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Nomadic Gifts presents a unique, modern & interactive gift that is designed to be regifted. Give it away & track it online forever.
The Messenger is a unique, modern & interactive gift designed to be re-gifted. Give it away & track it in our online map forever!
The Messenger is a unique, modern & interactive gift designed to be re-gifted. Give it away & track it in our online map forever!
140 backers pledged $15,577 to help bring this project to life.

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The Messenger: The First Regiftable Gift

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Give Them A Gift They Won't Keep.
...at least we hope they won't!

The Messenger is Designed to be Regifted.

Receive it.

Whether you receive your Messenger as a gift or buy it yourself to give away you may display it for a while with your note inside before gifting it to someone new.

Register Online.

Each Messenger has a unique ID number that allows you to register it online and set up your private profile. This will plot your location in our online map and begin your gifting legacy.

Give it Away.

When you are ready to give it away for a new occasion you will write a note of your own, place it inside and send it off to someone new. The Messenger is an excellent gift for any celebration; wedding, new baby, graduation or just to say "You are Awesome."

Track it Online. Forever.

Once you give it away, it is gone but not forgotten. You are now creating a Nomadic Gift Family! Our tracking system alerts you each time your Messenger is regifted so you can watch it travel for years to come. Perhaps your Messenger will even become a family heirloom that generations will enjoy following.

Where Will Your Messenger Travel?

Our online map encourages the regifting culture by inspiring you to actively see and interact with your new Nomadic Gifts Family. Connect with each new recipient by uploading photos and sharing messages. Everyone who has received it before you is awaiting to see where it goes next, so, don't keep it too long... if you love it, set it free!

Inspired by History.

The Messenger was inspired by the working pigeons that bravely carried messages across enemy lines during times of war. These intellegent birds (like their human counterparts) were often wounded, killed and even decorated with honors for their service.

Mobile Apps.

When you purchase our mobile app you have access to your own personal map anywhere you go! Easily document your experience by uploading photos and messages to share with your new Nomadic Gifts Family. 

For every mobile app sold, we will give $1 to charity. Cost TBD. So, every time the bird changes hands you have the chance to do some good in the world.

(Note: No need to buy the mobile app to participate, simply use your laptop!)

What is the Kickstarter Project Funding?

With the funds raised here on Kickstarter we will be able to take our beta mapping (and mobile) application into full effect. Additionally we will be able to purchase the molds needed to produce our inventory of Messengers as well as decals for the unique ID / tracking number. 

Molded from a Hand-carved Design.

The Messenger was also inspired by the concept of displaying your gift with the note inside. Ceramic artist Becky Kent hand-carved the sculpture to reflect her love for the timeless lines of MidCentury Modern lines. The center hole was carefully crafted to size in order to fit a small scroll-type note. 

In partnership with our ceramics team a mold was created to secure the smooth production process. In addition our bamboo box was sourced to custom fit The Messenger.

 The form was perfected and under-glaze decals were created so each Messenger is equipped with it's own unique ID number for tracking.

REWARDS:

NEW! $100 Service Fleet 

We’ve reached over 75% of our funding goal. With this milestone, Nomadic Gifts introduces the Service Fleet.

We have created custom designs to enhance your Messenger in honor of the Service people in your life. Each and every day they make a positive difference in our world for the lives of many. Compassionate, competent, serving as: Educators, EMT & Nurses, Firemen/Women, Peace Officers, Active Military and Veterans.

Use The Messenger to unite a flock in your service industry - forever connecting you to one another.

$10 Aqua Bird Postcard 

Thank you for believing in Nomadic Gifts! Your support means a lot to us and we wanna show it by sending you an artistic print postcard of the messenger floating in calm waters. Hang it on your wall as a thank you to yourself for supporting our little project OR write a note and mail it to someone special.

$20 Nomadic Gifts Caveman Koozie

Handmade Saddle Leather Koozie for a mason jar (included, with drinking lid, and sealing lid). Bring along chili, coffee, or a more exciting beverage of your choice. Grommet and carabiner (not shown) let you strap it on for any adventure! (Designed for Kickstarter only! Due to the handmade nature, each piece may have natural flaws and variations in color of leather, etc) 

$25 Women's & Men's SteamPunk Messenger Pigeon TShirt (S M L XL)

Check out the Steampunk version of The Messenger. Illustrated by the talented artist SquidDoodle. Women: One Color - Caribbean Blue. Men: One Color - Charcoal Grey.  Limited Quantity.

