This all started when I first contacted the iLikeMaps store on Etsy about their Toronto print. I hail from the T.dot/ “torana”/ Toronto and am always looking for ways to bring my hometown pride with me around the country. It’s a hard job representing Toronto, but someone’s gotta do it.
In partnership with iLikeMaps – an Etsy store run by a great team in Montreal – we’ve teamed-up to offer you 20% off any print in their store until January 31st (code at checkout: PMQ20) , with all the profits going to the Canadian Hero Fund Charity. Oh, and free shipping!
Getting-in on this deal let’s you buy local/Canadian, and support families of fallen soldiers, and add a cool map to your collection. Doing all three is super easy, and will take you less than 5 minutes.
Maps, like so much of the decor we’ve acquired, tell a story of where we’ve been and where we’re going. I can’t emphasize how good a gift this makes. Unlike the ones plastered in ads that you can get for free at the bus station, the maps from iLikeMaps make a great gift for family and friends that travel, or live abroad. For the military families on your list, you can also request a map of almost anywhere to commemorate any posting – not bad considering most people have no idea what or where Shilo or Wainwright are.
The map prints created by iLikeMaps are designed to be presented as works of art, rather than an orientation tool. Map lovers like myself and DH, have framed our print and displayed it in a prominent place in our home. I had been looking for a print to complete our TV room, and wanted something rich in colour that would feel at home in our cozy space full of deep hues and intricate designs.
Having received my print and perused their store for a good hour (looking at all the intricate details), I can tell you this bold and colorful map print will fit any decor. Place, colours, sizes: every map is entirely customizable (hence the gifting potential), and I was drawn to the Toronto map because of the home-town connection.
FUN FACT: The data used to create this map comes from OpenStreetMap and is under Creative Commons 2.0 license, which is also pretty nifty because it’s accurate, so if you buy a map for somewhere you know, you could plot-out “Places you’ve been” on the map to personalize it even more!
You could get a map of the city where you met your significant other and plot the places you visited during your courtship – talk about a unique anniversary gift! You don’t need to worry about quality, because the maps are printed in high saturation ink on bright white gloss paper, which is pretty damn good considering I’ve framed and hung some things that I printed off my computer.
*iLikeMaps provided the product for review, but all thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make PMQ for two possible.
The Canadian Hero Fund is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting Canadian military personnel and their families. As a national civilian charity, the Canadian Hero Fund raises money through community, grassroots efforts and acts as a conduit for all Canadians to show their support and care for military families and their sacrifice.
The initial project of the Canadian Hero Fund is to provide post-secondary scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen Canadian soldiers. Scholarships awarded by the Fund help finance post-secondary education at government-accredited universities, colleges and technical schools.