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
- One Final Option
- 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.
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 25 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.
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 5 different designs to choose from and you can only buy to the value of £20, £30 or £40.
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. 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 Pocketmags, isubscribe or potentially Amazon.
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 they do offer a wide range of magazine subscriptions in digital format and have 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.
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.
The gift cards below are offered by three of the major magazine publishers. Each of these publishers operate their gift cards in a different way to the other stores mentioned above, which can mean that better value can sometimes be found (though not always!), at the cost of limited choice of magazines.
As you are restricted to only the magazines that they publish, only use these if you know that your recipient will find something they like, otherwise stick to one of the options above.
Rather than putting the value of a gift voucher towards the price of a magazine subscription, Magazines Direct instead offer a single voucher that costs £35 (or £36.50 if you want it delivered by post), but that can be used to pay in full for one of over 40 magazines, no matter their price. This can make it exceptional value if you’re buying an expensive magazine, but obviously offers less value for cheaper magazines so it pays to compare prices before purchasing.
The gift voucher entitles your loved one to 12 issues of a monthly magazine (i.e. a subscription for 1 year) or 26 issues of a weekly magazine (i.e. a subscription for half a year).
You’re likely to find at least one magazine that the recipient of your gift card will love. Magazines Direct have a selection of some of the most popular magazines in the UK, including lifestyle magazines like Woman & Home, sports magazines like Golf Monthly, home magazines like Ideal Home and entertainment magazines like TV Times.
One example of the exceptional value that is available is for Wallpaper magazine. Normally a 12 issue Wallpaper Magazine subscription costs £100, but with a gift card you can get this for only £35. Similarly, a 12 issue Decanter Magazine subscription normally costs at least £45, but again can be bought with this £35 gift card.
Unlike with other stores, here you can’t choose different designs for your gift card and if you choose to receive the e-gift card by email it will be sent to yourself rather than the gift receiver. You can then forward it on and add your own personalised message.
Magazines Direct offer excellent terms – the voucher is valid for 24 months after purchase.
Although limited to the magazines that Bauer Media Group publish, there should be at least one or two magazines here to suit the recipient of your gift card. Bauer’s titles cover lifestyle magazines like Yours, entertainment titles like Empire and Total TV Guide, gardening magazines like Garden News and motoring magazines like Motorcycle News, plus lots more.
Their magazine subscription gift card buying process is simple:
- Buy your gift card for £24.99.
- The gift voucher – which includes a generic greetings card – is sent to your address via post within 3-5 working days.
- Write your own personal message and then give or send to the recipient.
As above, this value 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 at the bottom of the gift cards page, when you click “More Details”:
One example of notable value available here is for a Trail Magazine Subscription. With the Great Magazines Gift Card you pay £24.99 and will receive 7 issues of Trail Magazine. At the time of writing a 13 issue subscription to Trail costs £61.10 (though is often much less), which would equate to £32.90 for 7 issues.
Note that gift cards can only be sent to UK addresses and that the activation code will expire 12 months after purchase.
A much smaller range of magazines is published by DC Thomson and only eight of these are offered as gift subscriptions. Unlike every other option above, here you need to select a specific magazine subscription to gift to your loved one, so you need to be confident that they’ll enjoy the magazine you choose. The value offered by these gift subscriptions is also not as good – you are generally paying more than you would if you purchased the magazine subscription as normal.
As mentioned at the top of this article, if you already know which magazine you want to gift, you’d be better off comparing subscription prices on this site, then purchasing from the cheapest store, selecting the “send as a gift” option at checkout or when adding to your basket.
One Final Option
If you have an idea of the type of magazine that your loved one will enjoy, WHSmith offers a small range of magazine subscription gift packs that offer the recipient a limited choice of magazines from which to choose.
For example, their Lifestyle Gift Pack can be used for a 12 months subscription to one of the following magazines: Good Housekeeping, Country Living, Red, Prima or House Beautiful. It should be noted however that each of these magazines can be purchased much cheaper elsewhere.
The Ultimate Choice Gift Pack offers a wider range of magazines, but these can all be purchased using the £10 cheaper Magazines Direct gift card listed above.
The buying process is simple. Select the pack you wish to purchase, then add to basket and check out. You’ll get free delivery and will have the option of sending the pack to yourself or to someone else, or you can choose to collect the gift pack in your local WHSmith store.
Each magazine subscription gift pack must be used within 12 months of purchase. Note also that it may take up to 8 weeks for the delivery of your first issue.
Here is a summary of the links to purchase each type of gift voucher: