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Cigar Aficionado’s 2022 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Jun 3, 2022 | By CA Editors
Cigar Aficionado’s 2022 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19, and that calls for a proper present, something special that goes beyond the ordinary and shows dad that you appreciate all he’s done for you and the family.

These gifts, which range in price from $7 to $98,000, all offer something special, whether you’re giving it to someone else, or just picking it for yourself. From the golf course to the open road, from something to read to something to drink and plenty of things to help you enjoy cigars, we think we have you covered.

Happy Father’s Day to all the cigar-loving dads out there.

Father's Day 2022

Cuba In Photos ($150 regular edition, $695 Reserve LX Edition)

Cuba is a country filled with beauty as well as sadness, and Vanishing Cuba by Michael Chinnici takes the reader on a photographic journey of Cuba and its people. With a mix of vibrant color shots, from a photo showing a shirtless man working on a candy-apple red American classic car on a battered street to the black-and-white shots depicting the grit and beauty of Havana Vieja, there are more than 300 photographs taken by Chinnici over two dozen trips to the island. The book is printed in Italy, and is available in English as well as Spanish. It starts at $150, but for $695 you can get the Reserve LX Edition, signed by the author/photographer, with jewel box cover and three high-detail giclée prints. https://redoctopuspublishing.com/

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Taming a Smokeless Firepit ($169)

As much as we love smoke, when we light up outdoors we don’t want the wood smoke of a fire competing with our cigars. Enter the (nearly) smokeless firepit, which warms and illuminates without much annoying emission, while appealing to the primal urge to tend the flames. Pit Command designed their Talons especially for smokeless pits. The carbon-steel tongs (24” x 4”) are strong, but lightweight (1.5 lbs) with molded grips, for easy handling. Sharp teeth on the grabbing end give it its name as they make it easy to rearrange logs. A high-heat powder coat on the paint (available in black, orange and green) resists burning off. https://pitcommand.com

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El Casco Cigar Cutter ($185)

As we move closer to a paperless society, this generation might not even know what a hole punch even is, but dad surely does. And if he’s at all nostalgic about this soon-to-be obsolete office tool, then the El Casco Cigar Cutter is a whimsical way to keep the old contraption alive and get some real use out of it too. Much like a hole punch, you feed the cigar into the cutter and simply squeeze the handles for perfect leverage and a very clean cut. Made in Spain, the El Casco Cigar Cutter comes in chrome (shown here) or 23K plated gold. https://www.kirbyallison.com

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Golf Club Bottle Openers (Iron Club Opener $80, Wood Driver Opener $95)

Shopping for a golf-loving dad can sometimes be a challenge; what other golf accessory do you get him that he doesn’t already have? If you’ve run out of options for gifts he can use on 18 holes, why not focus on the 19th? Tokens and Icons, a company specializing in turning artifacts into functional gifts for more than 20 years, sells golf club bottle openers crafted from reclaimed irons and persimmon wood drivers. Each opener is unique, varying by brand, maker and color, and measures about 9 to 10 inches in length. https://tokens-icons.com

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A Wooden Ashtray Made By Artisans ($360)

Almost anything can corral your cigar ashes, but to do it right a good cigar ashtray should be built to last and please the eye. After all, you’ll look at it again and again while you puff, so your ashtray ought to be attractive. The craftsmen at Vanderburgh & Co. work in wood and leather, and the Cherry Ashtray with Walnut Bottom is made by artists Kerry Ricketts and his son Travis. There are eight cigar holders, which the company calls stirrups, two on each side of the ashtray. The ash dish is 4.5 inches square, and just shy of an inch deep. https://vanderburghhumidors.com

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America the Beautiful National Park Pass ($80)

A gift perfect for the adventurous dad who loves to hike and experience nature, the America the Beautiful National Park Pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day-use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at any of America’s 2,000+ federal recreation sites for an annual term. Even if you’re not driving, the pass provides entry to all National Parks and other federally managed lands. Pass ownership can also be shared with family or friends; two primary owners can sign each pass. https://shop.usparkpass.com

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Roughing It With Cocktails ($79)

Then there’s the old yarn about the shipwreck survivor on a life raft who finds in his emergency kit a ration of gin and vermouth. He’s just dumped them in a canteen and begun to drink, when a rescue boat arrives and the helmsman yells, “You call that a Martini?!” Even under adverse conditions, it’s best to keep up standards. Therefore High Camp Flasks offers the Highball Shaker, meant to keep you prepared in the rugged outdoors as both a vessel to drink from and a mixing device. Inspired by the Mason jar design, it is insulated like a Thermos. If you want something more complex than a highball, a strainer coupling turns it into a cocktail shaker. https://highcampflasks.com

