Thursday, 12 January 2017

Bee good to yourself - Burt's Bees

It is important to us to know the story behind the products we sell.  We first came across the brand Burt's Bees back in the mid 90's when we were exhibiting our own ranges of China and Glass at the New York Gift Fair.  The fabulously funny folks from Burt's Bees were exhibiting opposite our booth.  They were always incredibly busy and we became familiar with their waxing lyrical stories of Burt, the wild-bearded and free-spirited founder and his Bees, how it all began - the roadside honey stand and beeswax candles at craft fairs.  The eccentric lover of nature who was more at home with his golden retrievers and 1960''s motorcycles enjoying the magic of living on the land in his converted turkey coop in Maine.


Sadly Burt passed away last year aged 80. His legacy of producing natural toiletries and cosmetics has become a best selling global beauty phenomenon. 



Burt's bees remains true to a very simple idea, what you put on your body should be made from the very best nature has to offer.  We have been selling Burt's Bees products for a few years now.  Our customers come back over and over for their favourite lip balms - give your lips a treat during this cold weather snap.  They'll thank you for it!

Friday, 23 December 2016

Christmas Tree Competition 2016 - The Winners

We have had a massive response to our competition this year and we loved looking through your entries, some tasteful, some inventive but all bauble brilliant!  The competition was so tough we have decided to award not one but 3 prizes this year.

Always a sucker for a bit of nostalgia we love this tree from Helen Andreou, with 15 years of our decorations embellishing every branch! Thanks so much for sending in your picture, please call in to receive a £25 voucher!


We thought Jodie Fernandez packed such a lot onto a small tree. We loved hearing about the children's favourite baubles too! Such fun, thanks for sending in your pictures we'd like to award you a runner up prize, please call in to collect your £25 voucher


.....and the £50 prize for overall winner goes to Sheila Dobey for this stunning tree.  We loved the traditional theme the shape and impressive size of the tree but mostly the lovely attention to detail, decorating with so many decorations.  It looks beautiful.  Thanks so much for sending in your picture.  Please call in to collect your £50 Gift Voucher.


Have a wonderful Christmas
Ian and Kathryn 
and the whole Map Gift Shop Team

Sunday, 18 December 2016

What do I buy for my Gadget Guy?

For the Gadget Guy in your life, who is also up for a bit of fun - these are the top ideas for you.  The Selfie Clip is essentially a wide angle lens that clips over the camera on any phone and allows you to take a wider shot to include more people.  The Smart Phone Microscope is a powerful 30x zoom, enabling you to capture images with your camera phone in fantastically minute detail.  Is your Gagdet Guy also a Star Wars fan?  This fun heat changing Light Saber Mug will definitely make him smile.  Finally our top selling gift this season, Virtual Reality Glasses - Simply insert your smartphone into the secure visor, then let the glasses transform your movies and photos into a boldly impressive, fully immersive 3D environment.