Choose A Custom Made Map This Christmas

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We’re all planning what to buy for loved ones, with Christmas just around the corner. Looking for something unique? Then look no further than an Ordnance Survey (OS) Custom Made map. They come in many styles, scales and sizes, so you can choose a map that’s designed for a loved one or as a treat for yourself. “I love the versatility offered by Ordnance Survey’s Custom Made map range – combining the trustworthy accuracy of OS mapping with the ability to customise is great!” says OS Product Manager, Sam Emberson.

Design your own map

There are loads of options when it comes to designing your map. You can centre it on any location in Great Britain you choose. It could be your home, where you got married or a favourite holiday spot. You could even choose the place you take your pet dog for their favourite walk. The possibilities are endless! If you choose a folded map, you can be even more creative and pick a picture and title for the cover. Upload an image of a treasured memory or pick a picture from the OS image library, to really make your map stand out. “Being able to add a photo and a message makes this a truly personal gift,” says Sam.


You can choose your map’s format and scale too. Maps come in the iconic OS Landranger and OS Explorer formats, so you can select the one that best suits the needs of you or a loved one. Looking for a map that covers a large area? Then choose an OS Landranger map. They plot a vast area but show less detail – with a 1:50 000 scale – so are suited to longer adventures. Want a more detailed map? Pick a 1:25 000 scale OS Explorer map, designed for shorter outdoor activities, like running, hiking and climbing. Another option is the larger scale 1:10 000 OS Explorer Enlarged map, which makes a really striking display to add to a wall.

If you go for a paper map, you can choose to have it folded, flat or framed. Folded is a great option if your map will be used outdoors. Pick from a large folded map or a small folded map (A3). The A3 map includes an introduction to map reading as well – ideal for a beginner. Another option is a large flat map, great if you’re planning adventures from home. OS offers framed paper maps too, as a lovely keepsake. There’s a small size (A3 plus mount and frame), a medium size (A2 plus mount and frame) or a large version. In addition, there’s a large canvas map option, with the option to have it framed. Different styles and colours of frames are available as well. Choose between a black one or an oak effect frame to match a home’s décor.

Incredible quality at an affordable price

All OS maps offer exceptional quality at affordable prices. Paper maps start from only £6.99, canvas and framed ones from £79.99. All the maps are printed at Dennis Maps’ factory in Frome, using state-of-the-art equipment. Folded and flat maps are produced on the same high-quality materials as the OS map series, so they’ll last for many years to come. Mounted and framed maps are hand assembled by a Wiltshire company, using specialist framing techniques.

Delivery options

We take the time to make every map to your exact requirements, but fast delivery options are still available. Dennis Maps works with a courier that delivers maps to customers within 48 hours of dispatch. You can also choose a standard Royal Mail delivery option, to have your map delivered within 2-5 working days. Both canvas and framed maps are assembled locally, so take slightly longer for delivery but they’re still delivered within 10-12 working days. It’s always worth checking the OS website for cut off dates for Christmas delivery, to make sure your map is delivered in time.


Designing your map couldn’t be easier! Visit the OS website, then pick your map material, decide if you want it framed, choose your map type (Landranger or Explorer), location, scale and size. If it’s folded, you can pick a photo and title too. And that’s it – you’ve created the perfect customised gift.

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Dennis Maps is one of the leading map printers in the world, producing more than two million maps and charts every year. We offer comprehensive pre-press services, large format print solutions using both large format litho printing and large format digital print technologies, plus specialised map folding and map finishing techniques.