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Win a $75 certificate from Novica and support Third World artisans

2013/02/15by Donna Hull


Novica supports third world artisans

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. 


Collect your favorites

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.

A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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Katherine February 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Mexica handcrafts my favorite items


Ann Fantom February 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I like the Wood bookends, ‘Speak No Evil Monkey’ by Nyoman Karsa


Vera Marie Badertscher
February 16, 2013 at 2:55 pm

My favorite craft finds have been in Cambodia and in Hungary. I used to shop at the United Nations Shop here in Tucson and Ten Thousand Villages is also a good source for exotic products that you know are authentic and fair trade items. Unfortunately there are none in Arizona, but fortunately, you can find their goodies on line like Novica.
It looks like Novica is new and building their line, but I would love an opportunity to shop there, since the items they carry look very high quality.
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Phxbne February 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Love south African beadwork And so many other things…..


Tamar February 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I like the Wood sculpture, ‘Bonds of the Heart’ from Bali and Java.


Amy B February 17, 2013 at 12:31 am

So many talented artisans at Novica! Some of my favorite items come from a metal sculpture artist named Miguel Mejia from Peru! Love his seahorse sculpture!


mickeyfan February 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I want a men’s ring called Structures and it’s from Mexico. Tho there are a bunch of cool ones from Brazil too.


Eugenie February 17, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I love the necklaces made by three artisans in Thailand- Nareet, Anusara and Sasina.


Howell February 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I like the stone carvings from Cesar Gonzales in Peru.


Danielle T February 18, 2013 at 6:42 am

i love the handbags from Thailand, i actually bought one for my mother last year


Vera K February 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

I am fond of the sculptures from Bali and Java.


Michelle W February 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

I love the jewelry from India


February 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

My daughter-in-law has brought me beautiful handcrafted items from Mexico, some made by her relatives.
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Kim W February 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I love a lot of items from the Brazil collection


Nicole L. February 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I like the pagoda long sleeve button up shirt and the t-rex screen tee.


MyKidsEatSquid February 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm

What a great contest and a great cause. My parents brought me back a hand-carved Nativity set from the Philippines. It’s quickly become a family favorite.
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Living Large February 20, 2013 at 9:02 am

I love a variety of hand crafted free trade items from many countries.
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Jenny February 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Vietnam have great handicrafts. I find it difficult to choose!


Paula Hafner February 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I love things that are made in Mexico.


Gaye M February 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

My favorite items from Novica usually come from Bali and Java.


Hesper Fry February 21, 2013 at 4:47 am

I like the handbags from India


judy gardner February 21, 2013 at 7:35 am

i love jewelry that is from bali


James Beck February 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

china is mine favorite place


Jo Sue February 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I love the Gujrati patchwork wall hangings from India. So beautiful!! I also love almost everything from Bali and Thailand!

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jules mcnubbin February 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

i love the handbags from thailand, such as this one:


Joani February 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Oh my goodness, there are so many beautiful things on this website it is impossible to choose. I have ordered jewelry made by artist, Nareerat in Thailand. It is a beautiful piece that I love wearing. And, a little tip for those that order, watch your emails, they frequently send out coupon offers to past customers. Thanks, for hosting this nice giveaway. Thank you for the giveaway.


Jane Boursaw
February 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm

That’s a tough question! So many beautiful handcrafted items from around the globe. How about Italy? Or maybe Peru… or Germany for their handcrafted violins…
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Jennifer Reed February 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm

One of my favorites is the Batik robes made in Indonesia.
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Laurie Emerson February 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I love the products from Thailand. The sculptures are just so beautiful and I love all of the finely handcrafted jewelry.


Kelly D February 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

My favorite handcrafted items are from India


Brittney House
February 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I love the south African crafts


Susan Smith February 22, 2013 at 10:31 am

I like the jewelry from India and Thailand


Lori C. February 22, 2013 at 11:31 am

my favorite dangling earrings on the site come from India


susan smoaks February 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm

i am a newsletter subscriber and i love the Pearl and lapis lazuli dangle earrings, ‘Midnight Serenade’


Brian E. February 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Thanks for the giveaway…we love the Wood chess set, ‘Flowery Turtle’, made in Bali & Java, Indonesia.


Michelle H. February 22, 2013 at 9:56 pm

From the Novica website, I tend to gravitate towards jewelry from India.


February 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm

I like the Sterling silver hoop earrings, ‘Dancing River’ from Mexico.


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