It’s a Giveaway! Get $75 to Shop for Global Goods at

Edited to announce the winner:

Wow! Thank you to the 260 people who entered the giveaway for a $75 gift card from Novica! I’m happy to bring you the chance to win, and to introduce so many people to the global goodies at Novica. It was so fun reading what you would get, and the diversity of things you picked. I read every one! So … drummmmm rollllllllll please … let’s announce a winner …

I purposely didn’t use Rafflecopter and make you like me all over social media in order to enter. If you like what you see here, I figure you can see the big orange social media buttons up there to the right, and you can follow me wherever it works for you.

So I used the Random Number Generator to draw a random comment. I included comments on the giveaway post plus the 9 comments on a Facebook post (minus my 2 comments there) in time-stamped order submitted. Imagine the 9 Facebook comments folded into the 251 blog comments in time order, for a total of 260. So everything is ranked in the order that comments were submitted. Fair enough! So out of 260 total entries, here’s the winner:

Novica Giveaway Winning Number

Yay! Candie L.!

She has been notified and received her winning gift certificate, in time for holiday shopping!

This one’s for you! Do you feel a chill in the air lately and could use an extra $75 for a scarf or a throw? Maybe you’d like $75 to get some blingy earrings for the holidays? Novica has tens of thousands of products with global flair, and I have one $75 gift certificate for a lucky winner. You can use the certificate to get whatever you want! Spend it when Novica has a discount, as they often do, and this gift can stretch even further.

Giveaway for $75 to spend at

Novica sells items made by craftspeople from cultures around the world, direct from the artisans’ home country, including:

You can get jewelry, clothing and accessories for women or men, home decor and gifts organized by price level. They also have an extensive collection of paintings.

How to enter to win $75 from Novica:

Simply visit links above, then … 

Comment on this post telling us what you’d get if you won.

Comment by midnight eastern time on Sunday, Oct. 12.

On Monday, Oct. 13 I’ll do a random drawing from the comments and notify the winner via email with an electronic gift certificate. It might be the 13th but that will be a lucky day for somebody!

So when you comment, include your email in the private email field or your website address where I can find you. (Don’t put your email in the comment itself though unless you love spam!)

***If you get an error message when commenting here, head over to Facebook and comment on the giveaway post there! It’s pinned to the top of the page!***

Okay, ready to go for it? Scroll down or click here to comment! Thank you for following along here and good luck!

My Story of a Thai Spirit House

I’ve shopped Novica since their very early days about 15 years ago. They were one of the first online shops where you could “meet” the artisans who made what you bought. Internet shopping was new back then, and it truly felt like Novica brought the world to your doorstep. So they’ve been at this a long time. They’ve since grown in association with National Geographic to have products from cultures on many continents.

Novica allowed me to choose something to host this giveaway, and I found something I’ll treasure. During our trips to Thailand I admired the spirit houses, just like these that Novica offers:

Thai Spirit Houses from Novica and a $75 Giveaway

They’re like little replicas of wats, or Buddhist temples. People place them outside their homes. The spirit house is supposed to attract a good guardian spirit to live in it and protect the home from evil spirits. Sometimes I feel my home needs protection from the world – something more stylish than a Brinks or ADT sign!

So I chose the golden Lanna Temple — it’s handmade by Jaifah Aksornsri, an artisan in Thailand who has been making carved wood products for Novica for about 8 years.

Jaifah Aksornsri Artisan from Thailand

You can learn more about her and see all of her work for sale here. I was drawn to Jaifah’s work because it captures the style I loved most in Thailand. It’s clearly Thai design, but with a modern outlook that would fit in many homes around the world. Her guardian spirit house was the one for me. Here it is in our sunroom, which is full of teak furniture we found in Thailand, so it fits the style there:

Thai Spirit House from Novica

It came with gift wrap that was so carefully folded, it can be re-used for another gift or for crafts. And Novica always sends a little card with a story about the product and artisan.

Comment below with what you’d get from Novica if you win! 


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253 Replies to “It’s a Giveaway! Get $75 to Shop for Global Goods at”

  1. I would use the $75to buy one of their reverse painted glass mirrors- especially the sets of 3! I know the perfect wall where they would catch the shifting sunlight. Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. So many beautiful things!!! but I would get one of the hand carved boxes from India….especially the Wildflowers Floral Wood Jewelry Box Gorgeous!! Thanks for this giveaway… :)

  3. I’m loving the Indian mirror. There’s just so much stuff to choose from though!! Maybe I’ll use that $75 and spend more on other stuff :)

  4. Too many choices! I’d love to get the Andean Purple Unique Peruvian Alpaca Wool Pullover Sweater.

  5. Love Novica! I would buy a few of their accessories such as their silk scarves and a clutch bag.

  6. I would no doubt hem and haw (don’t know how that’s spelled) over all the amazing things, but I would love the Pure Love
    Beaded Jewelry Rainbow Moonstone Bracelet Sterling Silver!