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Andre Garcia Harris Tweed Cigar Cases (Starting at $200)

Cigar cases come in all matter of materials from traditional leather to high-tech carbon fiber to exotic woods. But if dad is looking for a way to carry around his coronas with unusual panache, the new Harris Tweed collection from Andre Garcia certainly makes a fashion statement. With its swanky chevron pattern and leather accents, the Harris Tweed cases give this heralded Scottish wool new, brilliant life. From left to right: the St. James, the Sleeves and the Pack & Go. www.andregarciacases.com

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An American-Made Epiphone Casino Guitar (Starting at $2,999)

Since its introduction in 1961, the Epiphone Casino has been a staple of popular music from British Invasion bands such as The Beatles and The Kinks to the blues of John Lee Hooker to modern guitar stars such as Gary Clark Jr. Last year, the Casino was released as an American-made guitar for the first time in 50 years. With its classic hollow body, Gibson USA P-90 pickups and hand-wired electronics, this ax can go from woody lows to wailing highs making it a perfect choice for both rhythm or lead. Plus, it only weighs about 6 pounds, so it won’t throw out dad’s back as he rocks out. A hardshell carrying case is included and the U.S.A. Collection Epiphone Casino is available in either a Vintage Sunburst or Royal Tan nitrocellulose finish. https://www.epiphone.com

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History In The Mail (prices vary)

What if you could have history delivered right to your dad’s mailbox? A History by Mail subscription delivers replicas of historical documents and letters each month by mail. The team behind this subscription service curates historical documents and letters from archives worldwide so that subscribers can learn directly from the texts themselves. With this gift, dad can read the original words from the people who shaped the past. Examples include Albert Einstein’s communications with President Roosevelt about the atomic bomb, letters from Annie Oakley on sharpshooting technique to President McKinley and Nixon’s resignation letter to Henry Kissinger. There’s a different theme every month and each gift includes supporting details. Prices range from $6.99 for a month to $75.99 for a year. 
https://historybymail.com

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An Ashtray Customized To The Smoker (Starting at $40 before engravings)

Personalizing makes any gift more memorable. For cigar smokers, that can mean an engraved ashtray from Sikarx. The large (built for four cigars), square ashtray is available in a sleek black or brown finish with gold trim and measures roughly eight inches in diameter and two-and-a-half inches deep. Customers can get up to four engravings on each side (at $10 a pop) with 15 different font options ranging from Old English to Brush Script—even the “Game of Thrones” type. The company can also engrave logos of your dad’s favorite sports teams. https://sikarx.com

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A Sweeter Putter ($1,500)

Bigger sweet spots have been the obsession of the driver world for many years—but what about putters? LA Golf—maker of a proprietary, anti-vibration shaft—acquired SIK Golf, the company known for Descending Loft Face Technology and the putter that Bryson DeChambeau used to win the 2020 U.S. Open. “LA Golf,” he says, created a putter that gives you “a higher probability of hitting the sweet spot.” LAGOLF.co

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The Story Of Benedict Arnold (Hardcover, $30, Paperback, $15.99)

The story behind the most infamous turncoat in American history, Benedict Arnold, by historian and author Nathaniel Philbrick, offers a raw, personal view into the relationship between Arnold and George Washington and the chain of events in the American War of Independence that led Arnold to become the poster boy for treachery in America. Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution delivers a tragic and thought-provoking account that should have readers pondering “what if?” and (perhaps) reshaping their perspectives on America’s most beloved hero and its most disdained traitor. This book is Philbrick’s second study on the American Revolution. https://www.barnesandnoble.com

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Smoke Gets in Your Glass ($599)

Cigars aren’t the only way to get smoke on your palate. The Scots have long known that the flavor of peat smoke makes it into the whisky bottle when they use it to dry their barley near the start of the process. The Stündenglass Gravity Beverage Infuser will do the same to any spirit—only at the end of the operation, not the beginning. The contraption is basically two chambers that rotate on a swivel. Fill the bottom chamber with your choice of liquid (say vodka, whiskey, brandy, rum, your favorite cocktail) and then top with smoke (they suggest wood chips, but maybe you have some tobacco laying around). Then turn it upside down so the smoke filters through the liquid. https://stundenglass.com

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Fiber Pomade by Reuzel (prices vary)

