Oct 8 12

Create your own Personalised World Map

by MattThomason

Gifts are a staple part of every culture and are an symbol of affection from bearer to receiver. However, it is important to remember that a gift is not just that in itself. It is a demonstration of how well you know someone and understand their personality.

Unlike generic gifts, personalised gifts can last a lifetime and will always hold a special place in someone’s memory. For example, gift cards will get used, coffee mugs can break and tastes will change, where as a personalised world map could occupy wall space for years to come.

Personalised gifts can be given at any special occasion and, contrary to popular belief, they don’t have to be exceedingly expensive. The cliché phrase “it’s the thought that counts” is what makes the difference when it comes to personalised gifts.

Did you know? Maps International has a range of personalised world maps, personalised postcode maps and much more to excite and impress the people closest to you.

Personalised World Map

Here’s an example of a Personalised World Map. You can customise the colour of the border as well as the title and sub title. The Personalised World Map would make a perfect birthday gift!

Personalised World Map

Personalised Postcode Map

Here’s an example of a Personalised Postcode Map. These provide a detailed map of any area in the UK followed by a title and sub title of your choice. The Personalised Postcode Map makes perfect wall décor for the home!

Personalised Postcode Map

Personalised Postcode Map for Couples

Here’s an example of a Personalised Postcode Map for Couples. Choose two different locations and merge them together followed by a title and subtitle. These areas could be childhood homes, where you first met or favourite destinations.

Personalised Postcode Map for Couples

You can find many more personalised world maps over at Maps International UK or Maps International USA.

Oct 12 12

Old Maps - A Brief History of Cartography

by MattThomason

Old Maps have been part of human history for thousands of years, and are said to date back as early as 16,500 B.C. However, The oldest known maps are preserved on Babylonian clay tablets from about 2300 B.C.

It was not until the early 16th century that the first world maps began to appear, Gerardus Mercator from Belgium was the leading cartographer of the mid-16th century. He developed a mapping projection based on mathematics, which was much more accurate than any other up until that date. He published a map of the world in 1569 based on this projection.

Mercator World Map

Mercator World Map 1569 - Source: wikipedia.org

In light of this, many other map projections were soon developed and in 1570 the first modern atlas was published by Antwerp cartographer Abraham Ortelius.

Ortelius World Map

Ortelius Old World Map 1570 - Source: wikipedia.org

The Nova Orbis Tabula In Lucem Edita is a similar but more ornate version of the Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula. The latter was published in 1630 and was the first dated map to be published in an atlas.

Nova Orbis Tablula in Lucem Edita

Nova Orbis Tabula in Lucem Edita 1689 Old Map - Source: mapsinternational.co.uk

In 1740, German map publisher Matthias Seutter used the Vertical Perspective projection which placed the map observer at a 12,750km distance. This type of projection is the same as is used today for Google Earth.

In the United States in the 17th and 18th centuries, explorers mapped trails and army engineers surveyed government lands. The old map pictured below was released in 1858, after the US had been thoroughly explored and mapped.

The World on Mecrators Projection

The World on Mecrators Projection 1858 Old Map - Source: mapsinternational.co.uk

Many more accurate projections were developed over the course of the 19th and 20th century. Digital mapping in the late 20th century made old maps like these somewhat obsolete, but they still provide an intriguing insight into the evolution of cartography and can make a timeless addition to the home.

Nov 13 12

Google on Mars

by MattThomason

Many of us will already be aware that we can explore space using the wonders of Google Earth. The ability to roam Mars on Google Earth was something that was introduced in 2009, but images were only available in low resolution.

Now, thanks to Context Camera (CTX) on Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter we are able to see the red planet in much more detail.

Updated: Updated: The grey patches in this view of Mars from Google show images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Context Camera which have been freshly loaded into the freely downloadable application

In addition to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter there are four other active probes on or in orbit around Mars. This includes two orbiters and two rovers. This includes 2001 Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, Opportunity rover, and Curiosity rover.

The Curiosity rover is one of the more advanced probes and has already transmitted some intriguing information back to NASA. Curiosity was set down in the Gale Crater, which Google Earth users can zoom into for a 3D view.


Up until recently the mission controllers overseeing NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover mission had been working in shifts aligned with Martian time for the first 90 Mars days, or Sols, of the mission.

