolving flavors over strength—being full-flavored and medium-bodied. The most notable of which is the unique characteristic for which the cigar is named: sarsaparilla root beer! Fans of Cigar Dojo, Espinosa Premium Cigars, and/or the famed La Zona factory in Estelí, Nicaragua will be ultimately grateful for this fun/collectable project under the ol’ Christmas tree…

Sensei's Sensational Sarsaparilla II cigar side

BEST ALL-AROUND CIGAR
If you’re simply looking for the best, hippest, brownie-points-winning cigar money can buy—this one’s for you!

Padrón 1926 Serie No. 90 (medium – full strength/body)

Padrón is perhaps the most beloved brand in the cigar world, winning award after award for the best cigars in the world more than near-any brand. It’s always an exciting year when the company introduces new products, and 2016 was a special year as the brand celebrated its patriarch’s (José Orlando Padrón) 90th birthday. To commemorate the occasion, one of their most popular blends got a special update with the No. 90 tubo. The tubo packaging makes for an impressive gift presentation, and the cigars themselves have been tweaked to deliver the most optimum experience to date from the classic 1926 blend. Available in both Natural and Maduro variants—this is an absolute no-brainer for the cigar enthusiast.

NOTE: as this pick is such a difficult one, we’ll provide a few consolation choices, with any of these being nearly interchangeable for our “Best All-Around Cigar” pick:

Cigar Accessories

This may be an even more difficult decision than the cigars themselves! But we’ll breakdown each category with the current best deals you’ll find, as well as some accessories that may just be too cool to pass up on.

cigar accessories gift ideas



LIGHTERS

Lighters

These babies come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Biggest thing to look for is single flame, double flame, or triple flame. They each have their advantages—a single flame is better for touchups but lights a cigar more slowly, whereas a triple flame is more like a bazooka: get it done in one shot (with little accuracy).

Butane

Don’t forget, if buying a lighter, you’ll need the fuel as well! These are relatively cheap and will last awhile too (depending on how much your cigar friend smokes!)

XIKAR, Vector, & Colibri are typically the best in this department

Find them here: Famous Smoke Shop | Neptune Cigars

CUTTERS

Cutters

Lots of different options here, so you may want to find out if this cigar fanatic likes a guillotine cutter, V-cutter, or punch cutter. A straight-cut, guillotine cutter is your safest bet if you don’t know.

Here are our picks for the best cutters in each style at the cheapest price.

HUMIDORS

Humidors

This is the centerpiece of a cigar enthusiast’s collection. Because there wouldn’t be a collection without a place to store it! There are a lot of options here, mainly dealing in size and quality of construction. But don’t worry, every cigar connoisseur knows, you can never have too many humidors—rule of thumb, buy around 3X bigger than your first guess. A good size that fits your average hobbyist’s collection will be a 300-count humidor.

Here are our picks for the best deals on humidors in a range of categories.

Kick it up a notch with these more extravagant humidors

Humidification maintenance

You’re really going above and beyond at this point, but we’re not going to deprive you, the ultimate cigar gift giver of everything you need for this amazing feat of man-shopping you’re executing this Christmas!

Cigar Extras

After getting all the necessary cigar gifts out of the way, it’s time for the curveball gift. This could be a stocking stuffer or, just maybe, the coolest gift your cigar die-hard has always wanted… you’ll see.

Cigar ashtrays and tools gift ideas

ASHTRAYS

Ashtrays

Sick of finding ash all over the man cave floor? Or maybe the current tray just can’t handle large company. Here are our best options this season.

AIR PURIFIERS

Air purifiers

This could potentially be that gift, you know, the one. Not to mention, if you’re the spouse of a crazed cigar fanatic, someone that has their own smoking room in the house or garage, this one’s for you as well!

Basically there are two options here: you run down to your local home improvement shop and get whatever desktop air purifier they’re selling, which will run you around $50 – $100. Or… you go for the “big guns”, something that will actually do some damage to that smoke-filled air! That product is known as the Rabbit Air.

CIGAR HOLDERS & TOOLS

Cigar holders & tools

If you know a cigar smoker that loves golf, these cigar holders are perfect match! There are a lot of options here with similar price points, so we’ll let you find the best one.

CIGAR DOJO MERCH

Cigar Dojo Merchandise

We don’t mean to brag, but Cigar Dojo has some of the coolest branding in the industry! How can you not love that Sensei? Any serious Dojo fans will love some Dojo swag. We have everything from perfect cutters, to T-shirts, premium smoking shirts, patches, and a whole lot more through our Zazzle store!

Cigar Gift Cards

In the event that all this was simply too much to take in, just get that cigar lover a gift card! Here’s our list of the most reputable cigar shops that offer gift cards as well as Cigar Dojo coupon codes (that way you’ll really get the most out of your gift!).

Cigar gift cards gift ideas

NOTE: you can find all of our Dojo coupon codes here

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