#3- Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2011- Novica.com Review & Giveaway CLOSED

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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.

At the deepest essence of our philosophy, we want to create a bridge between you and the many talented artisans across the globe.

We want you to know about who you’re buying from. We want you to feel that attachment to the product and to the hands that created it.

In the spirit of the Internet, let us bring you together.

NOVICA. The World is Your Market.

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Novica is unlike any other web site/store that I know of.  The idea is simple, but powerful.  Artisans from all over the world sell their particular handcrafted item through Novica.

You can purchase a hand painted jewelry box from India,

ceramic vases from Guatemala,

a sterling silver bracelet from Thailand,

or a beautiful wood sculpture from West Africa

 

 

The items are amazing and the selection is huge.  Only a company partnering with National Geographic could have such a wide array of items from countries across the globe.  Handmade jewelry, furniture, paintings, home decor, apparel, the list goes on and on.

I hate to favor one particular Mother’s Day Gift Guide item over the other, but I LOVE this site!  Novica is unabashedly my favorite for Mother’s Day gifts and frankly for gifts any time of the year.   Let me tell you why.

1. Unique, unique, unique!  Sure you could go to the mall and buy your mother what everyone else is buying their mother’s OR you could purchase a unique gift,  made by hand from a simple artisan in a third world country.

2. Beautifully packaged.  Each item that you purchase from Novica comes personally hand wrapped with a special note from your region.  My note was HAND-WRITTEN.  What kind of company does that anymore?  An awesome one!   I selected a handmade shirt from Thailand (more on that in a minute) and this is what it looked liked when it arrived.

This is a description of my item along with a quote from the woman who made it.

And here is the personal hand-written note from the Thailand Novica representative (notice the Thai writing at the top)

3.  The website provides a brief biography of the person who made that particular item.  I love knowing the story.  Isn’t that what makes things special.  It isn’t just a shirt.  It is a career for a woman from Thailand.

4.  Your purchases help support local artisans in third world countries.  I don’t want to pick on malls again, but rather than feeding the multi-million dollar conglomerate that many stores are today, why not purchase something that truly helps the little guy?

5.  Your purchase ties you to the world.  I may never visit Thailand, but I understand a bit more about the country through my order.  Novica brings the world together in one convenient well-organized site.

Okay, okay you get the idea.  I think Novica is awesome.  Now here is my lovely new shirt from Thailand.  I love, love, love the detail work.

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One lucky Mama Report reader will win a $30 gift code for Novica!  I’m so excited for you!!!

Mandatory Entry

Like Novica on Facebook (make sure to comment to this post for your entry)

Additional/Optional Entries- make sure to comment for each extra entry

Follow Novica on Twitter (2 entries)

Follow The Mama Report on Twitter. (2 entries)

Tweet this giveaway (1 extra entry per day)  USE THIS TWEET!–  Enter to win a $30 Gift Code @NOVICA @themamareport #giveaway http://wp.me/p14Q21-1i5

Friend The Mama Report on Facebook.(2 entries)

Subscribe to The Mama Report (2 entries)

Follow The Mama Report on Google Friend Connect (located on the left sidebar). (2 entries)

 

This giveaway will end in the evening on May 1st, 2011.  One winner will be selected using Random.org on May 2, 2011.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.  U.S. entries only.

 

 

I received a gift code in exchange for my review, however all opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. Robyn Ely says

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  8. I liked Novica on fb (Linda Lauber-Jones)

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  32. 1 i subscribe via email

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  36. Mary Elderton says

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  37. Mary Elderton says

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  38. Mary Elderton says

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  42. Mary Elderton says

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  43. Mary Elderton says

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  44. Mary Elderton says

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  45. Mary Elderton says

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  46. follow novica on facebook; misty VanEpps

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  53. email subscriber; mommy2skie@yahoo.com

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  55. I love Novica and follow them on facebook.

