Small Business Saturday: DIY gifts local businesses want you to try this year

KBJR 6 News at 6pm
Published: Nov. 27, 2021 at 8:00 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - Small businesses hope to elevate your DIY gifts and help combat national supply chain shortages.

Lanae Rhoads, owner of Mix Cosmetiques in Duluth, said bath bombs are a great gift to bring color and play into gifts this holiday season.

“You get to choose what ingredients are in there, you get to choose how it smells, you get to choose the colors,” Rhoads said.

Rhoads said all you need is coconut oil, baking soda, and citric acid.

Then you can add color from eyeshadow, any essential oil scent, and mold its shape with anything on hand.

Once shaped, it can be placed in the oven for 30 minutes at the oven’s lowest temperature.

“A lot of things that you put in cosmetics you actually already have in your cupboards,” Rhoades said. “So then you can give this beautiful gift with things you already have”.

Rhoades added her business has been DIY-ing gifts for nearly 15 years.

“You can make a lot of gifts for a lot of people, impress them and not break the bank,” Rhoades said.

But if messy isn’t your style, you can get crafty with a cozy pair of homemade slippers.

With no experience necessary, all you need is scissors, material, and some needles.

“Everything can be as simple or as complicated as you try to make it,” Bryan French, Director of Duluth Folk School said.

Anyone can look up a favorite design or attend a class to create a finished product.

“It’s a really great way to come together, to build community, and then to have this thing that you made. There’s nothing like it because you’ve had your direct hands as a part of it,” French said.

French said there’s a special element about sharing what you make for the holidays instead of picking just anything off the shelf.

“It’s easier to buy something from Walmart, from Target, and to get just get if, off the shelf, it’s easier in the short term. But the nice thing of making something on your own is you have a deeper appreciation for what you’ve got,” French said.

So before supply shortages or delivery delays affect your holiday shopping, local businesses urge customers to try testing out some hand-made magic first.

Duluth’s Greater Downtown Council is promoting Small Business Saturday with local business giveaways and prizes.

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