Feb 21 17

Gifts That Will Mean The World To Mum This Mother’s Day 2017

by James Carroll

Is your mum the centre of your world? Remind her that however many miles separate you, your heart is still at home with her with our beautiful, personalised map prints.

Whether mum is a homebody or a bit of a Shirley Valentine, these unique and eye-catching map gifts are sure to make her feel special.

‘Home is Where Mum Is”

Personalised ‘Home Is Where Mum Is’ Map

Personalised ‘Home Is Where Mum Is’ Map

Personalised Postcode Map Print

Personalised Postcode Map Print

Exclusive to Not on the High Street, these personalised UK postcode prints are a great way to show mum that she’s always in your heart, or for remembering special times and places you’ve visited together.

The ‘Home is Where Mum Is’ canvas map (from £35) is a thoughtful gift that can be customised to display any UK postcode.

For memories further away from home, or for a more personal Mother’s Day message, this UK postcode print (from £33) makes a completely unique gift.

Mother's World Map Print

Mother's World Map Print

Mother's World Map Print

Mother's World Map Print

This stylish, bold ‘Mother’s World’ print (£10) is the perfect way to make a statement and let mum know that she means the world to you. With four colours available, and the option to frame, this print is one that she will be proud to display in any room in the house.

Mum’s Adventures

Personalised Classic World Map

Personalised Classic World Map

Personalised World Is Art Map

Personalised World Is Art Map

For a statement gift for the mums who like to roam, our extensive range of personalised world maps provide the perfect project. Customised with a special message, and mounted on pinboard, these maps let mum map out her own personal travel memories, and plan her next getaway.

Many sizes, styles and colours available, including Classic, Antique, and the best-selling ‘World Is Art’ map (all from £44.10).

50 years of beautiful maps

These unique, bespoke gifts are perfect for Mother’s Day, but also for any other time of the year. Our specialist cartographers have been designing and making quality wall maps and prints for over 50 years, for travel lovers of all ages, all over the world.

For more information on the products featured, and to browse our full selection of wall maps and map gifts for any member of the family, visit www.mapsinternational.co.uk

An exclusive selection of our personalised products can also be found at notonthehighstreet.com/mapsinternational

Feb 14 17

Keeping Your Children Entertained During The Holidays

by James Carroll

As a parent it can be difficult to keep your children entertained for all of the school holidays. Here at Maps International we offer a range of children’s products that would create hours of fun, and also incorporate some great learning techniques.

If your children are young explorers and adventures then some of our favourite products will be perfect for them!

Doodle Map

Our doodle map is a great way to create hours of fun, but also a great way to learn about the world we live in. We have designed this map to try and aim at younger children. We have included clear and easy to read fonts, and have made sure continents, countries and rivers are clearly shown.

Doodle World Map With Crayons

Doodle World Map With Crayons

Doodle UK Map With Crayons

Doodle UK Map With Crayons

Our doodle map also come in a UK version. This would be for parents who are looking to teach their children about the UK in a little more depth.

Craft Kits

Our craft kits are perfect for keeping children busy during the holiday’s. This range includes:

  • Make your own globe craft kit

  • London 3D model map craft kit

  • Origami world map craft kit

Make Your Own Globes Craft kit

Make Your Own Globes Craft kit

London 3D Model Map Craft kit

London 3D Model Map Craft kit

Origami World Map Craft kit

Origami World Map Craft kit

You can build a 3D version of the world, learn more about the famous landmarks of London and dive in the world of making traditional origami animals.

Illustrated Trivia World Map

This is a fun and illustrated map with added fascinating facts. It is packed with some awesome things to learn about the world we live in.

Illustrated Trivia World Map

Illustrated Trivia World Map

Did you know… “Every year the Netherlands sends 20,000 tulip bulbs to Canada to thank them for their help in World War II”.

Kids Cartoon Map of the World

Our final product is a fun map of the world perfect for children aged 5 upwards. The map shows local culture, animals and marine life, famous natural features and man made landmarks.

Kids Cartoon Map of the World

Kids Cartoon Map of the World

The world map itself shows all continents, sea and ocean names as well as sea and hill shading.

To find out more about maps for the young explorer and adventurer visit - www.mapsinternational.co.uk/kids-maps

Feb 8 17

Great Gifts For Your ‘PAL’entine!

by James Carroll

Instead of buying flowers and going out for a meal would you rather be hanging out with your best friends, watching films, eating pizza and playing games? If you are single this Valentine’s then this is the perfect solution!

In this blog we will be showing you some products that would be great for your friends. You may have already been travelling together or planning new adventures, and this is a great way to remember your memories.

Scratch the World

This would be a great gift for you and your travelling buddy. After every trip you take together you can scratch off the country you have visited.

