As the season of giving approaches, I've been thinking more intentionally about gifts this year. One of my go-to presents happens to check so many boxes that it's undeniably one of the best items on my list of favorites. Meet glassybaby.
Born in Seattle (check), it's a beautiful gift (check) that gives back to the community (check). Also, their wrapping is some of the best in town, so it happens to be a fantastic last-minute present for this busy time of year (check). It's also one of those places that I may accidentally also buy one for myself while I'm there (whoops).
So what makes them so special? So many things, the first of which is the one that captures your eye: their beautiful glow. These hand-blown glass votives are made by artisans right here in Seattle (I've seen them in action!) and it's not only fascinating process to watch, the result is equally special. I love knowing that every one of these items was made by these master artisans.
But behind the scenes, the story of their inception and growth is even more inspiring. The founder of glassybaby - and three time cancer survivor Lee Rhodes - created this company as a way to give back after seeing so many patients during her treatments who could barely afford their basic needs. With every sale, $3 goes to the glassybaby white light fund which has given nearly 10 million dollars back to non-profit organizations.
As for me, I love them for their color!! Or sometimes, lack thereof. Yes, of course I have plenty of white glassybaby around the house. What's amazing to me is how each white is so obviously different when lit. And I'm obsessed with the way they glow and they're the perfect little accent to vignettes. They are so substantial that they really stand well on their own, but my step-daughter loves clustering them on our dining table for special occasions. She too has become obsessed with them and I'm excited to be gifting her her first glassybaby of her own for Christmas this year.
One of the most charming aspects of these little beauties is their names. With so many to choose from, sometimes I let the names guide me to the right gift, rather than picking simply by color. Here are a few favorites...
I actually never thought about getting coal for everyone for Christmas, but it would be rather clever! I love 'little bear' and 'to the moon' as gifts for expecting or new mothers. Also, 'great oak for people who have been a source of strength, 'grace' for someone who is going through a tough time, 'muse' for someone you admire... the list goes on! I love that so many are open to interpretation while others, like 'thank you' need no explanation.
One of the best things about glassybaby as gifts is the fact that every time someone lights one, they will think of you, and the meaning behind it. Oh, and in case you're wondering? I'm giving myself 'breathe' this year to place in my new meditation space. A good reminder and a perfect way to add to this ritual in the new year.