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Our 8 Favorite Lifestyle Magazines This Season

August 31, 2020
What's better than an hour with your favorite lifestyle magazine? (Source: Shutterstock / G-Stock Studio)

What’s better than an hour with your favorite lifestyle magazine? (Source: Shutterstock / G-Stock Studio)

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Is there anything more relaxing than putting your feet up and browsing through your favorite lifestyle magazine? Whether you’re on the beach, on a flight, or on your couch, there’s a little slice of downtime heaven waiting for you between the covers of your favorite fashion mag or culinary monthly. And while Grand Giraffe has a massive collection of titles at great prices to choose from, we think the 8 lifestyle magazines below are especially inspiring this season. Dig in!

1: Best for Cooking/Food: Food & Wine

If you're a foodie, you'll love Food & Wine. (Source: Shutterstock / Evgeny Karandaev)

If you’re a foodie, you’ll love Food & Wine. (Source: Shutterstock / Evgeny Karandaev)

If you’re passionate about food or wine and can easily while away the hours learning how to improve your chiffonade technique or browsing rosés to match that soft cheese plate, this is your go-to monthly. Sections include Recipes and Cooking, Drinks, and Travel, the latter showcasing delectable culinary highlights in regions stretching from Languedoc (France) to Australia. There are also wine-buying tips and profiles of some of the best chefs and sommeliers this side of The French Laundry. Indeed, Food & Wine is the go-to for connoisseurs of all levels and tastes.

2: Best for Home Décor and Gardening: Better Homes & Gardens

In its 98th year of publication, the beloved lifestyle monthly Better Homes & Gardens remains a leading resource for making your house feel like the home you always wanted. Sections like Gardening, Recipes and Cooking, and Decorating brim with inspirational content. Tips for pruning roses, anyone? Better yet, how about a look-see at a top Hamptons show house for a beach-inspired great room makeover? Better Homes & Gardens has it all.

3: Best for Celebrity News and Gossip: People Magazine

You know the drill: Shoo the kids out of the room, run the tub, and slide in with the latest weekly updates on Leonardo, Angelina, and the rest of Hollywood’s most famous. What better way to relax than perusing through sections like Star Tracks, Exclusives (interviews), People TV, and of course, those Must See Photos? Oh, and don’t forget People’s annual “Sexiest Man Alive” issue — that’s worth the (Grand Giraffe-discounted) subscription price alone.

4: Best for Beauty and Fashion: InStyle

For all the best beauty tips, style trends, and fashion advice, head to the supermodel of monthly fashion mags, InStyle. Check out the How To section for guidance on distressing your jeans at home, or learn everything you need to know about BB cream in the Beauty section. With the latest on celebrity looks, shopping guides, and fitness programs, InStyle keeps you looking good and feeling great.

5: Best for Travel: Travel & Leisure

Travel & Leisure will help get you there. (Source: iStock / cdwheatley)

Travel & Leisure will help get you there. (Source: iStock / cdwheatley)

Just imagine swaying gently under the palms in your Caribbean beach hammock, gazing across mighty Himalayan vistas, or feasting in a Roman villa. Even if you’re stuck at home for now, Travel & Leisure can make you feel like you’re somewhere else. With features like Travel Inspiration (how about nine of the best hikes in Maine?), Food + Drink, and World’s Best — as in, the best hotels and tours — this iconic mag has everything you need to take that next trip, even if it’s just this month’s armchair journey. Oh, and the photography is to-die-for.

6: Best for Regional U.S. Highlights: Southern Living

Maybe you’re a proud Southerner – or just love Southern culture. Either way, for the best in Southern food, style, recreation, and fun, nothing beats lifestyle monthly Southern Living. Regular sections include Food, Holidays & Entertaining, and Style & Culture; each one is chock-full of ideas, stories, recipes, news, and more. How about a no-fail biscuit recipe? Or a feature on the South’s best small towns? Southern Living gives you this and more – everything you need to experience Southern favorites, right from the comfort of your own home.

7: Best for Parenting and Family Life: Parents Magazine

With its constant ups and downs, parenting can sometimes feel overwhelming – even for all you supermoms and dads out there. For the support you need and the humor you want, grab a copy of Parents Magazine. Content serves parents in all early stages of parenting, from pregnancy through school-age instruction, and covers topics like toddler napping strategies, ADHD, and dealing with tween friend drama. With expert advice and personal stories on kids’ health, behavior, food, and social issues — and loads of fun stuff, too — Parents Magazine is that monthly helper you can count on.

8: Best for Fitness: Shape Magazine

Get fitness-inspired with Shape magazine. (Source: iStock / nicoletaionescu)

Get fitness-inspired with Shape magazine. (Source: iStock / nicoletaionescu)

It’s time. Get that fitness regime back on track with inspiration from the leader in women’s fitness, Shape Magazine. Each monthly issue includes features on Healthy Eating, Weight Loss, Mind and Body, Celebrities, and yes, the best fitness programs around – including what you need for at-home workouts, workout playlists, and road race training, just to name a few.

Of course, we’ve only scratched the surface here. For more inspiring lifestyle magazine reads at great prices, check out Grand Giraffe’s Books & Magazine category page. There you’ll find amazing offers on a wide selection of titles in subcategories like Business, Crafts, Health & Wellness, News, Politics, History, & Literature, Sports, Women’s Interests, and a whole lot more.