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Unique Map Gifts: Why maps make the perfect gift

Looking for a unique gift? You can't go wrong with a personalised illustrated map. I'm here to tell you why maps make the perfect gift.


A mini map of an area in Surrey featuring a particular tree drawn in the middle. The map is black and white with a blue river running through it, and a simple compass rose
One of my personalised mini maps I offer in my shop - £40. This particular one was drawn as a gift for my client's friend


Illustrated maps offer the ability to create a deeply personal connection. Whether it's highlighting a recipient's hometown, favourite travel destination, wedding venue, or a memorable journey, a customised map gives you the chance to tell their story. By incorporating specific landmarks, routes, or memories, these maps become keepsakes that evoke special moments.


Unlike a lot of home decor, personalised illustrated maps offer the chance to have something truly unique in your home: a reflection of your story that no one else has or will ever have. It offers both aesthetic appeal and real meaning. If you want a gift that's truly special, you'll never get better than these one of a kind pieces.

A black and white map of the UK, with several places highlighted and drawn within little circular borders.
I offer personalisable, illustrated maps. This was drawn for a couple, comemmorating their journey together, and you can add your own places, names and symbols to it


Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, wedding, graduation or retirement, personalised illustrated maps provide a creative way to commemorate milestones and achievements. By depicting significant locations or landmarks associated with the recipient's life journey, these maps celebrate the individual in a meaningful and memorable way. They serve as tangible reminders of accomplishments and experiences worth remembering.


Beyond their aesthetic appeal and practical utility, personalised illustrated maps are valued for the thought and effort invested in their creation. Unlike generic gifts, these maps demonstrate a level of personalisation and attention to detail that reflect the giver's thoughtfulness and consideration for the recipient's interests and preferences. Receiving a personalized map as a gift conveys a heartfelt message of care and appreciation.

A blue and white map of Whitgift school in Croydon, featuring symbols related to the teacher and his career
A fully custom map for the retirement of a teacher who had been at the school for 40 years.

So, if you're looking for an extra special, thoughtful and unique gift, that tells a story, records cherished memories, celebrates life milestones, offers a personal connection and looks awesome to boot - have a think about a personalised, illustrated map.

And if you're not entirely sure what an illustrated map is, then head to this blog here, which explains what they are.

Alternatively, why not make your own, by following my series teaching you how to do just that. Have a look at this blog, which links to the entire series.

As always, thanks for reading!


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