The start of the Sol is always changing relative to Earth time which meant the team’s start time for daily planning had to be moved a few hours later each week.

To view these fantastic images download Google Earth

Click on this icon in Google Earth to view Mars >>>saturn

Nov 20 12

Mapping The Movies

by MattThomason

There is always significant debate when it comes to the best movies of all time. Ratings can be deceptive, critics can be challenged and hype can play a significant part in shaping a social, collective reaction.

Watching a movie can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions, both good and bad and like riding a rollercoaster, the best ones are always the ones we remember for years to come. Many people will label and cast assertions about specific genres.

Many men for example, will judge a romantic film as being a ‘chick flick’ which men may only watch when with a female companion. Similarly, many women will judge an action film as being nothing but ‘explosions’ and ‘fast cars’, things which naturally appeal more to men.

So what happens when genres collide? You get the likes of Avatar producing a cocktail of action and romance, admidst a war torn climate with highlighted themes of greed and corrpution. You get the brilliantly acted Forrest Gump which mixes heartfelt drama with comedic elements, creating an unlikely blend of humour and sadness.

A lot of the best movies do not tie themselves to one genre and allow themselves to reach a larger amount of viewers by incorporating influences from different genres. Obviously, if a movie was to take extracts from every genre then it’s likely that it wouldn’t be very successful, however, in moderation a mix of genres can go a long way in creating a cinematic masterpiece.

Vodkaster.com has attempted to create a visual representation of this phenonemon in the form of a subway map. The concept behind this is that each genre is represented by a subway line, while each movie is represented by a station. The points at which these lines meet is where the film has adopted a position between two genres.

Do you agree that these movies are the best of all time? Do you feel that more of these movies have a cross section of genres? Tell us in the comments.

Nov 28 12

Christmas Gifts Discount - 15% OFF!

by MattThomason

The Christmas season is just around the corner. Up until now, the thought of Christmas may have seemed like a far off event but now we are seeing it in magazines, shopping malls, restaurants and in almost every ambient environment.

It won’t be long before Bill Nighy is gracing our screens in ‘Love Actually’ with his rendition of “Christmas (love) is all around me”. With the Christmas Season comes the prospect of buying Christmas gifts for friends and family and, as is often the case, the difficulty in knowing what to buy.

We’re here to help. We’ve got -15% off everything in our online map shop up until 4th December. That’s right, everything. Here’s a few ideas of Christmas gifts to start you off:

Huge World Map

Our HUGE politcal world map is even bigger than resident map maker Kev and is one of our best sellers (the map, not Kev). This map will make a brilliant Christmas gift for the budding travel enthusiast or Geography obsessive and it’s now just £32.60.

Glow In The Dark Map

Our Glow-In-The-Dark World Map is the perfect Christmas Gift for the kids’ bedroom and will help them learn valuable geography skills. This map is now just £32.60.

Nova Orbis Tablula in Lucem Edita

The Nova Orbis In Lucem Edita is a perfect Christmas gift for the historians amongst us. Its fascinating ornate detail will give a real ‘blast’ from the past! Buy this in our medium size for only £24.65.

Christmas Gifts Discount
Dec 3 12

Life Expectancy World Map

by MattThomason

This colour coded life expectancy world map shows the incredible difference in life expectancy across the globe. It shows that the more economically developed countries such as the UK, Japan and Canada have a higher life expectancy than lower economically developed countries like Angola and Zambia.

Countries like Italy and Sweden have life expectancies of 80+ where as places like Chad and Afghanistan have life expectancies of lower than 50.

The country with the highest life expectancy is the city state of Monaco. It has the Worlds highest number of Billionaires & Millionaires per capita and the Worlds lowest poverty rate, as well as exceptional standards of state funded healthcare.

Of the top 5 countries with the highest life expectancies the only large country is Japan, with the rest being city states like San Marino and Singapore.

On the other end of the spectrum, Chad is one of the poorest countries in the World. 80% of the population of the country are living below the poverty line and as of 2004, it was estimated there were 3 physicians, 15 nurses and 2 midwives per 100,000 people.

Click the image below for a larger view.


Jan 9 13

150 years of The London Underground

by MattThomason

The London Underground is internationally renowned for being the third largest (in terms of route miles) subway system in the world. Today marks 150 years since the first London Underground journey took place between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan line in 1863.

