10 Magazine Gift Guides Reviewed & Ranked

You’re busy: you don’t have time to shop, or to read magazines, or to look at magazines for ideas to guide you when you go shopping, which you’re not going to do because you’re too busy. Luckily Slate has pre-digested the gift guides from ten magazines including Vogue, Maxim, Consumer Reports, and Gourmet, then barfed them up like an HTML mama bird for your shopping convenience.

Their winner in the list-off is Maxim:

The superfluous T&A is more of a lure for some readers than others. But Maxim surprises with its witty and varied gift ideas, which are frequently accompanied by well-written snippets of prose. And as long as you’re not a vegetarian, you can’t help but love a guide that mentions python filets at $40 a pound.

The bottom dwellers include Condé Nast Traveler—”The editors saw it fit to only recommend gifts for five-star travelers”—and Gourmet—”There’s no coherent gift guide, per se, just a series of front-of-the-book gift pages.”

“Smoking Mittens or Felt Fedora?” [Slate]
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