New Giveaway! Custom Map from Swiss Cottage Designs!

I’m still trying to wrap my head around holiday cards, much less gift ideas – but whenever possible I always try to come up with unique and personal holiday gift ideas for close friends and family.  Today, Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a completely personal holiday gift: one of her gorgeous custom illustrated maps!

Courtney is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a custom 8 x 10″ black and white map print – just like the three pictured here!  The map design can include up to 8 custom locations, tailored to the winner’s specifications.

To enter, just leave a comment below with a destination that you would love to visit someday.  We’ll chose a winner randomly, and you’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, November 18 to enter – bonne chance!

Photo Credits: Swiss Cottage Designs

  1. Oh man, this is a great giveaway! I have been really wanting to visit North Africa – especially Morocco and Egypt – lately.

  2. Your maps are so darn cute! I would love to visit New Zealand someday! Such a magical looking place.

  3. I love SCD’s maps, and I’d love to visit Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. There are so many places that I would love to visit… this is a wonderful giveaway. With the weather changing and getting colder I dream of visiting the Amalfi Coast and soaking up some beautiful Italian Sun! Thanks for sharing this wonderful artist and giveaway!

  5. How cute! I have a life goal of visiting all the National Parks. Yosemite is next on my list.

  6. There is so much of the US I have yet to see. I have never been west of Mississippi! One of the places at the very top of my list is San Francisco, CA. I would also love to visit the Grand Canyon and Albuquerque, NM, my mom’s birthplace.

  7. Some day, I’ll travel through Germany. History, beer, and efficient transportation—that’s my kind of vacation! (For this reason I also try to travel to NYC frequently.)

  8. This is really cute! It’d be awesome if she did it for couples who have a specific area in which they’ve met/fell in love. It’d be a very cute keep sake.

    I know it says to pick an area I would like to visit, but I’d really like one of San Diego. I took my bf there for his bday and we had such a great time exploring San Diego. It would sweet to have those artistically mapped out.

  9. I would love to visit Ireland. I think that’s where I’m going on my honeymoon next year! I remember my grandmother going years ago, and she said it just felt like home the moment she stepped off the plane.

    beautiful maps! thank you for the chance to win.

  10. The Greek Isles has been on “my list” for ages…I am dying to go. Those maps are wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. I would love to visit Paris someday. Such a romantic place that would be amazing to explore! I’d also love to win this giveaway for my sister!

  12. I would love to hike Cinque Terre, Italy. I don’t think photos can even capture the true beauty of that experience.

  13. Oh my goodness these maps are just swoonworthy! One of my dearest and bestest friends is getting married this coming June in her hometown of Indianapolis and I would just love to gift her with a beautiful map for her invitation suite!

  14. I studied abroad in Melbourne Australia when I was in college, and I’d love to have one of these maps so I can remember the wonderful experiences I had!

  15. This is such a fun giveaway! I would love to see the world, but the next on my list is Russia 🙂

    p.s. I am sorry if I send this twice, I am having trouble with my connection.

  16. This is such a fun giveaway! I would love to see the world, but the next on my list is Russia 🙂

  17. I’d love to visit the south of Spain. I studied abroad in the Northern half of Spain but didn’t get a chance to go south! I’d love to see it all someday.

  18. One day I would love to visit Japan with my husband, who is half Japanese and has never been there. He would love it!

  19. Oh my! What a perfect giveaway! I went on a back packing trip through Mexico with my bff a few years ago and this would be an amazing gift for her!

    P.S. I’ve always wanted to visit Greece.

  20. I think the better question is where would I not want to visit! I would love to do an ‘around-the-world trip’ one day! But, if I had to get specific, I think Poland would be great since that’s where my grandparents were from.

  21. definitely greece for me too – My husband was a Classics major and it’s one of our dream trips to visit together one day.

  22. I’d love to visit anywhere in South America, but right now I would love a map like this for the seaside town of Lorne in Australia, where my wedding will be held!

  23. These maps are to die for! Next on my list is Buenos Aires, though I hear Turkey is incredible 🙂

  24. I’d love to visit Hong Kong again because that is where my husband and I got to know each other when we were on a short-term mission trip with our church!

  25. I would love to visit New Zealand! I am also eagerly awaiting a trip to Portland!

  26. I know it’s completely cliche but I reallllly want to go to Paris. I’ve never been to Europe & I’m dying to get there. Paris just seems magical to me & one day I know I’ll visit & just fall in love 🙂

  27. I have a long list of places that I’d like to visit, and I think that Paris is at the top of that list!

  28. I’d gladly take a one way ticket to Fiji to sit in the sun and see what the other side of the world has to offer!

  29. I’d love to visit Croatia someday. And Madagascar and Iceland…

    I’d definitely ask for a map for work. I work at the oldest wildlife refuge in American (est. in 1870) and a cute map of our nature center, ponds, site, lake and bird islands would be awesome.

  30. I would love, love, love to visit Aix-en-Provence. But really, anywhere I can practice my French!

  31. I’d love to visit Japan or Sweden some day, but until I can save the $$$, I’ll have to do some armchair travelling by reading travel blogs 🙂

  32. If I could travel anywhere out of the States, I’d love to go to Paris…especially during the holiday season. Within the States, I’d like to do an East Coast road trip.

  33. I’d love to do a west coast climbing trip. Starting in Squamish, Canada and headed down to Oregon and California after that 🙂

  34. This map would be amazing! My husband and I just got back from Scotland and would go back in a heartbeat! I want to travel all of Europe!!

