Spotlight & Review: Giving The Map of Everyone as a Gift

Spotlight & Review: Giving The Map of Everyone as a Gift

Whether it’s your first time reading my blog or you’re returning for more of my ramblings, it should be pretty apparent that I’m obsessed with DIY gift-giving. But my passion for giving customized gifts extends beyond what you can make yourself. These Shop Spotlights & Product Reviews aim to support small businesses, artisans & makers who share their passions and talents with us to create meaningful gifts for the special people in our lives.


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I have not received monetary compensation for this spotlight of The Book of Everyone. All opinions are my own based on my experiences with company representatives and the product I received. The Book of Everyone gave me a Map of Everyone at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through them, I may receive a commission from a third party at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own, and I only share links to products I personally use, love and trust.

Natalie Menke


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If you need more information about the Book of Everyone, the products they offer and step-by-step instructions for creating a Map of Everyone, continue to my comprehensive product review below…

A framed The Map of Everyone held by a man



Company & Product Overview

The Book of Everyone is an online platform where you can personalize keepsake books, maps, greeting cards and videos for special occasions. Simply enter a few personalized details and their easy-to-use site generates an individualized gift for the ones you love.

At the time I’m writing this review, The Book of Everyone has four product lines: maps, books, greeting cards and videos.


The Map of Everyone

(from $49)*

The Map of Everyone screenshot

Despite their name, The Book of Everyone offers much more than just personalized books. You can create custom maps to commemorate special locations and celebrate the memories associated with them. The Book of Everyone describes the Map of Everyone perfectly:

Behind every old airline ticket, empty wine bottle and Instagram location tag there’s a place filled with memories. The Map of Everyone celebrates the places that mean the most to you with a beautiful personalized print of where it happened.

Customized in a style to fit the occasion, and finished off with a heartfelt dedication, The Map of Everyone will set hearts aflutter with treasured memories.

– The Map of Everyone


Other Products Offered (not reviewed)

For the purposes of this review, I’ve focused on the Map of Everyone. However, The Book of Everyone also provides customized books (shocking, right?), greeting cards and personalized videos.


The Book of Everyone

(from $40)*

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The Book of Everyone is a personalized keepsake book combining information you submit about your recipient (like quotes, memories and photos) with fun facts and gorgeous illustrations generated by the online platform.

Subsequent editions of the original Book of Everyone are also available, including the Milestone Edition (perfect for celebrating a 40th birthday perhaps), the Romantic Edition, the Book of Mom and the Book of Dad.


Wise(ish) Words for Everyone

(from $30)*

Wish(ish) Words for Everyone Books Screenshot

Wise(ish) Words for Everyone are also personalized books, but they focus more on words of wisdom you’d like to share with your recipient. They offer the original version of Wise(ish) Words of Wisdom along with Wise(ish) Words for True Loves, Wise(ish) Words for Cat Lovers, Wise(ish) Words for Dog Lovers, Wise(ish) Words for BFFs, Wise(ish) Words for Golfers, Wise(ish) Words for New Parents, Wise(ish) Words for Graduates, Wise(ish) Words for Kids and Wise(ish) Words for Thriving in 2021.

It’s safe to say, they have wise words for everyone!


Personalized Greeting Cards

(from $5.99)*

Greeting Card Screen Shot from The Book of Everyone

The Book of Everyone has a great selection of unique greeting cards for tons of occasions. You can personalize them and include a message to be printed on the inside. The best part? They ship for free*.


The Video of Everyone

(FREE!)*

The Map of Everyone screenshot

The Book of Everyone provides a place to create a collaborative video for free*. You can upload your own videos straight from your phone or computer and then invite others to add their own message. Did I mention, it’s free?

*All prices noted above are as of 5/10/2021.


Why I decided on the Map of Everyone

I originally stumbled upon The Book of Everyone on Etsy when I was researching my recent 40th birthday gift ideas for women post. I was initially drawn to their gorgeous layouts and illustrations and the level of customization and quirky facts found in The Book of Everyone.

A framed "Map of Everyone" sitting on a table

My interest was piqued! I jumped from their Etsy site to their website and continued to browse their product offerings and learned more about the company.

After about two minutes on The Book of Everyone’s website I recognized their founders as kindred spirits. When I read that one of their founders ran out to buy three newspapers the day his child was born (which he plans to give that child on his 21st birthday), I knew these are my people.

Don’t get me wrong – I love a good DIY gift when you can personalize every aspect yourself. But when a company comes along and makes it so easy to create a unique, thoughtful and sentimental gift, I just can’t resist.

A gift for someone who has everything

Even though I claim to be a gift guru, I have the TOUGHEST time coming up with gift ideas for certain people in my life…mainly my husband. Simply put, he’s the man who has everything and wants nothing. Obviously, coming up with gift ideas for him is so. dang. hard.

So when the opportunity came along for this product review, there was no doubt I wanted to try to make a Map of Everyone for my husband’s birthday.

