I love prints; I have three gallery walls in my tiny bungalow and I'm always buying more (prints not walls). I have this vision of our next house having two bedrooms, with one room my makeup room/office and cute, quirky prettiness hanging on the walls. Think Pinterest-worthy office - I want.
When it comes to personalising things, I think it's adorable and have been known to buy friends and family sentimental gifts that have some sort of meaning behind them. My mum is a fan of all things heartwarming; she likes those cards with three pages worth of soppy poetry and would much prefer something my brother and I had made to an item we'd picked off a shelf.
So, when Betsy Benn* contacted me, I knew my mum would swoon over her personalised prints.
Betsy Benn specialise in typographic and unique gifts, creative greetings cards, homeware and personalised prints. There's so many bespoke items to choose from and they can be found at Not On The High Street.
The Personalised Family Map Print starts at £30 for A4 size, unmounted and unframed. An extra £10 is added for the mount and that is what I went for. There's a few colour schemes to chose from; Opera House - an orange and red, Coney Island - greens, Ocean View - blues, and Tea Party, which I decided on, purple and peach. I thought Tea Party would appeal to my mum the most, it matches her bedroom decor and I like the muted pastel colours.
When picking the location of the map you'd like to be printed, all you do is enter a post code and select whether you'd like the map to be zoomed in to the particular neighbourhood or zoomed out to show the town. Anywhere in the world can be printed, Betsy Benn just require a post code for UK addresses or GPS coordinates for international locations. The map is emailed to you to proof before it's printed and the proof is normally sent within 24 hours of accepting the order. Very speedy indeed.
You can title and subtitle your map with anything you like. I love 'home is where your mum is', it's very fitting as my mum is my best friend and I'll always consider wherever she is home. I also knew she'd appreciate that because it's sweet and sentimental.
The print arrives in a sturdy hardback envelope and takes two days to deliver unframed prints. The colours are vibrant and on matte paper that is really great quality.
I made sure I sent the print to my mum before writing this. She's been really poorly lately (and still is) and I hoped this would cheer her up. She loves it and plans on displaying it in her bedroom.
Betsy Benn have so many gorgeous items and you can get 15% off on their website by using WELCOME15 at checkout.
Do you like personalised gifts?