Stuck for ideas for Christmas? How about the gift that keeps on giving (for twelve months anyway). Magazines make a brilliant gift at Christmas time, mostly by virtue of the fact that they‚Äôll receive issues until next Christmas, and because you‚Äôll often find bonus gifts are included in the subscription offer. The better the fashion magazine, the better the offer. So if you‚Äôre looking to give a magazine subscription to a man about town this Christmas, which titles should he really be reading?
The original, and still the best. British GQ is a staple for the fashionable man about town. While it has its spin offs, (GQ Australia, GQ US) don‚Äôt be fooled: they are but pale comparisons. I‚Äôve personally bought every issue published for the past five years. Its mixture of intelligent discussion (politics is a forte), humours columnists, and fashion dissemination. Its style shrink column is particularly useful, and unlike Tatler (which we still love, and Tania recommends) reading it doesn‚Äôt give the impression that you need to belong to a certain clique to understand what it‚Äôs on about.
Buy a subscription for the guy who likes a variety of beautiful women, high brow, intelligent discussion, and high class fashion. You can subscribe on Amazon for $123.
In many ways British Esquire has felt like GQ‚Äôs poor cousin for some years now. But they‚Äôve really been working hard on the title, and if you‚Äôve read it over the years you‚Äôll know it shows.
Like British GQ, in British Esquire he‚Äôll find a mix of high brow, intelligent discussion. Also like British GQ, British Esquire pales American Esquire into insignificance. But Esquire has always felt like it has more street cred, like it‚Äôs been around the block and has come back all the better for it.
Buy a subscription for the guy whose life is a mixture of high society and casual (it‚Äôs the latter that Esquire beats GQ on). You can subscribe at Amazon for $90.
Men‚Äôs Health is published in so many countries it‚Äôd take an entire blog post just to list them all – but rest assured they‚Äôre all of a high standard. That‚Äôs probably because they share so much content between each other.
Personal health and grooming have become such a major thing for men over the past decade and Men‚Äôs Health has certainly capitalised on that. A combination of work out routines, fitness advice, health news, and nutrition discussion make Men‚Äôs Health one of the leading magazines for the guy looking to take care of his body.
And that‚Äôs who you should be buying it for. It‚Äôs fashion advice is sometimes hit and miss, but if he‚Äôs after looking hotter or living longer you can‚Äôt go pass Men‚Äôs Health. You can subscribe at Amazon for $25.
I‚Äôll be honest – I‚Äôve never bought, nor read an issue of Details. But I went to some friends for advice on this column and many of them tipped their hat to the title. A polished magazine, it is to the casual / preppy male what British GQ is to the sloane ranger. Like 99% of men’s magazines, it focuses on the usual combination of fashion, cars, and sex, but does so with a fair bit of elegance you mightn’t be used to with a US men’s magazine. That said, being a US magazine expect the adverts to be proportional to the content.
Buy it for the fashionable, preppy guy not quite British in his tastes. Subscribe at Amazon for $15.
Some guy you know is still going to be into lad mags, and you may as well get them the 21st Century equivalent of the swinging sixties Playboy magazine — yes we really did read it for the articles. Maxim is in many ways a lad mag, but it‚Äôs a lad mag that is trying at least. And by trying, we‚Äôre noticing the fact that it‚Äôs not aiming to have a trashy factor (we‚Äôre looking at you FHM and Zoo!)
Buy Maxim for the younger guy, or the guy who still in his teens at heart. Subscribe at Amazon for $12.