Christmas Gifts from NOVICA – Bless Your Loved One AND a Stranger

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Moms are difficult to buy for, nicht war?  We say, “Oh, you don’t need to get me anything.”  But of course, we would love to have something, we just don’t want to put that sort of obligation on our kids.

My mom loves my Cheesy Herb Bread, but I’ve given that to her every year for awhile now.  I really wanted to up my game this Christmas.

I was thrilled when NOVICA offered me a $50 gift card in exchange for an honest review of their website.  Mom and I both love NOVICA because of their unique, handmade gifts.

Christmas gifts from NovicaNOVICA sells unique, fair trade items that are handmade by artisans around the world. NOVICA’s mission is to spread happiness to its artisans.  To date, NOVICA has sent over $64.2 million to artisans in eight regions around the world.

Spoiler Alert: Mom, if you’re reading this, please don’t scroll any further or it will spoil your Christmas present 🙂

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I ordered “Jade Bouquet”, a lacquered wood box from Thailand, as part of my Christmas gift for my mom.  Look how it came right out of the shipping box. The gift wrap is simple, but beautiful.  In addition, there is a little postcard from Thailand – on the back is a hand-written thank you note from the artist.  The little card to the left has a quote from the artist and a description of the box

Jade Bouquet: Thailand’s Nantana Sompamitre designs a floral composition detailed in green for the design of this decorative box. Hand-carved of mango wood, the etched images are underscored by glossy black lacquer.

Here’s a photo of the top of the box:

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And  here’s one of the sides:

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Isn’t it beautiful?  I am so impressed with the quality and craftsmanship!!  I would highly recommend NOVICA for unique gifts for your loved ones, or even something special for yourself!!

Shhh – here’s the super, super secret part of Mom’s gift:

I mean, I can’t give her an empty box, can I?

I decided to make it a “thank you” box.  I took a roll of adding machine tape and cut twelve strips, each about three inches long.  I wrote something I am thankful for or something I admire about my mom on each strip.

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Then I wrapped each little note around a pen until it made a scroll.

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Lastly, I tied each little scroll with satin ribbon and placed them in the box:

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I hope she likes it!!

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I received a promotional gift from NOVICA in exchange for an honest review through US Family Guide.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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Storybook Valley #1
Stacy Juba
Released November 9th, 2015
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What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella’s toes?

When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom.

First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.


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Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme
Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a
burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In
addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series,
Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette
for kids, and determined women sleuths. She has had a novel ranked as #5 in the
Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. 
When she’s not visiting
theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers),
or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts
through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is currently writing the next book
in the Storybook Valley Series, Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty.