Many people think a personalized star map is only for romantic occasions. Our star maps do make awesome anniversary gifts, or beautiful wedding presents.
Yet, who said star maps are only for couples? Immortalizing a special moment into the starry night sky has endless possiblities. Just check out these inspirational occasions from history!
Of course, surprising your loved one with a map of the night of your first kiss, or the moment you knew they were "the one" - well, that will always be unique. After all, what better way to show that you remember those first sparkly moments than by creating their very own map in the sky? Combine this treasured gift with their favorite meal, or a romantic walk - and you'll definitely earn the Partner of the Year Award.
Nonetheless, there are a myriad of occasions that are worth remembering forever. The day your baby took his wobbly first steps. The birthday of that friend who has been the rock to steer you through your stormy days. The date you started life in a new country.
Now we're talking! Everyone has their own path. Each one is studded with diamonds only you can see. Yet, just to help you get started, here are some ideas for some pretty marvellous maps:
The day your baby was born
Now, this may seem an obvious choice, but for a reason. Most parents out there will agree, the day you hold your child for the first time is like no other moment. Perhaps you are an exhausted new mum, tearful and woozy from pain medication. Or you have become a father for the first time. Suddenly – in that very second, the only thing that matters in the whole world is that little mewling bundle of blankets. All distractions, worries, and formed thoughts melt away and you are filled with this wonderful rush of overwhelming love and this unconscious understanding that you will do your best to take care and protect it – forever.
What a perfect moment to cast up into the velvet blanket of the night sky. Let the stars twinkle out of your baby’s very own First Star Map.
The day you began a new career
We are not all parents or in a committed relationship. Those are certainly not the only important things in life. To many people, they are not important at all. Perhaps for you, your proudest achievement was the career you carved out at great difficulty and personal sacrifice. You worked hard and never forsake your inner dream. Even when times were tough and the light at the end of the tunnel appeared to be weakly flickering and dimming to darkness – you kept going.
You had your goals – and you scored a hat trick. You reached for the stars, and you plucked out the career of your choice. That deserves remembering. You deserve to frame that moment.
The night you had enough
Not all of our memories are happy ones. That does not mean we should forget them. Sometimes, the best way to overcome a dark period, is to shine a torch right into the painful shadowy place. Maybe you survived an abusive relationship. Perhaps you suffered through a debilitating illness. Or you struggled with depression, anxiety or some kind of substance dependence. Yet, you got through to the other side.
These may seem like strange moments to hang on your living room wall. Not all star maps are celebrations of life however. You can also choose a date that represents a turbulent period of your life, and cast it in the stars so that you can remind yourself you walked away.
This is a classic choice. If you really did meet the person of your dreams, then you will want to remember the day you joined lives with them forever! Our collection of star maps designs offers a variety of styles to suit the Big Day. White is a favorite choice, or the sleek monochrome could represent two halves coming together.
Here’s a fun idea – why not leave the star map at the wedding reception, so all your guests can sign it? Who needs a guestbook when you have a star map!
There are some people who never leave their hometown. If it has all the friends and family you’ll ever need – why would you? Those people become the pillars and rocks of their community. You know their names, their faces, and their story is woven into the tapestry of the town.
Others are more nomadic. The call of the unknown is an irresistible pull. The allure of strange places, foreign soil and exotic languages. Or perhaps simply the job opportunities in the next town along! For whichever reason, many of us will move at least once in our lives. Perhaps you made a major life change. You moved your family abroad. You uprooted to the other end of the country.
Never forget the big moments. Hang them on the wall to cherish forever.
The stars have endless symbolic potential. Sailors swore by the night sky to navigate their way home. Philosophers studied the night sky and wondered what greater beings lay beyond. Ancient Egyptians believed that when a great Pharoah died, he would become a star and be eternalized in the night sky.
Some people choose to commemorate a deceased love one through a star map. It helps them battle through the tragedy of loss. One cannot bring back the dead, but one can honor their memory and commemorate their life. A star map can be a way to memorialize a loved one. Choose an appropriate setting to hang the map and it can be a reminder of the person you will never forget, but want to always remember.
The motto “family comes first” rings true to many ears. That is not to underestimate the power of friendship. You don’t choose your family, but you do choose your friends. Often it is that best friend who knows you inside and out better than any of your relatives. Sometimes, better even than your own family.
They deserve some starry love. Why not think of your happiest moment with friends. Either your close-knit group or one solid soulmate. It could be a weekend away or one memorable night where you stayed up all night talking – under the stars.
Remind yourself and your friend of that moment and its importance with a unique friendship star map.
Your own birthday
These star maps are all about other people. Dear friends. Your own children. Your husband, girlfriend or life partner. What about the most important person in your life? Not to sound selfish or arrogant, but you have also got to think about number one – you. Even the most selfless, giving and compassionate individuals need to think about themselves too. If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you expect to take care of other people?
Take that thought and cast it upwards. Why not head over here and type in your very own birthday. This is your life, your journey and the Star Map of You.