Monday, May 16, 2011

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Unique Gifts from Novica.com


Now that you have Mother's Day behind you, that means that Father's Day is right around the corner.  I have always found that men are more difficult to shop for than women.  If that is the case for you as well, then let me share with you a site I always turn to for unique gifts . . . Novica.com.  If you are buying a gift for someone who has everything, whether it is a man or a woman, you are pretty much guaranteed to find something with a high coolness factor from Novica because this site sells products crafted by artisans from around the world.


I chose this goldfish-themed coconut shell sculpture as a gift for my husband.  He recently lost a pair of goldfish that were with us for a long time and was heartbroken over it.  I thought this sculpture would be a great conversation piece for his desk at work, but he loved it so much, he wanted to display it on the shelf in our living room.  This piece was crafted by a Balinese artisan named Putra Suteja and was shipped to us directly from Indonesia.  The scultpture arrived gift wrapped with a handmade gift topper on it, along with a postcard from Bali and a little card containing the artisan's personal story.


I could not resist also choosing something for myself.  I am a huge fan of the sterling silver jewelry on Novica.com.  Although I am allergic to silver earrings, I love to browse their selection of necklaces, rings, and bracelets.  I ended up choosing this "Midnight Sun" sterling silver bangle bracelet made by an artisan named Shanker from India.


This bracelet was perfect for me because it measures 6.9" in diameter.  I have found that the jewelry sold on Novica.com, aside from the rings, are not always a standard size.  This works out great for those of us who are in between sizes.  I have also found that most jewelry pieces come with a complimentary fabric-covered gift box.


Now Novica fans have a new way to shop.  You can host a NOVICA Live party by inviting a consultant plus your friends and family into your home to shop for unique handcrafted fair trade gifts from all around the world.  To learn more about hosting a party or becoming a consultant, visit NovicaLive.com.  To learn more about Novica products and its artisans, visit Novica.com and Novica on Facebook.

Thank you to Novica for providing complimentary product samples for us to base this review upon and for providing a gift code for our contest prize.




What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive a $50 (U.S. dollars) gift code to shop with on 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 selection of products offered by Novica.com. Then leave a comment telling me the name of one item you might purchase, if you won this contest (aside from the two items featured in this article). 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, request to receive more information about hosting a NOVICA Live party. Then come back here and leave TEN separate comments telling me you did.


4)  For 1 extra entry each, if you are a Friend of mine on Facebook and/or if you have "liked" the 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires Facebook page, then leave a separate comment here telling me so with the link to your Facebook profile.


5)  For 1 extra entry each, follow Novica on Twitter and/or "Like" Novica on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment for each with the link to your Twitter or 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.


9)  Subscribe to A Blog of Goodies' feed (the sister site to 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires). Then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.


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


Random Drawing:
This contest will be closed on Monday, June 6th, 2011 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!