by | Dec 18, 2021 | Cigars


by | Dec 18, 2021 | Cigars

Happy Holidays from your pals at Holt’s! Fine cigars are an easy gift choice when you have a cigar lover on your gift list. However, a lot of folks aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to picking out the best cigars. With Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of our top holiday cigar gifts you can buy. We’re here to guide you through a solid list of gift recommendations for cigar lovers this holiday season. Check out the top cigar samplers, cigar accessories, and other great gift ideas guaranteed to impress your favorite aficionado.

Cigar Samplers

1. Ashton 5-Cigar Assortment

Five premium and ultra-popular blends compose the Ashton 5-Cigar Assortment. Approachable, versatile, and perfectly aged cigars are blended in five distinctive profiles by legendary cigar-maker Carlito Fuente. The creamy, mild, and nutty profiles of the 90-rated Ashton Classic, 91-rated Cabinet Selection, and 92-rated Aged Maduro are featured beside a pair of 94-rated, medium to full-bodied icons, Ashton VSG and Heritage. Tasting notes include cedar, cashew, dark cocoa, maple, molasses, leather, espresso, and pepper characterize a high-end assortment with mouthwatering complexity. Impress your favorite cigar lover with one of the bestselling cigar samplers ever created, and consider the Ashton 10-Cigar Sampler as well for additional shapes and sizes of the same spectacular blends.

2. Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City Assortment

Following years of persistence, Carlito Fuente’s dedication to growing a perfect wrapper leaf in the Dominican Republic finally paid off in 1995 with the official debut of Fuente Fuente Opus X cigars. Today, the blend remains one of the most coveted and sought-after cigars in the world. Its all-Dominican profile is drawn from the oldest and rarest stores of select Fuente family tobaccos. In the Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City Assortment, a special tobacco crop was grown for the setting of Andy Garcia’s 2006 film, The Lost City. Due to the blend’s popularity, the Fuente family still produces the ultra-limited cigar today. When we have them in stock, add this to your list of the best cigar gifts to give this year. Delectable notes of coffee beans, raisins, baking spices, and almonds accompany a chewy, peppery flavor with a silky aroma. Your favorite connoisseur will be ecstatic.

3. La Aroma de Cuba Fresh Pack Sampler

The La Aroma de Cuba Fresh Pack Sampler includes 5 top-rated cigars in a resealable self-humidifying Ziploc sleeve guaranteed to keep your cigars fresh for 90 days after the first use and one year unopened. Fresh Packs are the perfect solution for gift buyers who don’t have a humidor to store cigars and want to buy them in advance of giving them to their gift recipients. Best of all, every cigar in this collection is blended by Pepin Garcia from the finest aged Nicaraguan tobaccos. Award-winning profiles of cedar, cocoa, nuts, hickory, cracked black pepper, and more promise to please your aficionado this holiday season. Three additional Fresh Packs are available in your choice of the original La Aroma de Cuba blend, Edicion Especial, and Mi Amor, and each includes 5 Toro-sized cigars.

4. Ashton VSG Assortment

Ashton VSG (Virgin Sun Grown) was among the first full-bodied cigars to achieve widespread demand when it debuted in 1999. VSG is considered a classic by critics and cigar lovers around the world. The blend has earned dozens of scores over 90 points and top rankings from Cigar Aficionado since its release. A shimmering Ecuador Sumatra leaf envelops a hearty core of premium all-Dominican binder and filler tobaccos blended by Carlito Fuente and matured to perfection. Notes of espresso, leather, raisins, and cedar meld with polished Dominican spices in a purely luscious profile. The Ashton VSG Assortment offers a vertical tasting of the blend in five distinct sizes that express its flavor with a range of tasteful nuances.

5. La Aroma de Cuba / San Cristobal ’92-95’ Rated Assortment 

The La Aroma de Cuba / San Cristobal ’92-95’ Rated Assortment includes five critically acclaimed cigars blended by celebrated cigar-maker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia. The Garcia family has won a ton of accolades for the cigars they make. Included here is Cigar Aficionado’s 95-rated, former ‘#2 Cigar of the Year,’ La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor, the 94-rated La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva, and the 93-rated classic La Aroma de Cuba blend. In addition, the 93-rated original San Cristobal and the 92-rated San Cristobal Revelation complete this amazing lineup. Each cigar is drafted from vintage Nicaraguan tobaccos beneath an excellent collection of wrapper leaves, including Connecticut Broadleaf, San Andrés, Ecuador Sumatra, and Ecuador Habano. Sweet, spicy, woody, and versatile flavors captivate the palate for an unbeatable value.

6. Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario Assortment

Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario was originally blended to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Fuente family’s bestselling Don Carlos line back in 2006. A rare and glistening Sun Grown Dominican wrapper embraces a complex blend Dominican binder and filler tobaccos. The Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario Assortment includes five shapes that deliver a hearty profile of leather, cashew, chestnut, wood, and caramel with gorgeous aroma and signature Dominican spices in a hard-to-find Fuente cigar. The original Don Carlos blend premiered in 1976, pre-dating the Fuente family’s arrival in the Dominican Republic. To honor the occasion, Carlito Fuente unveiled this enticing profile which Cigar Aficionado awarded 94 points and a ‘Top 5’ ranking in 2008. Your connoisseur won’t believe you were able to get your hands on one when they crack the package open.

