I'm very busy these days and find myself doing more and more of my shopping online. When I'm shopping, whether it's for myself or for a gift, my number one priority is that it's something unique, especially when it's for a gift. I want the gifts I give to brighten someone's day and be something that makes them feel truly special. Buying handmade gifts is a great way to ensure that the gift I'm giving is incredibly unique. When buying handmade, one of my favorite places to shop online is Novica.

Novica is a shopping site unlike others. You'll find handmade items from artisans all over the world. Not only do you find unbelievably beautiful jewelry, clothing and decor, you also get the satisfaction of supporting artisans from countries that might never have had the chance to showcase their wares were it not for Novica and National Geographic.

It astounds me that one person can create something as intricate as a statue like this.

One person does create art like that, though. Thanks to Novica, Ketut Taram from Bali can sell his unbelievable art online and gain more than extra income. He and others like him are able to gain respect as talented artists and gain customers and customer insights from around the globe.

Browsing Novica's selection of products can take hours. There is so much to see. I love perusing through the items and carefully selecting things that will make my loved ones oooh and aaah and feel special. The first item I received from Novica wasn't a gift. It was a necklace for myself that I'm insanely in love with.

The pearl strand necklace called "River of Gold" is absolutely one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. The artist is Sasina, from northern Thailand. I had recently broken one of my go-to necklaces and had been searching for something to replace it. This pearl necklace from Novica was the exact piece that I needed. It's elegance makes it easy to wear as a formal piece but, I can wear it with something simple for understated beauty. I truly love it. This is just one of the many amazing necklaces you'll find at Novica. You'll also find gorgeous earrings, as well as beautiful sterling silver jewelry.

The prices at Novica are very reasonable and I love the good feeling of helping to support these artisans from around the globe. Their wares are unique, ornate and exquisite. I highly recommend shopping with Novica for unique gifts that you or your loved one will cherish.

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