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The 7 S's of purchasing a globe

The 7 S's of purchasing a globe


Find the perfect globe for everyone on your shopping list


Grace Conner, October 22, 2013
World globes make exceptional gifts for friends, family, and coworkers or even for that special someone. They're a first-rate conversation starter for people who love to discuss traveling and other cultures. They're also a wonderful addition to the décor of any home, office or corporate cubicle. Whether you're matching modern or traditional furnishings, a world globe will add a sophisticated flair to any room. The obvious benefit of a globe is the educational opportunity for learners of all ages, made by displaying a 3-dimensional visual interpretation of our Earth.

Selecting the perfect globe can be bewildering, so we've created a comprehensive guide that will teach you how to pick the perfect globe. We've done all of the heavy lifting for you, so you can just sit back, relax and navigate your mouse to the globe that's just right. Readers will discover how to pick the proper size, situation, style, special features, suggested use, selling price and shipping for their needs. Simply follow these steps. It's foolproof!
Size
 

Size



How much space is available for the globe? To choose the proper size, it's imperative that you're aware of the amount of space that the recipient has to display their new globe. Our globes range from 5" to 16" in diameter. The largest ones have stands that allow them to be displayed on the floor.  Replogle's Cambridge Globe is an example of a large globe that is designed to be displayed on the floor. A globe like this should be purchased for an office or home with a large amount of open space. Smaller globes, like the Hastings Globe, should be purchased for smaller spaces. You also must incorporate the "WOW" factor into your decision. Purchasing a bigger globe will result in a bigger "WOW" factor when the recipient opens the gift.
Situation
 

Situation



What situation will this globe be adopted into? An office? A classroom? If the recipient will be displaying the globe on an office desk or shelf, it's best to choose from our selection of desk world globes. If the gift is for an educator or a classroom, the globe should have educational features like illustrations or raised relief. An example of a globe that is illustrated for educational purposes is the Children's Illustrated World Globe.
Style
 

Style



Does the recipient favor modern or traditional decor? The personal taste of the recipient should play a role in the final verdict on globe style. The décor of the recipient's home may also be a deciding factor. For example, an antique globe would be preferable when decorating a home that is chocked-full of rich antiques, and a modern globe would blend seamlessly into a home with clean lines and modern art. The Crystal Marquise Globe would fit into a modern décor home and the Carlyle Globe would be preferred by a recipient with a traditional sense of style. 

Futuristic globes like the Crystal Marquise appeal to science fiction fanatics who fantasize about voyaging on the latest Star Trek mission, while budding explorers may be more enthused by a floor-standing globe in the traditions of Master and Commander or Pirates of the Caribbean.
Special Features
 

Special Features



Would the recipient like special amenities on their globe? We offer a variety of illuminated world globes and raised relief globes. An illuminated globe can be used as an interior design element to add ambiance to a room. The Orion Antique Globe is an example of a globe that can use light to spice up the décor of a room. They can also grab the attention of a child and aid in classroom learning. Illuminated globes can double as a nightlight in a toddler's bedroom, as well as a late night conversation piece in a college dorm room – a refreshing alternative to the lava lamp.

If the globe is being used for educational purposes, raised relief globes can be used to distinguish between the peaks and valleys of our planet. The Atlantis Globe is an example of a raised relief globe that is perfect for education and appreciated by students and teachers alike.
Suggested Use
 

Suggested Use



How will the globe be used? Decorative furniture? A teaching aid? Globes that will be used as decorative furniture should be chosen based on the décor of the recipients home – select carefully considering current décor and taste.

Globes for use in the classroom should have the educational features that we have mentioned above, but there are additional features which can create an extra level of interest for the younger audience. The Pioneer Globe is an example of an educational globe with bright colors, which will grab the attention of children.
Spend/Selling Price
 

Spend/Selling Price



The price of our globes varies based on the size, features, and style of the globe. The price can range from $19.99 to $400 dollars. Your spending decision should relate to your needs for size, features, style and your budget.
Shipping
 

Shipping



The majority of Maps.com globes are manufactured and shipped directly from here in the United States. It can take 7-10 business days for the globe to arrive on your doorstep. They can be sent directly to you or to the gift recipient.
Maps.com Tips
 

Maps.com Tips



  • For floor globes, we recommend larger over smaller pieces. Smaller desk globes on the other hand, will not get lost even on a large cluttered desk.
  • Standard globe styles (predominantly blues for the oceans) will look at home in any room set or office design. Select modern or antique globes only if you are familiar with the style of the likely location.
  • For children, enhancements such as illumination and raised relief help to maintain interest and enthusiasm.
Why not accompany your globe with a world wall map to match? Maps.com carries wall maps in a variety of styles that will complement your globe purchase.


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