Gift Guide Day #5

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I have been fortunate to grow up in a family that traveled. While I’ve barely been overseas, I have been to all 50 states. My mom and dad have as well. My sister is still missing 2 states. Since my husband and I started dating we have been to 16 states together. My husband and my father are extremely difficult to shop for. Every year for my dad (for Christmas, Birthdays, and Father’s Day) we get him a gift card to Barnes and Nobel or REI. It is SOOO boring. And I’m usually at a loss for my hubby. Last year I thought it would be fun to get them gifts that had meaning. So I got my husband a scratch map of the US and scratched the states we have been to together. I bought a frame from Michaels and that was the gift.

(PC: Uncommon Goods – $28.95)

The picture above is from Uncommon Goods where I purchased the map. I quite enjoyed scratching the states that we’ve been to together. It took me a lot longer than I care to admit. Also, not quite as fun as scratch tickets when you win, so there’s that.

(PC: Uncommon Goods – $28.95)

(PC: Uncommon Goods – $35.95)

I bought the bottom world map for my dad. It’s the deluxe map. Not sure what the differences are between both world maps. My dad travels internationally frequently for work. He has been to every continent with the exception of Antarctica. I thought it would be fun to scratch off all the places he has been and so he could have a visual of where he has traveled. I am grateful he hasn’t been to Russia yet. When or if he ever goes he can scratch that himself. That did take me a very long time. I put it in a nice frame and my parents put it in their office. I think it was a hit. Don’t worry, I also got him the same old boring Barnes and Nobel gift card. I love books, but the same gift for every holiday for the past 20-25 years gets old.

Gifts don’t always need to be pricey to be a great gift. The gifts that have meaning are the ones that are treasured. For me, it was fun seeing all the places my dad has been and learned that he has been more places than I realized. It’s also fun to see the places my husband and I have been to together. I am thinking about getting a second USA map to mark all the places my husband, daughter and I have been together.

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