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10 Magazines to Help You Start Checking Off Your Holiday Shopping List

Keep pace with the ever-earlier-arriving holiday displays with our Pre-Season Red Tag Sale featuring magazines up to 90 percent off for everyone on your shopping list.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (already) everywhere you go, and the sight of all those snowmen and reindeer can make you feel like you’re already behind. For goodness sake, there’s been no trick or treating and the turkey hasn’t even been basted yet.

But before the holidays spin too far out of control, we can help you at least check a few things off your list with our Pre-Season Red Tag Sale.

With select magazines—some of our most popular titles—70 to 90 percent off, you’re sure to find a gift just about everyone on your list can look forward to all year long. Here’s a preview of what you’ll find.

Cooking Light: For 25 years, this magazine has been making over comfort foods and other indulgences into healthy meals for health and fitness buffs.

Coastal Living: Got an adventurer to shop for? Take them to destinations from coast to coast with this magazine that just recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.

InStyle: No fashionista should be without this bible of inspiration that covers best looks, trends and beauty tips from head to toe.

Sports Illustrated: Help a sports fan get his or her fix with this weekly magazine known for its comprehensive coverage and well-written features.

Entertainment Weekly: Gossip enthusiasts will look forward to weekly updates on their favorite stars plus insight into the hottest television shows and movies.

Time: For news junkies, this weekly newsmagazine is a must, as it goes in-depth into the latest headlines here and around the globe.

Parenting: Parents with children of any age will find plenty of kid-friendly advice in this magazine that’s packed with how to’s, recipes and more.

Field & Stream: Keep your outdoorsman (or woman) ready year round with product reviews on equipment and gear, as well as preparedness tips for any situation.

Outdoor Photographer: This magazine helps the artist behind the camera capture the best in landscape, sports or other outdoor settings with advice and equipment recommendations.

Popular Science: Gearheads will get into this title that explores the inner workings of the latest in technology, science, travel and more.

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Coastal Living Magazine Helps You Plan a Day at the Beach—or Brings It to Your Door

Coastal Living magazine October 2012Daydreaming of a day at the beach? Subscribe to Coastal Living to plan a weekend retreat or at least bring the sights, sounds and tastes of a relaxing getaway into your home.

That slight chill in the air hinting the cooler winds of winter are ahead may make you think the beach is the last place you’d want to be.

But before the temperatures drop too low, an escape to the coast is pretty peaceful about this time of year, you know, when the masses of summer vacationers have returned home.

If a trip isn’t in the cards, there’s always the next best thing—a subscription to Coastal Living magazine, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this summer.

Every bimonthly issue takes you inside coastal homes and retreats from sea to shining sea, then shares makeover tips and decorating advice to bring a little of that sun-kissed vibe into your own space.

With that easy, breezy weather for which most coasts are known, it’s no surprise that there’s a focus on outdoor spaces, like grilling areas or patios.

Maybe you’re landlocked and want to make the most of your coastal getaway. Travel tips and recommendations abound in each issue as well, for destinations ranging from Kennebunkport, Maine, New Orleans, Louisiana, Santa Monica, California, and, for the really adventurous, Brazil, South America.

All you need to know is covered—from where to stay and where to dine, to where to shop, where to tee off and where your furry friend will be welcomed. Not to mention the many ways to channel the coastal lifestyle in fashion, skin care, fragrance and more.

Whether you live on the coast or inland, Coastal Living’s recipes and entertaining advice will help you capture that relaxed state of mind so often associated with sticking our toes in the sand.

If you’re lucky enough to call a coast home, that could mean incorporating fresh catches into your meal as a way to eat local. Or it could mean creating a beach-inspired tablescape as a reminder of a summer vacation.

In short, Coastal Living can help you plan a trip to the coast or make you feel like you’ve been there.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by our customers, Coastal Living subscriptions are offered at our everyday low price of $10 for one year and $20 for two years of issues.

The 10 Best Magazines to Take to the Beach

The 10 Best Magazines to Take to the Beach

The 10 Best Magazines to Take to the BeachYou’re ready to soak up some sun this summer, but don’t hit the sand without these bright magazines safely stowed in your beach bag. 

