Finding the perfect Christmas present…

shutterstock_85582105Recently, we put together a survey to look at Great Britain’s Christmas gift buying habits.

Gift giving plays a big part in Christmas celebrations, and the findings reveal we spend months thinking about what presents to buy as well as a lot of effort trying to find the perfect gift.

Finding the perfect gift doesn’t always go smoothly though, as a whopping 81 per cent of us have at some point received a rubbish Christmas pressie. That’s an awful lot of feigned gratitude on December 25th. Read More


Top five gifts for map lovers this Christmas

JigsawMapIf you haven’t yet finalised your Christmas shopping and you’re stuck for gifts for the map lovers in your life, we’ve come across some great ideas recently and thought we’d share them with you.

1. The novelty of seeing your own home on a map never seems to dim and this personalised jigsaw from The Little Boys Room (available for locations across Great Britain) illustrates that perfectly. You can even choose a historic map if you really want to challenge someone’s skills!

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Getting ready for a Mappy Christmas!

What will you buy the map lover in your life this Christmas?

What will you buy the map lover in your life this Christmas?

Today on the Ordnance Survey blog we’re getting you ready for Christmas. At about this time last year we provided you with some ideas on what to buy the map lover in your life for Christmas.  We thought that we’d have another scout around and see what gifts are available this Christmas.

So let’s start with the obvious option from us – Ordnance Survey maps! In particular we have our OS Select maps that you can site centre on any location you like within Great Britain and then personalise the cover with your own message. We also have OS getamap where for just £30 you can subscribe for one year and have unlimited access to Ordnance Survey mapping, download authored routes and print A4 extracts of mapping at home.

If you’re looking for something slightly different – here are our top five map related Christmas gift options:

  1. Relax after your long walks with this compass cushion – just make sure that it’s always pointing in the right direction!
  2. How well do you know your local area? Get an OS Landranger Map jigsaw of your local area and see how quickly you can put your neighborhood back together!
  3. It’s a small world – and these are bite sized ones! These chocolate globes are perfect for a snack on your post Christmas lunch walk!
  4. Learn more about the history of your house with my house history portfolio – contains map extracts and documents pertaining to the history of your house.
  5. Keep hold of your money in this map wallet – made in part from recycled milk and water containers.

What other map related gifts have you seen this Christmas?

Photo: ryter89 via Flickr