One of the Tube’s most notable features is the design of it’s network map. It is characterised by a non-geographical layout and the use of colour coding for lines. The map is now considered a design classic; virtually every major urban rail system in the world now has a similar map and many bus companies have also adopted the concept.

Tube map

There are many cultural references to the map, including parodies of it using different station-name. Here are a few of our favourites to celebrate 150 years of the London Underground.

Simple, but effective.


Football Fans

Football London Underground

Local Life Expectancy


Jan 16 13

Mapping dialect and it’s influences

by MattThomason

The origins of language in humans has been a topic of scholary discussion throughout the ages. It has been documented in the Christian bible in the book of Genesis as a ‘confusion of tongues’ and has been deemed by some scholars as unsuitable for serious discussion due to a lack of empirical evidence.

In 1866, the Linguistic Society of Paris went so far as to ban debates on the subject. However, today, there are still many questions left unanswered and a growing number of professionals have attempted to address this mystery with new methods.

French Artist Gustave Doré's interpretation of the confusion of tonguesFrench Artist Gustave Doré’s interpretation of the confusion of tongues

Further questions remain around dialect or accent. Received Pronunciation is considered the standard English accent in England although it is clear that around England and indeed Great Britain the accent can vary vastly. People from the West Country may have trouble understanding someone with a Geordie accent. Similarly, someone with a Cockney accent may have problems understanding someone with a Glaswegian accent. Dialect is usually interpreted geographically and split into certain regions.

Every dialectal feature has its own boundary line, called an isogloss and these features can be attributed to the division of certain dialects and associated with names of geographic regions, for example, Bristolian or Brummie accents.

Dialect also has some relation to a person’s social background. In many localities, dialectal differences are connected with social classes, educational levels, or both.

dialectsDialects from across Great Britain

It’s possible that we may see the diminishing of dialect in the modern era. The ability to communicate with people from around the world with ease may cause isogloss boundaries to blur and accents to become more similar.

On the other hand, it could be argued that despite the ease of communication individuals are no longer communicating vocally. In the 21st century people communicate more via email or by short message services (SMS) as oppossed to actually speaking to one another.

Do you think there is a future for dialect?

Feb 8 13

Top 20 Horse Meat Producers in the World: Map

by Ronnie Hazley

World Map of Horse Meat Producers

World Map of Horse Meat Producers

“Frozen-food company Findus is the latest culprit in a number of cases surrounding the use of horse meat in foods labelled as beef. A series of tests on Findus beef lasagne products found between 60 and 100 percent horse meat. Within the last month millions of burgers have been taken off shop shelves amidst findings of horse DNA. We thought it would be interesting to illustrate the top 20 countries in the world that produce horse meat. You can see from our World Map of Horse Meat Producers that China are by far the biggest producers of horse meat.

Horse meat is widely enjoyed around across much of Europe, South America and East Asia and is a healthier alternative to eating beef due to its lower fat content. So, why does Britain host a social stigma against the consumption of horse meat? It can be traced back to centuries when horses were seen as companions and used as cavalry in times of war. Similarly, today horses are considered as pets in a similar category to that of cats and dogs.

As aforementioned, in many countries consuming horse meat is considered socially acceptable. To further highlight this, we have used data from the Food and Agriculture Organisation tomake a map of all the countries worldwide that produce horse meat.”

Feb 28 13

Map of the World’s Credit Ratings

by MattThomason

We’ve created a Map of the World’s Credit Ratings based on Moody’s Corporation Ratings Data. On 22/02/13 the UK lost it’s AAA credit rating for the first time since 1978. This came as a result of a series of blows to the UK economy and speculation that UK economic growth will remain sluggish over the next few years.

The UK saw it’s rating drop to Aa1, which means it will take a long time for the government to reduce its budget deficit - the amount it has to borrow every year because it is spending more than it receives from tax revenue.


However, Moody’s stated that the UK’s creditworthiness was still “extremely high”. In particular, the UK has a good history of debt control and still has a highly competitive economy. Our Map of the World’s credit ratings provides a visual representation of each country’s credit rating based on Moody’s ratings data.

Map of the World's Credit Ratings

If you’re not sure of some of the country names then use the interactive map of the world’s credit ratings below. Click on a country to find out it’s name.