$79 The Messenger at Early Bird Discount! Beta Tester. Save $20. Limited Quantity.

As an early adopter, you will purchase The Messenger at a discounted rate and be the first (50) to receive it. This is our premier and complete product. In addition you will have access to a private forum where you are invited to share/discuss your experience with the online map and mobile app. We value your opinion and want you to help improve/shape the future of Nomadic Gifts.

$99 The Messenger. Premier Launch.

Buy our premier launch product, The Messenger. One bird in it's bamboo box. Set it free and begin your Nomadic Gift Legacy!

$297 Three Little Birds.

What's better than one bird? THREE. Receive three Messengers that ship for the price of one! Save money on shipping all three for yourself or find two friends to share the flock with. Three little birds, singing sweet songs...singing, this is my message to you, hoo, hoo.

$299 Custom Painted Messenger Series
by Artist Doug Forbes

Beautifully painted one of a kind originals. These limited editions are stand outs (and a bit of an experiment). We'd like to shout out and thanks Doug Forbes, stellar local Minneapolis artist and friend. He has painted one with a human heart, one with abstract geometric shapes and one with a tattooed hand holding the bird. It's not easy to photograph these in 360, but perhaps we will try to get better angles. (if they last that long!)

$595 Custom Paint Your Own Messenger. 
(Sip & Paint Party -Minnesota Only)

Purchase 5 birds and we will have them sent to Kari's Create & Paint Studio in Stillwater, MN. You and your friends will be able to custom paint your birds with your personalized artisan style! What a great way to "go in on it together" with the girls or family. In addition you'll have a great day painting together. Where will your personalized bird travel??? You will all have many years to talk about where your bird has traveled to. What a great connection to last a lifetime! MN represent!

$995 Commissioned Art & The Kitchen Sink.

You will receive the following:

_A Commissioned Messenger! Do you have something or someONE you wish to commemorate? We will hire a Nomadic Gifts partner/artist to customize your bird.6

_A very awesome 2D replica of your commissioned Messenger: go to Fractureme.com to see what avenue we are considering... watch the "Story" section for updates, we might find something more worthy of your generous pledge...

This is a great way to pay tribute to something or someone important to you. Send your artistic & personalized message out into the world.

You will also receive the following:

_A Thank You on Our Website.

_One Aqua-Print Postcard.

_A set of His and Hers T-shirts.

(Note: due to the handmade nature please expect and welcome slight flaws & imperfections)

Phew!

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Risks and challenges

The logistical risks of this project have all been minimized.

#1. We have worked hard for two years to source materials, build a ceramic/production team and solidify our manufacturing process for The Messenger. We are not just working with a prototype, we have secured a modest preliminary inventory. Additionally, we have a solid bead on how many birds per week we can ship. We just need you to set them free to travel the world!

#2. It took us over 18 months to find the right resources for developing our map and apps and building the framework for the interactive demo. Kickstarter funding will allow us to bring it to completion.
( www.trackmymessenger.com )

The real risk with this project, however, is larger than the Kickstarter campaign itself. The Messenger is a push towards a more inclusive future for gift giving, where you continue to interact and make connections through your gifting legacy. It does require that the gift you receive will not be yours for long.

Some people may struggle with this new regifting culture, so please choose your recipients wisely and encourage the regift. Our biggest challenge is to effectively communicate how it works, and the importance of the regift. Your participation in this cultural shift is what will make Nomadic Gifts successful!

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    GOOD JU-JU for YU
    Thank you for your support! We love you. Your name will go on our website as a supporter. We will read every name out loud as we drive cross-country.

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    AQUA BIRD POSTCARD
    Thank you for believing in Nomadic Gifts! Your support means a lot to us and we want to thank you by sending you an artistic print/postcard of the messenger floating in blue waters. Hang it on your wall as a thank you to yourself for supporting our little project or write a note and mail it to someone you love.

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    CAVEMAN KOOZIE
    Handmade Saddle Leather Koozie fitted for a mason jar (jar included: with drinking lid and sealing lid). Bring along chili, coffee, or a more exciting beverage of your choice! Grommet and carabiner let you strap it on to any adventure! Handmade and flawed, we will burn our logo into the leather.

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    TSHIRT - WOMEN
    Check out the Steampunk version of The Messenger. Illustrated by the talented artist SquidDoodle. (facebook.com/SquidDoodleArt)

    One Color: Caribbean Blue (S M L XL XXL)

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    TSHIRT - MEN
    Check out the Steampunk version of The Messenger. Illustrated by the talented artist SquidDoodle.