  7. I would get the Elephant FamilyArtisan Crafted Wood Elephant Sculpture (Set of 5) from West Africa.

  8. If I won I would love to get the Versailles
    Artisan Crafted Sterling Silver Necklace Chainmail Jewelry

  9. I am nothing but an old Hippie. I have never left off loving fashions and colors from India, and just plain old “folkart” no matter where it came from. LOOK at the wonderful Alpaca sweaters! I read that Alpaca does not itch like wool does? I would love one of those. and their “Balinese Shadow” tunic top! Very nice.

  10. They have a blown glass pitcher with a blue swirl that looks just like the one I broke earlier this summer. I would love to replace it.

  11. I love this pendant: Satin Moon Hand Made Brushed Silver Pendant Necklace. That’s my choice for sure!

  12. I love and would buy the Yin and Yang Balinese Style Garnet and Silver Bracelet. Garnet is my birthstone and I love silver!

  13. If I will, I will probably get the Handcrafted Inspirational Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace or another silver necklace. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  14. I might get the “Guanajuato Flora Unique Mexican Floral Ceramic Bright and Multicolor Platter”.

  15. Everything at Novica is really beautiful… I have found the most unique water pitcher – it’s really a lovely piece of art. The blown glass Fresh Lemon Pitcher with ice chamber by Javier and Effren is a stunningly beautiful piece!

  16. I LOVE the Mexican Talavera pieces! I might choose a serving platter…or some bowls

  17. The Madonna Religious Oil Painting. I would love to have some real art on my walls (not coloring pages!)

  18. I’d get the Roly-Poly Tiger Cat Original Acrylic Surrealist Painting. It’s just so pretty!

  19. Such unique gift ideas! I would love to give the Enchanted Dragonfly earrings and the Elephant World bracelet. Lots of lovely pieces that are very nicely priced. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I’d buy the Party for HANG TEN
    Pink and Blue Single Parachute Hammock with Hanging Hooks
    November Chrysanthemum
    Hand Made Citrine Sterling Silver Ring

  21. I love the Cloud Castle Bridal Jewelry Sterling Silver Pearl Earrings from India. They are absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  22. I love the Green Beige Reversible Alpaca Coat with Hood & Gold Vermeil and Peridot Earrings. Thank you for introducing me to this website

  23. I might get the Buddha and Sapphire Elephant
    Handcrafted Ceramic Teapot, beautiful!

  24. Wow!!! There are so many beautiful things to choose from. I love the Gentle Dove Cotton sweater. It’s so beautiful. And they have gorgeous necklaces. They have so many great necklaces.. but my favorite necklace is Mekong Belle
    Blue Torsade Necklace Wood Beaded Jewelry. I really hope I win this one!

  25. There is so much to choose from, I would have to look forever but one cool thing I saw was the Love Immemoral necklace.

  26. There’s so much to pick from!! I would pick something from the Animal Themed section. Probably something with an owl!

  27. If I won I would get the Happiness Tourmaline gemstone tree. It is beautiful and would be a wonderful addition to our living room.

  28. I like the idea of those spirit houses so I would either get one of those or a sunny sea vase.

  29. I would buy the Red White and Blue Reverse Painted Glass Decorative Boxes (Set of 3) if I won.

  30. I would get the Ocean HyacinthHand Painted Silk Batik Shawl and Flirt in BlackFair Trade Women’s Maxi Skirt. They are seriously so pretty!!

  31. There are so many lovely things at Novica! I would love the So Inclined silver and sodalite cocktail ring.

  32. If I won I would buy the Indian Morning Glory Handcrafted Jali Marble Jewelry Box. Its absolutely gorgeous!

  33. I love to collect nativity set. I really like the Holy Celebration
    Handcrafted Celadon Ceramic Nativity Figurines (set of 3).

