June 20, 2013

Novica review and $50 gc giveaway

A little over a month ago, Novica approached me about doing a review and giveaway of a few of the products on their website.  For those of you not familiar with NOVICA, it's a place where artisans from all over the world sell their work in conjunction with National Geographic.

With Fathers Day coming up, I thought, this will be perfect!  I can do it right before to highlight some great gift ideas for dads.  What I forgot, was that everything had to ship from the country where it is made, and I didn't quite get it in time.  Because Novica is still a great place to shop for Dads, here is my Fathers Day post a week late.

The males in my family are all quite different.  Because of this, I love that you can shop on for Gifts by Personality

I found these for my animal loving dad -

And these for my executive type husband -

Something I love about the site is they now have a curate feature.  You can essentially curate the items on the site and create your own design boards on their curation site.  Think pinterest but for a specific site.

When you order something from Novica, it comes wrapped up in a cute little package with a postcard from the general area where the item was made.   After a lot of deliberation and a little curating, I decided to go with something a little different  .  .  . 

This is what our package looked like.

When we opened it up, we found this

 The Rustic Witch Iron Statue made from recycled auto parts. 

I know it doesn't fit with the items I mentioned earlier, but I have a 4 year old daughter that is obsessed with witches.  And  I knew that when she saw this, something magical would happen.

I was right. 

The statue is made from recycled auto parts, and is melded together perfectly to create a hook nose witch.  We have it up all of the time as a decoration on our bookcase, but it would also make a fun Halloween centerpiece.

To Buy - The Rustic Witch was created by Armando Ramirez (Mexico) and currently retails for $29.95 on

To Win - Novica is giving one of you a $50 gift card to try out their site.

Open to wherever Novica ships - if you aren't sure if it ship to your area, check out their shipping restrictions here -

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I received a product to review from the above company or their PR Agency. Opinions expressed in this post are strictly my own - I was not influenced in any way. I received no monetary compensation for this post. By entering this giveaway you agree to my giveaway/disclosure guidelines


  1. I love the Talavera collection! I might choose the Talavera ceramic mugs, 'A Taste of Mexico' (set of 4)
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

  2. The shaken not stirred martini glasses

    pjames330 at aol dot com

  3. I like the glassware made in Mexico by Jaiver and Efren, especially their Confetti Pitcher and Glasses.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  4. i love these earrings:

  5. I would choose the Vermillion Sphere Paperweight

  6. I would get the Palm Leaf basket.

  7. I would use the GC towards a sculpture I've wanted for a while called "Buddha's Blessing Hand"


  8. I am so in love with the Cow bone ring, 'Face of the Moon'!!

  9. I like the Leather bracelet, 'Floral Red'. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  10. I'd buy the Alpaca blend sweater, 'Charisma.'

  11. I LOVE Etsy - so much that there are currently over 500 items on my ETSY Wish List!

    Lately I've been looking at several sculpture by Wayan Rendah (of Bali/Java). Among my current favorites ase:
    Endless Love, Endless Love and:

    Thank you!
    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger
    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot) com

  12. NOTE: This is NOT for an ENTRY - just a comment because I neglected to mention in Entry Comment:

    Wow - you have the "Rustic Witch" Iron Statuette by Armando Ramirez - I adore his truly marvelous and amazing creations made from old metal parts and remnants - I love all 100 of them (his current offerings)

    I think I have about 35-40% of his awesome statuettes gathering a little dust on my official Novica Wishlist - in part due to our current lack of non-essentials on hand - and partly because I love so many of them I don't know how to to choose just one - or even two, three or four!

    With 0ver 500 items on my Novica Wishlist - there are many treasures competing for me to put my money where my heart is! That said:

    Armando Ramirez has created so many compelling and delightful metal statuettes celebrating so many aspects of the lives of all of us... His creations are a great place to find unique and exquisitely thoughtful GIFTS for everyone you know!

    Thanks again, Alena.

    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger

  13. Oh I would love to buy the Sterling silver pendant necklace, 'Thai Rose'! That is so pretty!

  14. I like the Amethyst and citrine pendant necklace, 'Spring Bouquet'.

  15. I think I might get the Ceramic figurine, 'Jade Owl'.

  16. I would buy the Gemstone pyramid, 'Natural Energy'.

  17. I love the beaded wristband coin bracelets, I would get 3 sets of those & share with my daughters.

  18. Parachute hammock, 'Island Lagoon' (single) looks amazing for my son and daughter-in-law

  19. I would love to get the Cotton sling bag, 'Lanna Forest'.

  20. I'd get the Sandstone sculpture, 'Lonely Lady'. Thanks.

  21. I'd get the Cotton top, 'Forest Charm'.
    lyndadawinda1074 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  22. So many beautiful things. I think I would get the Cotton sling bag, 'Chiang Mai Spring'
    ~Sandra U.

  23. I'd put the money towards the tiger trance necklace.

  24. I would buy the Mahogany and glass candleholder, 'Rainbow Sky'


  25. i love the trumpeted elephant earrings!