The Map of Everyone display

I chose to map the location of our first apartment together, where we were engaged, and the place where we brought our first child home. (It just happened to all be the same map dot.)

The result? There isn’t a day I walk by the map when I don’t travel back in time and remember so many happy memories.


Is a Map of Everyone for you?

If you are looking for an easy way to create a one-of-a-kind gift for the person who has everything, then the Map of Everyone may be for you!

As I said before, I had this map made for my husband birthday, but I can see making one for other occasions when I need a heartfelt, sentimental and/or nostalgic gift. I’m thinking engagement gifts; wedding gifts; anniversary gifts; Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts; graduation gifts; baby shower gifts; bon voyage and moving gifts — and even just because gifts.


The Process: How Create Your Own Map of Everyone

If you are hitting the same wall while brainstorming thoughtful gift ideas for the people in your life, I’m here to shed some light on the process of creating a Map of Everyone of your very own.

Step 1: Go to https://thebookofeveryone.com/us

Step 2: Navigate to the Map of Everyone

Step 3: Enter an address or city and click “let’s go!”

The Map of Everyone screenshot

Step 4: Customize

Each map is customized by:

1 | Location Marker

Select from a pin, heart, star or ring icon to designate a place. You can also chose to add more than one location and customize that marker too. This is great for one city with a lot of memories sprinkled throughout.

The Map of Everyone screenshot

2 | Style

Adjust the overlay color styles of the map and chose from Antique, Aquamarine (the style I chose), Classic, Marble, Minimalist, Noir, Rose, Stetchbook and Terra options.

Click on any of the icons to preview the style. You can also check the box to enable place names on your map.

The Map of Everyone screenshot

3 | Dedication

Personalize the title, subtitle and message that will appear on your map or approve the default text in the system. Note: the default message is the coordinates (longitude & latitude) of the address.

The Map of Everyone screenshot

4 | Photo

You can also chose to upload an image to appear with your dedication. Simply click on the “add photo” button.

The Map of Everyone screenshot

5 | Size

Select the finished size of the map from the three options: 12″ x 16″ (Medium), 18″ x 24″ (Large) or 24″ x 32″ (XL).

The Map of Everyone screenshot

Once you are satisfied with the customization, click “add to cart.”

Step 5: Enter my discount code and receive 15% off



The Map of Everyone Discount Code: NATALIEMENKE15



The Map of Everyone screenshot


First Impressions

My first impression upon receiving my finished Map of Everyone was one of satisfaction. The map was easy to make using the site’s user interface and the finished product was packed well and survived shipment in one piece! (I was nervous about the glass frame).

A wrapped "Map of Everyone" ready for shipping

Most importantly, the map is beautiful and the frame is a perfect match to the color scheme in my home.

I will update this section over time to let you know if my perception of the map changes for any reason. Our Map of Everyone is hung near a window, so I’ll be interested to see if the natural light has any effect on the colors of the map.

For more detailed information on Pros & Cons, see the section below.


Pros & Cons

PRO: User Interface

It was so easy to create and personalize a custom map using their online design tools. So easy in fact, I hesitated to include the step-by-step process outlined above. The user interface allowed me to see my changes instantly while clicking through my design and personalization options. In the end, I got exactly what I wanted!

PRO: Customer Service

Their customer service is top-notch. Any questions I had were answered quickly and thoroughly. I was notified when the map shipped and was immediately made aware of an unexpected FedEx delay before I even realized it was late getting to me. I appreciate the transparency!

PRO: Delivery

As mentioned above, my delivery was delay by FedEx. A representative at The Book of Everyone notified me right away to let me know and followed-up with me about when I could expect it.

The map – which included a frame – was packaged well for shipping and arrive in great condition. I was a little wary of the condition the frame would be in when it arrived. But it looks great!

PRO: Price

Full disclosure: I was given this product to review. However, based on the finished product, I would consider the prices listed on their website to be fair. I would definitely take advantage of a discount code if one was offered (ahem: NATALIEMENKE15) because who wouldn’t want to save 15%??

PRO: Quality

The colors are crisp, the frame is beautiful (I chose the natural wood option) and the design is exactly how it was pictured on the online platform. There were no surprises when it came to the final product. I will definitely order more products from them in the future!

CON:

The only drawback to creating my Map of Everyone is deciding where we want to hang it!

The Map of Everyone display


Conclusion & Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Book of Everyone saved me a ton of time creating a custom gift for my husband (who has everything). The customization process was painless and the processing and delivery times were quick. And the finished product? You can see for yourself!

I would consider purchasing other products in The Book of Everyone’s product line based on my experience with them.



Save some cash when creating your own Book (or Map) of Everyone & use my discount code at check-out & receive 15% off your purchase: NATALIEMENKE15




If you need help creating a custom gift…

Please REACH OUT TO MEI’d love to help!

More later! The craft room is calling, and I must go…


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Natalie Menke, the self-proclaimed Gift Guru, is always thinking about the next gift she is going to give. Her hope is to provide boundless inspiration for completely customized and personalized gifts. Happy gifting!
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