Giveaway : Alvar Carto Customisable Map Posters

This giveaway has been kindly sponsored by Alvar Carto

Alvar Carto customisable map posters

How is it midway through April already. January and February felt like the longest months I’ve ever experienced, probably due to the fact that we didn’t have a summer or autumn/winter holiday. In fact, the last time we went away on holiday was last April when we went to visit my husband’s family in Poland. It was freakishly cold for that time of year (a bit like we’ve had with the ‘Beast from the East’) so we experienced two solid weeks snow. So perhaps my desperate longing for Summer and some nice weather has made the first few months of this year feel like an eternity. But I’m hopeful that things will change soon.  This week has been a bit better and perhaps if we’re lucky we’ll be in for more of the same.

Alvar Carto customisable map posters

So April’s giveaway seems quite appropriate to how I’m feeling right now. I’ve teamed up Alvar Carto, an online business that lets you create and order unique customisable map posters from any location on the planet. Alvar Carto’s mission is to help us to hold on to our most important memories by hanging them up in our homes as a constant reminder. Want to commemorate your first date? Your Wedding? Where and when your first child was born? Your most memorable holiday? Your place of birth? No problem, simply create customisable map posters using the easy personalisation process on the Alvar Carto website.

Enter the location you want to focus on, choose from four different poster layout options, customise the colour, and modify the labels. You can search, zoom, pan, and fine-tune the map poster just the way you like with street level precision to create customisable map posters that are truly bespoke.

I have a similar poster hanging in my bedroom that I created for my husband. It features his home town, which I know he misses and will always love. With him being so far from home this made a lovely gift for him and he really appreciated it.

Alvar Carto fully customisable map posters

Alvar Carto has offered one lucky Design Sheppard reader the opportunity to win two customisable map posters in a size of their choice. Simply enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below as usual.

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This giveaway has been kindly sponsored by Alvar Carto


  1. Donna Ford
    April 30, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    I’ve got so many locations but I think the Grand Canyon where we got engaged would be a lovely anniversary present. Or where we met in Deptford!

  2. April 30, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    I’d choose Venice where I got engaged!

  3. Victoria B
    April 29, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    I think I’d choose Tunbridge Wells / Kent where me and my husband first met. Or Florence, our favourite place in the world.

  4. Gemma Holland
    April 29, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    I would choose Birmingham. It’s where my Mum was born and we’ve all ended up living here again. I love it & the maps are gorgeous

  5. Natalie White
    April 29, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    I would choose Shropshire as that’s where we both grew up :)

  6. jacqui rushton
    April 29, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    Dorset, because it is my beautiful home county!

  7. Joanna Ford
    April 29, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    Budapest as that is where I got engaged!

  8. Kat Olsen
    April 29, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    These are lovely and would make a beautiful gift for somebody framed. Somewhere in Norway for my husband would be nice.

  9. Allan Fullarton
    April 29, 2018 / 10:20 am

    Amazing competition, would love a map of Newcastle.

  10. Nicola Capper
    April 29, 2018 / 6:56 am

    What a fantastic prize, would have to be our home town of Liverpool or Copenhagen with so many happy memories for us!

  11. Chris Fletcher
    April 28, 2018 / 11:19 pm

    I’d love a map of London, I’m always getting lost, so maybe it would help!

  12. Sarah Heath
    April 28, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    If I could get a map of Guernsey in the Channel Islands I would, as that is where I grew up

  13. April 28, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    My husband loves maps and would be so happy with one of these! Such a fab giveaway : )

  14. laura stewart
    April 28, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    cumbria because its where i live x

  15. April 28, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    I love this concept and would love to one for the hubs who has spent his whole life in Epsom and it’s where we met. It’d look great in his office :D

  16. Fiona Johnstone
    April 28, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    There are so many places I’d like to choose. Maybe The Island of Arran in Scotland. We spent a lot of great family holidays there

  17. Rebecca Powell
    April 28, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    I would love to get a print of where my children were born

  18. adrian price
    April 28, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    I WOULD CHOOSE istanbul—a city that fascinates me

  19. Zoe Graham
    April 28, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    Amsterdam, as it is my husband and I’s favourite place

  20. Kim Styles
    April 28, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    It would be Norwich as it is my nearest and most beautiful of cities

  21. cheryl hadfield
    April 27, 2018 / 11:37 pm

    I would get one of my home town of Manchester

  22. Diane Wareing
    April 27, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    I would choose Derbyshire as it is so beatutiful

  23. Suzanen
    April 27, 2018 / 8:09 am

    I’d ;love one of Ullswater, where we’ve spent happy holidays.

  24. April 26, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    These are so cool and would make a fab father’s day pressie. Will look them up.

  25. dana
    April 25, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    Somerset where I have so many happy memories

  26. Allan Wilson
    April 25, 2018 / 8:01 am

    I would get one of my surrounding area as it is a unique part of the country.

