Stumped on what to get for your geography-loving pal? Have a family member who loves maps more than anything but you’re loath to buy them another globe? Here are a few suggestions for unique gifts that will please the map obsessed.
1. Quilted map
Who doesn’t love being cozy over the holidays? Give the gift of warmth with a homespun touch with this quilt of the Great Lakes. If you want even more of a personal touch, Hapticlab also has do-it-yourself versions that you can use to make your very own quilted map. Unfortunately their list of Canadian options is limited, but the world map version is quite attractive.
2. Atlas of Canada
Not to toot our own horn, but Canadian Geographic’s newly released Atlas of Canada is pretty slick. Featuring outstanding reference maps of Canada, contributions from Canadian luminaries (including The Royal Canadian Geographical Society's CEO John Geiger) on everything from the country’s geology to its industry, award-winning photography, historical maps, satellite images and extended descriptions of all the provinces and territories.
3. Heart Marks The Spot Pillow
Have you ever loved a place so much you just wanted to hug it? This 18-by-12 inch pillow shows the world, with a small heart-shaped pin that can easily be sewn onto a spot on the map that holds particular meaning for your sweetheart.
4. Animal world map
If the person on your list is a kid, or has kids, this gift is a winner. With optional frame included, this beautiful print features a map of the world, with the continents dotted with the animals that call it home. A lovely aesthetic addition to a child’s room, while offering the added benefit of increasing their knowledge of the geographical diversity of the world’s macrofauna.
5. Below the boat charts
To adorn the walls of the discerning adult, try this stunning laser-cut wooden map of watery bottoms. Created from the bathymetric charts from some of North America's most famous lakes, rivers and oceans, it makes a perfectly unique gift.