Personal touch – what we really want this Christmas

Forget splashing the cash and extravagant gifts this Christmas – according to our study what we really want from friends and family is something personal and thoughtful.

Whether it’s a jar of jam or chutney, a book or something crafty, research revealed 9 out of 10 of us say the most important part of a gift is the time and effort that goes into it, as opposed to the cost.

Corrine Sweet, Author and Psychologist, said: “Nothing stays in the memory and mind more than important experiences and beautiful images – especially when they celebrate our hobbies. Something personalised means ‘I know you and want to make you smile’ and a custom-made map reflects good times in your life.”

With that in mind, we think our OS Custom Made map is the perfect stocking filler for both outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who wants to capture a memory of that special location.

With a Custom Made you can centre your map anywhere in Great Britain, add your own titles, upload the photo of your choice, choose its scale (our Explorer or Landranger maps) and have it printed on the same quality paper as our usual maps.

Another Christmas gift idea – create a personalised map. You can centre our Custom Made maps on any location you choose, plus add your own titles and photo. Available in Explorer or Landranger from os.uk/shop right now! #Repost @lisawells00 ・・・ Chris and I are planning an awesome adventure to Scotland at the end of the month covering a few mountains with a bothy stay, some wild camps and a mountain summit camp for New Years Eve! … It’s going to be an epic and exciting adventure and I can’t wait to share it with you all. To celebrate and to help with planning this part of our adventure I ordered a personalised map from the guys over at Ordnance Survey … I absolutely love it! So if you’re stuck for a Christmas present for someone, bob over and check them out. It put a massive smile on my face when it dropped through the letter box and it’ll be lovely reminder of our Scotland adventure. Link here to order yours ➡️ https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/custom-made-maps.html

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Nick Giles, Managing Director of Ordnance Survey Leisure, added: “Why not choose a location relevant to an interest or hobby of who you’re giving the gift to and then add a humorous photo of them doing it and an amusing title to sum it up? It could be their favourite fishing spot, bike ride, walk, run, horse ride or country getaway. It looks like a customised map will be a very popular Christmas present and we hope that the recipients will be delighted when they open their very own map on Christmas morning!”

To order an OS Custom Made maps visit our website. You can design and order your map in just a few minutes. The last ordering date before Christmas is Wednesday 20 December.

Our survey said…

  • The average amount we spend on a Christmas gift for loved ones is £46.45.
  • Around a third of us (32%) say we would prefer a personal gift as opposed to an expensive one.
  • Around three quarters of us (72%) say social media and online shopping has made Christmas shopping easier, but there is still a fifth (18%) of us who think there is now too much choice.
  • There are a few items to steer clear of this year, with the study revealing we’re sick of finding toiletries (30%), socks/underwear (29%) and even chocolate (28%) in our Christmas stockings.

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