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December 7, 2012

The 10 Best Magazine Holiday Gift Guides

Best Magazine Holiday Gift GuidesRunning out of ideas for your Christmas shopping list? These 10 magazine gift guides are packed with suggestions for everyone and every budget.

Christmas shopping can be tough. Between choosing something useful or thoughtful and trying to stick to a certain price point, the chase for the perfect gift can often end with you still empty-handed.

And your brain and your body, exhausted from all the cleaning, cooking, decorating and entertaining, is just give out of ideas. Sure, it’s still the thought that counts, but what if you’re at a point where you can’t even think of what to get, er, anyone?

That’s where these 10 magazines and their gift guides come in.

Real Simple: This festive December cover touts 50 gifts under $50, with plenty more all neatly organized into categories, like gifts for men, women, techies, foodies, hostesses, etc. You can even keep up with these suggestions on the go by downloading the Real Simple Gift Guide app from Apple’s App Store.

Whole Living: Another fine attempt at categorization, but this one gets a little more creative with its titles, suggesting gifts for “fresh-air freaks,” “natural beauties,” “mini tree huggers,” “globe-trotters” and the like that include lots of all-natural and earth-friendly products.

Wired: As expected, this gift guide is for the techie, from tech trinkets for the adults to tech-minded tykes. But there’s also plenty of geeky gadgets for the home, kitchen and just because that range from the practical to the not so much.

Food & Wine: Quickly run down the subtitles in this list (Flavor Boosters, DIY Kits, Cocktails, etc.) to find exactly what the foodie in your life might like. Strapped for cash or time? No worries, the magazine offers suggestions, like Ruby-Red Cranberry Syrup or Soft Apple-Cider Caramels, that you can make—or buy.

Wine Spectator: Unless you really know the recipients, it may be a little presumptuous to gift a bottle of wine. But if you still want to acknowledge their love of vino, choose any one of the nine book suggestions—many of them handy reference guides—on this list.

Garden & Gun: It’s all about quality over quantity in this sparse, but pricey gift guide for him and her. For even more unique suggestions, turn to the magazine’s annual “Made In the South Awards” for artisanal items crafted below the Mason-Dixon Line.

InStyle: Fashion (for the whole family), accessories and beauty products reign supreme on this expansive list of 100 perfect presents. According to the cover, half are just $25 or less. With most products just for the ladies, turn to this for your gal pals—or use to drop hints to the man in your life.

HGTV:  A healthy number of kitchen and dining items is among these 75 suggestions for the home, but there’s plenty of holiday and general décor ideas too. Even better? This guide breaks down the 25 stores where you’ll find everything on the list.

Food Network Magazine: There’s not one thing on this list of 100 gifts for food lovers that isn’t at least inspired by food. All the usual suspects are here—scented candles, dishes, linens and kitchen gadgetry—but things like Sushi Earbuds, Gummi Bear Bath Toys, Doughnut Rattles, Hamburger Socks and Candy Cane Rawhides made the cut.

O, the Oprah Magazine: Ranging from $5,000 all the way down to $10 are 95 of Oprah’s favorite things. From fashion to gourmet foods to electronics and more, you’re sure to find something special at a price that suits your wallet. Several can even be had at a discount using the online coupon code “Oprah.”

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About the Author

Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan is obsessed with good food, great shoes and Alabama football way down South in Savannah, Georgia. She hasn’t met a kitchen gadget she hasn’t at least thought about buying (trying them is another story) and devotes her time to Bikram Yoga, baking and trying to overcome long-held finicky eating habits.