My family holds a spot in our hearts for Hawaii. Not only have several members lived there, but my husband and I did for a while ourselves. It was a dream that I had since I was little and we made it come true after graduating college. Now we are back in Illinois, surrounded by cornfields rather than beaches, but all of our family is here. While we do love Illinois, I surround myself with the feeling of Aloha every moment I get. For those of you who do not understand the feeling of Aloha, it is the compassion and peace that you feel from the locals in Hawaii. My grandmother in-law still exudes the feeling of Aloha to those around her although she has been back in Illinois for years now. Born in Hawaii, she has found a way to introduce her entire family to the beauty of the islands which has been a gift to all of us. I have looked all over for the perfect gift for her this Christmas so when I came across Map My State’s artwork, I instantly thought of her. Map My State creates Prints and Mugs with unique map designs. The maps are available in a variety of U.S. cities, states, Canadian provinces or countries.
The Prints are available in 8×10″ and 11×14″ and are printed on premium, bright white, acid-free, 110# coverstock. Prints come unmatted and unframed, allowing you to put them in whatever frame or display you prefer. To customize your print, you can choose a color to have the map printed in. Further customization can be added by highlighting a specific city or area. I received the 8×10″ Hawaii State Print. I did not choose to have a city highlighted because there are several that hold memories for the family. The quality of the print is good and will look great up on the wall once I get it framed!
My grandmother in-law loves to drink tea so the Hawaii Mug is the perfect gift for her. The state is printed on a standard 11oz white coffee mug. The image is printed on the side that faces out if you hold the mug with your right hand. My husband thought this was odd, but I assured him that it is so you can show it off as you hold the mug! However, if you are left handed like I am, you get to enjoy it for yourself as you hold the mug. Although I cannot post a picture of my grandmother in-law with the Hawaii Mug until after Christmas, I know that she is going to absolutely love it!
At just $15 each, these are low cost Christmas gifts. They are perfect for that hard-to-shop-for person but also perfect for someone that you want to get something special for. Since the mugs and prints are unique and custom printed, you can be sure you aren’t getting a gift they already have!
Update November 27, 2013: MapMyState is now offering t-shirts and baby onesies!
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Family Centsability was not monetarily compensated for this post. A product sample was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.