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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2017!

Looking for fun and unique ideas for the hard-to-buy-for people on your gift list this year? Look no further! Check out the 25 popular items seen below, with prices ranging all the way from a few dollars to a few thousand. Please note: The deadline for ordering handmade original pieces in time for Christmas Day is 11/3/17. Reproduction prints and other select gift items seen below can be ordered until around mid-December to arrive in time. Share this list on social media, and then interact with comments, likes and shares to qualify to win a license plate map of the USA poster!

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#1: License Plate Map Handmade Original

Back by popular demand at the #1 spot. Travel around the country in a bygone era without leaving the couch with a handmade license plate map original. The ultimate gift for anyone who loves maps, history, recycled art or autos. In sizes ranging from just 27" wide to a staggering 10 feet! Join the ranks of collectors that include professional athletes, celebrities, corporations and dozens of private collectors by purchasing one of these maps for your home or office. For a limited time, receive a free metal print design of your choice from my portfolio of license plate art designs to enjoy while you wait for your map to be personally handcrafted and sent you within 8 weeks.

Price range: $500-2000

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#2: License Plate Map Metal Print

The next best thing to the real thing. These vibrant museum-quality metal prints of my license plate maps are offset from the wall by a 3/4" thick wooden frame which is attached to the back. The wooden frame includes a hanging wire for easy mounting on your wall. The high gloss of the aluminum sheet complements the rich colors and reflective quality of the vintage license plates to produce stunning results.

Price range: Starting at $70

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#3: License Plate Clocks

Featured in different shapes and sizes, these license plate number wall clocks are vibrantly printed with an AcryliPrint HD process to ensure the highest quality display of any content. Features vintage license plates from various states all around the USA, from the 1960s, 70s and 80s and beyond. Order these clocks for your own walls or give to friends and family as a gift for a timeless treasure and unique way to keep track of time.

Price range: Starting at $29

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#4: Serenity Prayer License Plate Art

Take a look at this version of the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr, now available as a recycled vintage license plate letter art print. The Serenity Prayer is the common name for a prayer authored by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. The best-known form is: 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, 
The courage to change the things I can, 
And the wisdom to know the difference. 

The earliest established date for a written form of the prayer is various versions printed in newspaper articles in the early 1930s by or reporting on talks given by Winnifred Crane Wygal, a pupil and collaborator of Niebuhr's. Wygal included this version of the prayer in her 1940 book, We Plan Our Own Worship Services, attributing it to Reinhold Niebuhr. Give this memorable print as a special gift on metal, canvas or framed!

Price range: Starting at $70

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#5: Travel Quote Puzzle

Familiar license plate designs are refashioned into an entirely new composition that will delight the casual and serious puzzler. The completed puzzle measures 18" x 24" and is great for all ages. Made in the USA from recyclable materials. Puzzle map included in box. From our partners and friends at Barnes & Noble!

Price range: $10-15

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#6: Wedding / Anniversary / Couple License Plate Lettering Custom Sign

Your unique handmade license plate name sign will be made using assorted vintage license plates mounted on distressed wood boards. A license plate heart made using states that are special to the recipients (from 1 state up to four) according to your request will adorn the top half of the piece. Two names (each up to seven characters) with a plus sign in between them will be made using genuine license plate letters of various colors. At the bottom, commemorate that special date with smaller license plate letters and numbers. Give a gift that will be a special memory for a lifetime!

Price range: $119 + shipping

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#7: City Skyline Art Prints

What's your favorite city? Celebrate and showcase that love with one of these license plate art skyline prints. Recycled license plates are cut and arranged to recreate city silhouettes of the top destinations around the country. New York, Detroit, St. Louis, Philadelphia and more - over 20 designs to choose from, in sizes ranging from a few inches wide to several feet.

Price range: $30+

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#8: Route 66 Handmade Original

Handmade artwork of the iconic Route 66 road sign, using genuine vintage recycled license plates from each of the 8 states through which the famous highway passes. Several sizes are now offered. Get your kicks with this authentic piece of American history!

Reproduction prints available as well, right here.

Price range: $800-1200 for originals

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#9: Texas State Flag Handmade Original

Everything is big in the Lone Star State, and these flags are no exception! Measuring a full 6 feet wide, the version pictured hangs proudly at the newest Visa headquarters. Show your Texas pride to anyone who enters your home or office and gazes upon this piece of genuine automotive history.

Other states are possible too (California seen below)!

PS: Prints are available as well!

Price range: $500-2000

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#10: Postcard Sets

Many new designs are offered as postcard sets at a very resonable price this year. Save money the more you buy. Perfect as stocking stuffers, and as a way to keep in touch with friends and family who are out of state.

Price range: Starting at $1 per card, discounts on sets of 8 or more

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#11: Toilet Paper Holder

This wood toilet paper holder comes adorned with a special vintage license plate of the state of your choice. Also choose between slate gray, blue distressed, reddish brown distressed and black wood color for the entire unit. Piece is ready to hang on two sturdy D-ring hooks. Measures 12" wide, 16" high and 6" deep. Hold up to six standard rolls comfortably. A fun way to finish off any cool or fun vintage space! Great housewarming, wedding or anniversary gift.

Price range: $79 plus shipping

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#12: License Plate Art Shower Curtains

Design Turnpike shower curtains are made from 100% polyester fabric and include 12 holes at the top of each curtain for simple hanging from your own shower curtain rings. The total dimensions of each curtain are 71" wide x 74" tall. Wake up to a burst of creative color each morning as you step into the shower.

