What It’s Not Too Late To Get People:December 22nd, 2009
I know. This is the time when I should be telling you to get people books this holiday season.
But you already know this, of course!
And if you read this blog regularly, you’ve already bought all the books I’ve recommended throughout the year, and wrapped them up to give to others.
So now I’m going to recommend that you get everyone (in addition to books) something I know they’ll love:
A magazine subscription!
There is NOTHING I love more than magazines. Well, besides books. And food.
My greatest fear right now is that with advertising sales down, my favorite magazines might cease to exist (at least in glossy paper form, like Gourmet Magazine), and only be available online.
So then how will I read them in the bathtub, my favorite activity?
To help keep this from happening, I’m asking everyone to give at least one subscription to a friend or relative this year. Magazine subscriptions are cheap AND easy to give.
But to narrow it down a little, here in no particular order are just some of the magazines I read every month, or that I think would make a good gift for someone you know. Check them out, and give!
Does she love do-gooding, but also makeup, dating, and clothes?—Give her Glamour or Marie Claire (Find out about rare diseases! How volunteers in Africa are helping women change their lives by teaching them to make and sell their own soap! AND how no one really looks good in khaki.)
Is she your homegirl? Give her Essence
Is she over 40 (like Julia! Sandra! Oprah! Jennifer!) or worried about her neck? Tell not to worry any More.
Is she on a journey of self-discovery? Something in this magazine makes me cry every month!— O, Oprah’s Magazine
Now I know you’re all, “But what about the guys, Meg?”
What does he like?
Adventure? He’ll love Outside
Psychoanalyzing you?—He needs Psychology Today.
Is he a brainiac?—Give him Mental Floss
A technology junky? He must have Wired
Can he not live without his stereo?—He needs Stereophile
(Obviously, any of the above magazines would work for BOTH sexes! Well, except maybe Maxim. But I’ve read it myself and been plenty entertained.)
Can you not pry him (or her) from his/her joy stick?—EGM(No. 1 Videogame Magazine) is a must!
Mmmm, Neil Patrick Harris, dreamy….
There are even magazines for your friends/family members who are always ranting about the zombies and how we’re all doomed!
And for all those book lovers you know who enjoy saying things like, “Oh, yeah, I already know all about that HBO bio-pic starring Claire Danes as Temple Grandin, the autistic lady who invented the cow-hugging machine for the meat industry, because I read the article about her by Oliver Sacks in The New Yorker ten years ago. That is how in-the-know I am.”— The New Yorker
Claire Danes as Temple Grandin.
Okay, if you can’t find something for the person you’re shopping for from the above list, or from here, then he or she doesn’t deserve anything because he or she is boring.
Now I have to go….
…relax with a delicious magazine.