2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Map Geeks

11 December 2015 by Cory MacVie

The holiday countdown has begun! We understand that finding gifts for map geeks can be quite tricky. So, the Fulcrum team has compiled a list of the top cartography gifts that your map geek is sure to love. Ranging from $15 to $1,500, we hope you can find something within your price range that will be treasured for years to come.

The Uncommon Green

The Uncommon Green

If your friends like quality barware, The Uncommon Green products include unique barware, home accessories, furniture, and custom art. They strive to present one-of-a-kind products with eco-friendly manufacturing in mind. They have a wide selections of pre-made cities to choose from.

Prices: $12 - $80 Promo Code: MapLovers - good for 20% off orders over $100 through Jan 15th. Find it here: The Common Green

Imagine Nations

ImagineNations

If someone you know has an affinity for vintage maps and globe art, Wendy Gold’s art is hand made and top quality. She offers a line of recycled, hand-signed and numbered lithographs. She also offers wood bound canvas maps and push pin maps that feature her designs interplaying with vintage world maps. Keep in mind that because the quality is so high, some pieces require 6-8 weeks to create. Canvas Wall Hanging Maps and Push Pin Maps take 2-3 weeks lead time, and Lithograph maps are ready approximately 1 week from when you place your order.

Prices: $75 - $599 Find it here: ImagineNations

Cut Maps

Cut Maps

If you’re looking for wall art that catches your eye, Cut Maps will create cut outs of your favorite cities. They offer stainless steel framed wall maps, wall sized wooden state maps, cell phone cases, and stainless steel christmas ornaments. They offer a 30 day full refund return policy, so you’re sure to be satisfied with your purchase.

Prices: Start at $15 Find it here: CutMaps

Map Is Art

Map Is Art

Map is Art creates beautiful, personalized map gifts, clothes and décor. You start by selecting a location of your choosing and they add the Stamen Design watercolor map design to an object of your choice. They offer scarfs, trays, ties, lamps, clocks, print art, onesies, skirts, baseball tees and coasters.

Prices: $10 - $119 Find it here: Map Is Art

Monochome

Monochome Map

Tired of your spouse being a back seat driver? Get them a street map of your city as a gift. Select an item to get started: Choose from a t-shirt, tank top, Tote Bag, Flare Skirt, Throw Pillow or Pencil Skirt. Add the location you want to use, select the style of Monochome colors, and you’re done.

Prices: $39 - $75 Find it here: Monochome

Below the Boat

Below the Boat

If you have a sailor or water lover in the family, nothing will look better than a bathymetric chart (the underwater equivalent of a topographic map) on their wall. Robbie and Kara Johnson from Washington create beautiful laser-cut, hand-colored art pieces of your selected location. Because so much design work goes into each piece, they do not provide custom locations, but their selection is very large. One of their charts will quickly become a family heirloom.

Prices: $158 - $388 Find it here: Below The Boat

Wall Paper Maps

Wall Paper Maps

Catch everyone’s attention with a floor to ceiling wall map. They provide a wide variety of world, country, antique, and local map options to choose from, or upload your own map. If you wish to create a customized map for your wall, I recommend using Mapbox Studio Classic software and then import the image into Wallpapermaps. If ordering from the US, expect your order to take 12-15 business days to arrive.

Prices: $16 Sq Ft Find it here: Wallpapered

Woodcut Maps

Woodcut Maps

Preserve your favorite memories with a friend or loved one in a hand-crafted wood-inlay map of your own design. It is as easy as selecting your favorite location on a Google Map, selecting the exotic hardwood veneers, and a few weeks later, a custom map of your own design arrives at your home for hanging or framing. Along with wall maps they also offer iPhone cases and greeting cards.

Prices: $Start at $40 Promo Code: CARTOGIFT will save 15% for orders placed through 12/18. Find it here: Woodcutmaps

Mapiful

Mapiful

Create a printed map poster of the city your friend was born, where you fell in love, or just your favorite neighborhood. Within a few minutes in their custom map maker, you can have your map ready for print. Their process could not be easier to use.

Prices: $60 Find it here: Mapiful

Maps by A.Jaffe

Maps by A.Jaffe

Who can forget where they met their spouse? A.Jaffe provides a way to select the place you want to remember and display it in a modern heirloom that will be cherished for years. Each custom made piece can be engraved with any location in the world and a diamond marks the spot of a favorite memory.

Prices: $125 - $ 1500 Find it here: A.Jaffe

About the author

Cory is our Product Manager for Fulcrum. He works to bring Fulcrum’s field data capability into the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief sectors.

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