Announces its Global Collection of Handmade "Holiday Gifts and Christmas Ornaments that Make a Difference"

Peacock-themed Christmas ornaments from Peru at

“Andean Peacocks,” set of four engraved gourd ornaments at, handmade by Katya and Blanca Canto in Peru.

Celadon ceramic holiday decor nativity scene from Thailand at

“Siam Holy Birth,” a ten-piece handmade celadon ceramic nativity scene at, crafted by Duangkamol Srisukri in Thailand.

Christmas gift retablo artwork from Peru at

“Nativity in the Highlands,” Christmas manger retablo diorama at, handmade by Julio Gallardo in Peru.

The world’s largest online impact marketplace brings handmade holiday gifts with cultural significance and meaningful stories to shoppers across the globe

There are few shopping experiences as wondrous, compelling, inspiring and mission-driven as”

— Catherine Ryan, NOVICA's spokesperson and traveling "Wander Woman"

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, November 2, 2021 / — Wishing for holiday gifts and décor that will impress and inspire, while also making a positive impact around the world?, the world’s largest online impact marketplace, today announced the launch of its 2021 curation of authentic, meaning-filled, culturally-themed fair trade gifts and holiday décor from far-distant lands.

For the holidays each year, the popular do-good website ramps up its offerings of unique gifts, ornaments and decorations handmade by artisans in developing nations – from exquisite handmade jewelry and apparel, to handcrafted décor and collectibles.

NOVICA seamlessly connects shoppers with thousands of featured master artisans in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, bringing a world of impassioned fair trade shoppers into artisans’ remote home workshops via the Internet. Shoppers (and their gift recipients) learn about each artisan personally, and read about the cultural significance and/or inspiration crafted into each handmade treasure. NOVICA’s eight international offices manage all transactions, meticulously overseeing quality, gift wrapping, packaging and prompt shipping to individual customers.

“There are few shopping experiences as wondrous, compelling, inspiring and mission-driven as,” said NOVICA’s “Wander Woman” Catherine Ryan, who helped launch NOVICA twenty-one years ago. Ryan, a former political and human rights journalist, has journeyed through more than 50 nations so far. She serves as NOVICA’s spokesperson, and works closely with NOVICA’s regional and editorial teams, helping share in-depth artisan stories and updates with NOVICA customers worldwide.

“We still get goosebumps every day when we learn about another artisan’s life we’ve helped change for the better, or hear that they’ve received greater respect or new awards for their work, or that their kids are now the first in their village to attend university – thanks to increased sales that NOVICA facilitates,” Ryan said, adding, “These many uplifting stories are constant, so gratifying, and the result of our impassioned customers who deeply appreciate world arts, traditional cultures and indigenous art forms.”

Sisters Katya and Blanca Canto in Peru are among the master artisans offering culturally-themed holiday gifts and décor at The sisters engrave and paint traditional mate gourds into exquisite Christmas tree ornaments. Their artistic technique dates back to the pre-Inca Moche and Chimu peoples.

“We feel proud that our art transcends our borders, and to be recognized for our work,” said Katya Canto, speaking from her home in Peru, continuing, “We're proud of this ancestral art that we continue to develop, keeping alive a tradition that is born from the soul and mind. Through this art, we pay tribute to our family and our people. Each mate gourd carries a part of our soul and heart. We want to inspire young people, and tell them that, as long as we have stories to tell, our art will never die."

Thai ceramic artist Duangkamol Srisukri offers handmade ceramic nativity scenes at, in addition to exquisite gift vases and other ceramic art. "Each piece that I work on involves hours of reading and researching to get the most accurate details,” Srisukri said from her workshop in Thailand. “Once details have been fully collected, after many trials, a masterpiece is completed. Having my work featured on NOVICA is very good because people can enjoy seeing our beautiful works of art while sitting at home in front of their computers… an indescribable experience.”

Srisukri eschews the chemicals common to modern celadon ceramic production, preferring instead to use ancient natural processes for glazing. Her natural glazes are made from wood ash and straw ash, materials that have been used for generations to create the distinctive crackle finish particular to this ceramic tradition.

Julio Gallardo is another artisan creating unique gifts for the holidays, including whimsical nativity scene retablos. "I'm very passionate about my creations, since they reflect my Peruvian culture – our traditions, our people, the streets and country of my birth," Gallardo said, adding, "My future plans are to make my workshop bigger, with more innovations. I dream of exhibiting my works around the world, and becoming one of the best in my field. I am determined to work very hard so my son will be very proud of his father, and my wonderful family will be part of this dream. I thank NOVICA for opening the doors of the world to show that Peruvian art is of value and beautiful."

NOVICA is the largest online impact marketplace in the world. Mission-driven to empower artisans and preserve cultures worldwide, NOVICA features the biographies and creations of thousands of master artisans who sell a selection of more than 100,000 limited edition fair trade treasures to retail customers at Offerings range from handmade jewelry and apparel, to handwoven rugs and tapestries, to hand-carved decor, collectibles, original fine art and unique gifts. NOVICA is headquartered in Los Angeles, with eight Artisan Empowerment Hubs around the world. NOVICA pioneered this massive, direct artisan-to-consumer online gallery concept in the year 1999. In 2020, NOVICA expanded into the subscription box world when it acquired Love Goodly, one of the most trusted and award-winning subscription boxes in the clean beauty space. In September 2021, NOVICA launched the Undiscovered Box ( – a quarterly, regionally-themed, curated subscription to ethically crafted, handmade global treasures. In November 2021, NOVICA expanded its reach into Canada by launching a dedicated sister site, To date, NOVICA has sent more than $115 million directly to artisans in developing nations.

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Source: EIN Presswire