And even though I have traveled some (and will continue to do so), there is no possible way that I will get to experience what it is like in all of the various nations that are out there. The chance of me being able to not only meet the people, but see their way of life and the handcrafted works of art that they create to support themselves is slimmer than slim.
Unless I spend time browsing NOVICA. Because there I know that, through my computer, I'll be united with thousands of master artists from around the world and have the ability to select from more than 30,000 handmade works of art to incorporate into my own life.
Founded over a decade ago as an online, fair-trade marketplace, NOVICA now offers limited edition and one-of-a-kind handcrafted works of art that are each stunning in their own way. Carrying everything from handcrafted necklaces to hand-sewn apparel to unique home decor that you're not going to find in a store near you, NOVICA not only gives you the ability to find something for you or the unique gifts that you're looking for, but you'll be helping others.
NOVICA has already succeeded in helping change the lives of tens of thousands of people in developing nations by sending $46,000,000 to artisans around the world — a number that I find both inspiring and extremely impressive.
So while you may just think that the tableware or vases are lovely, NOVICA has provided a way for the artisans who created them to earn personal recognition and receive real-world prices for their work.
Now that just makes each gift even a little more beautiful, doesn't it?
And although I have always enjoyed browsing the gorgeous works of art that NOVICA has to offer, on my most recent visit I was pleasantly surprised to find that the site itself had received a beautiful makeover. As well as searching through broad categories such as New Arrivals, Customer Favorites or For Her, you are now able to quickly click directly to specifics such as Oil Paintings, Men's Jewelry or Handbags.
You're also able to easily find great options such as Last Minute Gifts (that don't take as long to ship from across the globe)...
...or pinpoint exactly which pieces from NOVICA's Wedding Collection will be perfect for the bride, bridal party, groom or groomsmen.
Plus, as well as shopping the clothing, handbags, collectibles and more that NOVICA has to offer, I appreciate that their new website also makes it easy to discover different ways that each of us can impact artisans around the world.
When it comes to shopping for an item that is distinct as well as good-looking, NOVICA has a huge selection that is sure to provide plenty of options. But, of course, the fact that by shopping there you can help make a difference in improving lives and preserving traditional crafts worldwide just means that you (or your recipient) can be even a little more satisfied with your purchase.
The next time you start shopping online, be sure to start at NOVICA.com and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Plus, thanks to the generosity of NOVICA, one person will be able to browse the handcrafted works of art to choose their favorite, because...
One lucky person will win a $40 gift certificate to NOVICA!
A big thank you to NOVICA for providing a gift certificate for me as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.