Thursday, November 11, 2010

Novica Giveaway and Review

Recently, an incredible opportunity to support artists all over the world came across my path.  The online company Novica, associated with National Geographic, contacted me and asked me to check them out and spend $75.  I asked if I could spend $45  and give away a $30 gift card towards their site to one of you. 

When asked if I wanted to participate I looked up their site and fell in love with their mission:


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 spent hours looking at all the fun art work, clothing, handbags, accessories, kitchenware, decor and more.  I was tempted by  many different items.  Since becoming pregnant and having to wear maternity clothes I have pushed myself to spice things up with necklaces and scarves....well, I bought one scarf and one necklace and a few bracelets at Kohls.  So this opportunity offered a chance to add a unique accessory to my maternity wardrobe that could add a little fun to the blah maternity tops. 

I picked this necklace titled "The Elephant Stack".  I chose it because I fell in love with the simple design and the idea that the three elephants represented my three little miracles. 





The necklace came faster that I expected.  They said 4-6 weeks and it took a week or less!  It came wrapped in really cute eco friendly wrapping paper.  The necklace was displayed in such a cute manner, wrapped around a little pillow. 

I have already received numerous compliments on it. 

When you are shopping at Novica you can learn about the artist that made your item. 

The artist that made my necklace is named Jantana.  She is from Thailand and here is a little bit about her:


Jantana



"My dream is to one day have a jewelry workshop and produce my own designs. My parents are jewelers and created made to order jewelry in our home. Because I've had to the opportunity to observe the process and even to help out sometimes, I'd like to continue this family tradition. I enjoy it a lot. After college, I worked two years for a jewelry company and gained experience in new techniques.

"My name is Jantana, but people usually shorten it to Na. I'm the youngest of five children. When my brother and sister married, each moved to stay with their new families, but continued to work with jewelry by setting up workshops in their new locations. I visited my sister and her husband in Northern Thailand where they produce silverware in their home. She invited me to help her. Because I really like the region, I resigned at work and moved to Chang Mai to live with my sister's family.

"She and her husband have 12 silversmiths who collaborate with them. It is a small workshop and they all work together happily like brothers and sisters. One of the women cannot speak, however she is learning to assemble simple pieces, clean the silver, etc. She's been much happier since she started working with us and I'm proud to help her achieve a better life.

"While assisting my sister, I've also been able to develop designs of my own. Every time a shopper admires my work, this makes me very happy and gives me greater motivation. My designs are crafted by hand – almost every step of the process. Sometimes I create a piece of jewelry designed by an artist to display in museums, both inside and outside Thailand. I also create jewelry for new generation designers who want to test their market with small quantities. Some of my jewelry has been specially designed and hand crafted for Novica. "I'm so happy to be living in Northern Thailand and to work at something I enjoy. My sister's family is warm and lovely, and I'm pleased to help her take care of her daughter and son. Now that our parents have retired, they have more time to visit us. They are so happy that we are carrying on their silver jewelry tradition!"

I was impressed with the entire Novica online shopping experience.  It was smooth, quick, and hassle free.  The shipping was very affordable for being from such a far away location. 
Novica has such a wide variety of items, whether you are looking for
fair trade corporate gifts


green gifts


unique gifts


As the holidays come upon us...think of trying the Novica online shopping experience for a unique gift that supports artists from all over the world! 


If you would like to win the $30 gift card to use on a Novica gift for yourself or someone in your life...leave a comment telling me one thing that is on your Christmas list this holiday season. 



You can have a second chance to win the giveaway if you visit Novica and tell me what you would buy and who you would buy it for.


This giveaway will end Wednesday, November 17th at 8pm.

33 comments:

  1. One thing on my Christmas list is a toy bin organizer. Jamie Trampe

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  2. I would buy myself these earrings:

    http://jewelry.novica.com/earrings/modern-and-abstract/sterling-silver-dangle-earrings-cycles/174096/

    (It is made by the same person that you got that neat elephant necklace from.) - Jamie Trampe

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  3. I have a purse hook on my list so that when I'm out I don't have to put my purse on the floor.

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  4. I've had my Baggillini almost as long as you have, love it and always come back to it, even with all the bags I've made.

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  5. http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=161655
    This pitcher is awesome and I love pitchers, so I could easily splurge on it.

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  6. My own personal list: a flip video camera b/c ours broke.

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  7. I would get this "sisters" bracelet for my new sil. http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=152156

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  8. On my Christmas List... A good camera!!!

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  9. my list this year includes an array of greeting cards for my card box. a beautiful idea that i got from your mother..via, your sister!
    pw

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  10. http://jewelry.novica.com/newarrivals/quartz-stretch-bracelet-crystalline-muse/174563/

    This bracelet is cute, casual and dressy if i wanted it to be. Perfect for me!!
    pw

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  11. My list is short! I just want a new pair of sunglasses!

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  12. I'd love to get a Kitchenaid mixer!
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  13. From Novica, I'd get the Citrine and amethyst flower earrings, 'Starflower'.
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  14. On my list - a digital camera :)
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. I'm almost done with Christmas shopping, so I'd get the Revolution bracelet for myself
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. It may not be exciting, but what I really need is a new toaster!
    bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I'd get the Blossoming earrings for my daughter - so pretty!
    bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. One item on my Christmas wish list is a stock pot. Super exciting, right?

    Kim K.

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  19. I really like the men's leather bracelets. I think I'd get one for Cory.

    Kim K.

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  20. A new blender would be great:) Amy K

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  21. On my personal xmas list this year is new snow pants.

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  22. I would get these Tumbler Emerald Spiral for my sister. She loves the color green and I know she would love them.
    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=154606

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  23. On my Christmas list this year are cloth napkins for every day use (specifically made by my sister who has recently started using her sewing machine again :)

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  24. I would buy our family this green serving platter for entertaining! http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=64541

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  25. I would like a clean house for Christmas! Cleaned by someone else! ~ Tracey Ann in WI

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  26. I would buy these earrings for my niece Anna. ~Tracey Ann from WI
    http://jewelry.novica.com/newarrivals/amethyst-button-earrings-summer-daisy/176177/

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  27. I like the orchid gold plated necklace for myself - but I'd probably use the credit to buy a gift for someone else :)

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  28. I always have such a hard time thinking of anything for my own Christmas list - this year I'm thinking iPad - but I am sure my husband is not thinking it!

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  29. One thing that is definitely on my list this season is children's books! We enjoy reading out loud together!
    froggybogg at gmail d0t com

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  30. I would love to buy these camel bookends for my husband! He needs something to help keep his growing book collection in order!
    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=169611

    froggybogg at gmail d0t com

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  31. Hmmm... something on my Christmas list. Probably a new cell phone! Mine is pretty outdated!

    andisue at hotmail dot com

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  32. I have been eyeing the necklaces made with natural flowers for quite some time now! I would love to get the Natural orchid leather long flower necklace, 'Exotic Sky Bloom', for myself! But with Christmas coming up, I might buy something for someone else.

    andisue at hotmail dot com

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