Thursday, 10 May 2018

Weddings & Anniversary 'Etiquette'

The idea of a theme for every year of marriage dates back to 1922 when Emily Post, an American writer, attempted to solve the issue of what gift to give on the occasion of an anniversary by drawing up lists of anniversary themes in a book titled “Etiquette”.  The idea has been revisited and a modern list curated with alternatives of colours and flowers for each wedded year.

Here's our fun edit (tenuous, and bending the rules just a little) but great gifts none the less...

The first Anniversary is paper, and all gifts need wrapping!  We wrap for free - all part of our famous customer service - see our google reviews here and maybe leave one yourself?  Your 2nd Anniversary is China - this quirky vase is from a selection from PiP Studio, The 3rd Anniversary is Glass, it's my third wedding anniversary this year and I'd love to receive this Water Decanter and Glass Set also by Pip Studio.  The 4th Anniversary is Silk - we have a gorgeous range of Silk tops and dresses by Gabrielle Parker.  5th is Wood, what better way to celebrate a wedding or an anniversary than with great pictures.  This Multi Frame with an 'Edge' from Umbra can also house little keepsakes and trinkets.  Jumping to 9th Anniversary - it's Leather!  Our good friend Harriet Wilde makes bespoke leather wedding shoes for your special day - or buy your loved one a Leather Wallet from our new range from Golunski Leather.  10th is Tin - we have a huge range of  Hand-decorated Tin Decorations and Mirrors from Mexico in store.  25 is the Silver Anniversary - just take a look at our range of Silver Jeweller, and finally if you make it all the way to Gold at 50 years - what better way to celebrate half a century together than with a Gold Cactus Vase? Perfect!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

April Product Launch - Four New Fridas & Yvonne Ellen China

Hooray.......we are absolutely delighted to announce the arrival of 4 new Frida in the form of Crewel Work Cushions.  These Fairtrade cushions are hand-made in Moradabad by a team of mostly women. Their motto is "talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships". It is important to us to know that the workers are provided with regular health check ups, bonuses, conveyance allowances and provident funds towards their pensions.  We literally cannot get enough of them, since they are made by hand their output is limited and we are therefore permanently on a waiting list for further supplies - get them while stock lasts!

Back in stock this month by popular demand are the bright and colourful leather wallets from Golunski.  Made in the UK from premium quality leather they really do make spending money a joy.

We have also launched a quirky range of ceramics and giftware by London Designer Yvonne Ellen her 'Birds of a Feather' range - feature beautifully illustrated unexpected juxtapositions of animals and birds.  Each item is hand-finished with gold detailing and comes gift packaged in a hat box style box, making them an ideal gift for someone special.

In other exciting news we had a mini refub over the Easter weekend so we'd love you to pop by and let us know what you think of our new displays.  

We have an important favour to ask - we are working really hard to raise our Google rankings, to spread the Map Gift Shop love further around the world (in a sort of David versus Goliath way) - if you love what we do please consider writing us a review.  A few words here would mean an awful lot to us.

1.  Religious Frida Cushion £46.00  2.  Frida with Cat Cushion £46.00  3.  Frida with Horns Cushion £46.00  4.  Frida with Bird Cushion £46.00  5.  Leather Wallet £35.00  6.  G and Tea Cup £22.95  7.  Leather Card Holder £23.50  8.  Yvonne Ellen Tea Pot £52.50  9.  Yvonne Ellen Zebra Tea Cup & Saucer £23.50  10.  Flamingo Tea for One Pot and Cup £52.50  11.  Yvonne Ellen Elephant Tea Cup & Saucer £23.50

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Happy Easter!

It's Easter already!  As the long weekend approaches we thought we'd drop you a quick round up of new product launches and a note of our holiday Opening Times.  
Good Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Easter Sunday Closed
Easter Monday Closed

We had such a phenomenal response to our new toiletries range from Fikkerts - we have introduced a new fragrance - Jasmine, see the whole collection here.
At last we have received a new cushion to add to the Frida Crewelwork cushion collection.  We have a full range of spring scarves & purses,  new jewellery and a brand new collection of silk dresses, tops and kimonos.

We may be closed for 2 days but the exciting news is that we are having a mini pop back after the holidays to see our new look.

