I'm getting married in October. A tradition I intend to follow is buying your groomsmen a gift to thank them for helping out with the wedding/stag/bachelor party/etc.
One idea I had was to buy everyone a humidor and a few cigars. I found an online retailer who is willing to give me a discount because I will be buying six (one for myself and one for each of my groomsmen).
I'll get 25% off of these guys, making them $30 a piece:
Now, none of us are cigar aficionados, so I'm not worried about these being only 10 count humidors or even that they're likely on the cheaper side. I spoke to the store owner, and he says they're higher quality than most found, where they'll often use a paper veneer, etc. It comes with a divider and a humidifier.
Am I overlooking something? Are these things garbage, and they're just going to dry out the cigars?
I'm planning on buying some brass/silver/whatever plaques and having them engraved, then attaching them to the inner lining of the lid. Is this going to present a problem? Rust? Give the cigars a weird smell? Obviously, I'll have to be careful with the adhesive or whatever method I use, but the metal itself won't present a problem?
I'll also be buying some cigars to go along with them. A box of 25 would be fine to split amongst them, but which ones? Years and years ago, I used to work in a store that sold Cuban cigars, so I'm not 100% clueless, but it has been a very long time. My original plan for the groomsmen gifts was to spend no more than $75 on each of them, because I'll also be taking them out for dinner and what not a few days before the wedding. So, that leaves roughly $175 (or just over $200 if I factor in buying myself cigars) for this, but that will probably have to include the cost of the plaques/engraving/and perhaps cigar cutters or lighters I include with the gifts.
So a box of 25 cigars in the $100 range would be ideal, but I'd like something enjoyable for rookie smokers. Bonus points if they come in tubes or other fancy packaging.
Also, I'm in Canada, so Cubans aren't hard to find.
edit: And I'm seeing a lot of online cigar retailers that ship Cubans anywhere in North America. Obviously, this is kind of dubious, so I'm assuming their prices reflect this fact. Should I expect to get a better deal if I walk into a shop as opposed to ordering online?