Do-It-Yourself gifts and services drive local economy

Posted at: 11/30/2012 5:55 PM
Updated at: 11/30/2012 6:19 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann

LATHAM - Vikki Casey-Ahmed would like you to wash away the usual habits of holiday shopping, and instead, consider a fresh approach to gift giving.

Like a gift certificate to a diaper service.

"You're not filing up your home with stuff and goods you're doing something good for a family and for the environment," said.

Her business, called Sonrise Diaper Service, washes and delivers chemical-free cloth diapers to homes for 25-dollars-a-week. It's among a growing coalition of local independent businesses called, Local First.

"We're a small local business. Mom and pop owned, literally right out of our basement. So you're supporting local you're keeping your money local," said Casey-Ahmed.

That's exactly what Ellen Eden likes about Farmie Market, a business that delivers a bag of locally-grown, natural food to her doorstep once a week for a minimum of $30 dollars.

It's helpful to a mother of two little boys.

"You can help someone out give them the gift of groceries right to their door, that's great," said Eden.

And if you want to put your own personal touch on a gift, consider the 'do it yourself' craft. At AC Moore, you can find the ingredients to make room decorations, customized glass blocks, and dry erase boards, just for starters.

"I think knowing that someone has put the thought and the time into doing something special as opposed to just running into a store and buying something off a rack or off a shelf just has a lot of meaning to them," said Lisa Germaine, of AC Moore's Latham store.