Apr 18 16

For the best dad in the world: Father’s Day gift guide 2016

by Melissa Duffin

Father's Day

On June 19th we celebrate Father’s Day in the UK. It’s a chance for us to spoil the important men in our lives and say a little thank you for all the things they do, big or small. Is your dad the best in the world? We’ve come up with a selection of gifts to suit all kinds of dads. Ideal for hanging in sheds, offices and man-dens across the UK this Father’s Day…

Personalised Antique World Map

Personalised Antique World Map

For dads who love a project, there’s our vintage-style Antique World Map, which comes printed with your own personal message to dad. Laminated and board mounted, this map is available in a variety of sizes, and also includes pins and tags, allowing him to map out his own travel memories and make global plans for the future.

Scratch the World

Scratch the World

For dads with big travel plans, our Scratch The World map is the perfect starting point for an adventure. Scratch off a panel for every family holiday destination, bit by bit, to reveal a beautiful world map underneath. Ideal as a family activity!

Executive World Map

Executive World Map

For dads who spend just a little too much time at the office, dreaming of their next getaway, our Executive World Map Print, is perfect for the workaholic in the family. This slick print, with muted tones, was just made to take pride of place in the office. Available in paper, laminate, or board-mounted, this map can also be framed and personalised on request.

Land's End to John o' Groats Print

Land's End to John o' Groats Print

For the superhero dads who don’t shy away from a challenge, this A4 retro-style print features the map co-ordinates of Land’s End and John o’Groats and depicts the iconic ‘End to End’ route taken by those brave enough to attempt the challenge. The perfect gift for action-hero dads who have already undertaken the journey, or to inspire dad to jump on his bike and get going.

As always, these maps have been designed by specialist cartographers, and are printed to order to reflect your own unique message to dad. To further personalise your gift, many of these products come with a variety of finishes and framing options, for a truly bespoke gift for the world’s best dad.

The Maps International Father’s Day collection is available to order online now, from our website www.mapsinternational.co.uk

Apr 6 16

Planning a wedding just went global!

by Melissa Duffin

Globe-trotting couples can now inject their passion for travel into their big day, with bespoke, personalised World Map table plans. Your wedding guests can be transported anywhere in the world, from Australia to Dubai, with themed table settings and place-cards.

Antique World Map Table Plan Pinboard

Antique World Map Wedding Table Plan Pinboard

The latest in our range of beautiful, antique-style map products are mounted onto pinboard and can also be framed as a permanent memento of your wedding day. Choose table names based on where you first met, where he proposed, or your dream honeymoon destination, or perhaps you have guests jetting in from far away.

Antique World Map Table Name

Antique World Map Wedding Table Name

Designed and individually printed by our specialist cartographers, the new wedding products are tailored to your specific requirements, based on the information you provide, for a unique and bespoke product. To avoid any additional worry in the run-up to the big day, couples have the option to proofread and make edits to the product prior to completion, just in case you get any late RSVPs.

Antique World Map Wedding Place Cards

Antique World Map Wedding Place Cards

Classic World Map Wedding Invitations

Classic World Map Wedding Invitations

The Maps International Wedding Collection is available to order online now, for UK and International delivery from www.mapsinternational.co.uk/wedding

Apr 5 16

Read a road map day

by Melissa Duffin

Today is read a road map day – a day to celebrate times when Satnavs weren’t about and we would use maps to find our way around! Every journey was an adventure, whether or not you made it to your chosen destination…

Why not celebrate this day by going on a road trip adventure with some friends or family with only a road map in hand. Leave the satnav (and all other technology) behind and see if you can make it from A to B. If you are prone to using online devices or instructions, you might just find this trip a little tricky…

And for those of you who can’t go on a road trip, why not take the time to look at a road map and see if you understand it – it might come in handy in the future!

Read a road map day

Read a road map day

Fun fact: Did you know… that the Turin Papyrus is thought to be the oldest recorded road map in the world. Historians believe it was created around 1160 BCE.

Apr 1 16

Munchable maps – the NEW EDIBLE range!

by Melissa Duffin

Maps International is always on the search for unique and innovative map-based products and now we have come up with the best one yet. We believe this map will go down superbly with our customers and will leave them wanting more!