How long have you been waiting for this summer vacation? You’ve got your spf, your sunglasses, your suit and a giant beach towel. Now all you need are some great summer reads. To help stock your beach bag this summer, we’re listing out the 10 best magazines to take to the beach this year.

For Her:

People: Who doesn’t love a little celebrity gossip while soaking up some rays? Sometimes we all need a little mental break to sit and enjoy our guilty pleasure magazine, and People is it.

Coastal Living: For once you can stare at those beautiful oceanscapes on the page and then look beyond the page to see the real thing in the background. Enjoy the magazine, and when that pang of “Oh I want to be there!” kicks in, just set the magazine down and voila!

Dwell: Totally focused on modern home design both inside and out, Dwell magazine is a great read with beautiful graphic design, and it just seems to speak to that creative side, which you actually have time to nurture while on vacay.

Sunset: Sunset magazine will help you drift peacefully into your tropical paradise. Devoted to everything West Coast, this magazine will add a splash of summer with great tips on everything from green living to food, wine and entertaining.

Health: It’s the best way to catch up on how to stay fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle, all things that just make sense when you’re at the beach with a little time to scheme about the future.

For Him:

Wired: You finally have a chance to sit down and enjoy an entertaining read, and Wired is chock-full of enough new gadgets, inventions and trends to keep you entertained for an entire afternoon of sunning.

Fast Company: This is another good read, with stories of entrepreneurs, trends and business ideas both current and future. And don’t worry — though it has “company” in the title, this read will feel nothing like being at work!

The New Yorker: Great reporting and super interesting stories — need we say more?

Surfer: Even if you don’t have plans to hit the board on this trip, there’s just something fun about thumbing through a surfing magazine while at the beach. And hey, if you feel like a poser, you can always hide it between the pages of one of your other magazines and no one has to know.

ESPN The Magazine: Catch up on the latest sports news and let your mind kick back and relax. Golf anyone?

Enjoy these additional suggestions of quick and easy summer reads–all for less than $10.

How to See the Beauty of a Single Grain of Sand

How to See the Beauty of a Single Grain of Sand

Coastal Living February 2012After seeing photos of magnified and gemlike grains of sand, Dana McCranie reflects on her childhood by the beach, the passing of her father and the value of art.

I grew up 15 minutes from the beach. My father loved the ocean, and living near water was always a requirement for him. I’ll be the first to admit I took this location for granted. I realized this when I went to college in Tuscaloosa, Ala. and no longer had daily access to the sight of the endless ocean and its beautifully crashing waves.

My first job out of college took be back to the beach, and this time I lived just five minutes from the ocean. After that, my husband and I lived in California for the first year of our marriage and then we moved back home to North Alabama. I’ve spent the past 10 years living a full day’s drive from the closest beach, and I desperately miss the luxury of wiggling my toes in the sand on any given day. When I miss the beach, I’ll often pick up Coastal Living magazine and escape within its pages. It sometimes serves as a quick little substitution for being able to actually make a trip.

In the current issue of Costal Living, readers are treated to a different look at sand. The magazine features images that show just how different each grain actually is and how each truly is its own work of art. Former biomedical researcher Gary Greenberg used to spend his time looking through the lens of a microscope at living cancer and nerve cells. “The Secret Life of Sand” tells the story of how one day he put some sand he received from his brother under the microscope. He saw amazing textures, colors and shapes. Greenberg’s discovery changed his life and led to the invention of a new art form. He now photographs grains of sand magnified up to 300 times their size.

The images displayed on the page are so magical they caused my heart to race. I thought of my father, who passed away a year ago, and how much he would have loved this marriage of art and science. He was a brilliant engineer who loved the ocean. These images would have surely generated a wonderful discussion about life, beauty and fishing.

Some of Greenberg’s photos are featured alongside panoramic shots of sunsets and beaches, “to remind people where they came from,” he says. Although I consider Alabama my home, I know that every future visit to the ocean will be a reminder of Daddy and where I came from. At first I counted it strange that these images of sand should take me to such rich thoughts of my dad, but that’s what good art does. It travels through our eyes straight to our hearts.