1.  Jasmine Bath Oil £16.95  2.  Frida Crewel Work Cushion £47.00  3.  Tunic Design Scarf £14.95  4.  Grey & Silver Tassel Necklace £25.00  5.  Chiara Eye Tassel Earrings £16.00  6.    Moroccan Paradise Purse £12.95  7.  Purple and Pink Silk Kimono £57.00  8.  Turquoise and Olive Top £37.50  9.  Pink and Purple Top £37.50  10. Paisley Purse £12.95  11. Dream Circles Large Purse £16.95

Saturday, 10 March 2018

I said who, who do you love? - Time Out Love London Award 2018

Who do you love?   Time Out London have launched the TimeOut Love London awards 2018 and we have been nominated!  As winners in 2014, 2015, and 2016, (there was no award in 2017)  we feel we have a corner to fight!  

But with fabulous new shops & businesses moving into Junction Road all the time The Toy Project, The Battenburg Badger and Lost Boys Pizzas and CruDough on the new Navigator Square, we'd like to put Archway N19 on the map (scuse pun). 

We’re talking restaurants, bars, shops, parks… wherever it is that you get your kicks. Shout about them!  Spread the word and share the love! The aim of this is for you to spotlight your favourite local.  We want you to help those deserving places get a bit more cash in their till!
You can nominate and vote when you sign in here search for Map Gift Shop and get voting.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Psst..... it's Mother's Day Next Sunday

We are literally bursting with our new Spring Collection and we have loads of fabulous gift ideas for Mum.  Here's a glimpse at some ideas we think she will love.

1.  Rose Gold Photo Frame 10" x 8" £9.95  2.  Boudoir Make up Brushes £14.95  3. Boudoir Light Box £40.00  4.  Rose Gold Printed Mum Mug £8.95  5.  Amber Bath Essence £16.95 6.  Bluebell Bath Essence £16.95  7.  Lavender Bath Essence £16.95 8.  Rose Bath Essence £16.95  9. My Favourite Salad is Wine Oven Mitt £12.95  10.  Soap Flowers £13.95  11.  Clothes Line Photo Frame £37.50  12.  Bantry C Hot Pink Bag £58.95  13.  Peony and SweetPea Wash Bag £13.95 14.  Handbag Lip Balm £6.95  15.  Peony and Sweetpea Glasses Case £8.95

Sunday, 4 March 2018

March Product Launch - Frida & Fruits of Nature

We have a brand new toiletries range.  'The Fruits of Nature' is made by Fikkerts, who have been capturing the fragrance of an English Country Garden for over one hundred years.  In 2008 Richard & Julia Fikkert become the fourth generation of the family to fly the flag for Fikkerts.

Our Frida Kahlo collection is growing too.....we are ready for Fridamania to hit London.

The V & A's May Exhibition 'Making herself up', celebrating Frida Kahlo, one of the most innovative and influential painters of the 20th century will no doubt focus the spotlight even more intensely on this style icon.  She had an eclectic taste and love for colour and design - something we think is reflected in our buying ethos.

1.  Lavendar Bath Essence £16.95  2.  Rose Bath Essence £16.95  3.  Bluebell Bath Essence £16.95  4.  Bluebell Hand Cream £11.95  5.  Frida 'Thorns' Coaster £3.50  6.  'Peacock' Glasses Case £12.50  7.  Frida 'Bonito' Mug £12.50  8.  Rose Hand Cream  £11.95  9.  Frida Lapel Pin £4.00 10.  Skull Lapel Pin £4.00  11.  Flowers Lapel Pin £4.00  12.  Bonito Lapel Pin £4.00 13.  Frida A5 Journal £10.50  14.  Foot Cream £7.95  15.  Muscle Rub £8.95

Sunday, 4 February 2018

February Product Launch - The food of Love

We have launched two new ranges for the month of Love.  Makers and Merchants unique collection of the finest pickles, jams, sauces and oils, cleverly named gift sets with cool packaging.  Team up with a little something else of what you fancy - cheeses, olives or raw rainbow salads to make your Valentine's night a veritable feast. If your Valentine has a sweet tooth we have a new range of chocolate perfect for the occasion.  Pick from the witty titles to find one just right!

1.  Joyful Jams £14.95
2.  I love You Chocolate £4.95
3.  All Fired Up - Fiery Sauce Sweet Pickle £14.95
4.  Three Measures of Pleasure - Infused Olive Oil Trio £19.95
5.  Smoking Hot- Chilli Sauce, BBQ Sauce and Terracotta Dish £21.95
6.  Power Dressing - Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Gift Set £19.95
7.  DateNite Chocoate Bar £4.95