Cigar Aficionado’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide
Every holiday season the question is posed: “What do you get the gentleman who has everything?” But who is this mythical being who wants for nothing, he doesn’t exist. It’s just that buying for the male of the species may take a little more imagination now that he has outgrown his childhood toys. However, there’s never any lack of shining attractions on the horizon. We’ve put together a bevy of them at a wide range of price points for your approval.
Andover Audio SpinBase Turntable Speaker System ($250)
The joys of listening to audio on vinyl include hearing the rich, full sound of analog. The downside is making space for the equipment that will allow you to tap your old hot wax. The SpinBase will reclaim some of your valuable listening-room real estate by allowing you to rest a standard-sized turntable atop the compact system and plug in. The powered speaker system includes a preamp, phone jacks and delivers a sweet, room-filling sound. And, oh yeah, if you’re mired in the future, it accepts Bluetooth as well.
Jack Simpson Couture (prices vary)
Bespoke tailoring is the height of men’s wear. You buy a Savile Row suit and know the fit will be form-fitting and the fabric fantastic. But you needn’t go to London for that. Jack Simpson offers the same custom-made convenience in the U.S.—with a plus. The long-time arbiter of taste puts together ensembles that express your personal style with panache. From suits to jackets to ties he fashions distinctive looks from the finest cloth, often at considerable savings over those English tailors.
Watch The Ball Drop (prices vary)
Always wanted to see the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, but didn’t feature braving the legendary Times Square crowd? M Social Hotel Times Square New York allows guests to witness the hustle and bustle from high above the crush. The hotel offers guest rooms with partial and direct views of the Ball Drop on December 31 ($330 to $600). But the real party takes place at Beast & Butterflies ($850 a person to $50,000 for party of 40 in prime seating). The rooftop with a lounge features 360-degree views from which to see the music acts and celebrities. Toast the Ball Drop in comfort with a glass of champagne or a signature cocktail from the open bar.
The Official John Wayne Cocktail Book ($28)
“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend,” is the enduring lesson from the film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. And it’s certainly the legendary liquid appetite of John Wayne that drives this cocktail guide aimed at rugged men. The recipes, created by drinks columnist André Darlington, are inspired by the man himself as well as his film career. Not only do drink names reference Wayne titles (e.g Stagecoach, Rio Bravo, The Alamo), but writeups recall movie bits (remember the mud-pit brawl in McLintock!? Rooster rescuing Mattie from a rattlesnake in True Grit?). Saturated with whiskey and Tequila, this primer also allows for the occasional exotic gin cocktail, but don’t look for a Cosmopolitan, pilgrim.
Happy Island Forges ($150 to $450)
Artisan Menno Hoek custom makes his Damascus knives from a combination of high-nickel and tool steel and offers them in the buyer’s choice of a number of fascinating blade patterns, including ladder, raindrop, twist Damascus and Victorian (shown here).
Ten Thousand Villages Bike Chain Wine Rack ($60)
With this gnarly rack fashioned from repurposed bike chains, you’ll not only be making a hefty statement about your choice in wines (nothing delicate about this), but you’ll also be aligning yourself with the Ten Thousand Villages global maker-to-market movement. The company offers a selection of ethically sourced, handcrafted wares from local artisans across the globe. As well as this eight-bottle rack, other bar accessories include creative bottle stoppers, chillers and goblets.
Holy Grail Japanese Steaks (prices vary)
Japanese Wagyu is precious stuff, webbed with tremendous amounts of succulent fat and perfect for high-end dining. Holy Grail Steak Co., which dubs itself the largest online retailer of such prized meat, delivers Wagyu in many forms. Consider Ogata Farms Maesawa Ribeye taken from cattle fed a diet of beer lees (a mix of local beer, whiskey and soy) and kept in a stress-free environment, including uninterrupted sleep. The beef comes frozen, in packaging befitting a new iPhone, with prices of around $220 per 14-ounce steak.
Glasses Like Jack From Serengeti (from $350)
Celebrities have made a statement with sunglasses forever, but few have had the impact and style of Hollywood icon Jack Nicholson. Italian luxury brand Serengeti has used the great Nicholson as inspiration on a line of snazzy sunglasses named after the great actor himself. They come in six frame finishes, including shiny tortoise Havana.
