World map wall art is the number one gift for travelers of all time. Seriously, all travelers will love an awesome world map poster or a framed world map wall decoration. But where to find unique world map wall decor items that go beyond the classic scratch world map poster? I don’t have anything against scratch maps, they are cool. I just want to show you today that there are plenty of different original gift ideas for world map wall decoration!

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#1 Scratch World Map Poster

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I know, I know, I promised you a list of unique world map wall decor items. But I can’t just make a list with wall maps without including the number one map for travelers: A scratch map.

However, I do want to keep my promise about sharing original items. And as it turns out there are quite a few different scratch maps you can choose from.

  • Classic Scratch Map. This is the cheapest version and simply includes all countries, but nothing extra.
  • Scratch Map deluxe. This is the one on the photo, besides all countries, there is also the possibility of scratching continents and world geographical information
  • Luxury Rainbow Scratch Map. This map will appear in the colors of the rainbow once all countries of the world have been scratch. Oh, and it also has a list of the country names at the bottom.
  • Capitals Of The World. If you are looking for a scratch map for a city tripper, this may be the best one. It is specifically focused on all the capitals of the world. So besides the country, the capitals are also clearly marked.
  • Transparent Ocean Of the World Scratch Map. There are two things that make this map unique. First, it’s transparent, and second, it provides additional information about the great oceans of the world at the bottom.
  • Scratch Map With The Words “Adventure Awaits”. Perfect for people who enjoy catchy inspirational quotes.
  • Coffee and Chocolate World Scratch Map.  I already talked about this map in my coffee lovers’ gift guide. But this scratch map does not only provide space to scratch off countries they have visited, but also coffee and cacao beans they have tried!

#2 Push Pin World Map Wall Decor

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World map wall art made from foam is the perfect push pin map, where travelers can pin every place they have visited. What is cool about the pushpin map is that they can also pin photos or local currency at each destination, making it a very personal decorative item.

Just as with the scratch maps, there are many different foam push pin world map wall decor items, so I have selected a few different designs for you to pick your favorite.

  • A dark design in which you can personalize the title and legend. This is the one you can see in the photo above
  • Light design and actual modeling of the terrain and ocean elevations.
  • Vintage design on which you can also personalize the legend and quote
  • A blue design also with the option of personalization.

#3 Best of Both Worlds Map Poster

Photo courtesy of Not On The High Street

If you can’t decide between getting a scratch or push map, don’t!

This world map poster by Not On The High Street combines the fun of scratching off a map with the cool possibility of pinning the places you have visited and of course adding photos, and other memories to your map.

#4 Metal World Map Wall Decoration

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This metal world map wall decoration is available in the colors gold, silver, and white. I absolutely love the look of this map, plus you can decorate the map by adding photos with magnets to the places you have visited.

#5 Magnetic World Map Wall Art

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If you really liked the idea of being able to hang photos to your map by using magnets, you will surely love this magnetic world map!

#6 Stitched World Map Wall Art

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If you want a unique world map wall decoration this stitch map is the perfect map for you.

Instead of scratching or pinning the places you have seen, you can now stitch them. It comes in different colors, so you could even track different trips you took over the years and add a legend yourself!

#7 Wooden World Map Wall Decoration

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Another super cool map style is a wooden map, such as the one you can see on the photo.  

Another cool wooden alternative are carved wooden maps. Still made from wood, just a bit of a different design.

Photo courtesy of Etsy

#8 Metal World Map With Compass

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Personally, the metal geometrical world maps are my favorites, and what makes this one even more special is the floral design of the map and the compass that’s incorporated in the map.

If you like geometrical map design too, you will probably also love the next map on this list!

#9 Geometrical World Map Wall Decor

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This geometrical world map is one of my favorites. Especially the way it has been designed with the photos around it as in the photo. Though remember that it does not come with the picture frames and the lines attaching them to the map.

#10 Chalk World Map Wall Decoration

Photo courtesy of Not On The High Street

Another awesome world map wall decoration is this chalk one. Perfect for people who are creative and who would like to decorate their maps with chalk, write down funny memories or draw images that remind them of their trips.

