Saturday, April 9, 2011

Novica.com Review and Giveaway**CLOSED

**Winner was announced here**

I'm always on the search for unique gifts.

So when someone from Novica.com contacted me about doing a review and giveaway, I jumped at the chance.

After all, where else can you find a site that has handcrafted items from all over the world?

Here's what Novica is about as stated on their website:

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.

If you need a unique gift for someone, Novica is the place to check. Looking for corporate gifts? Check out the site.

Want some green gifts to help the environment? Novica has that!

I was given a gift certificate to check out the site and was in awe of all the products that were offered. From apparel, to jewelry, to home decor...the possibilities are endless.

I was impressed with how my items arrived. Look how beautiful this is:



I almost didn't want to unwrap it.



Natalie was even impressed.



Still curious on what it is?




Panpipes! A reed zampona panpipe, to be exact. This is the description from the website:

Poised to sing sweet melodies of the Andes, this beautiful zampoƱa panpipe is handcrafted by Benito Tito. Its name, Laca, refers to the presence of the traditional musical instrument at festive events.

My kids love it. And I love the quality. It's absolutely amazing.

But, I'm not done yet. Nope, I got something else from Novica.

Again, it was wrapped beautifully:



All gifts from Novica come with a card explaining where it was made. This item also came with a book describing exactly what it was and what it meant.




Are these not the cutest things ever?

They are Celadon ceramic figurines 'Elephant life lessons.'

From the website:

Baby elephants learn their first lessons in life: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Duangkamol crafts the charming figurines with traditional celadon ceramic techniques featuring a unique glazed, crackled texture. The elephant calves sit on a tray.

Natalie wanted to go to sleep with one.

I told her no.


Bottom line? We loved what we got from Novica. If you ever want to host a show or become a consultant for Novica selling these wonderful and unique gifts, check out Novica Live. Looking for fair trade corporate gifts? Novica has them. Want to do a good deed an help an artist? Check out the microfinance section. You will be helping an artisan preserve their ancient techniques, among other things.


Wait, don't go yet! I have a $75 gift certificate for one of my lucky readers to win. I will announce the winner on April 17th.

The first entry is mandatory. Go to Novica and tell me what you would buy.

Want extra entries? Make sure you leave a separate entry for each one.

Follow Novica on Twitter

Follow Novica on Facebook


Good luck!

85 comments:

  1. wow they really have some lovely things on there. I am in love with these http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=172481

    Placemats from Guatemala. I have been wanting some exactly like this. My family is from Guatemala and I kick myself that the last time my mom was there I didn't ask her to find me some like this. A good deal overpriced on this site as I know what you can get them for in the markets in Guatemala but lovely none the less and I don't forsee myself going to Guatemala any time soon. I'd love these!!!

    Following on Twitter as DoriVonBunneh

    and Liked on facebook =)

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  2. The Aqua Lady Tumblers from Mexico!!!

    I also love those candleholders from India. So intricate and fascinating to look at.

    OR!! DId you see the Amdethyst and citrine pendant necklace, Mandala from India? I mean WOW!!!

    I love this site. I love the fact that they offer products from all over the world.

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  3. wow beautiful beautiful... I'd never seen anything like this before.. love the shawls.. Silk batik shawl, 'Festive Flowers' it's blue and green, yum yum

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  4. I totally love NOVICA and was glad to see your post when I checked in to twitter tonight. I would totally buy more of my blue hand blown glasses and a pitcher which can be found here:

    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=56626

    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=127286

    The only downfall of NOVICA is that they do not ship overseas, but thankfully there are places like ShipitAPO.com that will forward it for you at a small price. I can not wait to get back stateside to order a boat load of stuff from them.

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  5. and I totally already follow them on Twitter & Facebook!

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  6. I am addicted to pearls, and I have a necklace that this bracelet would go perfectly with!!!!

    http://jewelry.novica.com/bracelets/bridal/pearl-wrap-bracelet-garland/106617/

    I think I've just found another great site!!

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  7. Entry 1) I would get the sterling silver bangle bracelet (Tubes)...or maybe the chinese checkers game...or a flute! What neat things they have!

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  8. Entry 2) I liked them on facebook!

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  9. I really want a painting, but I can't afford most of them even if I won the gift certificate! Lol. But since I'm redoing a couple of rooms in our house, this (http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=169780) would be awesome!

    What a truly cool site!

    ♥Spot

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  10. Entry #2...followed them on Twitter!

    ♥Spot

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  11. Oh my gosh....there are so many beautiful things I'd like! I would LOVE a painting done by an elephant. The Peruvian Santa gourd ornaments are adorable, and I really love the moon eclipsing the sun mask.