Scratch the World Print

Scratch the World Print

This map is a great concept which reveals a beautifully styled and up to date world map underneath. This map also comes in a USA and Europe version.

Rome City Skyline

This would be a great gift to your friend if you have once travelled or plan in the future to go to Rome. The bright and colourful piece would brighten up any room.

Rome City Skyline

Rome City Skyline

With a contemporary splash of colour, the city of Rome is brought to life. We also offer this print for 5 other different cities.

New York City Street Map Print

This map would be a great memento from an amazing trip to the city of New York. With a minimal yet stylish print, this would look great in any part of the home.

Charcoal New York City Street Map Print

Charcoal New York City Street Map Print

Parks, highways, tunnels and bridges are featured. The map also covers areas such as the lower Manhattan. This map comes in 4 different colours and is offered for 4 different cities.

Land’s End To John O’ Groats Map Print

Our final map would be a great product for a great achievement. You and your friend might have already done this, or setting this as an aspiration for something to do in the future together.

Land's End To John O' Groats Map Print

Land's End To John O' Groats Map Print

The retro style contains the coordinates of John O’Groats, and Land’s End. We also offer this style of map for Route 66, Backpacking South East Asia and the Three peaks challenge.

To find out more about these products, and other travelling gifts visit www.mapsinternational.co.uk

Feb 1 17

Stationary to Make Your Wedding Day Special!

by James Carroll

At this time of the year there have been many Christmas proposals, and now you may be thinking how you can make your wedding day the best it can be!

Here at Maps International we offer many different types of wedding stationary. Our unique range of travel inspired products are perfect for travel enthusiasts.  You can personalise the products for a couple whose families are from different places of the world, or just places you would like to visit in the future.

World Map Wedding Table Plan

Our wedding table plan is to direct your wedding quests to their seats. This product is a perfect gift for a well travelled couple, or those who love the thought of a global theme wedding.

Antique World Map Wedding Table Plan

Antique World Map Wedding Table Plan

Classic World Map Wedding Table Plan

Classic World Map Wedding Table Plan

You can fully personalise this plan with table names and a seating plan for your guests. This table plan come in an Antique or Classic map finish, and a white wooden frame can also be added.

Wedding Countries Wedding Table Name Cards

These table name cards would be a great addition to the wedding table plan. With full personalisation, you are able to direct your guests to their seats with unique table names.

Antique World Countries Wedding Table Name Cards

Antique World Countries Wedding Table Name Cards

Classic World Countries Wedding Table Name Cards

Classic World Countries Wedding Table Name Cards

The pack of cards also features the bride and groom first names, and the date of their wedding. The table name cards also come in a Antique or Classic finish.

World Map Wedding Place Cards

Our wedding place cards are again travel inspired, and would be great for an adventurous couple. You will be able to direct your quests to their seats with these unique table name cards.

Antique World Map Wedding Place Cards

Antique World Map Wedding Place Cards

Classic World Map Wedding Place Cards

Classic World Map Wedding Place Cards

The world is also on both sides of the card, with a blank space for you to write names onto. The cards also come in an Antique or Classic finish.

World Map Wedding Invitations

Our final product is our wedding invitations. They are printed on high quality paper and completed with envelopes.

Antique World Map Wedding Invitations

Antique World Map Wedding Invitations

Classic World Map Wedding Invitations

Classic World Map Wedding Invitations

These invitations are the perfect way to show your guests you love travel, or you have gone with a global themed wedding. The invitations come in an Antique or Classic finish.

To find out more about all of the wedding stationary we offer visit www.mapsinternational.co.uk/weddings

Jan 28 17

Could this be the oldest map to exist?

by Alice Carter

Maps may come mainly in digital forms these days but 8500 years ago, maps were depicted on a much more solid material – stone. In fact, it is difficult to imagine a paper map made today would last for 8,500 years. Although, it is much lighter to carry around than a stone mural map!

At the beginning of this year evidence was published in a journal and the New Scientist, which suggests that the Stone Age mural (seen below) is the oldest known depiction of a volcanic eruption. This claim is disputed as there are other maps which could date further back. However, this is nevertheless an interesting find which helps us to see how maps have evolved from a Stone Age Mural dating back 8500 years to the era of digital mapping apps like Google Maps, in the 21st Century.

Indeed, if a volcanic eruption occurred today it would be seen all over the world and depicted through various forms such as photographs and maps. However, this mural seems to be the only way 8500 years ago to depict from Çatalhöyük in Turkey, the nearby volcanic eruption of the Hasan Dağ volcano.

It may take a few more years before scholars have determined if this is the oldest map to exist. But what are a few more years to the stone mural map which may have survived over 8,500?

