A gorgeous fair trade gift giveaway

by DaniGirl on May 6, 2010 · 36 comments

in Reviews, promotions and giveaways

I love today’s giveaway and I think you will, too! A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Novica.com, one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market.

As soon as I had a peek at the Novica site, I was enthralled with their products. Novica.com offers a gorgeous selection of unique gifts, fair trade corporate gifts, and “green” gifts — truly, gorgeous stuff. Go ahead, take a peek for yourself! I’ll wait here until you get back.

The really nice thing about Novica.com is that they are working to empower the artisans with whom they are working, with programs like microfinancing, as well as acting as distributors. In Novica’s own words:

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.

Isn’t that great? I’m totally in love with this “Fancy Frogs” cream and sugar set, these star-shaped appetizer plates, and this leather handbag from their fair-trade corporate gifts section.

The folks at Novica were nice enough to offer me a $100 gift certificate, or two $50 gift certificates so I could share with you. I’ll bet you can guess which one I chose — yep, you get to watch me spend the $100 gift certificate! Okay, I’m kidding, of course I chose to share with you!

So if you would like to be entered into the draw to win a $50 gift certificate for the unique and truly lovely stuff on the Novica site, here’s the details:

  • The prize is a $50 gift certificate to use on Novica.com. Gift certificate expires 30/11/2010.
  • One entry per person.
  • To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me something you’d love to receive — or to give! — from the Novica website.
  • One winner will be chosen at random based on all comments received.
  • Contest ends Midnight EDT on Sunday 9 May 2010, and the winner will be announced on Monday 10 May.

Thank you to Novica for this wonderful giveaway — and good luck!

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joy May 6, 2010 at 12:40 pm

tough decision, everything is so neat – i would probably choose some earrings for my daughter.


2 Maria May 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Such beautiful items! I really like the Wood mask, ‘Flower Face ‘Buddha’.

3 Rebecca May 6, 2010 at 1:55 pm

So hard to choose! There are several bags I love, but this one I think is my favorite:


4 sky May 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Oh! I think I’d put it towards a soda pop top purse. No, maybe a leather sling bag. Or, a cool ring. Ohhh, there was that gorgeous alpaca sweater though…

yeah, I can’t narrow it down. πŸ™‚ But I’d sure like a shot at having to try.

5 Mary @ Parenthood May 6, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I like the glassware by Javier and Efren, especially this gorgeous emerald spiral one. Which I might have to get regardless…

6 mrsgryphon May 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Oh my goodness, how much fun would a hammock be?! I’d probably buy jewellery or a funky bag, though, because those are what I usually end up splurging on πŸ™‚

I totally love this idea, and I will definitely be doing some Novica shopping for gifts and Christmas!

7 Michelle May 6, 2010 at 3:07 pm

That’s a fantastic site to explore, gorgeous items.

I loved these wine glasses: http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=112766 and this mirror

8 cath in ottawa May 6, 2010 at 3:27 pm

i think one of the butterfly brooches for my daughter … but i need another hour to serve the site properly!!

9 Anonymous May 6, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I love the “sweet grape” pearl cluster earrings. But there are vast tracts of the website I haven’t even glanced at. Amazing.

10 Kathy Van Maanen May 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm

What a beautiful tourquoise ring, which I would probably give to myself. But when everyone comments on it I would tell them more about FairTrade

11 Rebecca S May 6, 2010 at 5:32 pm

RT @DaniGirl: A gorgeous fair trade gift giveaway – http://bit.ly/a2uquS

12 keren May 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm

hi – what a great idea
i would love an aluminum tray – beautiful…

13 Sara in MontrΓ©al May 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I’d go for a piece of clothing. Those alpaca shirts look gorgeous and I badly need new clothes.

Some wall hanging for the girls room would be nice too though, there’s an awfully bare wall in there.

14 Liisa May 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I have a thing for cocktail rings and chunky rings. I usually wear just one, on my right hand and make sure that I’m not over-accessorized. I think this gorgeous silver flower-shaped cocktail ring http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=125432 would be perfect!

15 Marianne May 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I definitely covet the fancy frogs cream and sugar set too. I also found many Christmas tree ornaments that would make perfect gifts.

16 Tiana May 6, 2010 at 9:16 pm

not that I’d have anywhere to put it but my dreams often involve such a hammock as this fine specimen


17 Jen May 6, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I have been searching for years (literally) for a cross necklace that I truly love, and I see about ten on the first page alone! I love the Moon Crucifix and Prayers in a Cross. Maybe I would even treat myself to both!! πŸ˜‰

18 Lara May 7, 2010 at 6:53 am

So hard to choose. Either a sculpture or a painting I think. There are so many nice ones!

19 smothermother May 7, 2010 at 7:46 am

whoa! i just spent the last 35 minutes looking at just bags and jewelery! there are some gorgeous leather shoulder bags. one on of the “abstract” rings. gorgeous! i think i would need a full day to figure out what i would use the $50 for!

20 Elizabeth May 7, 2010 at 7:59 am

What a lot of lovely, want-able things! I would probably choose a Kashmiri silk and wool shawl – just the thing to dress up my outfits, and cheer me up in the grey Ottawa fall and winter.

21 Jennifer May 7, 2010 at 10:04 am

What gorgeous stuff! I would pick a lovely scarf to help get through these chilly spring evenings and into the true heat of summer.
thanks for the opportunity to win Dani!

22 Shannon May 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

Such beautiful stuff!! I love it all πŸ™‚ I’m a bit of a hand-crafted jewelery junkie, and I love this necklace with my birthstone . . .


23 Laura May 7, 2010 at 10:51 am

I cant decide – I am falling in love with the jewelery!

24 JoJo May 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Just when I think I’ve seen it all on the internet. I love this idea. I also love the liquid confetti tumblers. I have a thing for glasses!

25 Tricia Chestnut May 7, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I agree — so many neat things. I know I’d love the leather handbag and my running partner would love any of the glass ware.

26 glidinglara May 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm

RT @DaniGirl: Have you seen the gorgeous fair-trade gift giveaway on my blog? http://bit.ly/a2uquS

27 Emma May 7, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Beautiful stuff. I’d be totally selfish and get these sterling silver earrings for myself: http://jewelry.novica.com/earrings/drop-earring/favorites/sterling-silver-drop-earrings-dance/171207/

28 Shannon May 7, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I’d look at getting a necklace or a ring, very nice stuff!

29 cgb May 8, 2010 at 8:48 am

Its all beautiful – I’d probably choose a necklace πŸ™‚

30 Meg May 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Love the paintings!

31 Valerie May 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm

What beautiful stuff! I love all the outdoor things – a wall hanging or bird feeder. The fancy frogs tea set is so cute, too. And I only skimmed the jewelery – will definitely have to go back and browse it some more.

32 KarenL May 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I like the frog cream and sugar set too!

33 Chantal May 10, 2010 at 7:27 am

I have a thing for mirrors, and the one pictured here would look great with my living room decor!! Beautiful things! thanks for the recommendation.


34 DaniGirl May 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Sorry Chantal — you *just* missed the cutoff for entry into the contest. πŸ™

Sorry for the delay, all — a winner will be posted shortly!

35 Perry July 9, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Nice blog here! Also your website loads up fast! What web host are you
using? Can I get your affiliate link too your host?

I wish my website loaded up as quickky as yours lol

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