NOTE: Since writing and publishing this post, I received a large bill from the delivery company for the duty tax on the item I received from Novica. Buyer beware: I was charged the same amount as I would have paid for the item. If you are prepared to pay for the item, a hefty shipping fee AND a large duty tax fee, go ahead, but I would not recommend it!
It’s funny as I look back over my years celebrating (or not) Valentine’s Day and how my wishes have changed so much. 11 years ago when M and I met I wanted grand gestures: jewellery, something heartfelt, a romantic picnic, a poem recited to me. These days, all I want is a house cleaned for me, a dinner cooked for me and something new for the house. Boring? Maybe. Definately over my 20′s? Absolutely. Or simpler requests, because I’m more content with life? Perhaps.
This year I pined for and am receiving a cushion cover. Yes very different from a mushy poem recital, a candlelit dinner and a walk along the beach! As we just moved in December and are still getting through student life debt any small thing for our apartment to make it more cosy is heartily welcomed.
As we share a joint love for travelling, I love filling our house with things we’ve collected from all over the world and one of my 2013 resolutions was to be more mindful about purchases: ie. making more ‘green’ purchases. I came across Novica recently and found a store worth making purchases at. Novica is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites*.
Novica work in conjunction with National Geographic giving opportunities to artisans from all corners of the world a place to sell their items. Novica sells hundreds of fair trade gifts, accessories, jewelry and home decor items and have wonderful sales and discount offers. They include great gift ideas for those special people in your life such as the green co-worker, the difficult-to-gift husband (like mine!), the friend who can’t get enough fair trade jewellery, and the green thumb relative to name a few!
Here are my personal picks for Valentines Day gifts:
Coffee Bean Cushion Cover (this is my gift!)
And get this: you can still order now and get gifts on the 17th, so to the men who are a bit slow off the mark, never fear, you can still be only three days late! And we won’t complain!
Have a wonderful Valentines Day!