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Buying a Pipe as a Present

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  1. finger

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    Now. I've gotten into pipe smoking through a friend, who is getting married in a couple of months. He has done the usual wedding present list with Debenhams, but I think I know him well enough to know none of that stuff would be special. Of course the day will be special, but I want my gift to be meaningful. Scene set? I bought a meerschaum 1892 amber stem, silver collared bent pipe for him. Does this show true love, like friendship love? This is what I'm hoping! Will he be able to smoke it, or is it the kind of thing you look at and marvel?
    Total novice
    George

    "If you can't sent money, send tobacco."
    -George Washington to the Continental Congress, 1776
    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. pruss

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    Welcome to the forum. Sounds like a lovely present for someone who you appreciate and enjoy. Well done.

    -- Pat

    PS - I'd smoke that bad boy. Gotta get that patina started sometime!

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Pipes are meant to be smoked and anyone who bought me one would go to the top of the friend list. We always want pics though.

    "You have to be a man first before you're a gentleman. "

    John Wayne
    Posted 6 years ago #
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    you are a good friend sir

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    and yes he will smoke it.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Guys, thanks for the vote! I was having a wobble there!

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  7. finger

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    How do I send you a pic?

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    Welcome George!

    How do I send you a pic?

    Here you go:

    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/instructions-for-posting-pictures

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    ooo ooo it worked! thank guys

    George

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    I think what you have done will mean a ton more than something from Debenhams, that his wife to be more than likely tagged in the list anyway.

    "Exploring the Unexpected since 69"
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    Yeah no way not to smoke that gem.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    I just bought my friend a new person for his 40th bday and he couldn't put it down! I think it will mean a ton to him. By the way that's a beautiful pipe.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    You actually made me laugh out loud. I hate LOL, that was a real belly laugh. I'm still thanking every pipegod there is, seems like the right one came along. Talking about the pipe. Not the girl!

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    I'd definitely smoke it. Pipes were made to be smoked. Regardless of whether he smokes it or not, I'm sure he will love it.

    As long as I got a pipe full of baccy and a nose full of snuff, I'm a happy camper
    Cigarettes are an addiction, cigars are a hobby, pipes are a religion
    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Finger, you're a great friend, and it's a magnificent pipe, and I'm sure your friend will love it and smoke it, of course.
    And it will decorate his home. May I make a suggestion? I would get an additional gift for the kitchen or dining room.
    It doesn't have to be expensive, just useful and sturdy, something the couple will tend to use on a regular basis. Ask
    a female relative if you aren't sure what that should be. Weddings are the joining of a couple, and it is as important or
    more important to gain the approval and support of the wedding guests as it is for the couple to commit to each other,
    which they've already done privately. So it's important that you show acceptance and caring for the bride as well as the
    groom, and a household item would acknowledge that point. If it were his birthday, the pipe for the friend is great, but
    wedding gifts should acknowledge the bride too.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    That's a very good point well made. I will look at the Debenham's list as well! She is lovely, and they are very happy.

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    Something that I was told by an old tobacconist, who's been doing this for years, was that you shouldn't buy a pipe for someone else, because they're such personal items, it's like trying to second guess a soulmate match. I went in there with the intention of spending £80 on a pipe, and he talked me out of it. What do you think? is there wisdom in those words?

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    finger:

    Pipes are personal objects, but I've bought pipes for friends and they greatly appreciated them. (And smoked them!) If you know your friend's taste well enough, you'll know whether he/she prefers a straight or a bent, the size they tend to like, if they favor any particular finishes. I tend to go for brands they don't already have in their collection, but that's just so the pipe stands out as something different and, hopefully, special. But if your friend loves a particular brand, I can't see why they wouldn't love getting one from you.

    I would say the tobacconist erred in his advice. But maybe he didn't think you knew enough about what your friend would like and thought it would be better to spend the money elsewhere than risk getting something that wouldn't be appreciated.

    Bob

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Your a good friend!

    John
    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Very nice of you.

    My wife and kids have bought me 2 pipes this past year. Nothing that I would never pick out for myself.....or smoke that often, BUT I keep them in the first two seats of my pipe rack even though I need the space for my favored pipes.

    Sometimes a pipe is something more then just something to smoke.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Dear jah76
    thanks, i was kind of hoping that was what he would think. time will tell!! here's hoping

    George

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    You actually made me laugh out loud. I hate LOL, that was a real belly laugh. I'm still thanking every pipegod there is, seems like the right one came along. Talking about the pipe. Not the girl!

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    Gift pipes can provide an opening for a pipe smoker. The person giving the gift rarely picks out just the
    pipe you'd choose, but mostly the pipes turn out to be something you'll enjoy. My wife has given me
    a freehand, an extra large bowl apple, an extra large bowl bent brandy, and a churchwarden. Each of
    these has turned out to be a sturdy pipe in my rotation, and I never smoke one without thinking of my
    wife. The freehand and giant apple are somewhat the flagships of my racks.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Years ago, when we were living in Europe, my son bought me a big-a$$ Peterson full bent System pipe when he was touring London for a week with my sister. He was 8 years old (he's 38 now). No, I don't smoke it often, but it's a real treasure because (as my sister told me), the tobacconist got a kick on how this "little man," as he called him, seemed to know a lot about pipes and knew what he wanted to buy for his "Papa."

    I am sure your friend will love the gift and love you for thinking of him with this very personal memento on that special day.

    WTG, finger

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Thought I'd give the wonderful people who helped me out an update. He loved it, takes on shoot days for the lunch time chinwag over a glass of port.

    Very satisfactory!

    Finger

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    "chinwag over a glass of port." lol.

    Sorry, I love the way English people talk. The words kill me sometimes. Probably explains why I am such a fan of British shows and actors (Monty Python, Faulty Towers and Dr. Who).

    That was a mighty nice pipe, a real beaut. That looks like an expensive, well thought out gift. Did you get his wife anything? Because I doubt she "enjoys" the gift the same way.

    If you don't mind my asking, where did you get it from?

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    but...
    wedding gifts should acknowledge the bride too.

    Buy her pipe cleaners and straight grain alcohol...the tone needs to be set early.

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    You are a good friend, and the man is lucky to have you.

    Eric
    Posted 5 years ago #
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    A wonderful gift, that any pipe man would be glad to receive!

    Posted 5 years ago #

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