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Wayfinding-themed Holiday Gift Ideas

Posted by on Dec 22, 2013 in books, gifts, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Wayfinding-themed Holiday Gift Ideas

‘Tis the season to find your way to the perfect holiday gift for each person on your list.

Here are three wayfinding-themed offerings for your favorite wayfinding whizzes and directionally challenged counterparts.

1) A Brooklyn-based company “Uncommon Goods” features a slew of map-inspired gifts including the city map puzzle shown below ($20). Prices are all over the map, with a number of products under $50.

2) Here’s another navigation-themed holiday gift idea: books about maps.

There’s something for everyone in the must-read list of map books culled by

Here are a few — too big to stuff in a stocking, but sure to be appreciated nonetheless:

“How to Lie with Maps,” by Mark Monmonier

“From Here to There,” by Hand Drawn Map Association

“Transit Maps of the World,” by Mark Ovenden

“Maphead,” by Ken Jennings

“The Mapmakers,” by John Noble Wilford

And one more, just for fun: “The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography,” by Katharine Harmon

3) Our final holiday gift suggestion is for the directionally challenged people on your list: their very own copy of “Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around,“ by Jan Carpman and Myron Grant. This friendly, illustrated, award-winning guide is just the thing for the perpetually turned-around.

Directionally challenged people often think they’re the only ones who can’t jump in the car and effortlessly drive to a destination or tackle an unfamiliar, multi-storey building and find their way easily and comfortably. They consider wayfinding an almost magical ability: a “sense” they were born without.

Our book demystifies wayfinding and explains that it involves skills that can and must be learned. Using humor, photos, and stories from people who can’t find their way out of (you guessed it) a paper bag, we take readers through the nitty-gritty, step-by-step tasks that go into personal navigation.

“Directional Sense” can help improve your directionally challenged loved one’s self-esteem and confidence, along with his or her finesse at getting from here to there. And that’s a pretty great gift, indeed.


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