My birthday gift to you!

On my birthday, I was spoiled with cupcakes and presents. Now I want to give something to YOU!

On my birthday, I was spoiled with cupcakes and presents. Now I want to give something to YOU!

As many of you know, I celebrated a birthday this week, and boy was I spoiled. (More on that to come!) So I figured I’d finish the week by offering a present to YOU. I recently discovered Novica.com, a fair trade world market. Since I’ve decorated my own home with knick-knacks, wall hangings, jewelry (some of my favorite decorations!) and furniture from around the world, I couldn’t get enough of scrolling through the pages and pages of items for sale. Novica works with National Geographic to find the most talented artists from places such as Thailand, India and Brazil, and it shows.

Would you like to win a $50 gift certificate (shipping is extra) in my NOVICA gift give away?

Post a comment to tell me what you’d like to purchase if you win! (Don’t worry — I won’t hold you to it.)

Inspired by what you see as you shop? Novica has a curation option, which allows you to make mood boards of items you’d like — and it’s all for a great cause!

Novica Curation

Some of my favorite areas to browse:

Unique Gifts for Women (fun purses, art, jewelry and more)
Cooking Gifts (I collect bowls from around the world)
Jewelry Box Gifts (I have at least five!)
So, get to shopping! Either leave the link of what you’d like in a comment below, or tell me a general description and country. I can’t wait to see what you find — and (randomly) pick one winner to receive $50 in my birthday gift give away.
Contest terms: Please include your email address for contact purposes. Giveaway ends on Sunday, March 31st, at 12 noon PST. I will pick a winner at random, which will be announced as soon as possible. According to the general contest rules, the winner must be a U.S. resident and respond within 48 hours of receiving the notification email; or I choose another winner.
Many thanks to NOVICA for generously providing two $50 gift certificates, one so I could learn more about NOVICA myself, and one to give away.
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I'm a life-long travel junkie journalist who works hard to find adventure in everyday life after two years of travel and expat living.

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  1. I looooooove NOVICA!!!!!!!! I would love a pair of their earrings. They have such a beautiful collection. Happy Birthday again! XOXO

  2. Hi! It’s really nice that, even though it’s been your birthday you’ve thought about a gift for people like me who, follow your blog with pleasure! I can’t be part of it because I’m not a resident in the U.S.A. but anyway, I enjoy reading what you’ve organized for your followers!

    Have a nice week!
    Bye,
    Alessandro.

  3. I would buy a necklace. I like the Pearl and carnelian pendant necklace, ‘Turning Points’. Thanks!

  4. Wow, this is a really cool give away. I love the stuff from Novica. I’d get either this gorgeous flower necklace:

    http://jewelry.novica.com/necklaces/floral/natural-orchid-gold-plated-brooch-necklace-orchid-fantasy/149517

    or this beautiful jewelry box:

    http://jewelry-boxes.novica.com/wood/walnut-jewelry-box-eden-tree/86726

    By the way, love reading your blog. It helps keep my wanderlust alive : ) Oh and happy belated birthday!

  5. I would buy some earrings for my sister, who lives in Madrid.
    Thank you.

  6. kimberly says:

    Since I’m obsessed with monkeys and regularly donate to the Redaps.org foundation, I’d have to opt for the Monkey Mask from Brazil or the adorable Monkey Choker from the Andes!

  7. I am loving their throw rugs and area rugs!!!

  8. As an artist myself, I think it’s wonderful to see such fine art taken notice of. Thank you so much for your generous offer 🙂 I have completely fallen in love with Putu Oka Mahendra’s “Mangkok Dinner” ceramic bowls (they have a place to rest your chopsticks!), but I am also eyeing the beautiful panpipes, as I play flute. Happy Birthday!

  9. Ooo, I would love on of their sparkly clutches! What a cool site, and how lovely of you to think of others on your own bday 🙂

  10. I so want a hammock!

  11. I just got some hammocks with Novica, so I’m all good, but love the site 🙂

  12. I’d be all over a scarf (because I love them so much) or some bracelets!

  13. Nothing I need, that I can think of but this is a great giveaway and very sweet of you to share your birthday with us. Abby, I hope you know it’s not a birth day, but a birth WEEK that’s to be celebrated! 🙂

  14. Happy birthday! I would like to buy this table runner — really fun and I don’t have a table runner: http://tableware.novica.com/table-linens/cotton-table-runner-rainbow-fantasy/173902

  15. This site is so cool! I saw an elephant pencil stand that would look just perfect in my office, so I might have to spend the gift certificate on that.

  16. I’ll pick up on Rease’s comment about getting a scarf — love scarves! Cool giveaway! Thanks for sharing your birthday with a lucky winner.

  17. US Residents only – booooo!!!!!

    Why do people hate us Canadians, we like to win things too!

  18. I would like to get one of the Alpaca ponchos from Peru.

  19. I’m with Ayngelina on this one, us Canadians can’t enter 🙁

    But unless they had artwork for backpacks it would be any good for this nomad anyway 😉

  20. I love the idea of this website, and what a nice gesture on your part to share in your birthday this way! I think if I were to win, I’d purchase the Cuzco decorative ceramic plate. It fits the decor of my home and would lend a nice splash of color to my dining room walls.

    http://unique-gifts.novica.com/womens/decor-accessories/$25-to-$50/cuzco-decorative-ceramic-plate-moche-protectors/186342

  21. Happy b’day!! What a cool giveaway–great idea.

    If I were the lucky winner, I’d probably get one of these journals; they’re so pretty!
    http://www.novica.com/search/index.cfm?q=journal+blank&submitted=1

  22. I’ve been doing Pilates for a little over 2 months, and it’s very similar to yoga in that its a peaceful, healing practice. So I’d probably get the Leather and chalcedony pendant bracelet. The ‘Peace Within’ truly embodies how I feel after a session, so it would be nice to walk around daily with a little reminder of that.

  23. I love all the great handcrafted earrings at Novica. A great gift for my daughter!

  24. I would love the “Inca Sun God” jewelry box

  25. Too bad I can’t enter but what a cool site! Love your taste, Abby!

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