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[Giveaway] $50 Novica Gift Card (and Check Out My Sweet Maya Ring!)

My Maya Ring

My Maya Ring

Some­times, you get lucky. The perks of blog­ging! And you will get lucky too: read until the end, I’m spread­ing the love by offer­ing a $50 gift card!

Recently, Novica con­tacted me to see if I’d be inter­ested in review­ing their prod­ucts. I do get review requests once in a while, and I usu­ally turn them down because the prod­uct is noth­ing to blog about or sim­ply doesn’t fit the themes I enjoy writ­ing about.

That, plus I am a ter­ri­ble liar. If a prod­ucts or a ser­vice sucks, I say it and I make PR peo­ple very unhappy.

I vis­ited Novica’s web­site and imme­di­ately liked the con­cept. Novica sells home décor objects, jew­ellery and gifts made by arti­sans and artists from all over the world. It helps local tal­ented folks sell­ing their prod­ucts by offer­ing them a plat­form, and thus allows them to improve their life. This is the kind of pos­i­tive “char­ity” I believe in—empowering peo­ple. I am a strong sup­porter of micro­cre­dit (I reg­u­larly con­tribute to var­i­ous projects around the world through Kiva… and Novica also part­ners with Kiva!) and I think this kind of ini­tia­tive, con­nect­ing sell­ers and buy­ers, can impact lives.

That, plus the store is absolutely awe­some. I mean, I must have spent at least two hours select­ing a prod­uct! I browsed the var­i­ous cat­e­gories, such as Unique Gifts for Men, Neck­laces for Her, Roman­tic Gifts for Her, Unique Gifts for Women, Cook­ing Gifts, Jew­elry Box Gifts, etc. The web­site is very easy to nav­i­gate and you can nar­row down your choice by using sev­eral options, such as the region the prod­uct is from, the price, the mate­r­ial used, etc.

I even­tu­ally fell in love with a beau­ti­ful ster­ling sil­ver jade domed ring, “Sweet Maya” made by the Jimenez Fam­ily in Guatemala. I wanted to buy some­thing from a coun­try we vis­ited and I love Guatemala—it’s an amaz­ing place full of tal­ented and lovely peo­ple who have always made us feel welcome.

To much of my sur­prise, the ring was deliv­ered through DHL only two days after I bought it. Wow, that was fast! I had expected deliv­ery from Guatemala would take weeks.

The Box

The Box

The small car­ton box marked “imported from Guatemala” was my birth­day present to myself. I opened it like a kid unwrap­ping a Christ­mas present. Inside, I found:

-        The ring, in a plas­tic pouch

-        A lovely post­card of Tikal with a note from the artisans

-        A small pouch made of tra­di­tional Guatemala fabric

-        A small book­let with the story of the Jimenez Family

Inside the Box

Inside the Box

Ring and Pouch

Ring and Pouch

The Ring

The Ring

Every­thing was neatly pack­aged, pro­tected and wrapped. Lovely! I cer­tainly wasn’t expect­ing such a per­sonal touch.

Ring and Postcard

Ring and Postcard

Note on the Postcard

Note on the Post­card, it says “Thank you for shar­ing our treasures”

The ring itself is amaz­ing. Great qual­ity, neatly pol­ished sil­ver and great fin­ish. I put it on my fin­ger and it stays there—I wear all the jew­ellery I own, I am very loyal to it.

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Hon­estly, my expe­ri­ence shop­ping with Novica is amaz­ing and I do plan to buy from them again. The con­cept is awe­some, the prod­ucts are amaz­ing and the ser­vice is top-notch. I briefly ran into a tech­ni­cal prob­lem when order­ing and I sent an email to cus­tomer ser­vice about it. They replied right away with a solu­tion and a plan B just in case. They care about cus­tomers… that mat­ters to me!

So, since I’m one of these red social­ist, I’m spread­ing the love. I have a $50 Novica gift card to give away, no strings attached, no tricks.

I do have to pick a win­ner though, so here the deal:

  1. For 3 entries: Write an arti­cle about your favourite sou­venir from your trav­els or your spe­cial for­eign lucky charm and men­tion the give­away. Send me the link to the arti­cle by using the give­away form below.
  2. For 1 entry: Tweet about the give­way, and don’t for­get to paste the Tweet URL below!
  3. For 1 entry: Fol­low @Xiaozhuli on Twitter!

I will pick a ran­dom win­ner on Fri­day, April 5, 2013

Good luck!

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9 comments

  1. YAY for the red social­ist who gives gifts away :)
    I sim­ply loooove those kind of shops. I was really sad when our only “10000 vil­lages” closed in Que­bec city (do you have any of those in Ottawa?).
    I am not sure I entered cor­rectly for your give­away, just in case, I fol­low you on Twit­ter, and I tweeted your post :) (here https://twitter.com/AliceQc).

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