There are some people – especially men – who are almost impossible to buy presents for. Fathers, brothers-in-law, neighbours … what on earth can you get them? Will it be socks again?
Rescuing you – and them – we are suggest you consider one of the Butler and Hills map gifts. Personal, entertaining and of the very highest quality, these are gifts that combine thoughtfulness with imagination.
Made-to-order each map is centred on an address you select – and as an extra, enjoyable detail, the central jigsaw piece is shaped as a house. To make it more fun, and to test local knowledge, the jigsaw arrives in an attractive but plain box. Do those armchair travellers really know all the local walks or do they pick out the village pub first? Now’s your chance to find out!
You can choose between a detailed modern map, an aerial photograph, or even an old Victorian map to allow people to see how their area has changed in over a century. Those in cities or looking for gifts for Londoners might prefer the streetview maps, which show great accuracy and detail.
For those who prefer history to geography, why not celebrate a memorable event or special day with a jigsaw of the front page of The Times? You select the day – whether a birthday, wedding or major event (last year’s Royal Wedding has proved popular) – and we’ll reproduce the relevant front page. These are high-quality reproductions taken from the archive originals, stretching back for over 100 years. A full-sized paper copy is included to make it easier to complete the puzzle and the central jigsaw piece is shaped like a newspaper.
If you know someone interested in local history and their immediate area, then this Map Portfolio is a wonderful present. Prepared by our research team, the portfolio offers a ‘map history’, from the 1860s to the present day, of a specific area centred around the address you provide.
A general introduction describes the landscape character before going on to explore the wider area and then the specific locale through maps, going back from the present day to the mid 19th century. A typical portfolio contains between seven and nine historical maps as well as an aerial photograph, allowing you to trace changes in the neighbourhood. Within the handsome storage binder, the research team have also included fascinating advice on how – and where – to conduct further research.
For those who want to find out more about the history of where they live, this is an invaluable resource – and a gift to treasure.
We understand exactly how Christmas seems to creep up on you. All our gifts are made to order in Devon and boxed by hand. Our team is standing by, committed to turn around every order received by 18th December in time for Christmas. To make it easier, we can either post your gift directly to the recipient or send it to you ready to wrap and place under the tree.