  27. April 24, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    It would focus on the place where me and my husband first met, kissed and now live. I love these maps

  28. Lucy Barlow
    April 24, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    A certain little spot in the Lake District – it’s about half way between my home and that of my partner – and its where we came back together

  29. Amanda M
    April 24, 2018 / 4:52 am

    I would pick Coventry. All my family grew up there. My dad and myself were actually born in the same hospital. My grandmother lived in the same house for 55 years and my mum and her 2 sisters and brothers did too, it was the family hub. To me, Coventry is where family is….it will always be special.

  30. Amy Pest
    April 23, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    bath because that is where i live with my family

  31. April 23, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    The Falkland Islands ! It is the most beautiful place on the planet. I was lucky enough to be stationed there when I was in the Army many years ago and have such fond memories.

  32. April 23, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    Ohh, it would either be Dublin, where I got engaged and becasue I love Ireland so much or New York, as its the No.1 place I want to visit next, and I reckon with that in my office, it would give me a little incentive.

  33. April 23, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    Such cool maps. Do they come in colours? x

  34. April 23, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    So many places I’ve visited and loved. I don’t think I’d ever be able to choose just one. Lovely prize.

  35. April 23, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    It would have seemed odd to do it whilst we were living there but considering Manchester is where we met and started our lives together, that would be perfect for our home now!

  36. Solange
    April 22, 2018 / 11:11 pm

    New York because it’s a beautiful city that never sleeps.

  37. Julie
    April 22, 2018 / 10:43 pm

    I’d pick Glasgow as it’s my boyfriends home city 💗

  38. Richard Saunders
    April 22, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    I’d choose Lanner in Cornwall where I grew up

  39. Andrea Upton
    April 22, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    These are beautiful, I think I would choose Richmond in N Yorkshire, my husbands home town

  40. laura banks
    April 22, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    i would choose las vegas as thats where we got married

  41. Sheena Batey
    April 22, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    North Yorkshire as it’s where my daughter has bought her first home

    April 22, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    Devon as it’s where I was born & Lancashire as it’s where I live now and most of my grandchildren have been born

  43. Judith R.
    April 22, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    I would choose Thailand to commerate our vacation in Thailand.

  44. Tom
    April 22, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Naarden, in the Netherlands! It’s beautiful old town ringed by a star-shaped fortification that would look lovely on one of these maps. The same company also lets you make free backgrounds for your phone with their map generator.

  45. iain maciver
    April 22, 2018 / 11:22 am

    my local area where I,m from and stay outer Hebrides

  46. April 22, 2018 / 10:23 am

    It really is hard to believe that we are half way through April already. After months of snow in the UK we had two hot days that were more like July, and now back to our miserable weather again, I would love a lake District map, as it’s where I grew up.

  47. Catherine Stewart
    April 22, 2018 / 9:55 am

    Mine would concentrate on Tenby, Pembrokeshire, because it’s my favourite place in the world!

  48. Linda
    April 22, 2018 / 7:39 am

    I might choose a region of France where I lived for a while.

  49. Serena La Pietra
    April 21, 2018 / 10:41 pm

    I’d love one of Santa Monica, California. The place I was born many moons ago. I also do love a good map so thank you very much.

  50. Heather S
    April 21, 2018 / 6:08 pm

    I would choose a map of San Juan County, WA. We have a family cabin on the water just south of Lime Kiln Point. It’s my most favorite place in the whole wide world.

  51. Debbie Preston
    April 20, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    Spalding, Lincolnshire as that’s where I’m from

  52. Bianca Munoz
    April 20, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    Long Beach California because that is where I am from.
    Or Zacatecas Mexico because that is where my mom is from.
    Thank you!

  53. melanie stirling
    April 20, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    I would choose Shropshire because that is where I live.

  54. April 20, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    What a superb idea. Just had a play with the website and it is indeed very customisable. Certainly food for thought, for some future original gift ideas.

  55. Kim M
    April 20, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    Would like my hometown of Chesterfield

  56. Leila Benhamida
    April 20, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    To the South of France where I was born and have wonderful memories.

  57. Rust
    April 20, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    There are several place s I would like to get a map for, including one of cajun country,Louisiana, my ancestral home.

  58. Margaret
    April 20, 2018 / 11:44 am

    These are absolutely beautiful – so simple and elegant. I was tempted at first to choose Tokyo where I spent a fantastic few years as a youngster – it is such an interesting and vibrant place. But then on reflection, I decided I would do almost the exact opposite and choose one featuring the west of Ireland for my dad. Our family is from there and it is a reminder not only of our roots, but also a reminder that things can be simpler. When we return, we always note that time seems to pass more slowly there and people aren’t stressed or in a rush. Also, the coastline is incredibly beautiful so it would look stunning in black and white. Good luck everyone!

  59. Julie Kenny
    April 20, 2018 / 11:06 am

    I would love a Liverpool map – as that is where I met my husband and where we now live . Thanks for the chance to win such a lovey prize x fingers crossed x

  60. Mike Hinds
    April 20, 2018 / 9:19 am

    What an jnteresting idea, with a 50 th wedding anniversary coming up there’s all sorts of memories to map. I think I’ll start with a first date in Southampton.

  61. Tracy Nixon
    April 20, 2018 / 5:16 am

    My home town on Newcastle Upon Tyne x

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