    One Color: Charcoal Gray (S M L XL XXL)

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    THE MESSENGER
    EARLY BIRD - BETA TESTER
    As an early adopter, you will purchase The Messenger at a discounted rate and be the first (50) to receive it. One bird in it's bamboo box.

    In addition you will have access to a private forum where you are invited to share/discuss your experience with the online map and mobile app. We value your opinion and want you to help improve/shape the future of Nomadic Gifts.

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    THE MESSENGER
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    THE MESSENGER - SERVICE FLEET
    Buy our premier launch product with one of the five Service Fleet designs. One bird in it's bamboo box. Set it free and begin your Nomadic Gift Legacy!

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    THE MESSENGER
    EARLY BIRD - BETA TESTER + SREVICE FLEET BADGE + STEAMPUNK T (WOMEN)
    As an early adopter, you will purchase The Messenger at a discounted rate and be the first (50) to receive it with the Service Fleet Badge of your choice. One bird in it's bamboo box. You will also receive a Signature series (kickstarter only) TShirt!

    In addition you will have access to a private forum where you are invited to share/discuss your experience with the online map and mobile app. We value your opinion and want you to help improve/shape the future of Nomadic Gifts.

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    THREE LITTLE (EARLY) BIRDS
    EARLY BIRD - BETA TESTER
    As an early adopter, you will purchase The Messenger at a discounted rate and be the first (50) to receive it. Three Messengers ship for the price of shipping one! Set them free and begin your Nomadic Gift Legacy! (discount is in 3-pack shipping)

    In addition you will have access to a private forum where you are invited to share/discuss your experience with the online map and mobile app. We value your opinion and want you to help improve/shape the future of Nomadic Gifts.

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    THREE LITTLE EARLY BIRDS (International)
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    THREE LITTLE BIRDS (USA)
    Three Messengers ship for the price of shipping one! 3 little birds, singing sweet songs, singing, this is my message to you, you, you. Set them free and begin your Nomadic Gift Legacy! (discount is in 3-pack shipping)

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    THREE LITTLE BIRDS (International)
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    SIGNATURE SERIES BY DOUG FORBES
    #1. Forbes :: Abstract

    Minneapolis Artist, Doug Forbes, has painted three little birds with his signature art. Each of these birds are unique and there are only three available! Check left to see the photos.

    (Note: due to the handmade nature please expect and welcome slight flaws & imperfections)

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    SIGNATURE SERIES BY DOUG FORBES
    #2. Forbes :: Heart
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    SIGNATURE SERIES BY DOUG FORBES
    #3. Forbes :: Hand

    Minneapolis Artist, Doug Forbes, has painted three little birds with his signature art. Each of these birds are unique and there are only three available! Check left to see the photos.

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    THREE LITTLE SERVICE FLEET BIRDS (USA)
    Three Messengers ship for the price of shipping one! 3 little birds with our Service Fleet design. Set them free and begin your Nomadic Gift Legacy! (discount is in 3-pack shipping)

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    CREATE & PAINT YOUR OWN MESSENGER PARTY
    Purchase 5 birds and we will have them sent to Kari's Create & Paint Studio in Stillwater, MN.

    Split this package with your friends/family and be able to custom paint your birds with your personalized artisan style! What a great way to "go in on it together" and have an awesome day painting with people you love.

    You will all have many years to talk about where your personalized bird has traveled to. What a great connection to last a lifetime!

    (Note: This reward is in Partnership with Kari's Create & Paint Studio in Stillwater MN. This is limited to MN we cannot make arrangements for you to paint at another studio.)

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    COMMISSIONED ART & THE KITCHEN SINK.

    You will receive the following:

    _A Commissioned Messenger! You will request a theme or someone/something you wish to commemorate. We will hire a Nomadic Gifts partner/artist to customize your bird.

    This is a great way to pay tribute to something or someone important to you. Send your artistic & personalized message out into the world.

    _A very awesome 2D replica of your commissioned Messenger.

    This is a great way to keep something for yourself. You will be able to hang a stylish replica of your Messenger on your wall, while you give away the custom design.

    You will also receive:

    _A Thank You on Our Website.

    _One Aqua-Print Postcard.

    _A Digital Wallpaper.

    _A set of His and Hers T-shirts.

    (Note: due to the handmade nature please expect and welcome slight flaws & imperfections)

    Phew!

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Funding period

- (30 days)