I’m a big proponent for the written word and prefer the visceral feel of hard copy text to any electronic version. I have always loved magazines and get excited when I find a good selection in the waiting rooms I am forced to visit. Good reading material is a necessity of life and often a rare find. It is important to keep a ready stash at hand at all times. You never know when you may be stuck waiting with precious time to spend.
Magazines make fantastic presents anytime of the year. Pittsburgh is home to over 30 publications that would be an ideal gift for almost anyone on your list. My current favorite is Rustbelt Almanac since it encapsulates the essence of self made men and women who are filling the void left by manufacturing industries in creative ways. It is beautifully produced and printed on matte paper using environmentally friendly vegetable-based inks. You can order from the website and a current issue will be sent out post haste.
Creative Nonfiction should be reserved for the real connoisseurs of reading. Every issue is packed with essays that blend style with substance and writing that pushes the traditional boundaries of the genre. Their 50th Issue contains some of their greatest hits and is nearly double the length of a normal issue.
For the foodies in your life you cannot go wrong with Edible Allegheny. It is a beautifully produced publication that you will refer to over and over. They take food photography to a new level and are unlike any other food magazine I’ve ever read. It is not just filled with recipes and new products to buy. It informs, it simplifies and it inspires. You will find excellent writing and local adventures to explore. A great replacement for those still mourning the loss of Gourmet Magazine.
I am proud to report that Pittsburgh is trendy enough to sport two great food magazines with the other being Table. This publication breezed onto the scene a few years ago with a fun approach to all things food related. The enticing articles and recipes will encourage you to shake up a cocktail, smoke some salmon and stir up something delicious. Perfect for the holiday season.
Whirl magazine features those who have made it in Pittsburgh. Their cover features famous faces that once called our city home. The list is long and impressive. It is a true society magazine reminiscent of Town & Country but lacking the pretentious overtone. Their holiday subscription is buy one, get one free so you can’t go wrong with this one on your list.
Maniac Magazine caters to a fashion-forward, music-minded, entertainment-driven, young-professional lifestyle while supporting the arts, non-profits and numerous other indulgences. It is perfect for that hard to buy for college student, intern or young professional in your life.
Pittsburgh Quarterly is one of my all time favorites that contains in depth articles on great people along with a formidable mix of culture and business. It is also a great coffee table book due to the impressive artwork found on every cover. Any discerning readers on your list would welcome the appearance of this publication in the mail.
Shady Ave is a great choice for those who live in the east end but this magazine is sheer joy for anyone to read. This informative and visually spectacular read will give you access to gorgeous homes, stylish stores, cozy cafes and all the best cultural events. It is an excellent choice for for your well-heeled friends that like to stay informed.
Last but not least is Pittsburgh Magazine. This is a generational favorite that would be welcome in any home. It covers all the best things our city offers and is a great choice for a new comer on your list.
If you want to have something to wrap just buy a current issue and let them know a subscription is on the way. What better way to simplify the art of gift giving.