Mar 19 13

Nuclear Weapon States Map

by MattThomason

The 1930’s was a period of immense change. The great depression caused markets to crash and resulted in economic downfall, whilst Adolf Hitler seized the opportunity to rise to power. Many major conflicts occurred across the world including the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Chaco War and the earth changing World War II. The decade also saw a host of technological advances including television, radio and nuclear fission.

During World War II, it was assumed that Nazi Germany was trying to produce nuclear weapons. To counter this The United States, Canada and The United Kingdom gathered their best scientists to produce such weapons before the Germans. Their efforts were successful and in August 1945 two nuclear bombs were dropped on Japan which ended the war in the Pacific.

Since then, the USA produced the first Hydrogen bomb in 1952 and Russia countered this by building one of their own. Over time, both the USA and Russia continually built nuclear weapons based on the threat each country posed upon one another. By 1986 it was estimated that throughout the world there were 40,000 nuclear warheads. These weapons had the capability of destroying the world many times over.

Today, there are eight states that have successfully detonated nuclear weapons. Five of these are considered ‘nuclear weapon states’ under the terms of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. This international treaty was devised to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, whilst promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Despite this, recent events have seen North Korea testing nuclear weapons and even threatening to launch nuclear strikes on the U.S. North Korea have broken many UN sanctions and are also known to have exported nuclear weapons to countries with a history of corruption, which might harbour terrorist cells.

Nuclear Weapon States

We’ve created a map to illustrate where these nuclear weapon states are. The map is featured below, is colour coded and fully interactive. Clicking on a shaded country will display its nuclear weapon states status. To find out more nuclear weapon states click here.

Apr 24 13

Map Gifts For Father’s Day

by MattThomason

Dad’s can be difficult to buy gifts for. As a broad rule, men are generally harder to buy gifts for than women. It’s often best to play it safe and buy your Dad something that will allow him to reassert his masculinity. Something like a Bosch Power Drill or a screwdriver with interchangeable heads. Chances are, though, he will already have all the things that he really wants. However, there might be some things he doesn’t even know he wants yet!

Maps can provide the perfect solution when searching for a gift this Father’s Day. Whether it’s an Executive World Map for the office, or a Personalised Postcode Map for the living room. Whatever your needs may be, Maps International can help you find the perfect map gift for your Dad. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Premium Executive World Wall Map

Our premium executive world wall map is perfect for the office and available mounted on a walnut style frame. Complete with political detail (countries shaded in different tones), country boundaries and cities shown, this really is the most stylish and practical map available.

Framed Historic British Empire World Wall Map

Our Framed Historic British Empire World Wall Map is truly stunning. The original print is dated back to 1896 when the British Empire was reaching its peak. The map details trade routes and uses shading to illustrate areas of the world under British control. A perfect historic piece for your historic Dad!

Board Mounted Personalised World Wall Map

Our Board Mounted Personalised World Wall Map is a unique take on our classic Political World Wall Map. With this map you can add a title and subtitle to your map, as well as being able to change border and text colours. Personalise your map to add a heartfelt touch to a top quality gift.

Give something unique this Father’s Day. Find the maps above, and more, at our online store.

May 21 13

Mary’s Moonwalk

by MattThomason

Contrary to popular belief, the Moonwalk isn’t just the signature dance move of the great Michael Jackson. It’s also the name of a fantastic event that aims to raise money for the global fight against breast cancer. The Moonwalk is an all night power walking challenge around the streets of central London. But that’s not all. The walk follows a massive 26 mile route and all participants (even the men) must do the walk in a bra!

Last week, our very own Mary Bohm left the Office to take on the challenge. Her team, the Leki Trekkers, consisted of three other ladies determined to raise money for the cause. In total Mary’s team raised a huge £780 for the charity and crossed the finish line in around 7.5 hours. Mary said it was “Most certainly an experience not to be missed although I feel it will be the only time I walk around London in my bra!”

We’d like to extend our congratulations to Mary for her amazing work and we’re proud to have her as part of the Maps International team. If you’d like to be a part of the 2014 Moonwalk then visit www.walkthewalk.org for more information.

