DIY stores and studios offer the chance to give from the heart, not the bank

NOW: DIY stores and studios offer the chance to give from the heart, not the bank

MISHAWAKA, Ind.-- The holiday weekend is here, and even with the snow on its way, some may still be scrambling to find the perfect gift for their loved ones. On this installment of "Common Cents: Saving Michiana Money," ABC57's Annie Kate explores how to give from the heart, not the bank.

Small businesses like Board and Brush Mishawaka offer the opportunity to give from the heart without breaking the bank.

"The cool thing is, you don't have to be crafty to be able to do this," said owner Kayla Skirvin. "So, people come in, they make gifts for one another."

For last minute gifts, sometimes it's best to do it yourself.

"It’s nice because it's handmade, and there's that personal touch as well," Skirvin said. "You can say, 'I made this.'"

Skirvin said business definitely ramps up during the holiday months.

"It's definitely a good deal for people because you come, and the wood's already pre-cut," she said. "My husband preps everything, which is part of the small business concept. He cuts all the wood and builds all the frames and boxes. I have a girl who cuts all the stencils. So, you literally just show up and your stuff is ready, and we supply everything, the paint, the stain, the instruction…"

Michiana is full of DIY stores and studios like this one, giving people an opportunity to get creative with gift giving, while supporting local.

"You're supporting our family, you're supporting our staff, all of my staff are local," Skirvin said.

It's not too late to book your holiday party! Skirvin said many parties are booked through January.

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