Last update: 6th November 2023
There are a few things to consider before buying a magazine subscription gift card and there’s lots of choice. Here’s what we’ll cover on this page. Click on any of these headings to jump to that section:
- Why Buy a Magazine Subscription Gift Voucher?
- The Best Magazine Gift Cards for Choice
- The Best Magazine Gift Cards for Digital Subscriptions
- The Best Magazine Subscription Gift Cards from the Publishers
- Summary of Links
Why Buy a Magazine Subscription Gift Voucher?
A magazine subscription makes a fantastic gift for the one you love. It’s the gift that keeps on giving as the recipient will continue to receive a new issue of their favourite magazine every week or month.
If you already know which magazine your loved one will enjoy and want to gift a specific title, skip the vouchers and instead find their favourite magazine, compare prices and buy from where it’s offered at the lowest price. Most stores offer the option to send the magazine subscription as a gift to a different address, and you can often choose when the subscription should begin. Just select these options at checkout.
However, if you’re looking to treat someone but you’re not sure which magazine they’ll like, a magazine subscription gift card is the perfect option. Send your friend or relative a lovely gift card and let them choose their preferred magazine themselves. Vouchers can be sent via email, making them the perfect last minute gift!
We’ll go through each of the magazine subscription gift voucher options that are available in the UK to help you make the best choice when deciding what to give. We’ll highlight the magazines available with each option and any important terms that you should be aware of.
Best Magazine Gift Cards for Choice
To give your recipient the widest choice of print magazine subscriptions, send a gift voucher from either isubscribe or magazine.co.uk. These sites carry most UK magazines and their prices are competitive. As an alternative option for that friend who really loves to read, take a look at Readly in the digital subscription gift cards section below for their “All you can read” magazine gift cards.
With over 3,000 magazines to choose from and the option of sending the magazine subscription voucher by either email or post, isubscribe is our top choice. Another key advantage is that their gift vouchers can be used for either print or digital magazine subscriptions, so if you’re not sure whether your relative or friend will want to read their magazine on a digital device (such as a phone, tablet or Kindle) or prefer to hold the magazine in their hands, this is the perfect option.
The buying process for sending gift cards by email is simple:
- Choose the look of your gift card from over 30 designs covering birthdays, anniversaries and more.
- Select the value of your gift voucher from £15 to £100.
- Add a personalised message for the recipient.
- Choose when you wish the voucher to be delivered and enter the recipient’s email address. If you choose today’s date, the voucher will be sent immediately following payment.
- You can then preview the gift voucher to see exactly what the recipient will see before starting the checkout process.
Fewer options are given when purchasing a physical gift card. Here you cannot choose the design but you can select the value (from £20), add a personalised message and have it delivered by post for free in a sleek gift card wallet. These physical gift cards can only be delivered to addresses in the UK but will be sent out via 1st class mail.
If you want to be able to give the gift card in person, you could of course choose to have the physical gift card delivered to yourself. Alternatively, you could select an e-gift card and enter your own email address, then print out the voucher to wrap yourself and give to your loved one.
The most important terms and conditions for isubscribe’s gift vouchers are as follows:
- The vouchers cannot be redeemed against a subscription on a Direct Debit payment.
- No change will be given if the full amount is not used, however the balance can be used against further purchases.
- Gift vouchers are activated on the date of purchase and expire 12 months after this date.
Another great choice for magazine subscription gift cards, magazine.co.uk offers 100s of titles to choose from. Although this is fewer than isubscribe, you’ll almost certainly find your favourite magazine here.
While the process for buying a gift card is simple, here there are only 10 different designs to choose from, though you can choose the exact value of the gift card you’d like to give.
magazine.co.uk also does not offer physical gift cards, only e-gift cards. You will receive an email once the gift card has been sent to the recipient. If you want to give the present in person you could always enter your own email address then print out the gift voucher and hand it over yourself on the special occasion, whether that’s Christmas Day, a birthday or another event.
The key terms & conditions are identical to those of isubscribe:
- Vouchers cannot be redeemed against subscriptions on Direct Debit payments.
- Change will not be given if the full amount is not used, however the balance can be used against further purchases.
- Gift vouchers are activated on the date of purchase and expire 12 months after this date.
Best Magazine Gift Cards for Digital Subscriptions
If you know that your friend or relative prefers to read their magazines on a digital device such as a tablet, phone or Kindle, choose a voucher from either Readly, Pocketmags, isubscribe or potentially Amazon.
The ultimate option for choice of digital magazines, Readly is a fantastic “all you can read” service that allows you to read as many magazines as you like, in full, every month. A regular subscription costs just £9.99 per month and gives you access to over 6000 magazines and newspapers, including both new and back issues. You can read them offline in the Readly tablet & smartphone app or on any device with a web browser, plus the subscription can be shared with your family on up to 5 different devices.
So why not give the gift of unlimited reading with a Readly gift card? The gift card can be sent via email or printed out to give in person and the recipient will enjoy three, six or twelve months of unlimited access to magazines and newspapers.
