Updated April 2021
Gifts for map lovers can be practical, educational or fun – or sometimes all three!
I am obsessed with maps – hence the name of our family travel blog!
I love how maps look, feel and the potential they hold. Maps inspire wanderlust and day dreams but also evoke memories of places, people and experiences.
But maps are not just for bookshelves. I wear map jewellery, have a ton of map themed accessories, read books about maps and even up cycled my work desk using old maps.
So what are perfect gifts for map lovers like me?
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Practical travel gifts for map lovers
A custom made personalised map
There can be no better map for a map lover than a map!
Inspire new adventures with a new map from Ordnance Survey.
Or go one better, and design your own personalised map.
Ordnance Survey allow you to choose your own location as the centre of your map. It could be your home, where you first met your map lover or one of their favourite places.
Then you get to design the front cover with your own photo and text.
I bought a personalised Ordnance Survey map for my husband for our wedding anniversary. It looks amazing and is the usual high quality OS map.
Plus, it only took me five minutes to create on the Ordnance Survey website. I’d highly recommend this unusual yet practical gift. Check it out here.
Bottles and cups
Whatever your favourite tipple, dream of future adventures with this ‘Adventure Awaits’ ceramic mug. This world map mug is also available in larger sizes – ideal for tea addicts like me!
The chrome metal helps to keep liquids cool for longer and the bottle is tough and durable.
The bottles are easy to wash and hygienic to use; I like the fact your hands do not touch the drinking part of the bottle. Plus, the carabiner clip is really useful enabling the bottle to be clipped onto a backpack saving precious space.
This bottle is a great gift for map lovers of any age or gender but for those who like hot drinks on the go, check out this fabulous world map thermos flask.
Or how about this eco friendly, reusable bamboo coffee cup with bamboo lid from Chic Mic. The bamboo lid is a big plus for me as silicon lids can affect the taste of your drink. The cups are dishwasher safe and come with a useful, protective heat sleeve.
Check out the various travel themed options available here.
A gift to help with travel planning
A themed map
Again, a map makes a perfect gift for a map lover.
But for something a little different – and quirky – check out the fantastic ST&G themed maps of Great Britain. These high quality maps are the usual map of Great Britain but highlighted locations focus on a particular theme.
The ST&G range includes food and drink, literature, movies, folklore and many more. Check out the full range here.
I gave my husband the ‘Great British Adventure Map’ for his birthday last year. It is packed with quirky, interesting information – did you know the furthest journey on the Rive Thames in a paper boat is 160 miles?! We have added so many places to our must see list because of this map.
A write on/wipe off map
Mark potential locations, jot down ideas and a route will emerge. But if you change your mind, just clean the map and start again!
Map print notebooks and journal
I love lists (NOT my husbands favourite trait in his wife!) but I tend to live on scraps of paper and post it notes.
So when I was given this world map note book as a gift it was a perfect gift for a map lover like me.
It has proved useful for travel planning, jotting travel notes, home school ideas or simply those never ending ‘to do’ lists.
For something extra special, check out these personalised map print journals on Etsy, customised with your name, travel dates and a map of your destination.
Fun gifts for map lovers
Take it from me, map themed jewellery always makes a great gift for a map lover.
I love this stylish, vintage inspired world map jewellery set.
It is light enough to pack into my cabin luggage yet durable for long term travel or daily wear. The colours of this set make this an eye catching piece of jewellery and unlike other map themed jewellery, the image of the world map isn’t squashed or indistinguishable.
Or, for something more subtle, check out this gorgeous map and compass point necklace from Zealmer. Ideal for birthdays, Christmas or Valentines it also makes a great graduation gift.
A personalised gift is an extra special gift.
I love this lightweight, wood and leather watch from Sentai that can be personalised with an engraved inscription on the back of the watch face.
This stylish watch is non toxic, hypo allergenic and made from sustainable bamboo. As it is a neutral colour, it can be worn with any outift, ideal for anyone who travels with a capsule wardrobe. I used to own a colourful map watch with an airplane as the second hand but every time I looked at it it reminded me of my fear of flying so I got this watch instead!
Click here for Sentai’s full range and latest prices.
Map print clothing
Match your new watch with this soft fabric, world map T shirt which is available for men, women and children in a range of sizes and colours so you could purchase one for every member of a map mad family! I like the simple design of this t shirt; map themed t shirts for children tend to have cartoon images on them which children will soon grow out of. This t shirt will grow with your little world traveller.
But for the ultimate clothing accessory for a map lover to flaunt their map obsession, check out these world map shirts which are guaranteed to be a conversation starter!
