The economy's forced Santa to tighten his belt, but you don't have to be a scrooge to your family and friends. We asked two Do It Yourself experts, the founders of local store Candy Corn and the national product line Carol's Daughter to help us with some easy DIY gifts.
Lisa Price, the founder of Carol's Daughter says, "I think making gifts or just making projects in general is very relaxing, it's also something that can save you some money and it shows that you put a little extra thought and care into what you gave someone." She started her line out of her kitchen 16 years ago, and now she's got a beauty empire that celebrities love. She says, "Today we're going to make a hot cocoa milk bath and a peppermint sea salt scrub, using ingredients that may already be in your kitchen."
For the salt scrub, pour it into a mixing bowl and as Lisa says, "I'll start with table grade sea salt, you want to use table salt so it's not too abrasive for the skin." Add tapoica pearls as Lisa says, " It treats the skin the same way oatmeal does, it softens it." And then dried peppermint, essential oil and vegetable oil. Lisa says, "Then I'm going to add some peppermint herb . Then for an extra kick I use essential oil of peppermint. Mix it, close this up, put a tag on it or a bow, and it's ready to be gifted."
For the hot cocoa milk bath place powdered milk, cocoa powder and tapioca starch into a large mixing bowl. Lisa says of the tapioca starch, "It absorbs the liquid that I'm going to put in it so it doesn't get clump. And the liquid I'm adding is a little bit of chocolate fragrance with peppermint essential oil."
But of you'd rather satisfy your sweet tooth the traditional way, Candy Corn's personalized gift baskets are thoughtful and inexpensive. Owner Allison Wheat says to me, "Why don't I grab some popcorn, you grab some candy and we'll meet back here." And with creative flavors like dill pickle and pizza, this isn't your average popcorn. I ask her, "What flavors did you get?" And she says, "Our classic caramel corn. Our jalapeno ranch and our blend of strawberry, vanilla and cherry." She places the popcorn in a decorated pail, places confetti around the base, then fills pieces of candy around it. Allison says, "And after the popcorn and candy's gone you have a great pale to use for anything."
And if there's any leftover popcorn, string it for a tree garland. It will keep the kids busy, for at least a few minutes! So get creative and Happy Holidays!
Do It Yourself Holiday Gifts
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