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Magazines Make Great Gifts for Every Occasion

You have a lot of special people in your life. Treat them with a specially selected magazine subscription that will entertain, inspire and educate with the news and topics that matter most in their lives! From friends to family, co-workers to neighbors, a magazine subscription makes the perfect holiday gift for everyone—it’s one size fits all!

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Magazines Your Teen Will Love

Looking for a magazine for your teenager? Magazines.com sells several magazines that teens of all ages are sure to enjoy. Here are a few popular options:

1.)   Seventeen

6961-MA-1-hiresSeventeen is the most popular teen magazine in the world. Centered around beauty, fashion, and style advice for teenage girls, the magazine also contains fitness techniques, relationship advice, interviews with celebrities, and inspirational stories about fellow teenagers. Special sections include “Beauty,” which is a collection of makeup and beauty tips, “Your Awesome Life,” which addresses topics such as selecting a college and developing solid friendships, and “Love & Guys,” which gives advice on interactions with the opposite sex. If you have a daughter who wants to look and feel great, consider buying her a subscription to Seventeen magazine!

2.)   Teen Ink

April14BigIs your teen a budding writer? If so, he or she will enjoy a subscription to Teen Ink. The monthly literary magazine features fiction and non-fiction pieces written entirely by teenagers. First published in 1989, the magazine now contains music, movie and book reviews, poems, artwork, essays, and short stories. Special issues include “The College Issue,” “The Love Issue,” and “The Sports Issue.” If your teenager enjoys writing, consider giving him or her a subscription to Teen Ink. It will give them motivation and inspiration for their own writing!

3.)   Teen Vogue

8734-MA-1-hiresIs your teenager passionate about style and beauty? If so, she’ll look forward to each new issue of Teen Vogue. Based on Vogue magazine, the magazine features relationship, health, and beauty advice for a younger audience. Each magazine features an interview with a young celebrity, as well as fashion and beauty advice. Special sections include “Beauty and Style,” a review of the best beauty products, and “Cover Look,” which detail the cover celebrity’s style and how to achieve a similar look. Teen Vogue’s special issues include a back-to-school edition, spring and fall fashion, and a “Young Hollywood” issue. If your daughter loves style and celebrities, she’ll enjoy a subscription to Teen Vogue!

 

You can find more magazines for teens on our website, Magazines.com.

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Magazine Trivia

In 1731, the first modern magazine, The Gentleman’s Magazine, was published in England. Edward Cave, editor of the magazine, coined the term “magazine” from the Arabic word makhazin, which meant storehouse. The magazine contained essays, poems, stories, and political commentary, so it was indeed a storehouse of knowledge and information.

Benjamin Franklin planned to publish the first American magazine, General Magazine, in 1741. However, Andrew Bedford beat him to it by publishing The American Magazine three days earlier. The magazine, which lasted for only three months, covered the activities of colonial America. The first women’s magazine, The Lady’s Magazine, was published in 1770. The magazine featured embroidery patterns as well as literary stories and fashion advice.

sciIn 1845, publisher Rufus M. Porter created Scientific American, a weekly magazine highlighting new patents, inventions, and theories. When the magazine’s readership declined after World War II, three partners who were planning to start a new science magazine bought the assets for Scientific American and merged the two magazines together. As a result, Scientific American is now the oldest continually operating magazine in the United States.

National Geographic was published in 1899, and soon became famous for its awe-inspiring color photographs. Reader’s Digest was created in 1922, and is now loved for its cultural commentary and enriching stories. The first weekly news magazine, TIMEbegan in 1923. Today, it is one of the most timefamous and well-respected magazines in the United States. The first  magazine for adolescents, Seventeen, was founded in 1944. TV Guide, now famous for its listings of popular shows, began in 1953.

While magazines initially covered broad topics, they began focusing more on niche audiences as time went on. The invention of Rolling Stone in 1967 proved that special interest magazines could become incredibly successful. Today, magazines are read by millions of people around the globe. They continue to live up to their meaning by being wonderful storehouses of information.

