DIY gifts local businesses want you to try this year

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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) – Small businesses hope to elevate your DIY gifts and help tackle national supply chain shortages.

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

“You can choose the ingredients in there, you can choose the smell, you can choose the colors,” Rhoads said.

Local businesses teach how to make raised DIY gifts.(kbjr 6 / cbs 3)

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

Then you can add color from eye shadow, any essential oil scent, and mold its shape with whatever you have on hand.

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

“Lots of things you put in cosmetics that you already have in your closets,” Rhoades said. “So you can give this nice gift with things you already have.”

Rhoades added that his company has been making DIY gifts for almost 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 mess isn’t your style, you can get smart with a comfy pair of homemade slippers.

No experience is necessary, all you need is scissors, materials, and a few needles.

Local businesses teach how to make raised DIY gifts.
Local businesses teach how to make raised DIY gifts.(kbjr 6 / cbs 3)

“It can be as simple or as complicated as you are trying to make it,” said Bryan French, principal of Duluth Folk School.

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

“It’s a really great way to come together, build a community, and then have this thing that you did … there’s nothing like it because you were directly involved in it,” French said. .

French said there’s a special element to sharing what you’re doing for the holidays instead of picking anything off the shelf.

Local businesses teach how to make raised DIY gifts.
Local businesses teach how to make raised DIY gifts.(kbjr 6 / cbs 3)

“It’s easier to buy something from Walmart, from Target and get it if off the shelf it’s easier in the short term. But the good thing about doing something on your own is that you have a deeper appreciation for what you have, ”French said.

So, before supply shortages or delivery delays affect your holiday shopping, local businesses are urging customers to try and test the hand-made magic first.

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