eMagazines Are Your Holiday Helper

It’s the most wonderful time of year: Festive lights are up, cookies are bountiful, and carols seem to follow you wherever you go. But wait, Christmas is how many days away? And, whoa, Hanukkah has already started? Kwanzaa starts when? And you haven’t bought gifts for anyone yet?

If this scenario sounds relatable, don’t stress just yet. San Mateo County Libraries has online magazines that can help you check off your gift list just in time for the holidays. Why are online magazines so helpful for holiday shoppers? You can easily print or save articles directly to your mobile phone to take with you when you hit the mall or shop online.

Consumer Reports

What magazine can help you find great gifts, save money, and help you protect your privacy, opens a new window while shopping online? Consumer Reports, of course! You can check out Consumer Reports with your San Mateo County Libraries card through Flipster. Make sure to also check out the Consumer Reports Buying Guide.

Holiday Recipes

Find holiday dinner (and dessert!) inspiration from our variety of food and cooking magazines on RBDigital Magazines (formerly known as Zinio for Libraries). You can download and keep magazines on your mobile device through the RBDigital app, opens a new window so you can use those recipes next year if you’d like. Here are a few of our most popular cooking magazines:

Bon Appetit

Cooking Light Bookazines


Gift Guides

Not sure what to get your in-laws? Want to make the toy at the top of your kid’s wish list is a hit and not a dud? Many popular magazines offer gift guides for people with many different interests and personality-types in mind. Take a look at the gift guides in some of these issues out now:


Southern Living

Marie Claire

Festive Crafts

From handmade ornaments to crafty gifts, these magazines will give you holiday inspiration.

Martha Stewart Living

Bead & Button

Cloth, Paper, Scissors

New Year’s Resolutions

After all the celebrating is over, you might have some New Year's resolutions for 2018. Whether you have fitness goals, want to cook new food, or work on your finances, eMagazines can help you along the way.




Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Help With eMagazines

Are you new to using eMagazines from San Mateo County Libraries? We’ve got tutorials and each service has a help page to get you started.

What's your favorite magazine? Tell us in the comments.