Magazine News Year in Review 2013

Top Magazine Stories of 2013

Magazine News Year in Review 2013The more things changed for magazines in 2013, the more they stayed the same. Several celebrated major milestones, some went digital-only, and one notable title announced its intent to return to print.

Another year in the magazine industry marked another year of changes. More magazines went digital, more made adjustments because of the changing nature of magazine readership.

But as much as digital made its mark on magazines in 2013, several other developments should be taken as proof that those traditional print editions aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. So with 2014 just days away, we take a look back at some of the top headlines in the magazine industry of the past year.

1. More Magazines Go Digital: In 2013, we said goodbye to several magazines in their printed form, like Whole Living in January and PC World in August. Perhaps none made bigger headlines than Newsweek, which started the year in its new all-digital form. By the end of the year, Newsweek’s new ownership announced it would be bringing the print magazine back in early 2014.

2. Everyday Food Supplement Debuts: Martha Stewart’s beloved digest-sized food magazine, Everyday Food, became a digital casualty of late 2012. Fans were promised it would live on online and in quarterly supplements to Martha Stewart Living subscribers. The first debuted in February.

3. Magazines Get a Makeover: Every year, we can usually count on a few titles to make a few tweaks in their look, but it’s rarely happened to The Atlantic. In March, the monthly unveiled a bolder cover look, a redesigned table of contents, and more engaging layout changes. Reader’s Digest debuted its makeover with its January 2014 issue (already on newsstands), and Popular Science will follow suit in February 2014.

4. More Female Writers Get Recognition: The National Magazine Award nominations were kinder to female writers and reporters this year. Half of the field of 34 awards finalists were women, compared to just seven of 24 a year ago. Women received recognition in each of the 23 awards categories, after being shut out of four in 2012.

5. Magazine Readership Posts Solid Numbers: Digital has long been thought to spell the end of printed magazines, but numbers released in May showed a 3 percent increase in readership—helped in part because of tablet editions. Among the more popular genres are magazines devoted to diet, fitness, and mental well-being.

6. New York Magazine Awarded Cover of the Year: New York Magazine’s Hurricane Sandy cover image titled “The City and the Storm” took top honors in the American Society of Magazine Editors “Cover of the Year” contest. The post-Sandy image captured the city that never sleeps in half-darkness.

7. Multiple Magazines Mark Milestone Anniversaries: 2013 was a banner year for major celebrations for major magazines. National Geographic marked its 125th anniversary in October with a special issue devoted to photography. Time celebrated its 90th anniversary in February, while Esquire turned 80 in October. Just more proof of the longevity of the printed word.

8. Time Inc. Unveils New Subscription Model: Starting with PEOPLE magazine in September, Time Inc. debuted its new subscription packages. The publisher offers traditional print-only or digital-only subscriptions, or print-plus-digital offerings for readers who want a taste of both.

9. Nancy Gibbs Makes Magazine History: Her byline has been attached to well over 100 cover stories of the venerable newsweekly, but Nancy Gibbs made magazine history in September when she was named Time magazine’s first female managing editor.

10. New York Magazine Scales Back: The longtime weekly magazine that covered the Big Apple announced earlier this month that it would cut back to bi-weekly production. Citing the higher costs of production and diminishing print ad revenues, the magazine said it would scale back its printed issues and also invest in its online presence as its digital ad revenues continue to rise.

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10 Reasons to Do Your Christmas Shopping at Magazines.com

Christmas Shopping Gift Ideas Magazine Subscription Discounts Deals Easy Shopping Hassle-Free Customer Service No CrowdsTime is ticking on the holiday shopping season, but you can save big and find everything you need to cross everyone off your list all in one place! Read on for all the reasons Magazines.com is your one-stop shop.

So many stores, so many deals, so many gifts to buy. It’s a common holiday shopping dilemma, and managing the list, the budget, and the time can threaten even the jolliest of dispositions.

As we get closer to Christmas, your time becomes more precious because there’s the wrapping, the cooking, the baking, and maybe even traveling to plan for.