Mary's Moonwalk

Jun 28 13

James Davenport’s Airport Map

by MattThomason

The power of flight has changed the way we live. Traversing the whole earth prior to flight would have taken days, if not months to complete. Now, we’re able to fly across the entire planet in a matter of hours. Each decade bringing with it more powerful and efficient aviation technologies. More and more British people take to the skies and holiday abroad, in an attempt escape from the traditional rain sodden summers of Britain.The increase in demand for air travel, coupled with a growth in multinational logistics has resulted in the construction of new airports, in all corners of the globe.

Cartographer, James Davenport has stowed away conventional cartographic boundaries and used digital mapping technology to create a map of the world, plotted using airports. The results are fantastic. Each small blue dot represents an airport and it’s clear to see where flight is the preferred means of travel. The USA appears to be swarming with airports, particularly towards its eastern coast. Whereas Asia tells an entirely different story, with what appears to be hundreds of miles between each airport.

The data for the airport map was gathered from ourairports.com and plots a total of 45,132 runways. The airports on the map range from dirt fields to airports the size of Heathrow. How many have you been to?

Airport Map

Jul 17 13

How to escape a British heat wave

by MattThomason

The UK is currently experiencing ‘Summer’. A phenomenon which happens once a year and usually consists of around a week of sunshine, followed by a lot of wet weather. This year, however, Britain is experiencing an ongoing heat wave, which is only getting hotter. A welcome change to the traditional British summer. The heat isn’t for everyone though and some people may want to escape from it, retreating to the coast to bathe in the sea, or in extreme cases, the other side of the world! So, where in the world are the best places to go to escape a British heat wave?

St Ives

1. Australia

Being south of the equator, Australia is currently in the middle of their winter, making it a perfect time to go there if you want to escape the heat. You can enjoy skiing down Victoria’s slopes or diving into the balmy waters of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

2. South Africa

South Africa also lies South of the Equator and has a rather mild temperature during the summer months. Visit one of South Africa’s beautiful cities, try some local cuisine and watch the cricket, all in a cooler, more comfortable atmosphere.

3. Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido is Japan’s second biggest island. It has very cool summers and is home to some very rare flowers, native to the local climate. Despite the cool of summer, Hokkaido is a hotbed for seismic activity and there are still 6 active volcanoes on the island. Don’t let this put you off though, Hokkaido is a beautiful place with a number of vast National Parks to explore.

4. Cornwall, England

If you fancy taking a break a little closer to home, then the Cornwall coast is likely to be your best bet. Golden beaches, quaint seaside towns and Cornish ice cream make the intense heat a bit more bearable. Take a trip to “Porthminster” in St.Ives and the “Par Sands” beach in Par, next to St. Austell.

5. Greenland

When we think of holidays abroad, Greenland probably doesn’t top the list. Temperatures rarely exceed 10 degrees Celsius and most of the area is uninhabitable. However, there are a few specialised travel companies that will take you to the planet’s largest (non-continental) island, and you’ll get to stay as cool as a cucumber!

Written by guest blogger Jake Blay.

Nov 27 15

Black Friday - Sales Here!!

by Melissa Duffin

As most of you will already know, today is Black Friday and that means its time to get shopping and grab a bargain! There are sales everywhere and if you’re looking for that perfect gift for Christmas then you’re in the right place. Here are some of Maps International’s top Black Friday Deals!

1. Scratch North Pole Advent Calendar

Scratch North Pole Advent Calendar

Scratch North Pole Advent Calendar

Just in time for the Christmas countdown, our Scratch North Pole Advent Calendar is on sale - 65% off!

2. City Skylines

London city skyline

London city skyline

Buy one of our beautiful city skylines with 30% off!

3. Giant World Map Classic Mural

Giant World Map Mural - Classic

Giant World Map Mural - Classic

There are giant savings on this giant world classic mural map which is 50% off this weekend.

4. World Medium Canvas Maps

Large Canvas Antique World Map

Medium Canvas Antique World Map

Selected medium canvas maps are 15% off today. The canvas finish adds a luxurious touch and heightens the style and sophistication of the wall hanging.

5. Glow in the Dark Star Map

Glow in the Dark Star Map

Glow in the Dark Star Map

This Glow in the Dark Star Map is an ideal gift for those who are interested in the universe or for those who simply like star gazing. Buy this unique gift this Black Friday with a huge 50% off!

Check out all these deals plus many more!

