Gummi bears are my favorite candy. Hands down. And while any gummi bear will do in a pinch, I definitely like Haribo Gold-Bears the best.
Needless to say, I lost my mind when I saw this this morning:
Target is selling these pink LED GummiLights by Jellio for $79.99. (You heard me right: That’s almost 80 bucks.) These little suckers are made of rubber, and are powered by three lithium batteries. They stand only seven inches high and also come in blue.
They must be specially made for Target, since Jellio sells the bears directly in a range of colors for $125 each or $500 for five. Incidently, Jellio also makes a few other food-inspired pieces of furniture, including the Cupcake Table, Candy Button Bench, and the Cupcake Seat.
Now, the Jellio bear is fantastic, but I wondered if I could find a similar light for less. (After all, it’s hard to have just one gummi bear.) My dear friend Wendy Friedman from Grand tipped me off to the MyPetLamp’s Terribear sold by Offi.
At $59, this little guy is slightly less expensive. He’s powered by a light bulb, and has a cord instead of batteries. He’s also 11 inches high, so he’s taller than Target’s bear. He also has a matching Dachshund companion. I like this bear a lot, but he looks more like a honeyâ€”not gummiâ€”bear to me.
It’s a very gummi world
Intrigued about the idea of gummi decor, I did some poking around, wondering if other people share my gummi bear love.
And as it turns out, lots of people do.
In fact, I’m kind of surprised by all of the non-edible gummi bear themed things out there. So, while it’s a little early to be talking about shopping for stocking stuffers, I thought I’d share my findings with you.
Gummi Bear Soap
These glycerin Gummi Bear Soaps are handmade and come in eight different flavors: Lemonade, Grape Soda, Strawberry, Lemon, Lime, Orange Dream, Watermelon Mania, and Raspberry Blitz. Get your set of 12 for $4.50 from Body Beautiful’s shop at Etsy.com.
Gummy Bear Necklace
If you’d rather wear your bear, check out this solid sterling silver Gummy Bear Necklace from Perpetual Kid for $59.99. It measures about 3/4 of an inch and comes on an 18-inch sterling silver ball chain.
Anatomie Gummi Bar print, by artist Jason Freeny
And if you’d like to get to know your bear from the inside out, you might like the print Anatomie Gummi Bï¿½r by artist and illustrator Jason Freeny. Order yours from him at MoistProduction.com for $59.
You can also get Freeny’s design in a protective GelaSkin for your iPhone 3G from Amazon for $14.95. It even comes with matching wallpaper downloads.
Gummi Bear Chandelier by artist Ya Ya Chou
I don’t think this one is for sale, but it’s too cool not to share. Created by Taiwanese artist Ya Ya Chou, this chandelier is composed mainly of my little gummi friends.
Finally, I came across The Lumibï¿½r by German designers Klein and Leidig (sold by Elmar Flï¿½totto). He’s been around since 1995, so quite possibly, he could be the original light up gummiï¿½and tallest, at just over 22 inches high. I’m having a hard time finding them in the states, but Connox in Germany seems to ship them.
While all this stuff is really kind of fabulous and strange, I wasn’t able to unearth anything that remotely mimicked the jelly-like GummiLights that sparked my investigation.