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National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle

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$39.95

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Our custom map puzzle brings you even closer to your most meaningful place. For centuries, maps have helped us make sense of the world around us. This unique jigsaw puzzle lets you discover even more about the areas you know well. Your journey starts with a house-shaped center piece and grows, one “ah-ha!” moment at a time, into a six-by-four-mile topographic map. Streams and roads, forests and lakes reveal themselves as your 400-piece puzzle takes shape, resulting in a distinctive perspective on the places that mean the most to you. Specify recipient’s full U.S. address, including street number and name, city, state, and zip code.


Please note: Personalized items cannot be returned unless damaged or defective. Please check your order carefully; once placed, your order for this item cannot be canceled. Please allow 2–3 weeks for delivery. U.S. postal addresses only.


12 1/4"W x 18 1/2"L completed.


Which mapping base is used? We use the Delorme North America Raster Map base. This is a modern, street-style, topographical map base, which reveals most major roads and names many but not all streets, towns, cities, lakes, streams, and selected points of interest. The mapping also includes contours and a subtle relief shading effect.


How old is the mapping? The Delorme mapping we use is taken from their 2012 dataset.


How much area will my puzzle cover? The puzzle always covers six miles east to west and four miles north to south. The center will have a house-shaped piece, which is a good place to start!


Will my street be named? Not always. Delorme includes more than 7.1 million miles of roads in this dataset. They aim to label as many streets as possible but there isn’t space to label every street. There is a balance between naming every street and leaving room to display other local information such as neighborhood names and points of interest.


Why is my jigsaw not centered correctly? We have invested in the latest up-to-date technology to help us center on a full street address with zip code. However, in some rural areas the geocoding engines cannot site center with as much accuracy as is possible with more urban areas; in rare circumstances, your house may be slightly off center. If this happens, all we need is the latitude and longitude of your chosen center point to re-create your puzzle to that exact location.


REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle
 
3.7

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

68%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes (18), No (6)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        The "My Town " Puzzle is a great idea .

        The map puzzle shows our relatives' geography
        very well . We think they will be pleased with
        the gift .

        The map puzzle shows our relatives' geography
        very well . We think they will be pleased with
        the gift .

        VS

        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Disappointing

        Location not marked, Contained too much ocean and not enough of the peninsula we wanted.

        Location not marked, Contained too much ocean and not enough of the peninsula we wanted.

        Reviewed by 26 customers

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        2.0

        Nice idea. Needs work

        By Mark

        from North Carolina

        Verified Reviewer

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              Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

              I was excited to get this puzzle, being a map fan and lifelong NG subscriber. The best aspect of this puzzle is the note on the side of the box: "Your Purchase Makes a Difference: All of your purchases support the National Geographic mission..." The puzzle itself is good workmanship. Nice cloth bag, and almost no "jigsaw dust," which pleased me. The map itself is not even close to what I would expect from National Geographic. The quality of the map rivals Mapquest...circa 1999. Map labels look like dot matrix print, and far too many street names are misspelled: "Cemetary," "Cave" instead of "Cove," and more. I also would have preferred to have the option of selecting the scale of the map. Rural areas map out better on a wider scale. These deficiencies certainly do not detract from the skill required to assemble the puzzle. The separate printout of the map helped a great deal, especially since much of the map is green topography with no roads. If I was ordering this from a discount store, I probably wouldn't complain, but I don't think it's unfair to hold National Geographic to a much higher standard, especially for an custom, upscale map item.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Great fun.

              By Kathy

              from Hot Springs, AR

              Verified Buyer

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                    Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                    I really loved this product. One quirk is that the streets which are labeled aren't necessarily the most important ones, but they appear to be in the right place. I am glad a map was enclosed so I could check before sending as a gift.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                     
                    5.0

                    Great Idea...Very We'll Done!

                    By TBM

                    from Colorado mountains

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Gift
                    • Personalized
                    • Wonderful idea
                    • Wonderful Idea Very Pers

                    Cons

                    • Challenging Puzzle

                    Best Uses

                    • Hang As A Picture

                    Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                    This made a great gift, very personal (in it's own way).

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Horrible!

                    By MSG DICKSON

                    from NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES of AMERICA

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • trash

                        Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                        Had to wait an excessive amount of time, well past the advertised amount to get this item! When it did arrive it was some other address! Contacted customer service and gave them the EXACT Lat Long and had them verify it on Google maps, after another wait of two and one half months the item arrived! WRONG ADDRESS! I would not waste my time or money on this item. Item came from overseas, not even made in America!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        My Town Custom Map puzzle

                        By Party Marti

                        from Slatington, PA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Difficult Satisfying
                        • Fun But Challenging
                        • Learned Street Names

                        Cons

                        • none

                        Best Uses

                        • Conversation piece
                        • Will Frame

                        Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                        We leaned the names of streets in our area which we did not know before. Putting the puzzle together was sometimes difficult but we enjoyed the challenge. We will frame the finished map and hang it in our foyer for visitors to enjoy.

                        We sent a "MY TOWN" to our son's family who just purchased a beach house. As they have the challenge of putting the puzzle together they will learn about the area and will frame it to hang in their home away from home.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A New View of Your Neighborhood

                        By Brownie3

                        from Scio, NY

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Family Fun

                        Cons

                        • A bit pricey

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                          This puzzle has been improved over the past year. The bag for the pieces and the paper map are now included. I received my first puzzle as a gift and have now given it as a gift.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes
                           
                          5.0

                          Wonderful!

                          By Geocasser

                          from Conroe, TX

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                          We will be keeping this puzzle for a lifetime.

                           
                          5.0

                          Very creative

                          By gh

                          from SD

                          Verified Buyer

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                                Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                                received it as a gift when we arrived at our new home. it was a very good way to both learn about the area as well as get our kids involved in the moving process.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes
                                 
                                5.0

                                A Meaningful Gift

                                By Jeanne the Friend

                                from Aiken, SC

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Nicely Presented
                                • QUALITY PRODUCT

                                Cons

                                • Delivery problems

                                Best Uses

                                • Moving To A New City

                                Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                                I gave the puzzle to friends who are moving to Chapel Hill, NC. They were amazed this type of puzzle exists and cannot wait to get settled and work on putting it together.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes
                                 
                                5.0

                                Wonderful housewarming gift!

                                By Sue

                                from Spokane WA

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurately Detailed
                                • Colorful map
                                • Frameable
                                • Quality construction

                                Cons

                                • Allow More Delivery Time
                                • Delivery Is Very Slow
                                • Plan More Delivery Time

                                Best Uses

                                • Housewarming Gift

                                Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                                I thought this would be a great gift for my son who recently moved to a new area, to get to know his new neighborhood well - and it totally worked! The puzzle has enough pieces to be challenging, and not so many to be discouraging. He, who has everything and makes enough money to buy anything he wants, was thrilled with this puzzle. A great gift!

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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