VDay Gifting: Pretty in Pink, Baby

Forget flowers, chocolates and diamond earrings (OK, maybe we’ll take the earrings) — when it comes to our ideal Valentine’s Day gifts, we prefer something with a bit more purpose. And thanks to beloved Seattle-based blown-glass extraordinaire, glassybaby, we’ve found it.

The smooch, a perfectly pretty in pink glass, serves a more important function than just holding candles, flowers or whatever-you-please. For the month of February, glassbaby is donating 10 percent of smooch sales to Seattle Children’s Family Resource Center, a place where families with children being cared for at Children’s can go for sleep, support, necessities, information and — most importantly — a little TLC.

The promotion was developed in partnership with The Spellman Company, a local marketing and PR firm, to honor the brief life of the firm founder Margo Spellman’s great-niece, nine-year-old Charlotte Sutphen (“Cha Cha”), who passed away last fall after her own battle at Children’s.

It’s a poignant tie-in considering the first glassybaby created (in 1998) was done so during founder Lee Rhodes’ 7-year battle with a rare form of lung cancer as a way to escape from the fear and stress of it all with a few moments of candle-lit serenity.

The original intention of the glassybaby remains — so purchase one for that special someone (including yourself) and relax a little easier knowing you’re helping a family in emotional distress do the same.