    First entry!

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  12. Followed on Facebook!

    Entry #2!

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  13. I love love love this bracelet!

    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=175378

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  14. oops I didn't read and leave separate entries..so this is entry two.

    following on twitter.

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  15. and entry number 3. liked on facebook. =P

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  16. What a great website! Found the cutest earrings Pearl and amethyst drop earrings, 'Tropical Symphony'.

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  17. I love their baskets! And their tea sets- beautiful!!

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  18. I have never even heard of Novice before and now I think I am in love. I would either get this great dress ( http://clothing.novica.com/womens/dresses/cotton-sundress-summer-sky/166614/ ), blouse ( http://clothing.novica.com/womens/tops/cotton-blouse-grace/172274/ ), or this littel teapot ( http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=145098 ) . I'm sure could find alot more that I could easily be in love with, but I will stop for now.

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  19. Love this site.

    But I think this

    http://jewelry.novica.com/necklaces/choker/favorites/sterling-silver-choker-charisma/146094/

    would look great with my wedding dress. :)

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  20. This site absolutely rocks!!
    I want this (http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=145750) so bad I can taste it. It's the Sweetheart Rose cedar chest. I LOVE it.

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  21. Wow - I love this site! I've never seen it before but if I won, I would choose the "Celadon ceramic condiment set, Happy Elephant" - like you - I love Elephants and these were just too adorable! Thanks for the chance to win! ;)

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  22. Following on twitter - as "welcom2ourworld"

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  23. Following on Facebook (steandtra@yahoo.com)

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  24. I'm not easily impressed by mail-order sites, but I LOVED their product line. The handbags are my fav!

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  25. I like the lapus lazuli waterfall earrings. They're beautiful!

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  26. Following Novica on Facebook. :)

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  27. Coconut Shell Handbag. it is sooo cute!

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  28. Wonderful sight! The first thing I would buy would be this beautiful candle and candle holder, pink and black butterfly seen here:
    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=106712

    I'm off to find what else I'd buy :-)


    Nichole

    shortyangel886@gmail.com

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  29. http://jewelry.novica.com/rings/amethyst/amethyst-cocktail-ring-lilac-solitaire/149415/

    And this ring is so pretty! I love Amethyst, have loved anything purple for years! Now to find something with a frog or fairy on it :-)

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  30. http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=175965

    Found one! This is so cute, and I find myself closing my eyes an breathing deep through my work day!

    Nichole

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  31. And here's my fairy! So beautiful!

    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=148872

    Nichole

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  32. I would get this:
    http://jewelry.novica.com/necklaces/pendant/favorites/gold-accent-quartz-and-tourmaline-beaded-necklace-aura/181266/

    I love necklaces, the uniquer the better. And this is gorgeous :)

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  33. following on twitter (Miss_Scarlett99)

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  34. Oooh. This was...so... hard!! As someone who is in love with all things Brazilian (and hopes to study Brazilian history in graduate school!) it would definitely be something from, well, Brazil of course!
    Maybe this: http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=70771
    Or this:
    http://brazil.novica.com/jewelry/bracelets/bamboo-and-leather-bracelet-colorful-amazon/120632/
    Or this:
    http://brazil.novica.com/jewelry/necklaces/amethyst-quartz-and-agate-necklace-world-mix/107776/

    Or maybe one of the maps, or Carnaval masks!! So hard to decide!

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  35. Following Novica on Twitter!

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  36. Also liked on Facebook.
    (And thank you for bringing this site to my attention.. now I know where to direct people when they ask what I want for birthdays/Christmas!)

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  37. Wow, there's so many choices! I would love to win. I really like some of the vases, but the Enchanted Forest Ceramic Dish is really cool. Oooh, maybe one of the art glass mirrors...

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  38. I would buy http://jewelry.novica.com/necklaces/favorites/labradorite-and-pearl-flower-necklace-pale-moon-bloom/177219/ if I won.

    Thanks for this opportunity!

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  39. Incredible stuff! I would def go with the silk shawls. Or the andean wool scarves. Thanks for letting me know this is out there. I love the idea of supporting artists from other countries.

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  40. Following novica on twitter as "brigette"

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  41. I got some pan pipes a few years ago. Love the sound, but I almost died from hyperventilating, or something. The old lungs just weren't up to it. Glad you got your little started early.

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  42. The panpipes are so great. I also like the rainsticks and drums. A hand-carved chess set would also be super. (I could spend way more than $75).

