Thursday, March 18, 2010

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Giveaway & Review: Novica Fair Trade Gifts ($50 GC) [CLOSED]

If you are passionate about seeking out unique gifts to give to your friends, family, and co-workers, then you will love Novica, a site that offers fair trade gifts in association with National Geographic. Novica offers a vast assortment of handcrafted items from eight regions around the globe. Whether you are looking for green gifts, art, jewelry, or something else, chances are that Novica has something fit for the occasion.



I was fortunate enough to be able to select the items to be reviewed in this article. I was honestly surprised at the range of items offered by Novica. It took me a long time to narrow down my choices. The first item I chose was a set of 6 Crimson Crocus Wood Coasters, an item I thought would be perfect for the home or the office. In fact, Novica carries over 60 styles of coasters. These would make perfect fair trade corporate gifts for companies who want to offer something more meaningful than a token gift bearing the company logo.


I was extremely impressed by the presentation of these coasters. This particular item came with free gift wrapping. The coasters came carefully protected and gift wrapped in such a way that was very personal and charming.


These coasters were crafted by an artisan from Rajasthan named Kailash Chand. Although the design on each coaster is the same, you can tell they have been carefully hand painted because no two are exactly alike.


The other item I selected to review was this Crimson Reality Leather Bracelet. This particular item came with a free fabric gift box. Again, I was impressed by the presentation.


This high quality bracelet was crafted by a jewelry and clothing designer from Bali named Tomomi Takahashi. Her products include relaxed yoga-style clothing, leather bracelets, belts, and jute handbags.


Each Novica item was accompanied by a handwritten postcard relevant to the part of the world where the artisan is located. Also included was an embossed card containing the individual artisan's story. It is clear that Novica goes above and beyond to promote these artisans and to help them make a living at creating these works of art. After experiencing Novica products first hand, I think Novica.com should be at the top of your list of sites to visit, whether you are searching for the perfect birthday gift, wedding present, or corporate gifts.

For a limited time, first time customers can received $10 off their purchase of $40 or more when they use Code: NOVICA243 at checkout.


Thank you to Novica for providing us with two review products free of charge to base this review upon.


What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive $50 certificate to use at Novica.com .


Limitations:
This giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.


How to Gain Entries:
Browse the wide selection of Novica gifts. Then leave a comment telling me about one item you would likely spend the gift certificate on if you won this contest. You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

Extra Entries:

1) For 5 extra entries, leave a relevant comment on one of my non-giveaway posts. Then leave FIVE separate comments with the name of the post on which you commented. You will earn 5 extra entries for each different non-contest post you comment on.

2) For 5 extra entries, enter one of my other contests. Leave FIVE separate comments here telling me which contest you entered. You will earn 5 extra entries for each contest you enter.

3) For 10 extra entries, blog about this contest linking back to this post AND
Novica.com . Then come back here and leave TEN separate comments with the link to your blog post.


4) Friend me on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Facebook profile.


5) For 2 extra entries, share the link to this contest post on Facebook. Then leave TWO separate comments with the link to your Facebook profile.


6) Follow me on Twitter. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Twitter profile.

7) Tweet about this giveaway linking back to this post. Then come back here and leave the link to your tweet in a separate comment. You may do this once per day until the end of the contest.

8)
Subscribe to this blog's feed. Or you can follow me through Blogger or subscribe via email (widget is on sidebar). Then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.


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10) Add my button or blog link to your blog's sidebar. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your blog.




(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)


Random Drawing:

This contest will be closed on Monday, April 12th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!