3 Reasons Why a Laser Cut Map Makes the Perfect Gift
A three-dimensional wooden map produced by laser cutting makes for an unexpectedly delightful present. For the best present, look for a map of a location that is significant to the recipient you have in mind. Each laser cut map is priced based on size and complexity, and multiple maps may be available for popular regions. Shop by state or region to see maps that could make a perfect present for anyone on your gift list.
1. Every 3D Wood Map Showcases a Special Region
Laser cut maps showcase coastal areas and selected inland bodies of water around the world, including all of the coasts of the continental United States and Alaska. Select a region or state to see all of the available map designs.
Each coastal region of the United States and many international islands and coasts are depicted in maps. On the Pacific West Coast, gift-givers have a choice of maps from Alaska all the way out to the Hawaiian Islands and down to San Diego. Options on the East Coast range from Chesapeake Bay down through the Mid-Atlantic seaboard.
Several maps of international locations can also make for great gifts. Choose from maps of islands such as Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. A large map of western Europe and the surrounding seas is available in a classic or Coastal Blue Gray color scheme. Peninsulas such as Italy, Scandinavia and South Korea also make for visually interesting maps.
Areas that have significant topographic and bathymetric variation, or on-land and underwater elevation changes, often make for the most visually interesting maps. Among the many fine details engraved on each map are water features and underwater elevation levels as well as a wide range of points of interest on land.
Some maps provide different perspectives on similar areas and vary in size. For example, you can choose either a large or small map of the entire Great Lakes region in the standard color scheme or Coastal Blue Gray collection. If you prefer a map that is more focused on a particular area, choose from maps of the urban Chicago coastline, Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and many other regional coasts, lakes and islands.
2. Several Laser Cut Map Sizes Are Available
The smallest 3D wood map you can give as a gift is presented inside a 13” x 20” x 2” serving tray. These trays have handles on the end, and a sheet of clear Plexiglas protects the map inside. The recipient will have a choice of displaying a 3D wooden map in a serving tray flat on a surface or wall-mounting the tray. Tray maps range in price from $89 up to $113, making these designs affordable presents.
Larger maps intended for wall mounting start at $99 for small designs, such as a map of Boston Harbor that measures 13” x 20” x 2”. A slightly larger map size is 16” x 20” x 2”. Medium-sized designs include maps that measure 13.5" x 31" and a larger 13.5" x 43" size. The largest maps measure 24.5” x 31” x 2” and are priced up to $422. Many map designs are available to make it easier to find the perfect gift.
If you are deciding on which size map to buy for a recipient, you might consider methods of display. Serving-size or small maps can be displayed flat or mounted on a wall in almost any room. These maps are also ideally suited for gallery-style presentations with other artwork or photographs. Whether you choose a map from the main or Coastal Blue Gray collection, a 3D wood map can coordinate with practically any color scheme and interior decoration.
Larger maps can make for more significant pieces of decor. Each side of a large map may measure over two feet in length. If you do not think that the recipient can easily hang a map of this size, you may want to consider giving a gift certificate in an amount that can cover the purchase of a larger map. Gift cards allow recipients to independently determine which map and orientation is the best choice.
3. A Laser Cut Map Is a Unique Present
Laser cut maps make for uncommon presents. It is possible to achieve an unmatched level of personalization by selecting a map of a sentimental or otherwise significant location. A 3D wood map is likely to garner more delight and interest than any 2D map, including artistic renditions of geography or historical charts.
The majority of gift recipients are unlikely to already possess a map produced from high-quality wood through laser cutting, artisanal staining and hand assembly. Even a recipient who already has one of these maps is likely to appreciate the opportunity to add a map of another location or even another perspective on the same place to their collection. Although these maps feature similar materials, each map is a unique design generated based on as many as six different charts of the selected region.
When selecting a map, you may want to choose a design that features the area where the recipient was born, raised or that is significant for any other reason. Maps can also be great gifts for genealogists or recipients who identify with the geographical origins of their ancestors. Travelers may appreciate maps that recall fond memories of a favorite destination. The connection the recipient feels to a particular region is the most important factor to consider when gifting a wood map.
A 3D map of a significant area can be an interesting and unexpected present. Wood maps are crafted out of Baltic Birch or other high-quality wood with cutting-edge technology and finished by hand. The recipient of a laser cut map will be able to cherish and display this present for years to come. If you can’t decide on a map for a recipient, give a gift certificate in any amount from $50 up to $500 to enable a recipient to pick their favorite map.