Recently, Novica gave me the opportunity to choose a product for myself to keep, review and post on my blog, as well as a $50 gift card to award to one of my followers. If you're not familiar with Novica, they work in association with National Geographic to bring the work of talented artists and artisans around the globe to the rest of the world via the internet. Shopping their website is a unique experience as you can view information about each artist along with the works they create. It gives each item a very personal feeling.
Mr. Willoughby and I spent an afternoon pouring over the website before deciding what item to choose. I wanted to get something that we could enjoy on a regular basis. As soon as we found a set of Margarita glasses called "Happy Hour", we knew we had to have them. They are absolutely gorgeous and I couldn't be happier with our choice. Hand blown in Mexico, each one is unique with tiny air bubbles in the glass (which I love). Like all items from Novica, they arrived along with an artisan story card. The artists, Javier and Efrén also tucked a lovely postcard from Mazatlan into the box.
I was so happy with the margarita glasses that Novica so graciously gifted to me that I decided to do a little Christmas shopping. I ordered a beautiful silver and pearl necklace for my niece called "Moonbeams" and my son ordered a pair of silver and garnet earrings called "My Heart and Yours" for his girlfriend. Both are handmade in Indonesia by artist Nyoman Rena. They look lovely in the pictures, but in person they are stunning. Each arrived in a pretty fabric covered gift box, tied with a raffia ribbon and topped with a raffia flower bow.
|"My Heart and Yours"|
The wonderful people at Novica have given me a $50 gift card to award to one of my followers. You can use it toward any item(s) on their website (don't forget to consider shipping cost). Get something wonderful for yourself or someone special. Although I've only mentioned glassware and jewelry, there are many other categories on the website, including Corporate Gifts, Gifts for Mom, and Gifts for Him. If you're interested in jewelry, you can search by type, such as bracelets or earrings.
1. You must be a follower of This Stop Willoughby, or become one.
2. You must click on the Novica Corporate Gifts link, browse the items in that category, and then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me about one of your favorites.
3. You may leave an additional comment (one per day) telling me about a favorite item from any category.
4. If you would like to earn a bonus entry, mention my giveaway on your blog along with a link to this post. Please be sure to leave a comment (with link) letting me know that you've done so.
5. This giveaway is not limited to the United States. If you have followed the above rules, you're eligible as long as Novica can ship to you.
The deadline for entries is Saturday, January 1, 2011 at noon Eastern Time. The winner will be drawn randomly and announced by 3:00 Eastern Time on 1/1/11. One entry per day as well as one bonus entry allowed. Please be sure to include a way for me to contact you should you be the winner of this giveaway. If your email is not linked to your blog, please include it in the comment you leave here. If I am unable to contact the winner, a different winner will be drawn at random.
Disclosure: I was given a $50 gift card by Novica to choose an item for myself to review and post on my blog. I chose a set of margarita glasses called "Happy Hour". I was also given a $50 gift card to give away. Both the "Moonbeams" necklace and the "My Heart and Yours" earrings were paid for by me. The thoughts and opinions I have posted in this review are my own. My disclosure policy is available for viewing here.