Nov 17 15

Gifts for the Traveller

by Melissa Duffin

If you know someone who loves to travel then look no further as Maps International have a range of gifts that will be perfect for them.

1. A city skyline

Paris City Skyline

Paris City Skyline

This beautiful Paris city skyline done in watercolour makes for a wonderful gift. Finished on a canvas, this will be put on the wall to be admired by everyone. This may be somewhere the recipient often goes or somewhere where they have some special memories. On the other hand, it could simply be a destination they are longing to visit.

See our other skylines here.

2. A Personalised World Map

Personalised Antique World Map

Personalised Antique World Map

This personalised antique world map is a perfect gift for a travel lover as pictures or momentos from their travels can be pinned to the map and a title can be added.

3. Scratch the World

Scratch the World

Scratch the World

This map is great for the travel enthusiast as they can scratch off the places they have visited and decide where to visit next!

To see even more gifts for travellers - click here!

Nov 17 15

Men’s Den – Gifts for the man

by Melissa Duffin

When shopping for Christmas presents, we know how hard it can be to find gifts for men, something different to the classic pair of socks. Here at Maps International, we might just have the solution and this gift can be for your dad, brother, partner, son or any other man in your life. Do they like travelling? Or maybe they just have an eye for interior design. Somewhere in this collection of maps, may be the perfect gift for them…

1. Canvas Map of the World

Classic Canvas World Map

Classic Canvas World Map

This classic canvas world map is ideal for the men’s den as its muted tones looks stylish and sophisticated. The canvas finish makes the product look luxurious and adds character to the room.

2. Framed Antique World Map

Personalised Framed Antique World Map

Personalised Framed Antique World Map

The antique world map makes a great addition to a man’s den and the smart black frame adds quality to the product. This product can be personalised with writing and pictures to make it extra special.

3. Scratch Map

Scratch the World

Scratch the World

The Scratch map also makes an excellent present for a man this Christmas as they can scratch off the locations they have visited and plan their next holidays!

Nov 16 15

Personalise your gift for Christmas

by Melissa Duffin

Finding a special gift for your loved ones can be extremely difficult, especially in the build up to Christmas when there are so many people to think about. However, my answer to this situation is to go personal. Personalising any products adds that special touch; it shows someone that you have put thought and effort into their gift.

These personalised world maps allow you to write the name of the receiver on the bottom of the map with a subtitle of your choice.

Personalised World is Art

Personalised World is Art

The world is art personalised map lets you select a colour for the map that will most suit the receiver and the pinboard finish allows them or you to pin on pictures or travel momentos from that area of the world. This is great for Christmas as you can pin on pictures from the holidays they have been on that summer.

Personalised Antique Map

Personalised Antique World Map

Personalised Classic World Map

Personalised Classic World Map

The classic and antique personalised world maps are also popular finishes with their vintage and elegant styles.

What we love about this gift, is that it can last years and years and will grow as the receiver travels to more places. Also, it will be seen and appreciated every day as it is put on display.

Show someone you have really thought of them and give a unique, personalised gift this Christmas…

Nov 13 15

Keep the kids busy this Christmas

by Melissa Duffin

Want to keep the kids entertained during the Christmas holidays? Maps International has a wide range of kid’s products that will keep them busy for hours.

3 craft kits - Origami World Map Craft Kit, Make Your Own Globes Craft Kit and London 3D Model Map Craft Kit.

Child making Origami animals

Child making Origami animals

Make Your Own Globes Kit

Make Your Own Globes Kit

Creating the London 3D Model Map Craft Kit

Creating the London 3D Model Map Craft Kit

Read more about why our kids craft kits are such good gift ideas here.

Doodle World Map with Crayons - This world map teaches kids about the world in a fun and interactive way as they get to colour in different countries.

Doodle World Map with Crayons

Doodle World Map with Crayons

Check out more of our kid’s product range

Nov 11 15

Countdown to Christmas with the kids this year with our new Scratch North Pole Advent Calendar

by Melissa Duffin

It’s that time of year again; Christmas is just around the corner. And with excitement running high, why not join in with the countdown this year. The tradition of the advent calendar dates back to the mid-19th century. Our natural curiosity to see what’s behind the number has continued this yearly tradition.

Maps International’s new Scratch North Pole Advent Calendar is a fun and healthy alternative to a chocolate advent calendar. This Advent Calendar will also last a lot longer!