INTRODUCING…

The Munchable Map!!

Are you a travel enthusiast and a food lover? We are sure that this NEW map will satisfy both your wanderlust and your stomach. Maybe you have a friend who loves to travel – this map is the perfect gift for them as you won’t see (or taste!) anything else like it!

The map will be made out of a paper like material with different countries tasting like the different delicacy’s known to them. We are currently developing a whole munchable range which will include maps of specific countries.

Munchable World Map Preview

Munchable World Map Preview

Please note: Due to the nature of this product, if not consumed within 3 weeks from date of purchase, the map may start to disintegrate and as a result, a pungent smell can develop.

Keep an eye out to hear more about the Munchable map – COMING SOON!

UPDATE!!! - How many of you fell for our April Fool’s trick? This product was created for the sole purpose of the April Fool’s blog and will not be available to buy!

Mar 2 16

Easter activity ideas to keep the kids entertained

by Melissa Duffin

With the Easter Bank Holiday weekend just around the corner, it can be hard to think of fun ideas to keep the kids entertained, especially when they are hyped up on all that extra Easter chocolate!

Maps International has come up with our top 3 things to do that will bring the whole family together:

1. Easter egg hunt. Our Easter Egg Hunt Activity Pack is full of fun – first the parents hide their goodies around the garden and plot out clues on the map, then they place the arrows in the right directions. Meanwhile the children can cut out the animal masks and colour them in. This ‘egg’straordinary egg hunt will provide fun for the whole day!

Easter Egg Hunt Activity Pack

Easter Egg Hunt Activity Pack

2. Craft kits – get involved with one of our fun craft kits, including the 3D London map, build your own globe or origami animals of the world. These activities will amuse your kids for hours and teach them about the world at the same time – without the use of a computer!

3D Model Map Craft Kit

3D Model Map Craft Kit

3. Doodle Map – this blank map of the world will be a great way of keeping the kids busy. If you fancy getting involved, why not buy one of our adult colouring in maps posters and give yourself some relaxation time this Easter.

Kids Doodle Map of the World With Crayons

Kids Doodle Map of the World With Crayons

If none of these activities are to your fancy, check out our full range of map based products to keep your kids entertained over the Easter holidays!

Feb 11 16

Valentine’s Day around the World

by Melissa Duffin

As Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, we thought we would look into how a few different countries around the world celebrate this day of love. In England, we tend to send loved ones cards, flowers and gifts but Valentine’s takes a whole new meaning in other areas of the world…

1. Denmark

Snowdrop flowers

Snowdrop flowers

In Denmark, Valentines is a relatively new celebration. Friends and lovers exchange white flowers called snowdrops which are often pressed onto cards. Men also given women a gaekkebrev - “joking letter” – it consists of a funny poem or rhyme and is signed with anonymous dots. If a woman correctly guesses the sender, she earns herself an Easter egg later that year.

2. South Korea

Jajangmyeon

Jajangmyeon

Valentine’s Day is popular for young couples in South Korea; variations of the holiday are celebrated monthly from February to April. The gift-giving starts on Feb 14th where women have to ‘woo’ their men with chocolates and flowers. The tables turn on March 14th, a day when men match the gift of flowers and chocolates and then also give a gift! For those who don’t celebrate this holiday in South Korea there is a third holiday called ‘Black Day’ on April 14th. It is customary for singles on this day to mourn their solitary status by eating dark bowls of jajangmyeon – black bean-paste noodles.

3. France

Paris

Paris

As France is often described as one of the most romantic destinations around the world, it’s little wonder it has long celebrated Valentine’s Day. Cards are a popular tradition in France. Another tradition in France is loterie d’amour – drawing for love. Men and women would fill houses that faced one another, and then take turns calling out to each other and pairing off. Men who weren’t satisfied with their match could simply leave a woman for another, however the women left unmatched gathered afterward for a bonfire. Eventually this tradition had to be banned by the government as the bonfire event became so uncontrollable.

4. Austria

Flowers

Flowers

In Austria, it is customary for a young man to give his beloved a bunch of flowers on February 14th.