Price range: $79 plus shipping

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#13: Family Monogram License Plate Sign

A license plate block letter made using genuine license plates from a state that is special to the recipients (according to your request) will adorn the top half of the piece.

Your family's last name (with THE directly above it) will be made using genuine license plate letters of various colors.

At the bottom, commemorate that special date with smaller license plate letters and numbers. Family population (POP 5, etc.) is also included if desired.

I've made dozens of these special gifts for friends, family and clients across the country - they are always a hit. Enjoy!

Price range: $199 + shipping

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#14: License Plate Art Pillows

Design Turnpike throw pillows are 100% cotton, printed on both sides, and are a great way to add a stylish statement to any room. Includes a hidden zipper and cleanable insert. Sizes range from 14" x 14" all the way to 26" x 26".

Price range: $36+

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#15: Michigan License Plate Roadster

This fun roadster was created by hand using vintage Michigan license plates from the 50's, 60's, 80's and 90's! It measures 32" long x 12" wide. The wheels are repurposed bicycle training wheels and really turn. The back even has a real motorcycle license plate and reflective tail lights. The interior is made using the reverse silver side of Michigan plates for the walls and dashboard, and red 1969 plates for the seat. A classic 1956 plate is the windshield, and an ancient faucet handle is the steering wheel.

A one-of-a-kind conversation piece that would show well at a business, restaurant, on a large mantle, or in the office of any major automotive enthusiast. I can make a new, matching vehicle from any state upon request.

Price range: $599

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#16: City Skyline Originals

Artwork of your favorite city skyline or skyscraper - made completely using vintage license plates! Any city or building is possible. Simply specify what you want when you order. If needed, you will be contacted directly after your order is placed to confirm your design choices. 

Price range: $175+

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#17: License Plate Art American Flag Print

Bring Design Turnpike art to life with the stylish lines and added depth of a metal reproduction print. 

This exclusive flag image gets printed directly onto a sheet of 1/16" thick aluminum. The aluminum sheet is offset from the wall by a 3/4" thick wooden frame which is attached to the back. 

The wooden frame includes a hanging wire for easy mounting on your wall. All metal prints ship within one week and arrive "ready to hang" with mounting hooks and nails.

Metal prints are extremely durable. They're lightweight. They won't bend, and they're water resistant. The high gloss of the aluminum sheet complements the rich colors of any image to produce stunning results.

Price range: $70+

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#18: License Plate Standalone Letters

Build your custom word or phrase (or single letters for last names, etc.) with these individually cut and mounted license plate letters! Standard size of mounted boards is 16" x 16" but any size is possible via a custom order request.

Specify what letter you want, what color or state's plates used to create it, and what wood background color you'd like. For wood color, choose from black, brown, red, green, reddish brown, blue distressed or slate gray distressed (seen in photos). For license plates, choose from red, blue, black, yellow, green, orange, or white; or from among any of the 50 states.

Price range: $69 per letter

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#19: State License Plate Map Handmade Originals

Your favorite state, recreated using vintage license plates. These maps make great gifts and awesome unique home decor. Any state is possible! Simply specify the size and state you want below when placing your order. Each piece of handmade artwork is different and uses vintage genuine license plates mounted on stained and distressed wood boards to celebrate the state of your choice. Email me after ordering to request a specific background color you'd like the wood boards to be.

Price range: $250+

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#20: License Plate Art Watch Collection

These stainless steel watches are built for adventure. Designed as a nod to classic diver and military watches, it features stainless steel construction, adjustable bezel, and water resistance to +300 feet. States and cities celebrated in vintage license plates, make for a stylish memento that’s as rugged as the recipient. Available in three material tones and over a dozen designs.

Price range: $55+

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#21: Your Favorite Sports City - Team Logo License Plate Art

Your favorite teams, from your favorite cities - all on one print. Every team in the major professional American sports leagues— reimagined using license plates from that team's home state! Available as individual team art, or various clubs from multiple sports together from a given city, all on one print. These prints (canvas, metal, framed, or standard paper) make awesome gifts for the rabid sports fanatic on your list.

Price range: Starting at $30

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#22: Robert Frost The Road Not Taken License Plate Art Metal Print

Robert Frost The Road Not Taken Poem Recycled License Plate Lettering Art. This famous poem putting life's important choices into perspective—recreated using vintage license plates arranged beautifully on reclaimed wood panels. This print brings the artwork to life in a bold colorful way, and creates a lasting piece of wall decor—perfect for literature-loving folks on your gift list.

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth...

Robert Frost (1874–1963)

Price range: $70+

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#23: Friends Gather Here Sign

Your unique handmade sign will be made using assorted vintage license plate letters mounted on distressed wood boards.

A license plate state shape according to your request will adorn the top half of the piece. Signs measure 12" x 22" and come ready to hang on sturdy D-ring hooks.

I've made dozens of these special gifts for friends, family and clients across the country - they are always a hit. Enjoy!

Price range: $119 + shipping

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#24: License Plate Map Restickable Wall Graphic from Sticker Genius

USA Recycled License Plate Map Restickable Wall Graphic from StickerGenius. Sizes range from 18" to 60" wide. Great for kids rooms and fun eclectic spaces. StickleMe’s are safe for any wall and will stick to almost any surface. Repositionable multiple times.

Price range: $19 - $99

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#25: The Sky (Full of Stars) Is The Limit

The bottom line is: I can and will make literally anything for you out of license plates! Hopefully after viewing this inspiration list and the rest of my website that is evident. So... what crazy idea do you have either as a gift or for your own home or office this season? Let me know here!

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