The Stone Map Mural created over 8,500 years ago - (Image: Keith Clarke)

The Stone Map Mural created over 8,500 years ago - (Image: Keith Clarke)

Jan 26 17

Maps International’s Highlights of 2016

by James Carroll

Towards the end of last year, there was much talk online about 2016 being possibly the worst year ever! However, the Maps International team has had much to celebrate over the last 12 months, and we’re heading into 2017 on a positive note, by giving a nod to the achievements we have been most proud of over the last 12 months.

Here are just some of our 2016 highlights…

Helping Not on the High Street celebrate 10 years

Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the launch of Not On The High Street. Maps International has been a partner for 6 of those years and we reached the milestone of over 30,000 orders through the site in 2016, so we were happy to celebrate with them.

New products and old favourites

Antique Wedding Stationery

Antique Wedding Stationery

Over the last 12 months we’ve launched some exciting new map products that we are immensely proud of, including a stunning collection of bespoke antique map wedding stationery, a colourful range of city street prints, and our terrifying Mythical Monster Map. We also extended our range of best-selling Scratch the World Prints.

Winning Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday

mi-small-business-winner

In May 2016, Maps International was chosen as a Small Business Sunday (SBS) Winner by Dragon’s Den regular, Theo Paphitis. SBS is an initiative set up to recognise and gain exposure for smaller UK businesses, with new winners every week.

Maps on film!

You may have spotted our products popping up in TV shows and ads in 2016 without even realising it! Our Executive World Map featured in BBC2 drama, Line of Duty, while our Blue Ocean Map Mural played a starring role in the Mastercard ‘Your World’ ad.

In the press

During 2016 we were lucky enough for our products to be mentioned in - and loved by - some of our favourite home and interiors publications, including The English Home, 25 Beautiful Homes, Period Homes & Interiors, and Homes & Antiques, as well as a festive mention in Cosmopolitan UK. Our star Christmas products in the press included our Antique World Map Canvas and our London City Street Print.

Feeling the map love

Animal Map Of The World

Animal Map Of The World

We were seriously feeling the map love last year, with mentions in some amazing travel and lifestyle blogs, including Beyond Blighty, She Gets Around, Where’s Mollie and A La Jode, featuring best loved products such as our Text Art Map Canvas, Scratch the World, and our Travel Quote prints. We were also blown away to discover that Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, had chosen our Animal Map of the World print to display in his baby daughter’s nursery.

Maps International had many reasons to be proud in 2016, and we hope to do it all again this year! Wishing all of our followers and customers a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2017!

Jan 24 17

Give Your Partner The World This Valentine’s Day

by James Carroll

Plan your dream romantic getaway together or relive a special travel memory with these stunning, personalised maps, perfect for a Valentine’s Day 2017 gift.

Do you and your partner dream of travelling the world together? Or perhaps you’ve already done it and want to surprise them with a beautiful keepsake of the adventures you’ve shared? These unique, personalised gifts and beautiful map prints bring travel plans and memories to life.

Scratch the World

Scratch the World Print

Scratch the World Print

Our best-selling ‘Scratch the World’ print allows you to scratch off every destination as you go and is the perfect way to plan out that trip of a lifetime, or to spend an evening with a glass of wine, scratching off everywhere you and your partner have already visited together to reveal a colourful, detailed world map print underneath.

Personalised Postcode Maps for Couples

Personalised Postcodes Couples Map Print

Personalised Postcodes Couples Map Print

Personalised Postcode Map Print

Personalised Postcode Map Print

For a truly personal and unique gift that means something special, these postcode maps are ideal. Feature the place you met, where he proposed, your first home together, or where you got married with a colourful map print and add a personal message. Available for any UK postcode. These items are exclusive to Not on the High Street.

Show Off Your Travels

Personalised World Is Art Map

Personalised World Is Art Map

Quote in photo - “It Doesn’t Matter Where You Are Going, It Is Who You Have Beside You”.

Our wide range of personalised wall maps are the perfect romantic gesture for any travel enthusiast, enabling them to map out and show off their adventures in their home, as well as plan their next getaway. The personalised ‘World is Art’ map comes in a choice of colours and sizes, with the option to add your own special message – perfect for a big Valentine’s Day reveal!

Personalised Classic World Map

Personalised Classic World Map

Quote in photo - “Travel Is Like Love, A Journey With No End”.

No romantic gift says “I want to explore the world with you” quite like a map. For more information about Maps International’s range of personalised Valentine’s Day gifts, visit www.mapsinternational.co.uk/valentines-maps

Jan 18 17

World Map Wallpaper – Designs To Suit Any Home

by James Carroll

In this blog, we will be taking you through 5 different types of wallpaper we offer. The range offers designs that can be featured in any room in your home including offices, children’s rooms or general living areas.