Scratch North Pole Advent Calendar

Scratch North Pole Advent Calendar

This Advent Calendar features an illustrated map of Santa’s Grotto, with 25 foil squares hiding parts of the scene for the children to discover every morning in the lead up to Christmas. Once every square has been revealed, this product makes a magical poster of Santa’s grotto that can be used every year!

Nov 2 15

5 reasons why you should really own a canvas map

by Melissa Duffin

Wondering whether to purchase a canvas map? Maps International state 5 reasons why you really should.

5.  Life - If nothing else, this beautifully detailed map adds colour and interest to your room and brings it to life. The map below from the ‘World is Art’ range does this particularly well by adding colour to your chosen room.

World is Art Canvas

World is Art Canvas

4.  Style - The canvas finish offers a more stylish and luxurious look to your map. Rather than it just looking functional, it now looks like an artistic piece of wall decor. This can be nice if you are renting your home, as you may not be allowed to paint the walls and add your personal touch in other ways.

Executive Canvas Map

Executive Canvas Map

3.  Personalisation - The canvas map says something about the person buying or receiving it; maybe that they like to travel or know more about the world. It can also be personalised by adding photos to the places that you have visited.

2. Conversation starter - This wall map is sure to get people talking with so much to talk about in the world, whether its holiday locations or news from around the world. Also, children are bound to ask more questions as they learn more about the world around us.

Canvas World Map

Canvas World Map

1. Inspiration! A wall piece inspires people to think, a map wall piece can inspire people to travel. Why not treat yourself or a loved one to something that will inspire every day.

Antique Canvas World Map

Antique Canvas World Map

Oct 26 15

Decorate your child’s playroom with a world map mural

by Melissa Duffin

Looking to decorate your child’s playroom with something a bit different? Maps international offers a map wallpaper that not only looks like great fun and full of bright colours, but also works as an educational tool as well!

Giant World Map Mural

Giant World Map Mural

This beautifully bright world map mural would look great in a child’s playroom for them to explore for hours, showing their friends where they have been on holidays or where they would like to go. They can learn the capitals of other countries and how far away one country is from another. The bold colours make the map much more appealing for younger eyes and the size of this giant mural makes it a really exciting wallpaper for children.

Child's world map mural in playroom

Child's world map mural in playroom

With 30% off the murals this week, why not take the opportunity to decorate your playroom today!

Oct 19 15

Kids Craft Kits – Gift ideas!

by Melissa Duffin

As Christmas is fast approaching, it can be increasingly difficult to find new and exciting gifts – especially ones that aren’t battery operated. Check out Maps International’s new products; these three craft packs are a great way to provide hours of fun as well as educational knowledge for your kids. This interactive approach to learning will keep younger children’s attention whilst also being an enjoyable gift for slightly older children.

Origami World Map Craft Kit

Origami craft pack

Origami craft pack

This Origami craft pack includes 8 instructional sheets for different animals that when made, can be placed on the origami styled map. Kids will learn where different animals originate and can be proud of their finished map.

3D Model Map Craft Kit

London 3D Model Map Craft Kit

London 3D Model Map Craft Kit

This fun and interactive 3D model map of London helps your child to learn more about our country’s capital and the famous landmarks in the city.

Make Your Own Globes Craft Kit

Make Your Own Globes Craft Kit

Make Your Own Globes Craft Kit

These two different globes are great fun to make and once finished show the Earth and the star constellations. They can sit on a desk or a shelf in a child’s bedroom for them to see every day and have fun showing their friends.

Check out the tutorial videos for the origami craft kit and the globes craft kit.

Oct 12 15

Map giveaway to celebrate 50 years

by Melissa Duffin

This year, our parent company Lovell Johns, turned 50. So in order to celebrate and say a big thank you to all our customers we are running a competition to win 1 of 50 FREE ‘Scratch off the World’ maps!

Scratch off the World

Scratch off the World

This map is a great gift or product for those who love to travel as you can scratch off the places you have visited and provides a talking point as it is put on the wall.

All you need to do is enter your email address and like our facebook page before Tuesday 20th October at 1pm. For each friend you refer you will gain another entry into the competition – so get sharing!

Click this link to enter >> http://wshe.es/s98u9s8a