  34. I love so many things that Novica offers. One is the Angel Wings, Sterling silver filigree dangle earrings.

  35. So many beautiful things! I would get the Sterling Silver and Brass Rainbow Moonstone Ring.

  36. i would get the Buddha and Sapphire ElephantHandcrafted Ceramic Teapot for my mom for christmas

  37. I’d get the Shimmering Confetti
    Gemstone Cuff Bracelet in Sterling Silver from India

  38. I would get the Splendid Colors
    Handcrafted Sterling Silver Multigem Cocktail Ring from the Bali collection!

  39. I love the gifts for Jesus wooden nativity set! I’d have to throw in a few extra bucks, but it’d be so worth it!

  40. I would like to have the Thai Elephant Parade on Brown
    Hand Woven Sedge Shoulder Bag with Leather Accents

  41. I LOVE the Quetzal jade bird earrings. I’m sure I could find some coordinating pieces to go with them too!

  42. If I won I’d get Gentle DoveHand Crafted Peace and Calm Sterling Silver Bird Necklace.

  43. Hello! I think that I would want to get the Artisan Crafted Geometric Rug. Thank you for the chance!

  44. Thanks for the offering this awesome contest, Deb! Novica is a super place to find tons of goodies! ;-) I think I’d use the $75.00 to go toward the “Midnight Blue” Blue Geometric Zapotec Wool Area Rug (2.5×5) by Mexican artist Mario Chávez . Such a lovely pattern & the blue tones are perfect!

  45. I would get the ‘Filigree Elephant’ Sterling silver pendant necklace if I won the Novica gift card.


  47. Well, one of the bazillion things I really like is the Blue Flame Blue Ikat Handwoven Cotton Tunic. I may have to get that…

  48. I have been eyeing the Tiger Trance necklace for a long time. I can’t afford it, but would be able to with the addition of this giftcard. Thanks for the chance.

  49. Awesome and unique giveaway! If I am lucky enough to win, I would buy a “Mother and Her Child” Hand Carved Suar Wood Sculpture!
    Thank You for the chance

  50. Oh my-this is the giveaway for me! I have been dreaming of one of their sweaters for years :) If I win, I would use the $75 GC towards the purchase of the Pink Magnificence Alpaca Blend Knitted Cardigan from Peru. Thanks!

  51. Ooooh, so much to choose from! I’d get the Mandarin Garden Bees: Mandarin Style Embroidered Leather Accent Shoulder Bag.

  52. Queen of Jaipur Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings Artisan Handmade in India – for my sister

  53. OH they have such beautiful jewelry!! I really love the Sacred White Lotus Sterling Silver and Pearl Pendant Necklace! That is so beautiful!!

  54. My mom has been caring for me while I recover from a broken leg so I would get her the gentle dove necklace and have enough left over to buy myself something too. Love the site. Cute décor and gifts.

  55. There are so many wonderful items! It was so much fun looking through all of the unique items available. I would use the gift card to get the recycled paper bowl decorative centerpiece. It would look great anywhere!

  56. I would purchase the Confetti Handblown Recycled Glass Tumbler Drinkware Set. It is beautiful.

  57. wow I have never shopped at before- such nice things! I think if I won I would apply the $75 towards one of the gorgeous throw rugs on there

    Kathryn C

  58. I would get these elephant earrings for my best friend!! Elephant Silhouettes
    Modern Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings

  59. Novica is my absolute favorite place to shop for unique gifts. I haven’t yet purchased anything for myself but I would love to have the Midnight Starlight Women’s Blue Batik Robe.

  60. man possibly the indian mirror…perhaps some jewelry – they have so much beautiful stuff!

  61. Cuzco Intrigue
    Alpaca Blend Sweater Poncho from Peru is my favorite item, even though it’s over the amount of GC.

  62. I like the Enchanted Dragonfly
    Handcrafted Indonesian Silver and Garnet Earrings
    Thanks for the contest.

  63. I would love to get the
    Ceara Sunshine
    Handmade Brazilian Cotton Striped Fabric Hammock (Single)

  64. Re: omg, my choice: Handcrafted Soapstone Leaf and Tree Candle Holder. Wow, $75 gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest.

  65. It’s hard to choose from so many beautiful items! I would get the Baby Sea Turtle Sterling Silver Button Earrings.

  66. I would love to use it to get the Jade Synchronicity Green Striped Cotton Shoulder Bag! Its beautiful! So many fabulous choices!

  67. I love all of the silver jewelry from Indonesia and would probably get the Pacific Glory Fair Trade Blue Topaz Solitaire Ring because the color and style is stunning.

  68. I would love to get Sequences red cotton throw pillows, also the Starlit galaxy pillows from India. Or maybe the Bali wedding couple statues. Thank you for chance.

  69. I would get some jewelry. It is hard for me to decide which ones because they are so beautiful!

  70. I’d buy the Cross of Jesus Mahogany Religious Wood Cross Wall Sculpture. Thank you for the chance :)

  71. So many unique things, I would spend the $75 I think I would get the hammock!! Many things caught my eye!!

  72. Thanks for the giveaway…we like the Talavera ceramic coffee cups, ‘Guanajuato Flora’ (set of 4) !!!

  73. I love the Grey Dove throw, it looks gorgeous and soft! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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