The Ultimate Guide To World Map Gifts: 37 Unique Ideas For Every Map Lover

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Are you looking for the best world map gifts for the cartophile (someone who is obsessed with maps) in your life? Then you’re in luck! We’ve scoured the internet to bring you the most unique, creative, and affordable map of the world gifts that will delight any map lover. From customizable map prints to functional world map-themed gifts for travelers, this guide has something for every budget and every personality.

So, whether you’re shopping for a friend’s birthday, a Christmas gift, or simply want to surprise your loved ones with a special gift, keep reading to discover the ultimate guide to map-inspired gifts!

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three maps gift ideas by budget.

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37 world maps gift ideas

World map gifts for large budgets

#1 History of the world book with maps

Book about the history of the world with maps
Book about the history of the world

Are you looking for unique world map gift ideas for history buffs?

Look no further than the “History of the World Map by Map” book!

This book is perfect for those who want to explore history in a new and exciting way. With over 140 maps and informative timelines, readers can journey through time and witness the evolution of our world like never before. It’s the perfect gift for those who love to travel, those who love to learn, and those who just can’t get enough of stunning illustrations


#2 Color-in mug

Mugs wit maps
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

This color-in-world map mug is my favorite gift for traveling coffee lovers. Just like a scratch map, they can keep track of all the countries they’ve visited so far. And with every sip, they can dream about their next destination.

Oh, and to answer your question. No the ink does not fade in the dishwasher!


#3 Doormat

Doormat with "The world at your feet" and an image of the world map
Photo courtesy of WOW mats

Looking for a map-themed gift that will make the map lover in your life feel welcome and worldly? Look no further than this doormat!

With every step they take outside their home, they can be reminded of the vastness of our world and all the places they’ve yet to explore. Plus, it’s a practical gift that will keep their home clean and stylish.


#4 World map poster

A scratch map of the entire world
Scratch map

Let’s start this list of world map gift ideas with the most obvious gift; a world map poster.

A scratch-off poster is one of the most popular world map-themed gifts for travelers, so if the recipient doesn’t have one yet, you will always be safe with that one.

One of my personal favorites though is the wooden map of the world. It’s much bigger and more expensive than the scratch map, but you also get a gorgeous one-of-a-kind map in return.

If these maps are not really your or the recipient’s style, don’t worry. I dedicated an entire post to finding 25 unique map posters, so check that one out if you are looking for something different.


#5 Bedsheets

Bedsheets with the world map
Bedsheets with the world map

How about a map of the world gift that will actually have them dreaming of the world?

Check out these beautiful bed sheets on Amazon for that!


#6 Fanny pack

A sling bag with the world map
Photo courtesy of Tees Tiny Boutique

These fanny packs are great world map gifts for travelers and festival lovers. It allows them to keep their hands free while exploring new places or dancing the night away, and keep their money safe in a stylish way.


#7 Whiskey decanter

A glass decanter that is shaped like the globe and comes with four whisky glasses
Globe-themed decanter set

This decanter is by far one of the best map gift ideas for whiskey lovers.

I mean, can it get any more awesome than serving your favorite drink from a decanter with the world map etched into glasses with a world map?

I didn’t think so.


#8 World map-themed board game

The packaging of the board game called Trekking The World
Trekking board game

Travel-themed board games are my favorite gifts for map lovers because they allow them to indulge in their passion for travel and geography without leaving the comfort of their own homes!

One example of a game with a beautiful world map board is Trekking The World. With its giant world map and colorful souvenirs, this board game is sure to please any avid explorer.


#9 World map clock

World map wall clock
World map clock

Are you looking for a world map-themed gift for that friend who is always late?

Perhaps this awesome wall clock with a world map will make them check the time more regularly, and finally, arrive on time!

For more designs, check out this list of the 25 most beautiful travel-themed wall clocks.


#10 Beach towel

A towel with a map
Photo courtesy of Mapology

This is one of the best map-inspired gifts for beach bums!

Whichever beach they decide to explore, they will always have the entire world under their bum.

It’s a popular towel, so if it’s out of stock, simply check out Etsy for more cool map-inspired towels!


#11 Coloring tablecloth

Children coloring on a tablecloth with the world map
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Looking for map-themed gifts that are fun for all ages?

Then check out this awesome world map coloring tablecloth!

Whether it’s for a kid who dreams of traveling the world or an adult who just wants an excuse to color at the dinner table, this tablecloth is sure to delight.

(And don’t worry, we won’t judge if the adults end up having more fun with it than the kids).