  56. I’m friends with you on Facebook.

  57. I follow Mama Report through GFC

  58. like Novica on facebook
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  59. follow Novica on twitter #1
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  60. follow Novica on twitter #2
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  63. like you on facebook #1

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  67. rebecca shockley says
  68. Vicki Easley says

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  69. Vicki Easley says

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  70. Vicki Easley says

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  73. Vicki Easley says

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  74. Vicki Easley says

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  75. I ‘liked’ Novica on Facebook.

  76. stephanie miller says

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  77. stephanie miller says

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  78. stephanie miller says

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  79. stephanie miller says

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  80. rebecca shockley says
  81. rebecca shockley says
  82. Francine Anchondo says

    Liked novica on facebook.

  83. Rebecca Shockley says
  84. Rebecca Shockley says
  85. I like Novica on Facebook (Jennifer A. S.)

  86. I follow Novica on Twitter @TXsweeper

  87. I follow Novica on Twitter @TXsweeper

    #2

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  90. I follow you on GFC (jenniferscott)

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  93. I friended you on FB.
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  94. I friended you on FB.
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  95. I follow you via GFC.
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  96. Rebecca Shockley says
  97. I LIKE them on Facebook. ID: Lynda Castillo
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  98. 1- I follow them on twitter. ID: Lyndadawinda

  99. 2- I follow them on twitter. ID: Lyndadawinda

  100. 1- I follow you on twitter. ID: Lyndadawinda

  101. 2- I follow you on twitter. ID: Lyndadawinda

  102. 1- I LIKE you on Facebook. ID: Lynda Castillo

  103. 2- I LIKE you on Facebook. ID: Lynda Castillo

  104. 1- I’m a subscriber via RSS Feed (Google Reader).

  105. 2- I’m a subscriber via RSS Feed (Google Reader).

  106. 1- I follow you via GFC. ID: Lynda Del

  107. 2- I follow you via GFC. ID: Lynda Del

  108. I like Novica on Facebook

  109. rebecca shockley says
  110. rebecca shockley says
  111. I like Novica on Facebook!

  112. I follow on Twitter #1

  113. I follow on Twitter #2

  114. I follow on Facebook #1

  115. I follow on Facebook #2

  116. I am a subscriber #1

  117. I am a subscriber #2

  118. I follow on GFC #1

  119. I follow on GFC #2

  120. daily tweet!

  121. rebecca shockley says
  122. rebecca shockley says
  123. like Novica on FB Michele Pineda

  124. Novica twitter follower micaela6955 #1

  125. Novica twitter follower micaela6955 #2

  126. like you on FB Michele Pineda #1

  127. like you on FB Michele Pineda #2

  128. GFC follower #1

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  130. I like Novica on facebook.

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  135. facebook friend

  136. facebook friend 2

  137. rebecca shockley says
  138. I liked NOVICA on FB

  139. Following NOVICA on Twitter

  140. Following NOVICA on Twitter entry #2

  141. Tweeted!

  142. Following TMR on Twitter

  143. Following TMR on Twitter entry #2

  144. I’m a FB friend of TMR

  145. FB friend of TMR Entry #2

  146. Subscriber to TMR

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  148. Google Connect follower

  149. Google Connect Follower Entry #2

  150. ANGEL JACKLYN says

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  153. ANGEL JACKLYN says

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  154. ANGEL JACKLYN says

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  155. ANGEL JACKLYN says
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  159. ANGEL JACKLYN says

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  160. Rebecca Shockley says
  161. I like novica on fb
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  166. Rebekah Mercier says

    LIked Novica on Facebook.
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  167. Rebekah Mercier says

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  168. Rebekah Mercier says

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  169. Rebekah Mercier says

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  171. Rebekah Mercier says

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  172. Rebekah Mercier says

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  173. Rebekah Mercier says

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  174. Rebekah Mercier says

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  175. Rebekah Mercier says

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  176. Rebekah Mercier says

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  177. Rebekah Mercier says

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  178. Jessica Davis says

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  179. Jessica Davis says

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  180. Jessica Davis says

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  181. Jessica Davis says

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  182. Jessica Davis says

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  183. Jessica Davis says

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  184. Jessica Davis says

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  185. Jessica Davis says

    I tweeted about this giveaway!
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  186. Connie Christensen says

    I liked NOVICA on FB!!! Sure Would Love to Win This…
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  187. I like novica on Facebook.

