for Something Special
Web sites that offer unique products and
by Laura Emery, Field Editor
Looking for something a little bit different? The World Wide Web
gives you access to an incredible array of unique items from all across the
globe! Here are some suggested sites for finding that out-of-the-ordinary
special something ...
Novica.com, part of the National Geographic family, was
founded in 1998 to empower artists in developing countries by providing them
with a global marketplace — helping to cultivate a resurgence in traditional
cultures and art forms by making it economically feasible, in many cases,
for artisans to return to their native crafts. NOVICA.com artists set their
own prices and have their own web pages on the site.
Visitors can purchase thousands of exotic items,
including hand-thrown ceramic vases from Venezuela, alpaca tapestries and
flutes from the Andes, hand-dyed linens and cushions from Indonesia, exotic
carvings from Brazil, handwoven clove baskets from Bali, wire art from
Zimbabwe, original oil paintings and djembe drums from Ghana, and handwoven
traditional clothing from around the world. All 2,000 master artisans are
profiled and pictured on the website, and each purchase arrives on the
customer’s doorstep with a biography of the artisan who made it.
At UncommonGoods.com, you’ll find anything but ordinary
housewares, gifts and personal accessories. Combining the treasures of a
specialty boutique, the great finds of a craft show and the discoveries of a
faraway bazaar, the website offers an exciting collection of products for
yourself, your home or for anyone on your gift list.
Some of the specific items carried on the site include:
footprint-casting kits, recycled jewelry, pizza scissors, write-on mugs, Tom
Sawyer book birdhouses, city plates, pee-pee teepees, beechwood flashlights,
peculiar pet pillows, and super magnetic putty. These truly are uncommon
goods at reasonable prices.
Founded in 2001 by a group of
industry professionals, SilverShake.com is a one-stop online silver
jewelry store, combining a huge selection of up-to-date,
high-quality silver jewelry with customer service and professional advice.
The website’s goal is simple: Offer in-trend, finely finished sterling
silver jewelry for realistic prices, while maintaining 100-percent customer
satisfaction. At SilverShake.com, you will find one of the largest online
selections of fine sterling silver jewelry — with up to 1,000 new stylish
designs added every month. And if you’re not happy with your purchase,
SilverShake.Com offers a 30-day return policy.
This is a unique children’s online toy store. With over
800 unusual toys, you’re sure to find something of interest here. Toys
featured include: Tiddly Winks, Zibbies, Giant Microbes, buzzing magnets,
Crocodile Dentist, Flip ‘n’ Stack Monkeys, Froggy Boogie, Light Up Techno
Tazer, Pulsar Ball, Newton’s Cradle, Pickup Sticks, Peek-a-Boo Turtle, and
This is a home-decor website featuring wall tapestries,
theme throw blankets, and pillows. They offer unique items, such as
personalized, woven tapestry throw blankets; blankets and wall hangings
created from favorite photos — e.g. family, pet, sports team, vacation
memory — the list is endless. They also offer complimentary gift service,
embroidered personalization, and same-day shipping nationwide on all
in-stock throws and tapestries.
Catering mostly to men, the website motto says: “You
don’t quit playing because you get old, you get old because you quit
playing! Having fun is serious business.” When searching this website, you
can browse a variety of main categories such as sports, games, tools,
collectibles, leather, doormats, retro music gifts, billiards, etc. This
website makes it easy for visitors to choose that perfect gift for the
special men in their lives.