Magazine Subscriptions for Gifts or a Doctor’s Waiting Room

Updated on July 24, 2019
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If you are looking for a magazine subscription as a gift, or magazines for a doctor’s office waiting room, this article serves as a guide to help you choose what's best.

Magazines exist for all types of interests:

  • Some are specific to men or women.
  • Some are focused on unique hobbies and trades.
  • Some are appropriate for kids.
  • You can even find magazines dedicated to education of most any subject.

Science-related magazines might be a good selection for students who will find it useful for learning about school projects.

Office waiting rooms need attention to the type of clientele. Depending on the type of patient in a doctor’s office, one magazine might be better than another.

For any of these cases, I’ll give you the right idea to make a good decision.


Magazines for a Doctor's Office or Business Waiting Room

I'm surprised that some doctors have an inadequate supply of magazine to browse while waiting.

Magazines in a doctor's waiting room provide people with something to do. It's a way to keep them relaxed while waiting for their appointment with their doctor.

When considering a magazine for a doctor's office waiting room, take into account that people come from all backgrounds. They have many different hobbies and interests.

The types of magazines in a doctor's waiting room, or other business, will vary depending on the kind of office it is. It's best to have magazines available that provide enjoyment while waiting.

Best Magazines for Medical Specialists' Offices

I find it amazing how often I see a total mismatch while I'm looking for something to read in a specialist's office.

  • Gynecologists will be better off with women's magazines.
  • Orthopedists may want to place sports magazines in their waiting room.
  • Pediatricians should have magazines that relate to the age level of the children who are their patients. Kids do like to read, or at least look at pictures.

Magazines in a doctor's waiting room provide people with something to do while waiting.
Magazines in a doctor's waiting room provide people with something to do while waiting. | Source

General Interest Magazines

The following list will give you some ideas so you can focus on the proper categories for waiting rooms or gift subscriptions.

General Interest Magazines

Most any general-interest magazine will be just fine if you don't know what to get for a gift subscription.

Popular magazines I often see in doctor's waiting rooms are about people and daily life:

  • Entertainment Weekly
  • People Magazine
  • Vogue

These general interest magazines provide entertainment for a broad audience. You might also consider:

  • Time Magazine
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Good Housekeeping

Magazines About Science and Business

People who are interested in science would find any of the following to be a fulfilling experience:

  • Discover
  • Popular Science
  • Popular Mechanics

These magazines also include a lot of interesting subjects that the general public would find a delight to read passively.

People who are business savvy may like a subscription to Business Week or Kiplinger Magazine.

For current affairs, US News or Newsweek will be a welcome addition for those who like to stay abreast of the news.

Health-Related Magazines

Patients who visit a doctor's office may be interested in health-related subjects. Therefore preferred magazines to read might be Men’s Health or Women's Health.

There are even magazines related to improving living conditions. Vegetarian Times is an excellent choice for healthy-minded people.

If you're looking for something in this category, I recommend Life Extension Magazine since I usually find helpful articles in it, and I'm always learning something new.

A Magazine for Pediatric Doctor Offices

For a doctor's office where patients include young kids, magazines can help keep them engaged, so they don't get fidgety.

National Geographic has a particular version called Little Kids, as shown above at the right. And I remember Boy's Life when I was a kid. That's still around.

Magazines About Home and Garden, Travel, and Pets

For adults, there are magazines available on gardening, hobbies, sports, shopping, drawing, knitting, quilting, watercolor, and other crafts. Other adult magazines cover categories such as eating well, spirituality, music, real estate, travel, and history.

There are also specialty magazines dedicated to lovers of dogs, cats, birds, motorcycles, bicycles, and cars.

Just do a Google search for the field of interest from the above list and include the words "magazine subscription." You'll find magazines specific to the area you're seeking.

List of Magazines by Category

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of magazines on the market. Every enterprise has its specific magazine related to its field.

To provide you with a list of what's available, I've chosen the most common fields of interest and listed the most well-known magazines in those categories in the list below:

Entertainment Weekly
People Magazine
Better Homes and Gardens
Good Housekeeping
Popular Science
Aviation Week
MIT Technology Review
Tech to go
PC Magazine
Fast Company
Business Week
Men’s Health
Women's Health
Life Extension
Vegetarian Times
Money Magazine
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Bank Systems & Technology
News and Current Events...
US News
The Economist
Time Magazine
Kiplinger Magazine
For Children...
Boy's Life
Girl's Life
Girls' World
National Geographic Little Kids
Sports Illustrated Kids
High Five™ Magazine
Elderly Magazines...
Senior Living
Senior Leisure
The Savvy Senior
Senior Times
Senior Connections

How to Find Reviews of Magazines

Amazon is an excellent site for searching for magazines and reading reviews. If you want to know the names of magazines for a doctor's office or a gift for someone, you can browse Amazon to see what exists.

Once you've selected what you want, you can Google the magazine's name to find if they have any special subscription offers available. You can also order within Amazon's site. They sell magazine subscriptions too, and you can even specify an alternate shipping address for gift subscriptions.

Amazon is also a great place to go to find little-known magazines on various topics or to compare prices of well-known magazines.


Amazon has an auto-renewal option with many magazines, so you won't need to keep track of when a subscription is expiring. That is an easy way for doctors to keep their waiting room magazines up to date for their patient's enjoyment.

Recycling Magazines

When visiting a doctor, donate your old magazines for the waiting room. Or give individual issues to friends.

How to Recycle Used Magazines

I don't like to throw my old magazines out with the garbage, so I donate my old magazines to my doctor when I visit for a checkup. For privacy, I tear off the corner where my address is printed on the cover.

You can even save the magazines you already had read to give to friends if there's an article that you think they may be interested in reading. It's just another way of avoiding filling the landfills.

© 2009 Glenn Stok


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    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      7 years ago from Long Island, NY

      MelChi - It surprises me, too, that doctors don't care enough to provide good and new magazines for their patients to read while waiting. Thanks for your comment.

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      For the ridiculous prices they charge and the time they make you wait every time for appointments, I would think that doctors would be able to afford brand new magazines each month. I don't get it. It's annoying waiting and finding old magazines in the waiting rooms. Great article though, I enjoyed your selection of reading gossip magazines while waiting. :)


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