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  188. I Follow Novica on Twitter

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  189. I Follow Novica on Twitter 2

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  190. I follow you on Twitter.

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  191. I follow you on Twitter. 2

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  192. Friend The Mama Report on Facebook

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  193. Friend The Mama Report on Facebook 2

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  194. I am a subscriber via email

  195. I am a subscriber via email 2

  196. I follow this blog via Google Friend Connect {Lesli}

  197. I follow this blog via Google Friend Connect {Lesli} 2

  198. Mary Gardner says

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  199. Mary Gardner says

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  203. Mary Gardner says

    tweeted
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  204. Mary Gardner says

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  205. Mary Gardner says

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  206. Mary Gardner says

    email subscriber

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  207. Mary Gardner says

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  208. Mary Gardner says

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  209. Mary Gardner says

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  210. domestic diva says

    This almost makes we wish I had a FB account. I do follow you on gfc. Looks like great stuff!

  211. Rebecca Shockley says
  212. I Like Novica on Facebook (www.facebook.com/hatchmalice)

  213. I Follow Novica on Twitter (m13hatch)

    #1

  214. I Follow Novica on Twitter (m13hatch)

    #2

  215. I Follow The Mama Report on Twitter. (m13hatch)

    #1

  216. I Follow The Mama Report on Twitter. (m13hatch)

    #2

  217. I Friend The Mama Report on Facebook. (www.facebook.com/hatchmalice)

    #1

  218. james sloan says

    I like you and want to be your friend on fb. friday2965@yahoo.com

  219. Erinn S says

    Novica FB follower @ erinn arena Sluka erinnsluka@gmail.com

  220. Erinn S says

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  221. Erinn S says

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  222. Erinn S says

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  223. Erinn S says

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  224. Erinn S says

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  225. Erinn S says

    GFC: Erinn Sluka
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  226. Erinn S says

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  227. Erinn S says

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  228. liked novica on facebook
    follow on twitter both novica and mamma report marshmallow0_o
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  230. Melinda Blanchard says

    I “Liked” Novica on Facebook

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  231. icon posted in side bar http://marshmallow-kisses.blogspot.com/

  232. Dana West says

    I like Novica on FB
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  233. Dana West says

    Follow Novica on Twitter
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    1

  234. Dana West says

    Follow Novica on Twitter
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  235. Dana West says

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  236. Dana West says

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  237. Dana West says
  238. Dana West says

    FB friend
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  239. Dana West says

    FB friend
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  240. Dana West says

    Subscribe via google reader
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  241. Dana West says

    Subscribe via google reader
    2

  242. Dana West says

    Follow via GFC
    1

  243. Dana West says

    Follow via GFC
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  244. would love this and liked on face book

  245. I Friend The Mama Report on Facebook. (www.facebook.com/hatchmalice)

    #2

  246. Tina T Harris says

    I like Novica on Facebook

  247. Tina T Harris says

    I follow Novica on Twitter #1

  248. Tina T Harris says

    I follow Novica on Twitter #2

  249. Tina T Harris says

    I follow you on Twitter #1
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  250. Tina T Harris says

    I follow you on Twitter #2
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  251. Tina T Harris says
  252. Tina T Harris says

    You’re my friend on Facebook
    Tina Brown Harris

  253. Tina T Harris says

    You are my friend on Facebook #2
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  254. Tina T Harris says

    I subscribe to the Mama Report

  255. Tina T Harris says

    I subscribe to the Mama Report #2

  256. Tina T Harris says

    I follow you on GFC

  257. Tina T Harris says

    I follow you on GFC #2

  258. I liked Novica on facebook. Very cool items! I hope I win this for my mom

  259. LOVE THE BRACELET

  260. GFC FOLLOWER