Neutral World Map Wallpaper

Our Neutral Wallpaper offers a unique, yet stylish design which would suit any home. With its light design, it would fill any wall and provide a brilliant focal point to any room.

Neutral World Map Wallpaper

Neutral World Map Wallpaper

Environmental world map wallpaper

Our Environmental Wallpaper is a high quality map which is a fantastic representation of the world’s environmental terrain. This could be great for an office wall, with the map’s key helping to identify the different land. The map contains hill and sea shading making the map appear almost 3D.

Environmental World Map Wallpaper

Environmental World Map Wallpaper

Wallpaper London City Skyline

This massive version of our London City Skyline colourful watercolour skyline of the city of London, England. It also includes bold, dynamic and exciting watercolours; the city of London is brought to life. The wallpaper would also add a splash of colour to any wall where the artwork is placed.

Wallpaper London City Skyline

Wallpaper London City Skyline

Blue Ocean World Map Mural

This Giant World Map Mural is supplied on strips of wallpaper to make it easy for you to fit it in any room in your house or office. This map is politically coloured, and features all major towns and cities. Vibrant effects are added with hill and sea shading.

Giant World Map Mural - Blue Ocean

Giant World Map Mural - Blue Ocean

Classic World Map Mural

The final map is the classic version of our murals. This piece is contemporary and is also supplied on strips of wallpaper. This is one of Maps International’s best selling world maps, and is the finest map you’ll find! This map is also politically coloured, and features all major towns and cities. Vibrant effects are added with hill and sea shading.

Giant World Map Mural - Classic

Giant World Map Mural - Classic

To find out more about these products visit -  http://www.mapsinternational.co.uk/map-wallpaper-home-decor.asp

Jan 12 17

How a restaurant has tracked their global customers with our Large World Map

by Alice Carter

Phil’s Fish Market in the USA has used our very own World Political Wall Map to pinpoint where their customers are visiting from. The results of this are truly incredible!

This map is the fifth version in the restaurant’s 13 year history.

Considering the town of Moss Landing has a population of 204 (as of the 2010 census data), makes the results even more impressive! With patrons encouraged at the entrance of the restaurant to mark on their hometown using the pins from a large bowl, it’s only a matter of time before there will be a sixth version of this map!

Why not try this idea at home with our Large World Political Wall Map? You could mark on where friends and family are in the world or places which you have visited over the years. You could even use each coloured pin to represent different categories i.e. ‘place’s we’ve been’, ‘place’s we would like to go,’ & ‘where family and friends are based!’ See if you can rival how many pins Phil’s Fish Market has managed to fit on our world map!

Where would you put your pin?

Where would you put your pin? - (Image: DonkeyLightning)

Spot Europe under the map pins!

Spot Europe under the map pins! - (Image: DonkeyLightning)

The USA taken over by map pins!

The USA taken over by map pins! - (Image: DonkeyLightning)

Jan 10 17

3 ways to celebrate Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017 – with maps!

by James Carroll

Last month, Pantone revealed their Colour of the Year pick for 2017 – Greenery – chosen for its symbolism of a reconnection with nature, one another, and a larger purpose. As map-makers, we’re huge fans of all things green. Our planet has some beautiful, leafy terrain and we’re always trying to find new ways to showcase that beauty and vibrancy in our products. Many of our most popular wall maps have a distinct green theme, so we thought we’d bring a few of them together to celebrate a greener 2017!

Huge World Wall Map - Environmental

Huge World Wall Map (environmental) - without flags

Huge World Wall Map (environmental) - without flags

This detailed map pitches forest greenery against a brilliant blue ocean backdrop, and makes a stunning centrepiece for any room, office, or classroom. It also doubles as an interactive learning tool, as well as providing inspiration and appreciation for the diversity of terrain we enjoy on this planet.

‘The World is Art’ Wall Map - Green

'The World is Art' Wall Map - Green

'The World is Art' Wall Map - Green

Our ‘World is Art’ map prints are among our top selling products so, naturally, we had to include a green version. Available in a variety of finishes and sizes, with the option to frame, this print will add a pop of green to any room, or compliment an existing green colour palette.

Glow in the Dark Map of the World

Glow in the Dark Map of the World

Glow in the Dark Map of the World

This fun and educational map for the younger members of the family glows as green at night as it does in the daytime.

We couldn’t be happier with Pantone’s choice for 2017, and wall maps are the perfect way to add a colourful focal point to any room. Not a fan of green? We have many other colours and styles to choose from, from vibrant watercolours to muted, antique tones. Browse our full collection at mapsinternational.co.uk