The House From A Christmas Story (price unknown)
The Cleveland house that served as the exterior for the 1983 comedy A Christmas Story is up for sale at no stated price. The present owner, a huge fan of the sleeper flick that became a holiday classic, turned the house into a museum and is apparently looking for a like-minded buyer who will maintain the property in the same spirit. The interior has been renovated to mirror the Hollywood sound set and includes a leg lamp and a Red Ryder BB gun. Several out buildings also come with the property at 3159 W. 11th Street. Put your bid in with Hoff & Leigh realtors. We triple-dog dare you.
Bushnell Ion Elite GPG Rangefinder Watch ($200)
GPS watches simplify the golf distance game. Rather than having to point and shoot a flag, simply peek at your watch for the yardage you need for your next shot. Bushnell, long a leader in traditional rangefinders, has amped up the options available on your wrist with the Ion Elite. This snazzy model has a color touchscreen that not only gives you info on distance to the front, center and back of a green, but has a map of the hole to see what trouble lies ahead (and how far away it might be) along with green mapping, Bushnell’s slope rating information and more.
A Golf Trip To Pinehurst ($713 to $1,100)
Buying for a golf nut, it’s hard to beat a golf trip. Pinehurst has everything for a golfer, including three hotels, 11 golf courses and a host of options for travel packages. The Donald Ross is the most popular, with a two-nights stay, three rounds of golf and breakfast and dinner each night. To play the legendary No. 2 course, home to three U.S. Opens so far, add a $195 charge. For a more casual round, don’t miss The Cradle, a nine-hole short course designed by Gil Hanse. For relaxation book a spa package.
Formula 1 Concept 2022 Sculpture ($225)
The U.S. has fallen in love with Formula 1 racing, and next November the Las Vegas Strip will be transformed into a race course as the Grand Prix circuit touches down in Sin City. Amalgam models bring the look of Formula 1 to your desk top in miniature form, and its 2022 Concept Sculpture shows off the sleek lines of the newest cars, plated in polished aluminum.
We’re sure that your parents treasure the coffee cup you made them for Christmas in kindergarten, but maybe now it’s time to give Mom and Dad an upgrade this Christmas with the Ember Cup. Through an app on your phone, you can adjust the temperature of your drink to keep it just the way you like it. The cup’s battery has a 1 1/2-hour lifespan and comes with a charging coaster to keep both your brew hot and coffee table ring-free.
Barsieur Tea & Coffee Alarm Clock ($312)
One of the hardest parts of the morning is being awoken by your alarm clock and getting out of bed to make your morning cup. But now you can ease into your morning with the Barsieur Tea & Coffee Alarm Clock. Just set the timer before bed and your drink is automatically brewed up to five minutes before or 15 minutes after your alarm goes off. You can literally wake up to the smell of fresh coffee. Like a little bit of milk in your coffee or tea? Included is a built-in refrigerator to keep some nice and cold.
Custom 12” Vinyl Record ($99.99 to $124.99)
This one is for the audiophiles who grew up making mix tapes for their friends and loved ones. Through Freestyle Vinyl you can cultivate a custom mix of songs of up to 44 minutes on a full-sized LP tailored perfectly for that someone special with all the warmth and fidelity that vinyl brings. For those artistically inclined, you can draw a custom design on a blank white jacket or even use your own photos to be printed for a custom album cover.
Nebula Capsule 3 Laser Projector ($800)
Since the advent of streaming, a night in to enjoy a movie with the family has never been easier with the Nebula Capsule 3 Laser Projector. Capable of projecting a 1080p HD picture of up to 120 inches, built-in 8W Dolby Digital speaker and 300 ISO Lumens of brightness, all you need is some fresh popcorn to bring the movie theater experience home. Best of all, you can take it on the go as it only weighs about two pounds.
Karben Fiber Carbon Fiber Wallet ($49.99)
What do Indy 500 race cars, the Boeing 787 and the Lockheed Martin F-35 all have in common? The same kind of carbon fiber and aircraft-grade aluminum that goes into those mean machines is also what is used to make this wallet. Lightweight and compact, it has a carrying capacity of up to a dozen credit or debit cards, yet remains slender enough to not create an unsightly pocket bulge. For those who worry about cyber-crime and identity theft, the Karben Wallet features RFID-blocking technology to thwart any digital pickpocketing.
Pablo Picasso: The Impossible Collection ($895)
This handbound limited-edition volume explores the works of one of the most illustrious artists of the twentieth century through a retrospective of over 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs all curated by Diana Widmaier Picasso, art historian and granddaughter of Pablo Picasso. Reproduced on color plates using traditional bookmaking techniques, this collection combines multiple gallery exhibitions into one convenient compendium for the true connoisseur. Included are a pair of white gloves to leave the art-quality paper pages fingerprint-free as well as a canvas tote bag.
