I’m not a shopper. When Alan and I travel, you won’t find me in a souvenir store or doing much shopping at all. Except, when it comes to handmade goods produced by local artisans. But even then, I’d rather be out on an active travel excursion instead of browsing for items to bring home. For one thing, with airlines charging for checked luggage, it’s just not worth the hassle. At least that’s what I say during the trip. But then I come home and wish that I had purchased those Mexican wine goblets handblown by Javier Gutiérrez and Efrén Canteras. But getting them home would have been such a hassle. And besides, I was having a terrible time making up my mind. See, I told you I’m not much of a shopper.
But now that I know about NOVICA, I can find my international handcrafted treasures on the internet. So, when I have shopper’s remorse about the wooden work of art that I didn’t purchase in Bali, I can visit the sculpture gifts page at NOVICA, purchase my favorite and have it shipped directly to my home.
The online, fair-trade marketplace based in Los Angeles, works in association with National Geographic, which says volumes to me. You’ll find over 30,000 limited edition and one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces by international artisans. And your purchase helps artists in developing nations earn a fair wage for their work.
A fun feature of the NOVICA site is the curation tool. Think Pinterest for handmade goods. Pick your favorite items and create your own collection. Miss Lisa’s Over the Hills and Far Away collection made my travel feet really itchy to take a trip.
Would you like to win a $75 gift certificate (shipping is extra) in our NOVICA giveaway? Post a comment to tell us which country produces your favorite handcrafted item. Please include your email address for contact purposes. Giveaway ends on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Winner will be announced as soon as possible. According to our general contest rules, the winner must be a U.S. resident and respond within 48 hours of receiving the notification email; or we chose another winner.
And here’s a chance to win a SECOND $75 gift certificate. We are hosting a NOVICA giveaway in our February newsletter that ends on February 28, 2013. All you have to do is subscribe to the newsletter, then click the link to the giveaway page that’s published in our February edition and post a comment.
Disclosure: NOVICA generously provided two $75 gift certificates for these giveaways. Cost of shipping is separate from the gift certificate amount.
UPDATE: February 23, 2013, 11:00 p.m: this contest has expired. As soon as the winner acknowledges receipt of my email, I’ll make the announcement. But you can still enter the NOVICA giveaway in our February newsletter: subscribe to the newsletter.