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Fifty Dollars For Fifty Years: A Birthday Giveaway

Posted Nov 07 2012 2:55pm

In a few short days I will be 50 years old. I know there are billions of people all around the world who have turned 50 before me, and there will be billions who turn 50 after me, but…it feels both special and surreal. I remember when Tim, who is six years older than I, turned 50. A few weeks after his birthday, we were sitting at the dining room table and I looked at him and thought, “How did I end up married to a 50-year-old guy?”

Indeed. And now here I am. How did I end up a 50-year-old woman? I am smiling broadly as I write this.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always enjoyed my birthday and embrace each new age with a sense of hope and optimism, but with 50, there’s also a sense of urgency and…whoa!!…I’ve not felt before. Note that I didn’t say that the hope and optimism are gone…it’s just that urgency and whoa!! has been added to the mix. And that’s okay. Bring it!

So, in honor of my 50th birthday I’m giving away a $50 gift certificate to a company called Novica . A representative from Novica reached out to me a while back asking if I’d be interested in writing about it in exchange for a $100 credit. They recommended I use $50 for myself in order to try it out and see how it works, and give the other $50 to one of my readers.

So what is Novica? Associated with National Geographic, Novica is a fair-trade organization that describes its mission this way:

We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow. At the deepest essence of our philosophy, we want to create a bridge between you and the many talented artisans across the globe. We want you to know about whom you’re buying from. We want you to feel that attachment to the product and to the hands that created it.

What’s also cool is that Novica does not charge artists any fees. Artists remain fully independent and are free to raise and lower their prices, or to remove their items from Novica’s website. By cutting out the middlemen, Novica allows both consumers and artisans to get the most out of each transaction.

I spent quite a bit of time looking through the website and decided on an embroidered wool wrap called Fabeled City and made by Syed Izaz Hussein, who is from the Kashmir Valley region of northern India. Isn’t it gorgeous?

It’s important to note that shipping times are a little longer (about two weeks from order to receipt), as items are coming directly from artisans around the world, but Novica’s customer service and communication are excellent. Items are packaged beautifully and come with personal messages from the artists in their own languages.

If you’d like to win, please visit the Novica website and tell me in the comments section below what you’d purchase if money were no object.

To get you started check out the garnet dangle earrings , Peruvian necklaces , silver cocktail rings , batik shirts , women’s clothing , capri pants , and men’s clothing from Indonesia .

This giveaway is open to readers around the world as Novica ships across the globe. Enjoy shopping! I will choose a winner on Saturday, November 10.

Disclosure: I received a gift certificate from Novica. The opinions in this post are my own.


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