Mother’s Day is right around the corner (less than a week away!) and if you are anything like me, you may still be struggling with what to get for mom this year. I used to buy my mom a pretty hanging basket of flowers but since they live in an apartment building, she really doesn’t have anywhere to hang one anymore. And since their space is very limited, it’s hard to know what I should get for her! Often times, I will find a store or website that has products I know she’ll like and buy her a gift card so she can choose her own gift. She seems to enjoy this along with her card, I know I love getting gift cards, who doesn’t?
I recently received a gift code to review the Novica website. I have never shopped there before but knew as soon as I started browsing that they had some beautiful and interesting items that could very well make nice gifts. I was really pleased to see all of the Jewelry Gifts for Mom, especially the beautiful stone jewelry.
I found the Novica Curation feature to be a really useful way to group together items that I liked on the website. I also loved browsing through other user’s Curated Collections. It’s a fun way to discover new artists and you can even share collections via social media like Facebook and Twitter. I plan to go back and curate some more boards, it’s a great place to find inspiration for gifts, decor and more! Sometimes there are even Curate contests where you can win prizes for creating collections!
I used Novica’s Curate feature to whittle down the selection of bracelets. After much debate, I purchased a lovely Agate Wristband Bracelet.
This beautiful agate bracelet shipped inside a small box and was wrapped very nicely in a decorative fabric drawstring pouch. It included a small handwritten Thank you card on the back of a souvenir photo from Bangkok and an artist card describing the piece and an artist quote. This is certainly gift worthy — the workmanship is beautifully done and it arrived in perfect condition since the box was reinforced with rigid cardboard.
My bracelet was handcrafted by Panapha from Thailand, and is called “Natural Mystique,” and is prettier than the photo shows on the site! I love agate and I really like the smoothness of the stones and the simplicity of the design. I expect this to last for a very long time and become a treasured piece in my wardrobe. It was very interesting to read about how the artist, Panapha, grew up in Bangkok, then Chiang Mai. It was also fun to read that we were both born in the same year! Owning a piece that someone else has lovingly handcrafted on the other side of the world is a true joy.
Shopping on the Novica site is very easy to do and I like that I have many options to shop — by region, price, popularity, style and more. It’s wonderful knowing that Novica is working in association with National Geographic to bring the artistic works of thousands of artisans from Asia, Africa and Latin America to people around the globe! I would never have the chance to find these items on my own for such an affordable price!
It’s easy to find what you’re looking for on Novica and there are so many Unique Gifts for Mom. All of the items created by artisans from around the world are special and beautiful! I really love being able to read the stories about each artisan and how they created their pieces and collections.
Where to find and how to stay in touch!
Fins more beautiful gifts for mom, and everyone else on your list, at Novica.com. To keep up to date with promotions and Curat Contests and artist news by following the Novica Facebook page and @novica on Twitter.
Win a Novica Gift Card!
Thanks to Novica, one lucky reader will win a $50 Novica gift code to spend on the website! WooHoo! Buy something for mom, grandma or yourself and enjoy the beauty of these handcrafted items from far away places!
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