Cowboy Cauldron - The Urban Cowboy ($1,999)
Often just watching a classic Western isn’t enough, sometimes we want to physically feel like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood or the real-life ‘cowboys’ they often portrayed. This holiday season bring the cowboy lifestyle to your backyard with The Urban Cowboy from Cowboy Cauldron, the Swiss Army knife of heat sources. It can function as a traditional fire pit, an outdoor grill, an extra-large cooking pot or simply the place in your yard where you go to smoke cigars. The Urban Cowboy is an adjustable, single-point suspended basin that hangs from a tripod frame. It also comes with a charcoal grate, cooking grill and a canvas kettle cover.
Riedel Veloce Tasting Set ($158)
Shopping for a wine lover is made difficult by their specific preferences. What to buy the particular drinker? Renowned glass maker Riedel solves that problem with a gift that suits every taste. The Riedel Veloce Tasting Set contains four glasses, each built using state-of-the-art technology to match a type of wine. In this case, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The shape and size of your wine glass can actually affect your perception of aroma and flavor, and thereby the entire character of the wine.
Gerstner Aficionado Travel Bar ($1,195)
With the Gerstner Aficionado Travel Bar you can bring the elegance of a fancy bar set-up with you anywhere. This versatile party caddy, manufactured with supreme craftsmanship, is specially designed to hold two 750-ml bottles, all your bar accessories from glasses, a shaker, openers and more, plus, it has a humidor-grade Spanish-cedar-lined cigar storage drawer and other compartments to hold your bar-related goods. Travel bars are available in Quarter-Sawn White Oak, American Cherry, Natural or Dark Walnut.
The holidays are flask season. A portable potable can bring reprieve from too much time spent outdoors, family visits and other commitments. A quality flask allows you a quick sip in style. The Bexar Goods Co. Vermonter Flask is a solid copper container wrapped in tanned leather and made by Jacob Bromwell in Vermont, a leading houseware and kitchenware manufacturer for the last 190 years. This 9-ounce flask features Jacob Bromwell’s proprietary hot-tinned interior, making each piece one-of-a-like and ensures your beverage is safe to drink.
Dents Cashmere-Lined Leather Gloves ($209) / Burberry Leather and Wool Check Gloves ($530) / Giorgio Armani Leather Buckle Gloves ($619)
Winter is coming, and regardless of where you’re located, chances are you need a nice pair of winter gloves if you’re going to survive this chilly season. So, instead of just limiting you to one option, we offer three to choose from:
The Dents cashmere-lined leather gloves (left) are perfect for the subtly fashionable folk. These gloves are simple yet sophisticated, lowkey but clean and sharp. Ideal for those who want to make a statement without being too loud.
Burberry has long been a top name in fashion and their leather and wool check gloves (middle) live up to the reputation the brand carries. These Italian-made gloves may garner more attention in your direction, but who cares when you’re wearing Burberry?
The opulent Giorgio Armani leather buckle gloves (right) scream sophistication and style. With these gloves, it’s easy to imagine yourself nestled somewhere on a classy mountain resort, smoking a cigar and sipping on your spirit of choice, all while your hands stay warm and stylish.
The Dalmore Scotch-Infused Chocolate Collection From Vosges ($42)
Always on the cutting edge of confection, Vosges chocolatiers have put together a boozy assortment of truffles that are not only meant to pair with Scotch whisky, but contain the spirit within each bite. The first chocolate is made with Dalmore 12, raw honey and wildflower nectar encased in a 62 percent cacao dark chocolate shell topped with candied orange peel. Take it to the next level with Dalmore 15, a decadent, dark-chocolate morsel of 15-year-old Scotch and first-pressing olive oil dusted in a spice ginger crumb. Complexity goes into overdrive with the third truffle—vanilla bean, coffee, burnt sugar caramel, dark chocolate ganache, white chocolate coating, Dalmore 18 and a shaving of 23 carat gold leaf on top for added flare.
A Trip To The Big Smoke (starting at $350)
If you’re buying a gift for a cigar fan, it’s hard to beat a Big Smoke. The next one takes place Saturday March 4 in Hollywood, Florida when Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest returns to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Your ticket gives you plenty of handmade cigars and top-tier spirits, and the chance to meet some of the world’s most famous cigarmakers. As a bonus, upgrade your ticket to include our cigar seminars.