Sunday, November 15, 2015

Holiday Buying Guide: Top 5 Globes for Children of All Ages

If your looking for an excellent way to educate or enhance ones understanding of the world we live, there is no better way than with a 3D representation as provided with a world globe. Packed with information, each globe provides both geopolitical information such as countries, states & provinces as well as 1,000's of named places and points of interest.
As each globe may have a specific purpose in the information it provides, we have put together this Top 5 list that may assist you with your selection. This list is comprised on some of the top selling models at Ultimate Globes in which we have considered hundreds of customer reviews in this selection.


This 12-inch spinning tabletop globe is perfect for your budget and fits easily into homes of all sizes.

While it doesn't take up much room, it does feature the world in full color with easy-to-read names for prominent places.

Scout II Illuminated
Country and state boundaries are represented, and students of all ages are given just enough detail to complete school assignments. If you want to keep it simple or appreciate more traditional globe designs, this is an affordable option to consider.

The Scout is also now available with or without Illumination. The Illuminated Scout II provides a great back light for reading the map in darker conditions, or serves well as a night light. The illuminated Scout II has LED lighting, so there is no need to change the bulb. It also has an inline switch on the cord to turn it on or off. 

Earth & Constellation
It's a standard blue-oceans globe by day and an illuminated view of the sky by night. You can set this 9-inch spinning globe on any table and use it for educational purposes throughout the day, but your kids will want to spend more time with it when the lights go out. 

In addition to showing the current position of water bodies, countries and states, it lights up to show the position of constellations and stars. It does double duty by educating children about geography and assisting with astrology lessons.

This is the perfect globe to advance children's interest in exploring all aspects of their complex world. It's also a more compact model that will fit easily into smaller spaces. 

This is a great gift to accompany a telescope. In addition this globe can run on batteries or the included AC adapter.

Globe 4 Kids
This 10-inch tabletop globe keeps education fun by marking the world with animals and other illustrations and illuminating for explorations in the dark. Light it up at bedtime and allow your child to point to a country in which you will set your bedtime story, or simply use it as a nightlight.

The illustrations on this globe are perfect for getting younger children interested in geography, but it still offers the detail that older kids may need to complete school assignments. It weighs about two pounds, so kids can easily move it from room to room as needed.

                                                      #4 - Intelliglobe II Deluxe

If you're searching for a tabletop globe that serves as a modern educational tool, this 12-inch interactive globe may suit your needs. It features 18 interactive features that allow school-aged children and adults to explore geography through trivia questions and games. It has an updated style that makes it look more like a spinning video game than a standard globe.

If you're struggling to get your child interested in learning resources, this is one tool that may grab their attention. While it does provide detail needed to complete educational assignments, you can also just let your children play with it so that they learn by default. The Intelliglobe II Deluxe is only available for 2015 and has a limited production run, so purchase this item early as it may be out of stock before Thanksgiving.

Levitating Globe

This globe measures less than four inches, but it has a superpower that will grab the attention of younger children: levitation. Your kids will easily figure out how to make their globe rise up and hang in the air, perfectly positioned between a sturdy base and overhead arm. 

Lights on the base add to the charm when levitation is achieved, and the globe returns to the base when interactive play is over.

The levitating globe is one of the most affordable and fun options for children today, but it doesn't provide the detail that you'll find on many of the other globes featured on this list. 

You may consider offering this as a gift to a younger child so that they don't feel left out by the larger globe you give to an older child. This gets everyone excited about exploring our world. This globe includes an AC adapter as its electric source.

If you want to give every member of your household, grandchild or a family friend a fun educational resource this holiday season, place your order today and wrap it up. 

Of course at Ultimate Globes we pride ourselves on being specialists of all things globe, so if you have questions about the perfect children's globe for your home,contact us for more information.
 Or visit our site today to place your order online!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Holiday Buying Guide: Top 5 Floor Standing Globes That Make Perfect Gifts

Summer is over! As the leaves are beginning to turn (depending on your location), thoughts everywhere are beginning to turn toward the Holiday season. It's never too early to start planning for Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Christmas!

As you're beginning to think about a special gift for a special someone, allow us to help. Today in our holiday buying guide, we'll feature 5 floor standing globes that make perfect presents.

Landen Globe
Landen Globe 16-Inch

First is the 16-inch Landen Globe, a perfect accent piece or feature for a study, home office or den. Sold exclusively by Ultimate Globes, if features an up-to-date antique style raised relief world globe that offers just enough color to easily distinguish countries and draw attention, along with a Walnut finish stand to hold up the globe and a heavy well designed metal base.

The manufacturer has listed over 4,000 names and points of interest on the globe, which stands just under 4 feet tall and weighs 25 pounds. If you act fast, you can get this gorgeous globe for half of its price! NOTE: This item is on limited availability!

Viking Expedition Globe 16-inch

Viking Globe
Looking for something more rustic? Viking Expedition counters with a bronze metallic-style globe and stand that includes a metal flat charcoal finish with an antique finished die-cast Meridian that
swings fully to allow for perfect vantage points.We especially love the details on this globe, which includes a compass design feature below the globe ball.

Like the Landen Globe, the Viking Expedition creation is exclusively available at Ultimate Globes, features over 4,000 place and point of interest names, and is currently available at an excellent price. It really is quite the bargain compared to similar 16-inch floor standing globes.

Heathrow Globe

Heathrow Executive Globe 12-inch

Marin Globe
Whereas the Landen Globe and Viking Expedition Globe above both cater to very specific design styles, the Heathrow Executive Globe is nothing if not adaptable. The stand, with an overall sleek 38 inches hight, is both slender and elegant, holding a 12 inch diameter antique-style globe ball.

The Meridian is designed in brushed silver, contrasting nicely with the dark wood stand and making this globe a perfect fit for either classical or modern room designs. Thanks to its slender stand and 12 inch globe, this model fits well into a room even if space is limited.

Marin Globe 16-Inch

Back to 16 inch globes, the Marin Globe is a perfect choice if the owner-to-be yearns for the days of explorer. Looking at this model, with its wrought iron finish, full swing meridian and antique style globe ball, it's difficult not to imagine it in the captain's cabin of some famous
explorer's ship.

Our U.S. customers will especially appreciate the individual state boundaries featured on this globe. But regardless of your home, it's difficult not to love features like the wrought iron stand, the antique style meridian and the overall rustic finish. It's rare to find a contemporary globe that so evokes the days of sea exploration.

Lancaster Globe (non-illuminated)
     Lancaster Globe 12-Inch

Finally, we finish with a globe that just might be the perfect amalgamation of all of the models above. The Lancaster Globe is slender, but still plenty stylish enough to make for the perfect centerpiece in any home or office.

The cherry-finished stand is crafted with astonishing attention to detail, as are the 4,000+ individually named places and points of interest on the 12 inch, bronze metallic raised relief globe ball.

A full swing, die cast numbered meridian ensures that you can use the globe to explore the world, including all 50 individual U.S. states. In short, it's a perfect gift for anyone with an insatiable wanderlust or simple appreciation of our world. The Lancaster is also available in an illuminated model if adding a little light is something that would be appreciated.

What gifts are you giving your special someone this holiday season? Make it a globe, and we're sure it will be a gift to remember.

Of course, the above 5 models are just a few of the many globes in our collection, so don't hesitate to contact us if you'd love further information about the infinite possibilities when it comes to buying globes!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Holiday Buying Guide: Top 5 Tabletop Globe Gifts

You've decided that you want to purchase a globe for a friend, family member, or teacher for the holidays. Unfortunately, when you started the search process to choose a globe, you discovered that you had no idea where to start!

This holiday buying guide will give you a look at the Top 5 Tabletop Globes and how to choose the one that's right for your recipient.


The Desoto globe is one of the least-expensive tabletop globe options that will give you everything you need. It comes complete with 4,000+ named cities, countries, and other places of interest, so you'll know that it will be easy to find the places you really need on the globe.

The gorgeous round base has a dark walnut finish that will go wonderfully in any office or classroom, and the antique-style oceans combine with a classic color scheme to give this globe a beautiful appearance that will have geography fans itching to get                                                        their hands on it. The Desoto globe is 12" in diameter.


The Monarch globe takes class and elegance to a new level. This gorgeous globe uses shades of black, grey, and silver to showcase all the relevant locations, while a full-swing meridian makes this a user-friendly globe that is easy to use without picking it up.
Even the base is a beautifully appointed deep veined marble adorned in shades of black and grey: that will be at home with any modern style of decor. The Monarch, like the Desoto, is approximately 12" in diameter; however, the additional space for the meridian and base takes the Monarch to 16" high and 14" wide. Like the Rockford globe featured next, the Monarch is in limited production, so grab it while it is available.


The Rockford combines the best of the Monarch and the Desoto. This larger globe, with its 16" diameter, comes complete with a swinging meridian that will make it easy to view the entire globe without picking it up.

Like the Desoto, it displays more than 4,000 labeled places of interest, all with an antique finish that reminds the viewer of the ancient nature of the earth. The Rockford globe has a matte black base and meridian. It is a limited production run and is an excellent value for the size!

Peninsula Globe

The Peninsula is a gorgeous globe that will bring a touch of style and elegance to any home office or den. The pagoda-style base in dark cherry displays the 12" globe to full effect. The Peninsula displays not only places of interest, but also ocean topography.

These features, which aren't shown on many traditional globes, make the Peninsula stand out from the crowd.

It's also noted that the Peninsula is updated each time a new cycle is produced to ensure that owners of this gorgeous globe have access to the most up-to-date political boundaries possible.

Livingston Globe

The Livingston is a globe that would be at home in any setting, delighting all with its bright colors and easy-to-read labels when illuminated. See two different style maps; a physical map when not illuminated and a geo-political map when illuminated (as shown).

Designed to maintain a nostalgic feeling for old-time globes, complete with all the features on them, this blue-ocean globe nevertheless offers a unique view of the earth when not illuminated--much like the one seen when astronauts look down from space.

The Livingston is 16" tall with a 12" globe ball, making it the perfect size for any tabletop.

Whether you're looking for a classic classroom globe or a stylish addition to your office, there's a globe choice for you. Antique finishes, blue oceans, or modern black and white: whatever style you prefer, you can select a globe to match.

With each globe, you'll get the same high quality and attention to detail that you expect.

Still not sure which globe is right for you? With over 250,000 customers and 50 years of combined experience, count on Ultimate Globes to assist you with any questions.

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