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How to Order Magazines for Gifts or Office Waiting Rooms


Glenn Stok observes and examines methods that improve life with better ways of doing things, and writes about what's meaningful to others.

If you are looking for a magazine subscription as a gift, or magazines for a doctor’s office waiting room, this review will help guide you to 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. One magazine might be better than another, based on the type of patient in a doctor’s office.

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 office provide people with something to do while waiting.

Magazines in a doctor's office provide people with something to do while waiting.

General Interest Magazines for Gift Subscriptions

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

I often see these popular magazines in doctor's waiting rooms. They are about people and daily life:

  • Entertainment Weekly
  • People Magazine
  • Vogue

These general interest magazines provide entertainment for a broad audience:

  • 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.


Magazines for Children

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.

These magazines are also great for pediatric doctor's offices. They help keep young kids engaged, so they don't get fidgety.

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.

How to Order Magazines and Manage Subscriptions

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

I like to order my magazines through Amazon for three reasons:

  1. Many magazines include the ability to access to the digital edition on Amazon along with a print subscription.
  2. They usually offer deals on some titles.
  3. I can manage all my subscriptions in one place.

To help you find a magazine for a specific purpose, I've compiled the list below, broken down by the most common fields of interest.

You can View Magazines on Amazon and search for any of the titles I listed here. Some magazines on Amazon have tremendous savings with limited-time deals. Look for the red box link.

List of Magazines by Category

Entertainment Magazines

  • Entertainment Weekly
  • People Magazine
  • Vogue

Housekeeping Magazines

  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Good Housekeeping

Gardening Magazines

  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • Fine Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Garden Gate
  • Mother Earth News
  • Birds & Blooms

DIY and Handyman Magazines

  • Family Handyman
  • Do it Yourself
  • This Old House
  • House Beautiful
  • Popular Woodworking

Nature Magazines

  • Smithsonian
  • Birds & Blooms
  • National Geographic Magazine
  • National Geographic History
  • Archaeology

Science Magazines

  • Discover
  • Air & Space
  • Astronomy
  • American Bee Journal
  • New Scientist - US Edition

Technology Magazines

  • Popular Science
  • Aviation Week
  • MIT Technology Review

Computer Magazines

  • PC Magazine
  • Wired
  • Chip
  • Focus

Business Magazines

  • Fast Company
  • Business Week
  • Fortune
  • Inc.

Health Magazines

  • Men’s Health
  • Women's Health
  • Life Extension
  • Vegetarian Times
  • Consumer Reports On Health

Financial Magazines

  • Money Magazine
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek
  • Bank Systems & Technology

News and Current Events Magazines

  • US News
  • Newsweek
  • The Economist
  • Time Magazine
  • Kiplinger Magazine

Magazines For Children

  • Boy's Life
  • Girl's Life
  • Girls' World
  • National Geographic Little Kids
  • Sports Illustrated Kids
  • High Five™ Magazine

Magazines for the Elderly

  • Senior Living
  • Senior Leisure
  • The Savvy Senior
  • Senior Times
  • Senior Connections

How to Find Magazine Reviews

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.

Magazine Auto-Renewal

Amazon has an auto-renewal option with many magazines, so you won't need to keep track 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.

How to Recycle Used Magazines

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

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.

Final Thoughts

You can simplify your life by considering magazines for many occasions.

  • When you can't decide on the perfect gift, a magazine subscription could be the best solution.
  • If you have an office waiting room, magazines are crucial to keeping visitors occupied while waiting.
  • When you are looking for information on a particular subject, magazines cover many topics, and the right one can give you helpful hints to accomplish anything.

So, think about looking for a magazine subscription to solve most any concern in your life. It might be less costly than any other solution.

© 2009 Glenn Stok


Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on February 28, 2013:

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.

Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on February 28, 2013:

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 magazines...love reading gossip magazines while waiting. :)

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