5. Wales

Love Spoon

Love Spoon

In Wales, Valentine’s Day isn’t celebrated – instead, people celebrate Saint Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers on Jan 25th.  A traditional Welsh gift is a love spoon; since the 17th century men carved intricate wooden spoons as a token of affection for the women they loved.

6. Italy

Baci Perugina

Baci Perugina

Originally, the Italians celebrated Valentine’s Day as the Spring festival where the young gathered outside in gardens to enjoy poetry readings and music. Afterwards they would take long walks with their lovers. Another tradition was for the young, unmarried girls to wake up early and spot their future husbands; the belief being that the first man a woman saw on Valentine’s Day was the man she would marry. Nowadays, one of the most popular gifts on this day is Baci Perugina which are small chocolate-covered hazelnuts wrapped with a romantic quote printed in 4 languages.

7. Finland

Friendship

Friendship

If you are single and don’t want to think about a partner then Finland may be the place for you this Valentine’s as they tend to focus on their friends, sending small cards and gifts to show appreciation for their friendship.

Feb 9 16

Art Therapy - Colouring in maps

by Melissa Duffin

Have you noticed the latest trend for adults? Colouring in has been regarded as a form of therapy, to de-stress by colouring in different things ranging from animals to patterns. There has been much debate on whether art therapy actually provides any therapeutic benefits. Well we think if you enjoy it then why stop?

Maps International decided to follow this trend and have come up with the perfect thing for those who love colouring in therapy as well as maps – a colouring in MAP!

We have two poster options to choose from:

Abstract Contours Colouring Poster

Abstract Contours Colouring Poster for Adults

Abstract Contours Colouring Poster for Adults

This abstract colouring in map is inspired by geographical contours.

Intricate Circles Colouring Poster

Intricate Circles Colouring Poster for Adults

Intricate Circles Colouring Poster for Adults

This abstract map of the world is made up of relaxing circle patterns that you can lose yourself in.

If you like the look of both of these colouring in world maps, why not buy a pack?

Both maps are available with or without a pack of 10 colouring pencils to help you create your masterpiece!

Jan 26 16

Puzzle Day 2016

by Melissa Duffin

Friday is national puzzle day – a chance to go back to simpler times and do a jigsaw or solve a puzzle! With all this new technology around it’s nice to go back to basics and take some time to relax.

Check out Maps International’s puzzle products:

Kids Craft Kits

Origami World 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

Illustrated Trivia World Map

Illustrated Trivia World Map

Illustrated Trivia World Map

These products would be great as a gift for a child to remind them what fun games they can play with others and without the use of a computer screen!

Jan 14 16

Stargazing Live!

by Melissa Duffin

Stargazing live is on again tonight on BBC2 for those out there who love to learn more about the universe and stars around us! Catch up on last night’s episode on iPlayer now.

Scientifically, every star in the night sky is just an enormous glowing ball of gas held together by gravity. But humans have always interpreted the stars as something beautiful and for years they have provided inspiration to explore, to dream and to learn. They have played their part in historical religious ceremonies and in navigating over land and sea. Since the beginning of astrological study, astronomers have grouped the stars into constellations. Last night we saw a few different star constellations - including Orion’s belt. If you want to join in the stargazing and looking for constellations, you don’t need to be outside to see them. Take a look at Maps International’s Glow in the Dark Star Map.

Glow in the Dark Star Map

Glow in the Dark Star Map

This map clearly lays out star constellations which are all labelled. This map looks great during the day but comes to life at night as the constellations are illuminated!

Jan 7 16

Earth’s Rotation Day

by Melissa Duffin

Tomorrow is Earth’s rotation day! It is celebrated on January 8th as it commemorates when French physicist, Leon Foucault demonstrated the Earth rotates on its axis in 1851.

Every 24 hours the earth rotates on its axis. However, these rotations are slowing down. Atomic clocks show that a modern day is longer by about 1.7 milliseconds than a century ago so we are actually getting longer days!

Celebrate Earth’s rotation day by visiting your local space and science museum to learn more about the Earth’s rotation and its effects on humans. Or purchase one of Maps International’s map products such as the Huge World Wall Map Poster or the Glow in the Dark Star Map to teach your kids more about the world!

Huge World Wall Map Poster

Huge World Wall Map Poster

Glow in the Dark Star Map

Glow in the Dark Star Map