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

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  43. I love Novica!!! I could spend all day on their site and daydream about what I could buy if I had unlimited funds.

    Right now, I'm leaning toward the Amethyst pendant necklace, 'Mystical Petal'. Christen is headed to prom in 3wks and it would go great w/ her yellow dress. :o)

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  44. I would get the Pearl strand necklace, 'River of Snow'. So pretty.

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  45. Wow, what an amazing store!!! I would decide on one of the Ghanian masks, as my entire living room is decorated in tiki & African inspired masks :)

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  46. i would buy this: http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=136485 AMAZING hammock and hang it in my bedroom to have a cozy place to read! :)

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  47. Wow - so glad to learn about this awesome store!

    I would buy the Sexy Half Moons pendant.

    ithoughtiknewmama at gmail dot com

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  48. I follow Novica on FB.

    ithoughtiknewmama at gmail dot come

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  49. I follow Novica on Twitter.

    ithoughtiknewmama at gmail dot com

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  50. The iron and recycled glass candleholder is really cool- http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=99635.

    nonsequiturchica at gmail

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  51. Wow, they have some beautiful items! It would be hard to pick just one. I especially liked the jewelery, specifically the "Energy" earrings. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  52. Love the silver Revolution bracelet!
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. I follow Novica on Twitter
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. I like Novica on Facebook
    (as AdrianeCoros)
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. I would buy one of the gorgeous real orchid necklaces. How amazing to wear a real orchid!
    asmithonline at yahoo dot ca

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  56. I follow Novica on facebook (Abby Smith)
    asmithonline at yahoo dot ca

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  57. I follow Novica on twitter (asmithonline)
    asmithonline at yahoo dot ca

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  58. I went to Novica and I would love to get Cotton shoulder bag, 'Purple Lotus'

    monkeygirlsavings @ rocketmail.com


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  59. Follow Novica on Twitter (@monkeygirlsavin)



    monkeygirlsavings @ rocketmail.com

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  60. Follow Novica on Facebook (Monkeygirl Savings)



    monkeygirlsavings @ rocketmail.com

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  61. Beautiful stuff - I would get the Wall Applique "Mermaind Dreams" for my boys

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  62. I follow Novica on FB.

    melmorgan4@yahoo.com

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  63. If I won the gift certificate, I would buy the "Tabby Cat Angel"

    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=111606.

    My cat of 9 years passed away this morning and I think this statue would be a great way to remind me of how special she was to me and how much I miss her.

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  64. I also now follow them on Facebook

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  65. I would order the same as you (the flute) or some jewelry! Cute stuff!

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  66. I would so love a piece of art for my barren walls!

    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=160009

    This one called Purity is particularly appealing!

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  67. Hi...

    If I happened to win, I would like to buy the Buriti palm tote bag, 'Copacabana'. It is so lovely, & it fits so nicely with the "beach look". Unfortunately, I've been sick & haven't been able to go anywhere for a couple of years, but I may be able to go on a brief vacation this year! :)

    Thanks for doing such a cool giveaway!

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  68. So many neat and interesting things to pick from it's hard to choose!

    But I think I would pick a chess board. My husband and kid's have been wanting a nice one for a while now and they have some cool ones.

    But the possibilities are endless!

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  69. 2nd entry) I liked them on Facebook so I can keep up on what they have to offer!

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  70. I've never heard of this site but they have really cool stuff. I'd definitely buy the Women's silk batik kimono, 'Red Hibiscus', or anything by that same designer for my Mom. It's exactly something she would think was amazing. Hmmm...maybe I couldn't tell her where I bought it because then she'd be on there all the time spending....haha but maybe she'd buy me something ;)

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  71. Oh wow! That site has a lot of awesome stuff. I have a freaking laundry list of what I want from there already! I'd probably get a bamboo flute first, because they're cool. :)

    But all their little sculptures are so cute and nice too!!

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  72. Lots of pretty stuff I like the Celadon ceramic figurines 'Elephant life lessons.'
    That you got Also like Some of their kittie stuff of course LOL. I also like this http://jewelry.novica.com/necklaces/favorites/amethyst-heart-necklace-dreams-of-love/178484/
    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=136311
    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=180612
    Soo much :D

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  73. Liked them on FB and Twitter :)

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  74. I like Wood chess set, 'Royal Challenge'

    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=119809

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  75. My mom collects tea sets and she would LOVE this set:

    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=30033

    Celadon ceramic tea set, 'Timeless Lotus'

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  76. I think I would choose the bamboo serving trays. Thanks for the opportunity!! :)

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  77. I'd get this pretty purple pitcher!
    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=117461

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