CigarCraig’s 12 Spectacular Days of Cigar Giveaways – Final Day Winner and Thanks!

We’ve come to the end of a historic two weeks on!  A marathon of daily posts, untold thousands of dollars worth of merchandise (and postage!).  We gave away 167 cigars, 4 cutters, 2 lighters, 2 caps, 2 cigar tubes, a cigar case, a magazine subscription, a gift certificate and a humidor! That’s a bunch of stuff!  Also significant was the all time high numbers of unique visits, as well as comments!  Until last week I didn’t even know if you got to 50 comments it went to a second page.  Pretty crazy!  In addition to everyone who came back day after day religiously for a chance to win fabulous prizes, I want to give my sincere thanks to the cigar companies who made this madness possible!  They are, in no particular order:

La Gloria Cubana

Villiger Stokkebye

Brothers of the Leaf, LLC

Miami Cigar and Co.



Cigar Journal

Pipes and Cigars

C-Gars Ltd. 

Tabacos Mata Fina USA

Oja Cigars

AJ Fernandez 

Emilio Cigars


This was an ambitious project.  What started out with the idea of giving away a cutter here and a cap there morphed into something huge.  The generosity of the companies listed above was amazing, as was their willingness to put up with my neurotic and obsessive compulsive tendencies!  The one other person I absolutely could not have done this without is my lovely wife, Jennifer.  You may have noticed her mentioned in the comments here and there, seen her tweets and re-tweets, as well as handling moderating all of the comments while I was at work every day.  Thanks for everything you’ve done for me!



Now, before I announce the winner of the humidor from Pipes and Cigars, please take a moment to write a nasty letter to the NCAA and The Orange Bowl pointing out their hypocrisy.  David Savona sums it up perfectly in his blog on CigarAfficianado (here).  Head on over to and send a fax to the OrangeBowl at 305-341-4750.  I saved Mr. Savona’s article as a PDF and faxed it to the attention of the CEO of the Orange Bowl committee.  You can fax twice a day for free using FaxZero.  You can also send them a tweet using @orangebowl or find them on Facebook and voice your displeasure.  You can also e-mail Larry Wahl, VP of Communications and Community Outreach at .


Time to announce the winner!  I have been presented with the number 41 by the Random Number Generator, which means that MarcB is the winner! Please send me your contact information!   This concludes this year’s contests! Please visit the sponsoring companies sites and thank them for their generosity.  Also, take a look at my advertisers sites, and join me in welcoming La Palina Cigars to the family.  These friends help me to defray costs of doing things to write about and I deeply appreciate their support!


Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, to everyone. I’ll leave you with this Christmas video from Alan Bernhoft, who you may have seen in the comments over the last few days.  Let’s give him a little Christmas present and help make his song a new Christmas classic!


Until the next time,








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17 Responses to CigarCraig’s 12 Spectacular Days of Cigar Giveaways – Final Day Winner and Thanks!

  1. Doblemaduro(JScott)

    Thanks for the fun I had the past 12 days! Great Blog!

  2. Lloyd L.

    Thanks for doing the 12 days of giveaways, Craig! I think you may have set the precedent on how to do cigar giveaways! Merry Christmas, my friend, and go TACFAW! You need a moment to enjoy a nice smoke!

  3. Jakob

    Congratulations to Marc, and to all of the winners over the past 2 weeks. Thanks to you, Craig, for making it all happen, and thanks to all the companies who donated prizes.
    Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays (your choice) and a Happy New Year!

  4. Duane Holmes

    Thanks Craig, what a fun ride! I consider myself privileged to have won one of the great prizes. Kudos to you and all the sponsors for going above and beyond to have a fantastic 12 days of prizes. A Happy Holidays to all and a very prosperous New Year!!!

  5. I just received an e-mail from Marc, the winner of the Day 12 humidor. This prize will be shipping to him in Afghanistan where he is serving with his US Army unit! I know there were several members of the military who were entering every day, and I’m thrilled that one of them was a winner. Thank you all for your service, and congrats to Marc, I hope this prize brings some comfort to you and your fellow servicemen! (he said he’d share).

  6. Freakboy791

    Thanks Craig for hosting this cool giveaway. Thanks also for the generosity of the participating vendors. I wish happiness to you and your familes over the holidays.

  7. Batmang

    Thanks to Craig for this great couple of weeks of prizes. Keep up the good work Craig. You’ve done a great job with this blog. Merry Christmas to you and Jenn and the rest of your family. May 2012 bring you health, happiness and prosperity.

  8. David LJ

    Congrats to Marc and all the other winners, thanks again to CigarCraig for hosting such a great giveaway; and Merry CHRISTmas to everyone! Long Ashes in the new year – Finish the Fight!

  9. jjo

    Thanks for the great work Craig, and Merry Christmas!

  10. allen chieze

    Thanks Craig and to all the companies who donated, this has been a contest to remember. Congratulations to Marc and be safe out there.

  11. Agent 86

    Great contest Craig. Congrats to all the winners.

  12. Swede214

    Thanks Craig,great contest,it was fun.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

  13. Paul

    Thanks for the 12 Days promotion – very well done!
    Happy New Year to all!

  14. Tommy Berry (quo155)

    Well Craig…what a contest brother! Great job!

    Congrats to all of the winners! I tried sending a lot of the Ward B members over here to see your site and I think we ended up with 3 or 4 winning!

    Thanks for the contests…and a Merry Christmas to you!!!!

  15. Craig, thank you again for the contest. The day 10 winnings arrived today. Can’t wait for a warm day to light one up. Thank you for the extras too. I was surprised by the Cigar Journal and the CD which you included in the box.

    I am one of the Ward B members whom Tommy Berry (quo155) mentions above, so thanks to him too for the heads up on your site.

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