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More gifts that give back + a giveaway!

For the last few years, my mom hasn’t wanted anything for Christmas — and she means it. She had a realization a few years back that she already had a house FILLED with stuff, much of it which she was already trying to give away, so why keep adding to it? Do you find this is true with your own parents too? I think people get to an age and if they want something, they just get it for themselves. Makes sense and definitely helps prevent a pile up of junk, but it presents a conundrum for the gift giver.

Luckily, my mom has come up with the perfect solution. She asks me to donate money for farm animals through the charity World Vision each year. Certainly a unique gift; it’s fun giving her a card that says something along the lines of “Thanks for your donation of five chickens and a goat.” She gets a kick out of it!

However, there are times I still wish I could get her something tangible, despite her protestations. So I was glad to learn about the company NOVICA a few short weeks ago. In association with National Geographic, NOVICA is an organization that finds artisans from all over the world, then gives them a way to sell their pieces online. All fair trade. And you can even learn about the person that created the item you buy! There’s a huge assortment of things on the website, ranging from accessories for guys and gals alike (like scarves), to jewelry, to furniture, to art work, to home goods to rugs. Check out just some of the pretty I found:

This holiday, the kind folks at NOVICA are giving one vmac+cheese reader a $75 gift certificate! Use it for a gift…or spend it on yourself (I won’t tell!).

To enter, just leave a comment below. Say hi, say what you’d order — doesn’t matter! For extra entries, you can:

1) Follow me on Twitter 

2) Like me on Facebook

3) Follow NOVICA on Twitter

4) Like Novica on Facebook

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. If you already follow or like me or NOVICA, leave a comment anyway letting me know you do! The giveaway will close this Sunday, December 11, at 11:59pm Pacific time. I’ll announce a winner later next week. Good luck and happy shopping!

71 Responses

  1. What a great giveaway! I would get the Ceramic cups and saucers, ‘The Invitation’ (set for 4)! They’re absolutely gorgeous.

  2. I follow you on FB :)

  3. I follow Novica on FB!

  4. Your mom sounds wonderful! This is a great idea

  5. Such a great cause and amazing pieces!

  6. I follow you on Twitter :)

  7. I follow NOVICA on Twitter :)

  8. This is a great idea for Christmas gifts!!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Great giveaway! I’d love to get a mirror from them. Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. I love those elephant book stops and that chevron rug!

  11. I like novica on fb

  12. I like vmac on fb

  13. The wild horses book ends are one of my favorite items!

  14. I follow you on Twitter

  15. Love this giveaway!! I would def. get one of those scarves you posted, so pretty!!

  16. I follow you on twitter :)

  17. and of course I like your FB page too!!

  18. My mom is absolutely the same, wants to get rid of “stuff” so impossible to buy for! Thanks for the good ideas. I love that hand sculpture!

  19. Love all their throws, would make great gifts.

  20. I love that you donate for your mom’s gift, so brilliant! My parents have been saying that same thing for *years*…this might be the perfect solution!

  21. Wow – what amazing pieces. Love finding shops like this where you can multi-task – get amazing products, but do good at the same time!! Great find, thank you for sharing!

  22. i’m loving the tea sets (among other things!) love that you’re sharing gifts that give back.

  23. and i follow you on twitter, of course. :)

  24. Any of these items would make a great gift : )

  25. Such a sweet idea! Your mom sounds amazing.

  26. this is a great alternative to a traditional gift. I would love a beautiful mirror

  27. This is so exciting! I’ll have to check this out for gifts!

  28. what fabulous items!! i would choose the turqoise ring.

  29. ps i follow you on twitter

  30. ps i liked you on facebook

  31. ps i follow novica on twitter

  32. ps i liked novica on facebook

  33. I’d love to win it and already following in twitter..

  34. Margaritas? Yes please! I love Novica! They have great stuff! Love the ceramics!

  35. ooh…i hope i win!

  36. That website is amazing!! Thank you for sharing! I might be able to find something special for my mom too!!

  37. Such pretty scarves! You always have the best giveaways. I loved the quote in your most recent post, too. Words to live by!

  38. love the concept, and the pay it forward concept. great giveaway!

  39. also follow you on fb.

  40. follow you on twitter, too!

  41. This is exactly the kind of gift & company I need! Such a great idea, thanks for the introduction !!

  42. And I’m now following you on twitter. Dunno how I wasn’t before!

  43. I couldn’t agree more – and what a great giveaway!

  44. Victoria – This is a great idea. I agree. My mom and dad have everything. And, my mom is trying to push ‘stuff’ off on me too. I liked and followed you and Novica on fb twitter. I love your collage too – you are so great at them :)

  45. I love this!! What a great idea!

  46. I already have a list of the ones I especially like. I even posted my favorite on my fb page.
    Thanks so much for sharing this great source!

  47. I would get the turquoise elephant teapot. It’s pretty adorable!

  48. Oh, and I like your blog on facebook!

  49. Whoops now I follow novica on twitter as well!

  50. cute stuff from Novica! love your curated round-up!

  51. They have gorgeous stuff! What a neat concept!

  52. Following you on twitter!

  53. Following Novica on FB!

  54. Following Novica on Twitter!

  55. I love their hammocks!

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  56. Following you on Twitter as @DuckyBunny

    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

  57. Following Novica on Twitter as @DuckyBunny

    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

  58. Like you on FB as sarah linette
    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

  59. Like Novica on FB as sarah linette.
    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

  60. I would love win!!!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  61. I follow novica via facebook!
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  62. i follow novica on twitter
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  63. i like your page on fb
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  64. i follow you on twitter
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  65. of course i follow you on the twits!

  66. and on FB —- hook a girl up that needs to furnish a house!!! :)

  67. and here’s my just because entry oxox

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