At Magazines.com, we know how busy the holidays can be, and we do our part to help eliminate at least some of that hustle and bustle the season brings. To prove it, just take a look at the 10 reasons we think you should do your Christmas shopping with us!

1. You don’t have to fight the crowds. You’re always at the front of the line at Magazines.com and you always get a great parking spot.

2. There are no limited number of deals. Don’t worry about fighting over one of our great magazine subscription deals. We have plenty!

3. You can shop from home. If the weather outside is frightful, there’s no need to get out in it. You can shop ‘til you drop right from the comfort—and warmth—of your home!

4. You can shop anytime. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Either way, we’re always open and ready to help you save and shop when you are.

5. You always get the best deals. We’re constantly working to bring you the best deals on magazine gift subscriptions, so you can trust you’re getting the deepest discounts with us!

6. We’ve got you covered—even at the last minute. Forgot someone on your list or need a great last-minute gift? Send a gift card that’s delivered within an hour from your purchase.

7. There’s no gift wrapping. (Well, almost.) It’s hard to wrap a magazine gift subscription, but not impossible. Try these five creative tips, or these five, or these thoughtful ways to present it.

8. You can find something for everyone. We have thousands of magazine subscriptions, so that means we have titles to suit the men, women, teens, and children on your list.

9. We can help you with our gift recommendations. Need some direction on what to buy? We’ve got plenty of suggestions organized by recipient, interest, and more in our gift center.

10. We offer hassle-free customer service. We guarantee 100% customer satisfaction—and that’s not just the holiday cheer talking! If you (or your recipient) have any problems with your order, let us know and we’ll be happy to help.

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4 Thoughtful Ways to Present a Magazine Gift Subscription

Magazine Gift Subscription Holiday Gift Ideas Christmas Shopping Magazine Presentation Wrap IdeasGiving a magazine subscription to someone on your holiday list this year, but not sure how to wrap it? All it takes is a little imagination, and we’re getting you started with these four ideas!

Sure, magazine subscriptions make great gifts because you can find something for everyone—even the hard-to-buy-for—and because your recipient can open them year ‘round. But just how do you wrap one?

There’s plenty of ways to do that, too, and we’ve already shared five ways to creatively wrap your magazine gift subscription—and even five more here. But how to you appropriately capture the experience and inspiration that magazines deliver? You can with these four ways to present a magazine subscription—and take the wrapping to a whole new level.

Make a recipe or craft from the magazine subscription you are giving to your recipient, along with a preview copy of the title you purchase from the newsstand. If you’re not particularly crafty or adept in the kitchen, you can buy items like garden tools to go with Better Homes & Gardens, a yarn organizer to go with Crochet Today!, or a nice baking dish or kitchen gadget to go with Food Network Magazine that your gift will put to good use.

Buy the hottest new item, whether it’s makeup or a fashion accessory or the latest acclaimed DVD or CD that’s featured in the magazine you’re giving. Granted, this means you must know your recipient’s tastes well, but consider the latest scarf trend to go with a subscription to InStyle, the must-have DVD or CD—or your recipient’s fave—to go with Entertainment Weekly or Rolling Stone respectively.

Give a locally-made item that celebrates your recipient’s hometown, region or favorite travel destination to go with a magazine subscription devoted to the same. Think Garden & Gun plus any of its featured Southern-made gifts, Sunset magazine and a recommended wine from the region, or a set of barbecue sauces with Texas Monthly. Even a gift connected to the city will do the trick, like the recording of a favorite musical with New York magazine.

Turn curling up with a magazine into a comfy experience by gifting all the necessities to make it cozy. A gourmet coffee plus a coffee mug and a plush throw or socks will make your recipient look forward to an afternoon with any gift subscription. These items will make reading magazines that regularly feature longer articles, like Reader’s Digest, National Geographic, The Atlantic, or The New Yorker, an especially enjoyable event.

There’s no wrong way to give a magazine this holiday season, but with a little creativity and thought, you can make it an introduction to the educational and entertaining experience receiving a magazine gift subscription can be!