Valentines Day: St. Valentines Day or simply Valentines day is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentinus. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. It is celebrated in countries around the world, mostly in the West, although it remains a working day in all of them. The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
For all of us gentlemen in the audience we know how hard it can be when it comes to picking the right gift. Year after year countless men seal their fates; purchasing copious boxes of chocolates, flowers, and knick-knack jewelry, Not This Year. Why not go the extra mile and pick up some of that tasty boro-silicate goodness she’s always railing on you for spending all of your money on.
The IgniteMe Crew has worked tirelessly through the night to bring you a taster of just some of the great glass you can buy for that special lady in your life. And the best part is, you know she’s going to love it!
1. HackySacky Glass: Hello Kitty Slide Sets
It’s no secret HackySacky makes some of the most awesome glass out there, and the great thing is she does her own take on it. Being both a female glassblower and from Japan most of her pieces are “Kawaii” style (Japanese for Cute), making everyone from decadent cream pies to high-heeled shoes. If you’re looking for a little add on for your ladies piece this is the one, made with it’s own stand Hello Kitty can sit at her desk or by her bedside and when the time comes to smoke the head can be easily removed and used as a slide for herbal blends.
2. Mike Philpot: Pink Mini Tube
Mike Philpot has been making some outrageous creations! A student and shop-mate of HAMM. Like his sensei Philpot has taken the same approach to the water pipe, using natural diffusion techniques to achieve the most optimal percolation. This mini tube is not much taller than a bic lighter, making it perfect for that concentrate lover in your life… and hey, it’s pink too!
3. SNOB & LaceFace: Flower Tube Collab #1
Over the recent weeks LaceFace has been in the Netherlands teaming up with IgniteMe vet Hans Meijer of SNOB glass, the results of this collab are “epic” to put it lightly. The first tube made during the collab features a beautiful flower which flows from the outside to the inside of the piece acting as a circ perc. The entire set comes with a dish, dabber, and a flip-top dish.
4. Illadelph Glass: Pink Coil
Illadelph has taken the utmost pride in all of their glass, so when it came to making an Illadelph for her the team didn’t spare any expense. An all pink/clear beaker bottomed tube attatches to a punk coil with clear filling. Also take note of the ‘L.O.V.E.” dicro marble acting as the coils seal.
5. Revere Glass: Flower-filled-Micro
Last and not least, courtesy of some of our more active readers come this stunning tube from Revere Glass in Berkeley, CA. The tube is done up in traditional micro style complete with a dabber holder and dishes, only this custom features hand-sculpted flowers, leaves, and flower implosion marbles adorning the piece… oh yeah the dabber holder, it’s a flower… and the dabber itself is a beautiful and delicate hummingbird which sits perfectly in it’s stand.
We all at IgniteMe hope your Valentines day is better than ever!! and if any of these gift ideas where of no help to you, at least you have a nice guide for next year.