Maps are a classic and captivating gift for avid travelers. Stylized maps as art are popular, as are classic, National Geographic-style maps tacked to an office wall or speckled with pins indicating where you’ve traveled.
But if you’re looking for something a little different for your travel-happy dad, here are eight non-traditional maps that would make great gifts for Father’s Day in just a few weeks:
Here’s a gift that provides a surprise twist: Etsy vendor Bombus cuts letters out of solid wood and then lacquers onto them maps of locations of your choosing. Select maps that have personal meaning to your Dad — he probably won’t notice them at first but then will likely be touched by the personalization. Cue the watery eyes.
This iPhone holder is a beauty — it’s a rubber bumper case with a world map cover engraved walnut. This case support wireless charging and has options for personalization—just message the seller.
Art vendor ArtPause puts a modern spin on the world map by rendering it in watercolor and then digitally manipulating the design. The result is a sleek, colorful map that looks vibrant against the white background of this circular clock.
This is a cool gift for an office: A cut-out corkboard in the shape of a map. It stretches more than three feet wide.
Personalized Passport Cover
Get dad something that will last a lifetime with this handmade leather passport cover and luggage tag from Etsy. You can personalize the products to have dad’s name or initials and chose the stain color for the final product. While the seller defaults to the World Map stamp, you can chose from a variety of designs at checkout.
Sterling silver-plated cufflinks depict a rendition of the historic “New and Accurate Map of the World,” which dates back to 1626 and is thought to be one of the first ones published in English.
Nice to pair with a six pack of brews from different countries, this hefty stein with a colorful, geometric world map and a frosted finish holds 16 ounces.
A Father’s Day shopping list wouldn’t be complete without a tie. This one isn’t a cliche, though: It’s a tasteful ivory-colored silk tie painted with a vintage map.
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