#12 Jigsaw puzzle

A box of a jigsaw puzzle of the globe

Do you need maps gift ideas for puzzle lovers?

Look no further.

This 8000-piece puzzle with a beautifully decorated world map will keep them entertained for a week or two (depending on how much of their time they actually spend laying puzzles) and have them dreaming about their next world adventure.


World map gifts for mid-budgets

#13 Suitcase cover

A black suitcase cover with a world map
Suitcase cover with a world map print

If you’re looking for world map gifts for travelers that are both practical and whimsical, this suitcase cover is the way to go!

Not only does it make their luggage instantly recognizable on the carousel, but it is also like a little treasure map right on their suitcase. They can plot their upcoming adventures and dream of all the places they’ll explore next.


#14 Cutting board

A wooden cutting board with the globe etched on to it
Globe cutting board

A cutting board with a world map is a great gift for map lovers because it allows them to slice and dice their way through the world.

Not only can they prepare their meals on a surface that showcases their love for geography, but they can also use it to plan their next culinary adventure. It’s like giving them a world tour with every chop and cut.


#15 Notebook

A notebook with a cover the globe
World map notebook

A notebook is a practical gift for map lovers that they can always use.

I really love this vintage notebook with a world map that you can see in the photo.

And if you’re looking for world map gifts for travelers, I’ve got an even more awesome option for you;

a travel journal where the recipient can stitch all the places they’ve visited and keep track of all their fun travel adventures!

For more travel journal ideas, check out my 25 favorite travel journals.


#16 Phone case

A phone case with a world map print
Photo courtesy of Society6

This phone cover is an awesome world map gift idea because it’s like giving someone the whole world in the palm of their hand! Not only will it protect their phone, but it will also give them a daily reminder of all the amazing places they have yet to visit.

And for more beautiful designs, check out these 25 phone covers for travelers.


#17 Map-inspired baby gifts

A play mat with a map of the world for babies

Do you need map-inspired gifts for an expecting mom?

Then a map-themed baby rug is perfect! They can introduce their little one to the world right from the start!

And for more cute baby gifts, check out these 25 travel-themed baby gift ideas.


#18 Insulated water bottle

Water bottle with a world map print
Water bottle with a world map

This insulated water bottle is the perfect map of the world gift for the adventurous cartophile in your life! Not only will it keep them hydrated on their travels, but it also reminds them of all the places they’ve been and all the places they still have left to explore. Plus, it’s an insulated bottle meaning that it will keep their drinks cool at the beach and hot on the slopes!


#19 Shower curtain

A shower curtain with a print of the world map
Photo courtesy of Bling Painting

Are you looking for unique gifts for map lovers?

How about a shower curtain that will give them the privacy they need and the opportunity to dream of the world while washing?

It’s the perfect gift for those who love to travel or just love a good clean. And, it’s a cool addition to any bathroom.


#20 Map-themed clothing

A green sweatshirt with a print of the map of the world drawn in one line
Photo courtesy of Valen Teeno Design

T-shirts and hoodies with world maps are great gifts for map lovers because they get to wear their love for geography on their sleeves. Literally!

It’s the perfect way to show off their love for and knowledge of the world while looking stylish and comfortable.


#21 Piggy bank

A piggy bank with the text "adventure fund"
Aventure fund with a world map

Are you looking for map-inspired gifts for travelers?

Then check out these 25 awesome travel-themed piggy banks, such as this beautiful adventure fund.

Traveling is an expensive hobby, but with this map-themed piggy bank, saving a couple of extra dimes will be a breeze!


#22 Passport cover

A passport cover iwth the world map and a needle and thread
Photo courtesy of We Are Chasing Threads

I’ll be the first to admit that passport covers are not really the most unique world map gifts for travelers.

However, they are one of the most popular and practical ones and thus great gifts. Because when it comes to gifting, it’s better to give something the recipient will actually use, instead of trying to be super unique. Plus if you go for this cute stitch-where-you’ve-been cover, you will definitely be giving a one-of-a-kind gift!


#23 Tumbler

Tumbler with a world map print
Tumbler with a world map print

Are you looking for maps gift ideas for cartophiles who are always on the go?

Like, they don’t even stop to have a coffee, they will sip coffee while they’re on the move.

Then this beautiful tumbler is what you need!

With every sip, they can be transported to a new corner of the globe, without the need to rush. It’s the perfect accessory for those who love to travel or dream about their next adventure.


#24 Map quiz book

Map quiz book cover
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Do you need world map gifts for someone who loves a good challenge?