  35. I have wanted to visit Giverny, France since I was eight years old. My aunt gave me a book called “Linnea in Monet’s Garden”, and I fell in love with the art of Claude Monet. This love led me to take French from middle school through college. I’ve warned my fiance that, if we ever get to go to Monet’s garden in Giverny, I’m likely to burst into happy tears. 🙂

  36. I would love to go to Hungary. My husband’s grandfather grew up in Hungary and we would love to go back and visit his hometown!

  37. How awesome! This would be a great gift for my parents to illustrate all of the places we visit out of tradition when we are in Florida every year!

  38. How beautiful! I love the hand-drawn maps! I would love to visit Prince Edward Island someday!

  39. Absolutely blown away with these beautiful illustrated maps!!!
    I’d love to visit the Maldives someday. An around the world cruise, too. I always love returning to Rome, Tuscany and the Italian Riviera. I hope during my lifetime to visit each continent – yes, even Antartica 🙂

  40. I would love to visit Ireland. Both my fiance and myself have ancestors from there. My great grandfather dropped the O in O’Sullivan when he came to America from Ireland. So I would love to find out what other relatives we might have in there if we ever visit. They also have such pretty landscapes and old cute little towns. It would be a great place to go. 🙂

  41. Since I was a little and (cute) girl, hehehe…I become obsessed with Anne of Green Gables, so…I really would love to go to Prince Edward Island, Canada.

  42. I would love to visit Japan, I need to make some japanese friends first so I can get off the tourist path without needing to learn Japanese!

  43. These are gorgeous! I would love one for our wedding in Whistler, BC next year. So talented!

  44. Writing from France for the first time on this blog, i just stopped when I saw the first map because I got married last summer at “Chateau Font du Broc” and we had the brunch the day after at St Endreol Golf, what a small world! I leave Paris in february to live in Australia for a year in Brisbane with my husband so that’s the place I choose!

  45. This is not very exotic, but I daydream about visiting the western parts of the United States – Montana and Wyoming and Utah, etc. I’ve always lived in cities, so I have a craving for that idea of wide open space.

  46. Valencia, Spain – to remind me of my study abroad experience on the Mediterranean Sea!

    OR I would love Singer Island, Florida/West Palm Beach, Florida

  47. One of the top on my list is to visit Bari in southern Italy. My mom’s family is from there and we have some relatives there I’ve had the pleasure of meeting only once. It’s been a dream of mine to see them again and to see where my roots are 🙂

  48. There are so many places I’d love to go! Italy, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, Belgium, and I’d like to visit England and France again.

  49. Beautiful, I would love to visit Prince Edward Island one day. It just looks so serene in every photograph I have ever seen of it!

  50. I was born in Tokyo, Japan, but moved away before I could remember any of it. One day I will finally make it back to see where I came from, and this map would be a beautiful start. Thank you for running this lovely contest!

  51. Sicily! I am a first generation Sicilian and I love visiting there…I haven’t been since I had my daughter, but I would really enjoy having a little reminder of it around the house! 🙂

  52. I’d really love to visit Paris. I’s love to wander the flea market, drink wine and indulge in French pastries.

  53. I would love to visit Salzburg, Austria during the winter time, the place looks so magical!

  54. The Canal du Midi, France. A UNESCO world heritage site and the most beautiful run of river in France.

  55. Love these maps!! My hubby and I want to take our twin girls to London when they’re around 12 or 13. We still have 11 years to wait, but I’m already excited about it!

  56. I’d love to visit Bali or India…and this was way before Eat,Love,Pray… 🙂

  57. For my whole life, I’ve dreamed of visiting Scotland… somehow, I think that when I finally do get there I won’t ever leave! hahaha

    Since it’s the holiday season, I’d actually also settle for a trip back home to New Orleans to see my family. 🙂

  58. The one i dream about takes me and my girlfriend through Scotland, Hebrides, Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands, Iceland and finally Greenland. Hopping from one island to the other like Gulliver. 🙂 Would be the perfect trip for introspection. Actually it would be more like a pilgrimage. Perfect destination.

    Thank you,

  59. Bali! When I was 14, a world traveler told me that was her favorite place on earth. I’ve wanted to go ever since!

  60. These are amazing!
    I would LOVE to visit Switzerland! My mom traced back our genealogy to Switzerland and even found and contacted relatives there! I would love to go visit and find my roots someday 🙂

  61. I would love to go to Paris or Bora Bora one day. It’s such a beautiful place to witness.

  62. The list of places I have no interest in going is far shorter, but the top of my list right now is England. I’ve tried to travel there so many times, and have been thwarted time and again! It’s become my unicorn.

  63. Where to even start? Florence has been at the top of my list for ages. However, my current #1 is the South of France.

  64. Sydney! Sunshine, swimming, seafood, shopping, shimmying, sight-seeing – then sleeping.

  65. sometimes it is crazy to me that parts of our own country are as foreign as can be! i would love to grab my sleeping bag and see the northern lights, glacier fields, culture, and wildlife of the great state of Alaska!

  66. I’m getting married at the North Shore Oahu in Hawaii! would love to have a map for our destination wedding 😀

  67. I’m just in time! I was so scared I was too late for this one b/c i just LOVE illustrated maps!! My next trip I am planning is Egypt/Jordan so I would love to have a map of that!

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