When I buy someone a gift, I put a tremendous amount of time and thought into it. I like the gift to be as unique as its recipient and really suited to that person’s individual likes and passions. When someone opens a gift from me, I want them to know that I chose it especially for them. That’s why I like Novica so much.
Novica is a partner company of another favorite of mine, National Geographic, and specializes in hand made gift items that are crafted using traditional methods by artisans all around the globe. From jewelry to art, to clothing and home decor, you can find something for everyone at Novica. And if you take gift-giving as seriously as I do, you can rest assured that when you purchase a gift for someone from Novca that it’s a unique item — your recipient is not likely to already have anything quite like it — and that they’ll love it for its authenticity, craftsmanship and beauty.
Oh, and I should also mention that Novica is a fair-trade company, which means that the artisans who create Novica’s wares are paid fair wages, have sole discretion over their work and are empowered to grow their businesses through unique opportunities. To date, Novica has sent nearly $60 million to its artisan partners and that may just be the coolest thing of all about this company!
I love, love, love how Novica’s gift search is set up on their website! You can search by person, search by occasion, search by price range, or my favorite: search by personality. For the traveler, for the animal lover (that’d be me!), for the gardener, for the wine lover and so on… Novica’s got it covered! There really is something for just about everyone.
Novica was kind enough to send me a beautiful, blown glass pitcher to try out for a while. The first thing I did when I opened the box was to read the little card that was attached to the pitcher’s handle, which told the back story of where it came from and who made it. Every piece ordered thorugh Novica is accompanied by similar information, describing the journey of the item’s creation. Much more appealing than a sticker that reads: “Made in so-and-so country,” don’t you think? Artist bios are also viewable under the item details when browsing the online shop, so you can learn about who, exactly, you’re supporting when you purchase a particular item.
The pitcher is beautiful. It looks lovely sitting out as a focal piece and certainly does its job as a pitcher well. It holds more than you’d think it does and is sturdy and easy to handle. I really like the ice cube well that’s built into the body of the pitcher. If you want to chill your drink, but not water it down, this is the pitcher for the job. Photos really don’t do this piece justice — it’s something you have to see in person to appreciate — but here are a few shots of it serving as a beautiful vessel for some mint lemonade:
Spring’s finally here (that’s what they say, at least… the snow is falling here in southern NJ!), which means that lots of special occasions are coming up: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, weddings… before you head anywhere else for a gift, try checking out Novica first, for a truly one-of-a-kind gift that gives so much back. And if you’re really in the gifting spirit and want to further your impact even more, you can become a lender through Novica’s microfinance program, which offers interest-free loans to its artisans who are seeking funding for special projects or business expansions.
Novica, thank you for creating a company that I can feel so good about shopping with! You certainly have gained a life-long customer, in me!
Have you purchased from Novica before? What do you like about the company?