7. Padrón 1964 Anniversary Sampler

Padrón is a prominent Nicaraguan brand with no less than three ‘#1 Cigar of the Year’ titles from Cigar Aficionado to its credit as well as an extensive list of ratings over 90 points. Among the brand’s most successful and most requested cigars is its well-known Padrón 1964 Anniversary line. The blend is handmade from select Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos and an extensively fermented Nicaraguan wrapper leaf. All tobaccos in the 1964 Anniversary blend are aged for a six-year minimum. The Padrón 1964 Anniversary Sampler is an outstanding introduction to a much desired cigar in five box-pressed shapes. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cedar, cocoa, and baking spices accompany an alluring Nicaraguan zest. The sampler is also available in a Maduro wrapper which delivers a touch of added sweetness. Watch your aficionado’s eyes light up when they unwrap this unforgettable Christmas gift.

8. San Cristobal 60-Ring Assortment

Our list simply wouldn’t be complete without a cigar sampler geared toward fans of big ring-gauge cigars. The San Cristobal 60-Ring Assortment fits the bill best with a complete collection blended by award-winning cigar-maker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia in Estelí, Nicaragua. Three unique blends include the 93-rated original San Cristobal, the 92-rated San Cristobal Revelation, and the 91-rated San Cristobal Elegancia with two cigars in each edition. Milder, medium, and full-bodied profiles impress with notes of cedar, white pepper, hickory, black cherry, and cocoa, plus Pepin’s legendary spice in a series of chunky, cool-burning sizes. Surprise your favorite aficionado during the holidays with a classic 60-ring assortment.

9. My Father Sampler

The Garcia family took home Cigar Aficionado’s ‘#1 Cigar of the Year’ title for the first time in 2012 with the 96-rated Flor de las Antillas, and again in 2015 with the 97-rated My Father Le Bijou 1922. The 94-rated original My Father is where it all began when Jaime Garcia blended a cigar in honor of his legendary cigar-making father, Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia. Evidence of the family’s immense cigar-making heritage is on full display in the My Father Sampler. Five classic shapes are drafted from a seamless Cuban-seed wrapper leaf grown in Ecuador over a full-bodied combination of premium Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos harvested from select Garcia family estates. Notes of cedar, nuts, and earthy spices develop with superb aroma and a mouthwatering finish.

10. Oliva 8-Cigar Assortment

One of the top-selling samplers of all time, Oliva 8-Cigar Assortment, includes the 95-rated Oliva Serie V, the 94-rated Serie O, 92-rated Master Blends 3, 92-rated Serie V Maduro, 91-rated Serie G, and the mild and creamy Oliva Connecticut Reserve. Explore Oliva’s finest in a collection blended from Cameroon, Nicaraguan, Connecticut Broadleaf, Ecuador Connecticut, and Ecuador Habano wrappers in a variety of classic shapes, including two small-batch Oliva Serie V Maduro Toros. Hearty Nicaraguan profiles of cedar, cayenne, wood, espresso, leather, and earth have made Oliva cigars insanely popular with cigar lovers and critics. Get your aficionado a celebrated sampler from Oliva without spending a fortune.

Cigar Accessories

Cigar Lighters

Every cigar lover is excited to get a new cigar lighter as a gift. We’ve got plenty of popular models to check out from Xikar, ST Dupont, Jetline, Lotus, and more. Shop our selection of sporty, reliable, and durable cigar torches. Some include built-in cigar cutters with a window for monitoring your butane level. Find a lighter branded with your aficionado’s favorite cigar, or get an oversized table top model he or she can share with pals on poker night.  

Cigar Cutters

A razor-sharp cigar cutter is an essential accessory for every cigar smoker. Whether the connoisseur you’re buying for prefers a classic guillotine cutter, a punch cutter, or a V-cutter, we’ve got them all. All Xikar cutters come with a lifetime warranty. The Savoy Steel Cutter is shipped with a leather sleeve, perfect for protecting your cutter from scratches when it’s in your pocket. Your cigar lover is guaranteed to put it to use the second you hand it to them.

Cigar Ashtrays

A decorative cigar ashtray not only makes smoking cigars so much more comfortable, the right one can really bring your cigar-smoking room to life. Classic and colorful ceramic ashtrays like the Arturo Fuente ‘Journey Through Time,’ San Cristobal Square Ashtray, and the Perdomo Ceramic Ashtray are perfect for accommodating a larger group. The Ashton Oval Crystal Ashtray and La Aroma de Cuba Oval Crystal Ashtray resonate with intricate artwork and are ideal for an intimate setting. We have several melamine ashtrays from all the top cigar brands like Macanudo, Oliva, and AJ Fernandez, which are great for indoor and outdoor use because they’re made from a super-durable, easy-to-clean material.

Cigar Humidors

Cigar humidors make excellent gifts. Your cigar lover can keep his or her cigars fresh and humidified indefinitely in a well-made humidor. Inexpensive Artisan humidors start around $30 and are ideal for beginner cigar smokers. Savoy humidors come in several finishes and start around $100. They’re equipped with a humidification unit, analog hygrometer, and removable dividers. The Savoy Executive line is designed to last for decades because they’re crafted entirely from premium hardwoods with interlocking joints in a handful of traditional and exotic finishes.  

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