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Buying Gifts for the Cigar-Smoking, Whisky-Sipping One You Love

December 8, 2017 Rozanne Woodward 0 Comments

There’s one in every family or friend group – that individual who loves a glass of scotch after dinner, preferably with a fine cigar burning between their fingertips. Maybe your loved one’s preference is fine wines, or a seat at a fancy high-stakes poker table. Whatever their preference, classic fancy indulgences like these appeal to a certain kind of person. While they used to be most closely associated with male culture, these finer things have started to become accessible and enjoyable to people all along the gender spectrum.

So what do you buy for someone like this? One problem with gift buying for a person with specialized taste is that they have all the knowledge about what’s good and desirable. You, on the other hand, probably don’t. So how do you buy for someone with sophisticated tastes for spirits and tobacco and gambling and whatnot? Fortunately, there are several good strategies.


Buy an Experience. Sometimes a day at the casino or a free bar tab are enough to make your loved one very, very happy. To do a gift like this, you don’t have to know the specifications of top shelf bourbon. Instead, you just have to facilitate your friend’s chance to use and enjoy the knowledge they have acquired through years of passionate enjoyment. If a live experience isn’t what sounds best, go online. There are certain advantages to playing slots online, and if gambling is your loved one’s vice of choice, some free play will not go unappreciated. In all of these cases, just let the giftee make the choices. You just pay the bill.

Do Some Deep Research. OK, maybe you don’t want to go the safe route, essentially just buying a gift card for your giftee to use how they please. You want to buy a real item that is going to please and amaze, one which will deeply appeal to a sophisticate like the loved one on your gift list. How can you do this? One of the best ways is to ask friends who know the tastes of your loved one. If you don’t have access to people like this, go to the internet. Pay attention to the preferences of your loved one throughout the year. Take note of brands and special occasions. There are many forums online where you can take this information, asking other in-the-know people to make recommendations for a person who enjoys X, Y, and Z.

Help Them Increase Their Skills. If your loved one loves making cocktails, for example, give them the tools they need to make the best cocktails they’ve ever had. Practical gifts like high quality culinary knives, humidors, gambling gear, and gorgeous decanters help your loved one enhance their enjoyment experience, while still allowing them to enjoy just exactly what they do with these things.


At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts. But the better the thought, the better the outcome, right? If your giftee has specialized tastes, don’t give up. You can still get a gift that hits the sweet spot.

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