Then this map quiz book with 50 map-themed assignments is perfect!

They can hone their skills and impress their friends with their navigational know-how. From easy to challenging, historical to modern, and even fantasy maps, there’s something for everyone.


World map gifts for small budgets

#25 Coin purse

Three small coin purses with maps
Photo courtesy of Oceania Legends Design

This coin purse is a super cute mini treasure chest that holds all their worldly riches. Not only is it practical for storing spare change, but it also comes with a beautiful wanderlust-evoking design, making it one of the best world map gifts for travelers who need a place to collect all their foreign coins.


#26 Candle

A blue canlde with the world map
Photo courtesy of Burn for Wish

Are you looking for small, but cute world map gift ideas for a housewarming party?

Then this candle with the world map is a unique gift idea that will definitely delight new homeowners. It’s available in twelve different colors and many different scents, from simple vanilla to delicious pina colada to transport them back to that time they were sipping cocktails at the beach.


#27 Pillow

A set of three pillows with world maps
World map pillows

Looking for a gift that will help the map lover in your life rest their head and dream of travel or add more travel into their home decor?

Look no further than this pillow with a floral-themed world map!

With every nap, they can imagine exploring new corners of the world while also enjoying a pop of color and floral design. It’s the perfect gift for those who love to travel or just love a good snooze. Plus, it’s a stylish addition to any couch or bed.


#28 World map necklace

Necklace with world map pendant
Necklace with world map

Are you looking for cute world map gift ideas for women?

Then this small necklace with the map of the world and a sentimental message is perfect!

Though, if you would like more designs, head over to Etsy.


#29 Laundry bag

Laundry bag with a map of the world
Laundry bag with a map of the world

This is actually a world map gift that was recommended to me by a friend who is as travel-obsessed as I am when I asked her advice for my going-away gift guide.

However, a laundry bag with the world map is not just great for travelers who are leaving for a trip, it also works great for students, or travelers stuck at home who miss travel. At least they can travel and dream away each time they do their laundry. (And who knows, they might finally do their laundry more regularly with your gift).


#30 Deck of cards

A deck of cards with a print of a vintage world map
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for small map-themed gifts for game lovers?

Then this beautiful deck of cards is perfect! With every shuffle, they can dream about their next adventure and plan their world domination strategy (just kidding). It’s the perfect gift for those who love to travel or just love a good game of cards. Plus, it’s easy to pack and take on the go!

Also, check out this card player gift guide if the recipient is obsessed with cards!


#31 World map camera strap

Camera strap with a print of the world map
Camera strap

Do you need world map gifts for photography fans?

Then check out this gorgeous camera strap that lets them show off their love of travel and photography at the same time!


#32 Tote bags

Tote bag with a print of a world map
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

The world map-themed tote bags on Zazzle are awesome maps gift ideas for eco-conscious cartophiles.

Every time they go out for groceries they can ditch the plastic bags and show their love for the globe.


#33 Coasters

A wooden coaster with a print of the map of the world
Photo courtesy of Lazer Edge Store

These wooden coasters with a laser-cut world map are another awesome housewarming gift for travelers. They bring a bit of wanderlust into the home and they keep their new home free of dirty tables.


#34 Socks

Pair of socks with a world map
Photo courtesy of Society6

Who doesn’t love a pair of happy socks?

And what’s better than a pair of socks with a world map for people who are obsessed with maps?

That’s right! Nothing. So head over to Society6 and check out those awesome socks.


#35 Keychain

Three keychains with pendants of the globe
Photo courtesy of Polar Chains

Do you need a gift that will help the map lover in your life keep their keys organized and travel-ready? Then these keychains with a world map are perfect! With every jingle, they can imagine exploring new corners of the world while also keeping their keys in check.


#36 Luggage tags

Luggage tag with a name and a colorful print of the map of the world
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

These beautiful world map-inspired luggage tags are another awesome gift idea for frequent travelers. They can locate their luggage in style.


#37 Bracelet

Bracelet with a letter K pendant and a pendant of a world map
Photo courtesy of The Monkey Charmer

For more world map-themed gifts for women, check out Etsy for many gorgeous bracelets, such as this cute one with the recipient’s initials.


Save these gifts for map lovers

Did you save these world maps gift ideas on Pinterest yet?

37 World map gifts for map lovers with a photo of a compass and a world map

Final note on world maps gift ideas

Did you find the perfect gift for that map-obsessed person in your life or do you need a little more help? If you do, check out the editor’s top three world maps gift ideas by budget.

AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 29-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!