For centuries, new fathers have handed out cigars in celebration of the birth of their children. Indeed, if you only know one thing about cigars, it’s probably that people tend to smoke them when a baby arrives.
But why? Where does this tradition come from? And more pressingly, what are the best cigars for new dads? We’ll answer these questions and more here:
Why do we give out cigars when a baby is born?
The simple reason why fathers give out cigars to celebrate a birth is that cigars are celebratory items to begin with! People smoke cigars to mark all sorts of special occasions and triumphs. In terms of new dads giving out cigars, though, the tradition is often traced back to a custom of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada and the US called “potlatch” in which gifts (like tobacco) were exchanged to celebrate the birth of a child.
The tradition further evolved in the 19th and early 20th century. Since men were not usually involved in the birthing process then, many would pass the time in seclusion by smoking with close friends or family members. Eventually, this led to new fathers handing out cigars once good news had arrived.
By the mid-20th century, the tradition of new fathers handing out cigars had become commonplace. In fact, some hospitals even sold cigars in lobbies and waiting areas just for expecting dads. Though cigars are no longer sold in hospitals, many new parents still give out cigars to mark the birth of their children.
How to find the perfect cigar for new dads
Finding the perfect cigar for new dads can be challenging. If you’re not a regular cigar enthusiast, you may want to continue the tradition but not know where to begin. On the other hand, established cigar connoisseurs may have trouble picking just one cigar to observe the special moment. Or you may have even been tasked with finding cigars for a new dad who doesn’t smoke regularly. Thankfully, we have a few recommendations for beginners and experienced cigar lovers alike:
Macanudo Gold Label
Macanudo Gold Label is a limited edition line of cigars that features a golden Connecticut shade wrapper. This cigar combines the smoothness Macanudo is known for with amazing natural flavors that cigar enthusiasts of all stripes will love. Make no mistake: this is a special cigar for a special moment. If you’re planning on giving away cigars to a lot of people, it’s difficult to do better than Macanudo.
Note, you may also opt for a cigar like the Macanudo Inspirado White Minis if you want the premium cigar experience in a smaller-sized stick.
Want an amazing cigar that you and all your friends can enjoy –– without needing to take a loan out to afford a box? Then the Cohiba Blue is an excellent choice. Cohiba is a world-renowned name in the cigar industry, and Cohiba Blue is a rich and flavorful cigar. Thankfully, it’s available at a very reasonable price point. Plus, it has a blue wrapper –– so it’s perfect for dads who are expecting a boy!
Southern Draw Rose of Sharon
A pink wrapper on a cigar is a relatively rare sight. However, the Southern Draw Rose of Sharon is a highly-rated cigar that makes a great smoke for dads looking to celebrate the birth of their daughter.
Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva
Arturo Fuente is one of the most popular and consistently highly-rated brands in the cigar industry. Whether you’re a seasoned cigar enthusiast or you’re looking for your first cigar in years, this is a dependable choice for any special occasion.
Some cigar brands like Rocky Patel sell specialized “It’s a Boy,” and “It’s a Girl” cigars. Also, new parents may look into ordering customized cigar bands to celebrate a birth.
Honorable Mentions: Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur, Romeo Y Julieta 1875, Partagas Legend.