And I love these Mary Jane style map shoes from Hot Chocolate Design. Perfect for a summer trip, these canvas, Vegan friendly shoes are a must for any map lover. They are on my wish list!
Click here for the full range and latest prices.
Map themed pocket money accessories
Map themed accessories is when you can really let loose on your map obsession and as they are often low cost, they make great stocking fillers or birthday gifts.
My favourite map themed accessory is my funky, map print umbrella. It is compact and lightweight when folded so it fits easily into a handbag, daypack or cabin baggage.
I have been told my brolly is ‘very me’ and my kids say it makes me easy to spot in a crowd and it gets a lot of use living in the U.K!
You can find my world map umbrella here.
If you like to have matching accessories, Sass and Belle are a U.K based company specialising in vintage designs. They have a whole range of eye catching, stylish map themed accessories of excellent quality. I love my Sass and Belle lunch bag and glasses case.
Click here to see Sass and Belle’s full map themed range.
Etsy have tons of low cost map themed gifts. As someone who collect Christmas decorations, I love these map print baubles. One of these is on my Christmas list!
Map themed books for map lovers
It is easy to buy an Ordnance Survey map or a coffee table book of pretty maps for the map lover in your life, but what about something a little different?
Any self confessed map addict will find a fellow obsessive in Mike Parker. His excellent book ‘Map Addict’ explores his personal love of maps and charts the history and early techniques of map making.
I guarantee any map addict will learn something new from his entertaining book.
Or consider the quirky ‘The Writers Map’ by Huw Lewis Jones. This beautifully illustrated book features different authors and creators who share the fictional, imaginary maps that sparked and fed their own literary imagination.
Discover how ‘The Marauders Map’ was created for the Harry Potter movies or the sketches Samoa resident Robert Louis Stevenson used for ‘Treasure Island.’
This gorgeous book is well worth a read by anyone who is inspired by maps. Check out its outstanding reviews here.
Activity gifts for map lovers
Mapominoes is one of my favourite map themed games and makes a great stocking filler for under £10.
Don’t be mistaken into thinking this game is for children – it is equally challenging for adults and has greatly improved my geographical and flag knowledge!
The game is great fun and offers varying levels of difficulty so games can be adapted to the ages or abilities of those playing. The more challenging levels will leave you brain frazzled!
It is small, compact and lightweight game which is ideal for bringing on a day trip or road trip. There are different countries and continents available, check out all the options here.
We spend hours playing this strategic game, plotting our routes across the country whilst trying to block other players from completing their routes.
This fun, educational game is suitable for all ages, it never gets boring and has helped to develop our geographical knowledge of where towns and cities are located. Check out the cities, countries and continents available here.
My husband loves puzzles – Christmas isn’t Christmas for him without a puzzle on the go – so naturally, I give my husband map themed puzzles. He does quite well for map themed gifts doesn’t he?!
Last year, in a failed attempt to help his itchy feet during the pandemic, I gave him this beautifully illustrated world map puzzle but there are also gorgeous vintage world map jigsaws available here.
Colour in maps
A colour in map from Awesome Maps was my gift to myself during the pandemic. I actually bought one for a map loving friend and liked it so much I bought one for myself!
My world map is printed on high quality cartridge paper and will look amazing when finished. I love the fact that each country contains images related to that country (Matryoshka dolls for Russia and igloos for Greenland etc).
Each time I colour a section I provoke travel memories and inspire new ones!
World map gifts for the home
How about a map themed gift for your map lovers home? Or treat yourself for your own home!
We have maps in different sizes, shapes and textiles all over our home – it helps to keep travel an integral part of our family life.
We use a colourful canvas map like this one to keep track of family travels using push pins to mark where we have visited. It hangs in our kitchen to remind us of where we have been and how many places we still have to visit! It is a perfect world map gift.
For a fantastic feature wall, I love the mix of natural wood tones used in this stylish wall map from Enjoy The Wood. Plus, it includes the often neglected Iceland and New Zealand!!! I recently sent a metal world map back to the manufacturer as it had omitted New Zealand?!
This gorgeous map is available in different sizes and colours here.
But world map gifts for the home do not have to be large items such as this.
There are so many fabulous map themed gifts for map lovers of any age or gender that are fun, practical and sustainable as well as educational. Plus, buying a map lover a map themed gift shows you have put time and thought into their gift.
But remember, if you are obsessed with maps like I am, you can always treat yourself to a map themed gift!
I am not hinting Map Made Memories husband (honest) but I will just leave this list here…