I hadn’t lived in Seattle for long before I noticed that every home seems to have identical taste in interior décor – at least when it came to the beautiful glass votives in hundreds of different colors that adorn Seattle windowsills and coffee tables. If you’re looking for a special Seattle souvenir to take home for yourself or as a gift for friends or family, a glassybaby is the thing to get.
Handmade by local glass blowers, glassybabys come in more than 400 different colors with catchy names like: ‘fearless’, ‘grateful red’, and ‘everlasting’. Most of them are monochrome, but you’ll also find multicolored beauties like ‘chesapeake’ with interchanging nuances of seaweed and deep ocean blue.
The glassybabys aren’t cheap, but keep in mind that they’re handmade and thus unique. Moreover, 10 per cent of the sales benefit charitable organizations that help people fight illnesses as well as support environmental and animal welfare organizations.
Like their product, the story behind the company is quite unique. Founded by Lee Rhodes in 2001 after she successfully fought cancer, her vision was to create a beautiful object while at the same time giving back to the community, most notably by helping others who are fighting illness without the support that she had from her family and friends.
So, not only do you get to take home a beautiful handmade object, you also contribute to support local artisans and benefit charitable organizations, which, in its essence, is very Seattle!
Tip: You can also buy them at Sea-Tac airport.