**Read the whole (ongoing) series here: The Twelve Weeks of Christmas (and then you’ll figure out why I can’t read calendars and do math).
So, Christmas is like…. tomorrow. Ok, not really, but it’s so soon, that’s it now getting to the point where most anything you do would need to be filed under the “last-minute” category (and I’m talking about myself here too, as doing a 100% handmade Christmas is hard — more on that in January).
If you’re still stuck on what to get some of your loved ones, panic not. My recommendation: magazine subscriptions.
I sense your hesitation. Listen, I know we’re all computerized, iPhone, iPad, iLife people, but for a straphanger like myself — or anyone for that matter who ever has to wait in line or on a plane and has no WiFi or cell service — magazines are perfect. And for every interest, hobby, lifestyle, and religion, there is a magazine. Because not all grocery stores, bookstores and newsstands can carry every single magazine, this is another way to introduce someone to a magazine that they may not have heard of otherwise (we’ll get to the “how” part in a minute).
Just last Christmas, Josh and I got my sister-in-law a subscription to Print, a graphic design magazine. She’s studying design in school right now, so we thought this would be a perfect gift for her so she could stay up-to-date on the latest trends and tips, as graphic design is a very “hot” field right now. It’s important to note that I have only ever seen this magazine once in stores (at a Barnes & Noble in Norcross, GA). Otherwise it’s very difficult to find, and I only heard of it in the first place because I did a Google search for “best graphic design magazine.”
Obviously, the Google route for me yielded great results, but for some, this may be a bit daunting, especially if your particular search terms are broad, e.g., “cooking,” “news,” “fitness.” For those folks, I recommend actually checking out a magazine subscription website. There are quite a few to choose from, and they also help save time and money by dividing the magazines into different categories and offering a percentage off of the list price.
Here are a few:
The last link is a new one for me, but I really like what this website offers. You do not buy the magazines directly from MagazinePriceSearch.com; instead, they scour the web for the best deals (and also have magazines grouped into categories), then they re-direct you to the original website to make your purchase.
I offer magazine subscriptions as a last minute gift idea, but in reality it sometimes takes 6-10 weeks for some companies to process these orders (Why? I have no idea). In this case, the magazine subscription website will usually give you a card to print off and give to the recipient. This is perhaps not the most thrilling thing to open on Christmas morning, so I suggest getting a copy off of a newsstand (if it’s available), and putting that in a box with it (it’s all about presentation:)
And in case you’re still pooh-poohing the idea of magazine subscriptions, here are a few I have found that I think would be especially fun as gifts:
La Cucina Italiana
From Magazines.com: “La Cucina Italiana magazine is the ultimate authority on Italian food and cooking. La Cucina Italiana magazine provides step-by-step recipes, ingredient guides, wine pairings and chef features.”
From Magazines.com: “The editors of Real Simple magazine strive to get readers to do what needs to be done, so that they have time to do what they enjoy. Each issue of Real Simple magazine includes solutions for improvements inside and outside of the home, healthy habits that promote a better lifestyle, useful recipes and ideas for entertaining. You’ll find product reviews on everything from food items to cleaning products and clothing. First published in 2000.”
From Magazines.com: “Rolling Stone magazine combines relentless mainstream entertainment coverage and unapologetic political views in each issue. Regular topics covered include entertainment reviews, celebrity stories and photos. Annual special issues include music festival preview, the best of rock, fall fashion, 10 bands to watch and year in review. The magazine is also famous for its provocative cover photos of musicians, celebrities and politicians. First published in 1967.
From Magazine.com: “Yoga Journal was launched in 1975 by members of the California Yoga Teachers Association. The current circulation of Yoga Journal is at 1 million. This magazine will provide all of the basics of yoga including step-by-step instruction on poses, meditation, and breathing from the experts. Read about all of the benefits that yoga offers for your mind, body, and soul. Learn about conferences, books, and videos that offer additional information on yoga and enjoy extensive vacation travel guides. Articles also feature experts, pioneers and celebrities who practice yoga, as well as information on products and healthy eating.”
Is a description really necessary? It’s National Geographic magazine… it’s a-MA-zing!
From Magazines.com (again): “Popular Mechanics magazine presents practical advice on how breakthroughs in science and technology impact everyday lives. Each issue informs readers with how-to articles on automotive, home and outdoor topics. Popular Mechanics also provides reviews and comparison tests of the latest equipment and products. First published in 1902. ”
I know this one has sentimental value for Josh. Perhaps the burly menfolk in your life will feel the same way (and ladies, too).
Yeah, I could go on and on…
Hope these ideas were helpful! I know that if I received a subscription of most any of these, I’d be grateful (I’ve got my eye on you, Yoga Journal).
Happy Last Minute Shopping!
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