#11 World Map Bucket List

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This world map is perfect for people who love bucket lists, or who have a large bucket list but never really take action to fulfill them. This large map with space for their bucket list items will be a daily reminder to take action and live their dreams (oh boy that sounds so cheesy).

#12 Stamp World Map Wall decor

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Which travel lover doesn’t love their passport getting stamped? And they can stamp their map each time their passports are stamped!

The map comes with a stamp and red ink.

#13 Thee Panel World Map Wall Decor

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This set of three panels is a beautiful and unique world map wall decor item if you ask me. You do have to like the vintage style maps though.

#14 National Geographics World Map

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This National Geographic world map did a good job of reminding us that the world is round and not flat. An aspect that is often lost on regular maps.

#15 Colorful Educational World Map

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This world map with prints of animals and trees and plants found across the world is not only a colorful and educational world map for kids, but I am sure many adults will love this design too!

#16 Uni Color World Map

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This plain world map may look simple, but that is exactly what makes it beautiful. The map comes in many different colors so you can adjust it to match your home!

Though it is advertised as a nursery wall decoration, I think it works for any room. It is important to remember that the map works best on smooth walls.

#17 Vintage World Map Poster

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This world map poster with a vintage look is perfect for people who enjoy the old rustic style home decoration.

Another cool vintage design map is this one that depicts two circles to show the world as a globe rather than flat.

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#18 Hearts World Map Wall Decor

Photo courtesy of Not On The High Street

If this hearts world map isn’t original and unique enough for this list, I don’t think you will enjoy the rest of the items on this list.

What’s cool about this map that’s composed of hearts, is that it also comes with small red heart stickers which they can place on the countries or places they loved the most. Or simply all the places they have visited in the world. So in the end it will be a white tapestry with many red hearts.

Another cool idea for this map is to place the red hearts in all the countries where friends and relatives live. Perfect for nomads!

#19 Photo World Map Wall Decoration

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If you are looking for a personalized map, this photo world map is the perfect gift for you!

You can pick seven photos that will be used to decorate the various continents of the world. Chose photos of your family or your trips to these continents.

Animal lovers could pick a photo of an animal they saw on each continent, beach lovers could do the same for beaches, mountain lovers with mountains. The possibilities are endless!

#20 Cork World Map Wall Decor

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Cork maps are just as push pin maps perfect for people who would love to ass photos to their maps. The cork map is simply a bit cheaper than most push pin maps, and it has a different look.

Though, you could also opt for this black cork map on Etsy, but you will also pay double the price.

#21 Word World Map Poster

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This sticker of the world map in words comes in different colors and is very easy to attach to any wall. One thing to keep in mind before buying this sticker is that the wall needs to be smooth for the sticker to attach well and look pretty.

Alternatively you could get a canvas word map or a regular word world map poster.

#22 Glow In The Dark World Map

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This glow in the dark map is perfect for travel lovers who still enjoy a little bit of light during the night. The map will light up their rooms when they turn off the lights and go the sleep, so they can dream about the world and all the places to travel to when they close their eyes.

#23 Regular Laminated World Map Poster

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This laminated world map is a pretty standard map that will do well in pretty much any type of room. I’ll admit, it is a bit of a standard map, but with all the diversity of this list, I felt like I had also had to include a standard one.

Do keep in mind that I doesn’t come with the wooden bars to hang the map. That will add another 100$ to the price.

#24 Day And Night World Map Wall Decoration

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Most world map wall decor items are static. Sure, you can change the scratch, stitch, and stamp maps, but they do not change by themselves, they are not in motion.

But this day and night world map is!

Depending on the angle from which you look at the map, you will either see what it looks like during the day or the night. And as you walk through the room and look at the map, you can see it changing!

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#25 Watercolor World Map Poster

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If you are looking for a cheaper world map that’s still pretty unique, this watercolor design is your go-to map.

It’s small, but very affordable and you can order larger maps as well, just know that the price will increase with that too.

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