This is the perfect gift idea for that friend with multiple interests who likes to read different magazines each month. The Readly gift card is valid for redemption up to 1 year after the purchase date and the subscription only starts when redeemed. There’s also no need to cancel at the end of the pre-paid period – the subscription will end automatically.
isubscribe’s gift vouchers have already been discussed above, so we won’t go into detail again here. They have the advantage that they can be used for either print OR digital magazine subscriptions and isubscribe also has the slickest and most user-friendly gift voucher service.
isubscribe lets you read digital magazines on iPad & iPhone, Android Devices or on any web browser (laptop, PC, Mac, etc), covering pretty much all bases.
Pocketmags allows you to read your digital magazine subscriptions on iPhone & iPad, Kindle Fire, Android Devices or in a web browser on any laptop, PC or Mac. With over 2,000 titles available and low prices, it’s a great option for gifting a magazine subscription in digital format.
Again, the buying process is simple: choose a value, select a design (from up to 6 options depending on the value), then add the gift card to your basket and check out. During the checkout process you will be given the option of emailing the gift card directly to the recipient or choosing to send the voucher to your own email address from where you will be able to forward it on with a personalised message or print it out and hand it to the recipient in person.
Gift card terms are pretty standard:
- Change will not be given if the full amount is not used, but the remaining balance will be converted to Pocketmags points which can be used against further purchases (though note that these will expire after 18 months).
- Gift vouchers are activated immediately upon purchase and expire 12 months after this date.
It’s worth covering Amazon here as their Kindle Unlimited offering gives you free access to a wide range of magazine subscriptions in digital format (in addition to millions of books and thousands of audiobooks). Amazon also has a simple to use and powerful gift voucher system with plenty of options.
Vouchers can be sent via email, post (in gift boxes or greeting cards) or printed at home.
However, note that if your intention is to specifically gift a magazine subscription, there is no way to specify that an Amazon voucher must be used for this purpose. Amazon vouchers can be spent on anything in the Amazon store, including Kindle Unlimited subscriptions.
Amazon has the most generous gift card terms of all, with gift vouchers being valid for 10 years from the date of purchase.
Best Magazine Subscription Gift Cards from the Publishers
Buying a magazine subscription often works out the best value when you purchase from the publisher, though not always, and prices can vary depending on what offers are running. That’s why we set up Cheap Subscriptions, so that you can always find where to buy your favourite magazines for the cheapest price.
Unfortunately very few publishers sell their own gift cards. If you know which magazine you want to gift, you can purchase the subscription as normal then select “Gift” as an option at checkout. You will usually be able to choose which issue the recipient will receive first, like in the example below from Magazines Direct:
Some publishers also allow you to download and print out a personalised card that you can give to your loved one. This is a great idea as it lets them know that they will be receiving the first issue of their new gift magazine subscription in the post very soon. Here is an example of some lovely downloadable gift cards from Buy Subscriptions. In this case you would choose a magazine subscription as a gift, select “this is a gift” and enter the recipient’s details when you check out, then download the card to print off and give in person or send to them through the post.
The only publisher that currently offers gift cards allowing the recipient to choose from a range of magazines is Future Publishing via their website MagazinesDirect.
As you are restricted to only the magazines that Future publish, only use this option if you know that your recipient will find something they like, otherwise stick to one of the options already discussed above. Having said that, there is a good variety of titles available to choose from.
Although limited to the magazines that Future Publishing offers, there should be at least one or two magazines here to suit the recipient of your gift card. Future’s titles cover lifestyle magazines like Woman & Home, entertainment titles like TV Times, gardening magazines like Amateur Gardening and sports magazines like Golf Monthly, plus lots more. The gift card can be used on over 70 different magazine subscriptions.
You can choose whether to send the gift card to your recipient (or yourself) via email or 1st class post. You will pay £39.00 if sending by email or £40.50 if sending via post. This is a fantastic price as the gift card entitles your loved on to a 12 issue subscription of any monthly title or a 26 issue subscription to any weekly title, giving a huge saving on the regular price.
Their magazine subscription gift card buying process is simple:
- Choose whether to send the gift card via 1st class post or email.
- Add the magazine gift card to your basket and make your purchase.
- The gift card is sent to the address you give via post, or by email within 1-2 working days.
- If you choose to have it sent to yourself, you can then write your own personal message before sending or giving to the recipient.
Note that the value of the gift card doesn’t go towards the price of a magazine subscription. Instead, the recipient uses their voucher code to purchase a specific number of issues of their magazine of choice. The magazines available and the number of issues that will be purchased are detailed on the gift cards page:
Most of these are excellent value when purchased using the gift card, but one example of exceptional value is for a PC Gamer Magazine Subscription. With the Magazines Direct Gift Card you will pay £39.00 (if choosing to receive it via email) and will get 12 issues of the magazine. At the time of writing a 13 issue subscription to PC Gamer is on offer at £76.99 (the equivalent of £71.07 for 12 issues), so this would equate to a huge saving of £32.07!
Note that gift cards can only be sent to UK addresses and that the activation code will expire 12 months after purchase.
Here is a summary of the links to purchase each type of gift voucher: