A couple of weeks ago I had my favorite kind of problem- the "what to choose, everything on this website is so amazing!" problem. The site in question is Novica and I am now madly in love. Novica is a website that, in association with National Geographic, sells jewelry, home decor and unique gifts. Here's a bit about Novica, from their information page:
I received a gift certificate to use to purchase something for myself. I spent several hours on several different days checking out all the beautiful objects. I loved the selection of silver charm bracelets and silver cross necklaces. These are a couple of my favorites:
We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow.
At the deepest essence of our philosophy, we want to create a bridge between you and the many talented artisans across the globe.
We want you to know about who you're buying from. We want you to feel that attachment to the product and to the hands that created it.
In the spirit of the Internet, let us bring you together.
NOVICA. The World is Your Market.
I looked at silk scarves and handbags and vases and paintings and decorative boxes. I was seriously tempted by some beautiful sculptures, but then realized that I am seriously lacking in display space these days. In the end, I used the gift finder tool to help me get some ideas- and I used the handy wishlist option to store the products I liked so that I could compare my favorites after I was done looking at everything.
In the end, I settled on two products. For the kids, I picked up this adorable set of alpaca wool finger puppets from an artisan in the Andes:
natural orchid gold-plated flower necklace from an artisan in Thailand.
I was very impressed by how quickly everything arrived at my home. It was only 10 days between the time that I placed the order and the time that the deliverymen knocked on my front door. Everything was beautifully packaged- I felt like I was opening Christmas presents!
|Pretty jewelry box containing my necklace|
|Finger puppets packaging|
Both the necklace and the puppets are as wonderful in person as they look online. I'm very happy with my choices. In addition to liking the products and the packaging, I like that Novica includes a little postcard or picture from the country of origin of the items, as well as a little booklet with information on the artisan and product.
|Vivian having a great time with the finger puppets|
You can shop online for all of the beautiful products that I fell in love with at Novica.com. Novica has also recently launched a home-based sales program called Novica Live. The Novica Live page has lots of information on that program and how to join.
I have great news for you- one lucky reader will win a $50 gift certificate to pick up something fabulous from Novica! Novica does ship to most countries around the world, so this giveaway is open to everyone! If you're outside the US or Canada, please check the list on this page to make sure that Novica will ship to you. Also, there is some information on that page about which countries limit import of which items.
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Giveaway will close at 9 PM Pacific time on August 12, 2011. I'll choose a winner with random.org and will email that person who will then have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!
Disclosure: I received a gift certificate for myself and one to give away to one lucky reader. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.