It’s almost wedding season. It seems like once you pass the age of 24 every summer you have at least two friends getting hitched. With all these weddings a gal could go crazy trying to keep up with department store registries and bridal shower themes. A couple years ago I decided to go my own route with gifts and try to be a bit more original and unexpected. In my experience my favorite gifts that I have received have always been something I love but might not buy for myself… either because of budgeting or simply because I was not aware of it. My gift of choice this summer is going to be a matching set of votive candleholders from glassybaby in Seattle. With a store just up the road in Madrona and more then 70 colors to choose from I know I can find something for every bride on my calendar. The company was started in 2001 by Seattle native Lee Rhoades and has since grown to sort of a secret staple on the tables of some of your favorite Seattle restaurants. According to Lee: “As glasses, glassybaby are beautiful and useful: they act as cups and goblets, and the transparent colors are ideal for this job. glassybaby are dishwasher safe and are practically indestructible when you drop them… a glassybaby creates an aura of love and good that fills the heart of anyone.” How lovely is that? In the season of love what could be better then gifting the aura of love? And I can personally attest to their durability because, being a natural klutz, during a recent trip to the store I did happen to drop one, on a hard wood floor no less, and the sucker did not break! I’ll be toting a pair to my dear cousin Erika’s wedding in Detroit this June (that’s right I said Detroit in June) in an incredible shade called “Jane’s Caramel” that, when lit, glows a warm golden orange reminiscent of the sky just after the sun sets. So beautiful!