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5 Reasons Scratch Off Maps Make Great Holiday Gifts

A toy person stood on top of a scratch off map of the world

5 Reasons Scratch Off Maps Make Great Holiday Gifts

Have you been wracking your brain, trying to figure out the perfect holiday gift for the travel-lover in your life?

It can be hard, especially this year. Many people have delayed travel plans due to the pandemic. As a result, hundreds of would-be travellers are staying home this year, and are anxious to get back to exploring the world.

But that doesn't mean you are out of luck. Scratch off maps make great holidays gifts and are perfect for every traveller. Keep reading to find out what a scratch off travel map is, and the five reasons why it should be on your gift list this holiday season.

What Is a Scratch Off Travel Map?

A scratch off travel map is a two-dimensional map of the world, a continent, or a region. Every piece of land is covered with decorative foil. The idea behind a scratch off map is that every time you visit a new place, you remove the foil from the designated spot using a special tool.

Scratch off maps are a popular trend right now. This is because, in addition to being a map, they serve a lot of other purposes as well. They are art pieces, they are visual diaries, and they are even educational tools. 

Perhaps more than anything else, a scratch off map is a living document. It is meant to last you a long time, and be updated throughout the years. If you play your cards right, a scratch off map can last you a lifetime.

Now, we will give you the five reasons why a scratch off map is the perfect holiday gift for the adventure lover in your life.

1. They Are Great for Record Keeping

The primary reason for getting a scratch off map is for their record-keeping value. Scratch off maps depict the parts of the globe that you may want to explore. Every time you go to a new place, you use a designated scratching tool to remove the foil covering that place.

This creates a visual indicator of where you have been. A lot of people like to use these maps as record-keeping tools because they allow you to visualize the vastness of your travels. These are especially helpful for world travellers who intend to see as much of the world as possible.

Many travel fanatics recommend finding ways to document your travels. That's why standard gifts for frequent travellers are things like cameras and journals. But scratch off maps help you keep track of your travels creatively.

A scratch off map takes documentation to the next level. A lot of people choose to display their travel maps, but another great option is to carefully roll up the map and bring it with you on your travels. You can mark off the countries you visit as you go, and use your map to track your progress.

When you return from your trip, you will find that the map serves as a perfect reminder of your trip itinerary. This is why a lot of people consider a scratch off travel map to be something that they cannot travel without

For people who like to keep track of their travels this way, the scratch off map is the perfect gift for the winter holidays. A lot of people view the beginning of a new year to be the start of another adventure. Give the travel-lover in your life a way to document all of the adventures they have in the upcoming year.

2. Scratch Off Maps Have High Aesthetic Value

One of the great things about scratch off maps is that they have a high aesthetic appeal. They are not something that you will want to keep folded or crammed in a drawer. Most people want to have their maps displayed or hung up on a wall.

In many cases, people choose to have their maps framed. And then when they visit a new place, they pull the map out of its frame and mark off the corresponding foil.

In some cases, getting your map framed is preferable. It helps you avoid accidentally bumping the map and peeling off foil inadvertently.

Many scratch off maps are intentionally designed to be displayed. Therefore, they are made in pleasing colours that can blend well into any living room or study. You may think you are giving someone a travel map, when in fact you are presenting them with their next great piece of wall art.

This is part of what makes a scratch off map such a great gift this holiday season. During a year when so many adventures and travel plans have been delayed or cancelled, this map will remind people of why they love to travel. Now more than ever, it is a good time to display a map of your adventures where you can see it clearly. 

3. They Are a Conversation Starter

When displayed, scratch off maps are an excellent conversation starter. When you have people come over to your home, they will notice the map on the wall and where you have visited over the years.

Soon, they will be remarking, "I have also visited Thailand," or "I didn't know you'd been to Argentina!" It's a great way to get to know your friends better and is a natural segue into some of your favourite travel stories. Who knows, you may even find your next best travel companion this way.

But it should also be noted that scratch off maps are a great way to stimulate conversation between you and your best travel partner. The map can be used as a springboard for reminiscing about the places you've been together, and all of the memories you have in that place.

