We’ve selected 50-odd magazines we think are particularly great to give at Christmas. We haven’t arranged them in categories, but we’ve provided some guidance to make things a little easier. We know that sometimes it's too difficult to choose, and when you reach that point we would recommend buying a Magalleria Gift Card.
Interested in art, craft, photography and design? For fans of fantasy art, Beautiful Bizarre stands out. It’s not always easy to obtain because they only print enough copies for subscribers and a handful of retailers. Elephant is a very accessible contemporary art magazine employing themed issues to help readers get on board with the discussion. For those we think of as 'creative people' we would always recommend Uppercase and for more focused practitioners, Pressing Matters is the printmaking magazine creating a buzz at the moment. Anyone seriously interested in illustration should definitely explore FUKT. In fine art photography the new ghost issue from Pan & the Dream is the all the talk while the new Sixteen straddles art, culture, fashion and documentary to cater for a wide spectrum of interests. For both students and practising designers our bestseller is IdN which usefully breaks design into specific subject areas (typography, packaging, interactive, editorial etc.). In a similar vein Magazine B explores the world’s great brands (Rolex, Netflix, Instagram, Leica etc.) making it not only indispensable for anyone interested in branding and marketing but a great gift for fans and collectors. Art and science-focused Plasma is in a category of its own. For anyone interested in Italian art, design and culture there’s the second issue of IL Librowhich examines 'the quintessential Italian colour', red.
Literary-minded, into music, political, spiritual, sporty?Luncheon is the lushest magazine and perhaps the prefect magazine gift. Even if it’s one of the biggest selling indies, The Gentlewoman is an attractive and sophisticated magazine for women of all ages that is yet be discovered by many. MONK is a beautifully composed creativity and spirituality magazine that is just launching, so you can be sure nobody has a copy yet. Point.51 offers long-form journalism and photography about the issues shaping the future of Europe. It may be tiny, but The Analog Sea Review is jam-packed with a variety of writing that has everyone swooning. The third issue is about to come out, but the first two volumes should be grabbed and gifted while still available. The Rialto is nicely packaged, guest-edited poetry journal. The first three issues of feminist witchcraft trilogy Sabat (the Maiden/Mother/Crone trilogy) are still reprinted and remain a perfect gift for anyone interested in contemporary pagan/occult lifestyle and thought. For music obsessives Record Culture is perfect, and we would think the very first issue of music and photography Marvin would be a very special gift. On the sport front, runners stories mag Like the Wind will be a revelation. Racquet is a US tennis magazine even people who hate tennis really love. And everyone knows a keen cyclist, so for bike packers we have Bikepacking Journalwhich is exclusive to us in the UK.
Likes to travel, decorate the home, interested in food?Ernest Journal is hugely popular with walkers and outdoor types who would like to build more knowledge about places and ways of living. The Weird Walk series is immensely popular for fans of meaningful meanderings whileLodestars Anthology is a beautifully produced profile of one destination in each issue. We expect the Wales issue out this Christmas to be huge. Sidetracked is much more for the adventure travel or extreme sports type, and we’ve been getting rave reader reports about Positive Futures, a new magazine about people who, by choice or circumstance, live off-grid. At the other end of the scale, the fifth issue of exotic travel mag Yolo Journal has just landed. Published by the former creative director of Condé Nast Traveler, it's a must for magazine connoisseurs. The Modern House is a slick and satisfying lifestyle offering from the online real estate company. Also catering for modern, minimalist tastes the beautiful and luxurious Ark Journalfrom Denmark is our biggest selling interiors title at the moment. It's a serious bargain at £12 and very hard to find in the UK. We stock three of the four issues released so far and we've just taken on the first issue of the similarly impressive The New Era from Sweden. For those who prefer more period stylings the shimmering, jewel-like Cabana from Italy is the perfect gift. When it comes to food, we’d recommend food history magazine Eaten, or the sumptuous Fool from Sweden. For drinkers there's the chance to snap up the launch issue of Tonic, a stylish mag focusing on the history, culture and sheer pleasure of drink'. We’re always surprised how many people have yet to latch onto the family food and activity journal Lunch Lady. For gardening inspiration there’s the hugely popular Rakesprogresswhich mixes plants, flowers and gardens with photography and literary musings, so plenty to please with there.
Fashion-conscious or fashion-interested, always stylish?CR Fashion Book has been restyled from a glossy into a sumptuous matt-finish marvel, perfect for giving. It’s not a million miles from the gorgeous Holiday, now a mélange of fashion, beauty, travel and travel writing. Favorite is a stylish Danish title new to the UK. System is an industry-insider publication that is perfect for anyone wanting a career in fashion. The Skirt Chronicles is a savvy, artfully created journal documenting fashion history – again ideal for anyone with a serious passion for this industry. For a substantial fashion magazine do not ignore Self-Service, a hardcover beauty weighing several kilos. For people interested in sustainable fashion there’s the imposing More or Less. For men we’ve got the first issue of Valet which provides almost 300 pages on the art of dressing, plus we have WM Brown,the new men’s style bible from the US – hugely coveted but not so easy to find.