The father who enjoys a night on the town—or maybe is the lead singer in a rockabilly cover band—can always use some hair control. Whether you just want some extra hold or a full-on pompadour worthy of the King, Reuzel’s Fiber Pomade will primp a coif that can last through a full night of doing The Jitterbug or The Twist. Just apply a few small scoops to towel-dried hair and get styling. (A video on the website has more detailed instructions.) Among Reuzel's selection of hair products, the Fiber Pomade creates a high-hold, low-shine look while imparting hair some added volume. Available in tins ranging from 1.3 ounces ($9.95), 4 ounces ($18.95) and 12 ounces ($40). Plus, it has a pleasant vanilla and mint scent. https://www.reuzel.com 

Father's Day 2022

A Magazine Offer He Can’t Refuse ($24.95)

A subscription to Cigar Aficionado doesn’t cost much more than most great cigars, but for Father’s Day you can get an even better deal, two years for the price of one. Each issue has profiles of intriguing people, writeups of intriguing products and experiences, cigar industry features and, naturally, our reviews of current cigars, to point the way in a crowded humidor. https://sub.cigaraficionado.com

Father's Day 2022

Topping Off Peaky Blinders (starts at $29.90)

With the final season of the popular series “Peaky Blinders” coming to Netflix this summer, families everywhere are getting ready to watch together and see what nefarious activities the Shelby family will get up to. Why not look like a part of the gang with a stylish, yet functional, tweed cap your dad can wear all year round whether rigging a horse race in Birmingham or strolling down the street as a respectable gentleman? Available in four different colors, no one will want to cross your old man this Father’s Day when he’s dressed like a Peaky Blinder. https://www.birminghamwear.com

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Cocktails And Charcuterie In One Shot ($117)

So, dad loves a good cocktail, but isn’t much of a bartender. And he also loves a good spread, but isn’t sure where to get high-quality dry-cured meats and cheeses. He isn’t alone, which is why Board at Home (get it?) partnered with Batch & Bottle for a kit of pre-made cocktails and an assortment of impeccably sourced charcuterie. Before you wince at the idea of premixed drinks, you should know that Batch & Bottle has really done its mixological research to ensure that these cocktails are better than anything most DIY bartenders can make at home—and that probably includes you. The bar-ready drinks are: Hendrick’s Gin Martini, Monkey Shoulder Lazy Old Fashioned, Reyka Rhubarb Cosmopolitan and Glenfiddich Scotch Manhattan. While the charcuterie kit is $100, each pre-fab cocktail is $16.99 per 375 ml bottle. Pick dad’s favorite drink, or get them all.
https://boardathome.org

Father's Day 2022

Whisky Jigsaw Puzzle of Scotland ($49)

Did the pandemic make a puzzler out of pop? Here’s a jigsaw puzzle with a boozy theme and a bit of loose geography to pass the rainy days. Or the next quarantine. Presented by Swedish company Water & Wine, this puzzle is a map of Scotland that highlights the country’s five Scotch Whisky regions and its iconic Scotch distilleries, past and present. At 1,000 pieces, the puzzle measures about 19" x 27", give or take. Just make sure your table is big enough to hold a dram or two of single malt while you’re figuring the difference between the Highlands region and the Inner Hebrides. www.waterandwines.com

Father's Day 2022

Little Cars With Big Style (prices vary)

For the dedicated car enthusiast, the Little Car Co. makes scaled-down versions of exquisite cars, namely classic Ferraris, Bugattis and Aston Martins. Each is crafted by hand in the United Kingdom, and includes spectacular details. These are driveable vehicles meant for fun (you won’t be taking them on the highway), but—capable of reaching speeds of up to 50 miles per hour—they aren’t toys. The Bugatti Baby II, a 75 percent scale, electric version of the car that ran in the 1924 French Grand Prix, is an eye popper. Each car is available in an array of customizable options. Expect to pay upwards of $36,000 for a Bugatti Baby II. To get the Ferrari Testa Rossa model, it will cost you at least $98,000. https://thelittlecar.co/

Father's Day 2022

A Great Cigar (E.P. Carrillo Trilogy, $36, La Gloria Cubana Selección Suprema $50)

We may be biased, but it’s our firm belief that Father’s Day calls for a great cigar: maybe a few. Cigars make for exceptional gifts, whether you choose a few well-selected singles, an entire box or a sampler, which are just the right size for gifting. The E.P. Carrillo Trilogy has three different cigars, two of them former Cigars of the Year, the other a No. 2 Cigar of the Year. The La Gloria Cubana Selección Suprema has six cigars, all of them rated 91 points or higher by Cigar AficionadoLa Gloria Cubana Selección SupremaE.P. Carrillo Trilogy

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