But it doesn't have to be all about the memories. Scratch off maps can help you plan your next adventures, too. You can visualize what parts of the world you haven't explored, and what the best travel itinerary would be.

This holiday season, while all of your family is gathered together, the scratch off map can serve as a delightful conversation starter. When the map recipient begins to scratch off the places they've already been, the whole family can share their favourite travel stories and anecdotes.

4. They Have Long Term Value

Too many holiday gifts have a short term expiration date. In other words, they won't stand the test of time. Many gifts get returned, used up, or re-gifted.

In fact, many gifts these days tend to be either be disposable or made to break. Often times, a gift-giver has to choose between high-quality material, potential product life, and sentimental value. It's hard to find something that meets all of these criteria.

But scratch off maps are not just practical and useful. They also carry sentimental value because of their highly personal nature.

Additionally, a good scratch off map is still affordable. Finally, a gift that is practical, personal, and doesn't break the bank.

But the great thing about travel maps is they have long-term value. They can be used to catalogue your travel over the course of your lifetime. This makes them one of the few gifts that someone might hold onto for that long.

They are also not hard things to keep in nice condition. Either by framing or matting your scratch off map on the wall, your map can remain usable and undamaged for any number of years.

As time goes by, their ability to keep track of where you have been will only become more valuable to you and your loved ones.

5. They Are Easy To Use and Personalize

Scratch off maps are easy to use. Many of them come equipped with their very own scratch off utensil. That way, you can scratch off the places you visit with precision and accuracy.

Moreover, scratch off maps are easy to personalize for the gift recipient. This makes them nice, thoughtful gifts to give around the holidays.

For example, a global map is the standard go-to for the world traveller. They can mark off their travels by country the way that they get stamps in their passports.

But if your loved one plans to travel through Asia, Europe, or South America, why not give them a map of their destined continent?

They can mark off countries as they visit them, but they can also narrow down their marks to indicate provinces, cities, and states.

Depending on their interests, you can also find scratch off maps that focus on particular landmarks or parks. Giving someone a national park scratch off map during the holiday season is a great way to say, "How about we cross these off together this year?"

Sometimes at holidays, anniversaries, or graduations, the real gift is an actual trip or adventure. Is there a better way to surprise your loved one than with a scratch off map?

Take a new map and scratch off the area where you plan to take your loved one. When they open their map, they'll realize with delight that you're also treating them to a wonderful adventure. And as a fun bonus, they'll be able to keep filling out the map for the rest of their life.

Why They Are the Perfect Holiday Gift

There is no doubt now that scratch off maps are the perfect gift for the adventure lover in your life. But why are they especially perfect for the winter holidays?

The winter holidays signify the time of year when people reminisce on their memories from the past year and start planning for their future. In particular, New Year's Day inspires people to make resolutions for the new year. Often, those resolutions include travelling more.

At this time of year, a lot of people profess their intention to explore and travel to new places. By giving them a scratch off map, you are helping them to follow through on this goal. As we have shown above, scratch off maps help you not just visualize your past travels but envision your future ones.

This year especially, your adventure-loving friends might be having a hard time finding channels for their wanderlust. But gifting them a scratch off world map will help put them into an optimistic headspace.  

Lastly, scratch off maps are as fun to give as they are to receive. Even if you can't buy someone an airline ticket to a far off location, you can spark in them the desire to travel and see the world. And that is a gift that is priceless.

Put Travel Maps on Your Holiday Gift List

Scratch off maps are the perfect gift for your loved ones this holiday season. Just because travel has become a little harder this year, doesn't mean that you can't help your friends and family get excited about the future with a travel map.

A scratch off map looks great and will stand the test of time. It will help you reminisce about old adventures, and plan for new ones. Most importantly, scratch off maps are the perfect mix of sentimental and practical value.

Scratch off maps are great gifts for every time of year. But they are especially great gifts during the holiday season, when people are making new plans for the coming year. You can get those plans started with a scratch off world map.

Are you looking for more great gifts for the adventure lovers in your life? Click here for more inspiration.