Its a great item. Very well made. The glass is very thick and sturdy. We received a LOT of compliments on this item. We gave them away during Christmas to our employees and their signifigant others, as a thank you. I would imagine that this would be a perfect winter formal or fundraiser token of thanks - very well made blown glass. The string is a little cheap - but that's kinda to be expected. The plastic case does the trick - nothing special there and the Happy Holidays wrapper in the plastic case is a little cheesy, but you can't beat it for the price of the item.