5 Local Themed Holiday Gifts

5 Local Themed Holiday Gifts

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There’s nothing I love more than gift giving around the holiday season, especially when it is gifts that are well thought out and that can fit into a creative theme. This year I decided to use some of the products that are made locally and sold at Coborn’s, who doesn’t love to support local companies?

These Baskets are perfect for a neighbor, coworker or anyone who brightens your day throughout the year that you want to recognize around the holiday time. Be sure you click HERE and print out the Free Printable Cards for each of these Local Gift Baskets, they make great little gift tags and also feature where the products are from.

J.R. Watkins Basket

This first basket features J.R. Watkins essentials. These products are made in Winona, MN and they smell incredible. I found J.R. Watkins soaps and other products located in the Organic Section at Coborn’s, and to complete the gift I simply taped the four goodies together with several small pieces of double-sided tape so they would stay in tact. Then I wrapped gold curling ribbon around them and placed a matching bow on top. I printed out the J.R. Watkins Printable, which you can find in the link above, and I had a perfectly bundled gift! My sister-in-law loves J.R. Watkins products, so I will be making one like this for her this year.

Purple Prairie Basket

Purple Prairie Products are made in Clearwater, MN and they have some of my favorite scents and tons of varieties of products to choose from. I picked out a few of my favorite soap scents and I of course had to include the Minnesota Mint scent to fit the theme of the gifts! Then I added the Purple Prairie Frankincense & Myrah lotion, Minted Cinnamon Tinted Moisturizing Lip Balm and simply placed all of the items together with tissue paper in a festive bowl that I also got from Coborn’s. I added the Purple Prairie basket Printable for a personalized touch and this gift basket was complete.

Cameron’s Coffee Mugs

If you thought the other baskets were easy, then these Cameron’s Coffee Mugs are on a new level of simplicity. Most everyone loves coffee, and using a mug as the container gives this gift a warm and cozy touch. Cameron’s Coffee comes from Shakopee, MN, and is located right in the coffee section at Coborn’s. I picked out a green mug from Coborn’s and then a few varieties of coffee flavors that were wrapped in red packaging to fit the Christmas color scheme. If you’re not giving this gift at Christmas time though any mug or coffee flavor would be equally as adorable! I especially like this gift for co-workers because it’s inexpensive and most of my co-workers are coffee-addicts.

Minnesota Wild Rice with Recipe

Wild Rice is a staple of Minnesota, so I had to include it in this Blog! KC’s Best Wild Rice is from Bemidji, MN and it makes the perfect quick gift for someone special in your life. Pair it with some ribbon or a festive bow, attach your own Wild Rice Recipe or Print out the Recipe from the Coborn’s Recipe book and you’re good to go! I especially like this gift for those who have moved out of the area, did you know you can’t get Wild Rice everywhere, crazy right? So put it in a FedEx box and send a thoughtful gift to your friends or family across the country.

Movie Night Basket

The last basket is a Local Movie Night Basket. Angie’s Popcorn from Mankato, MN and candies from Pearson’s in St. Paul, MN look adorable together in this Movie Night Gift Basket. I decided to put these goodies in a giant popcorn bowl to add to the theme. This basket of goodies would be perfect with the new Disney Pixar movie Inside Out, which features a hockey-loving Minnesota girl who moves with her family to San Francisco. It’s the perfect gift basket to help beat those chilly Midwest winter nights!

I hope you enjoy these Holiday Gift Baskets featuring Local Favorites from around the Midwest! There’s only a few weeks left of Christmas shopping, so think of these simple gifts for your last minute present planning!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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DIY: Bee & Lady Bug Bird Feeder

DIY: Bee & Lady Bug Hanging Bird Feeder


I have been a nature lover for as long as I can remember. Every morning while I enjoy my cup of tea I watch the birds from my window.Audoban Wild Bird Food Over the years it has become one of my favorite daily pastimes. In addition to appreciating nature, I also enjoy making new DIY crafts that I can share with my friends and family members. This past weekend I took advantage of the weather and made this great DIY Bird Feeder craft, and it has made my morning bird watching an even more enjoyable routine. My birds already love my yard because I use Audubon Wild Bird Food- I swear the birds love this feed the best, and this creative craft compliments Audubon’s 100% Natural Wild Bird Food perfectly.

The best part of this craft is that it is constructed using upcycled coffee cans. Re-purposing the coffee cans that would otherwise be thrown away is a great way to personalize my recycling routine and use my creative abilities!

Throughout the directions and materials list keep in mind what kind of insect you will be making. If you have an idea for a different bug or creature feel free to get creative, purchase different colors of spray paint, and construct that idea too! This craft is especially great for kids to craft with you because they will love to help you refill the feeders with bird seed and then watch the birds alongside you. Great bonding time with the kids or grandkids!

I hope you enjoy creating DIY craft as much as I have enjoyed writing about it. Now pick up your materials, some Audubon Wild Bird Food and have a happy time bird watching!


  •     ScissorsLady Bug Feeder
  •    Wire cutter
  •     Painter’s tape
  •     Drill
  •     Pliers
  •     Utility Knife


  •     1 3/8” Oak Dowel
  •     1 Fiberglass Screen
  •     1 16-Gauge Soft Wire
  •      Old Wire
  •      2 Coffee Cans
  •     1 Black Spray Paint
  •     1 Yellow Spray Paint
  •     1 Red Spray Paint
  •     1 E6000 Glue
  •     Sandpaper


  1. Remove the lids from the coffee can containers and take the paper off the cans.
  2. Drill one small hole in the bottom of each can towards the edge of the rim. Eventually, you will insert the hanging wire needed to hang the feeders into these holes. Drill 2 holes in the side of each can for the wings.
  3. Spray-paint the coffee cans & dowel black. Then set aside to dry.
  4. Cut four pieces of wire and twist them to form circles — these will serve as the wings of your insect. Next, cut four pieces of screen to the same size as the wire circles. Run the wire thru the screen towards the edges similar to the picture, twist the wire end, leave a tail or portion of the wire at the end.
  5. For the bee can, apply painter’s tape where you would like to see black stripes. Likewise, apply circles of tape to the ladybug can where you would Bee Feederlike to place the black spots. Then, apply yellow spray paint to the bee can and red spray paint to the ladybug can. When the paint has dried, remove the painter’s tape. Use sandpaper to rough up the cans for the older/rustic look.
  6. Run old wire through the can and bottom hole you made earlier and back around, twist the wire. Then use this wire to hang up in tree. Next, put wings in holes & twist together. Add a small amount of glue on the outside by the holes to seal.
  7. Cut the plastic lids in half. Cut a small hole on bottom of lid to run the dowel through. Glue dowel in can then glue lid to can.
  8. Fill bee & ladybug full of Audborn wild bird seed and enjoy watching the birds eat!

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Coborn's Welcomes Caribou

Coborn's Caribou Coffee Staff
Come in and meet the Caribou staff at Coborn’s on Pine Cone Road in Sartell.

Looking to satiate your coffee craving? Head to the new Caribou Coffee inside the Pine Cone Road Coborn’s in Sartell, celebrating its grand opening today (Friday, October 19). The new in-store Caribou will feature a drive-thru, indoor seating, and a community meeting room to accommodate your next rendezvous, or just to supply your daily cup while you shop.

All of us at Coborns and CobornsDelivers have a long, happy history with the 20-year old Minnesota-based coffee pioneer. We’ve carried Caribou whole bean and ground coffee for years, and we occasionally treat ourselves with Kemps Caribou Java Chunk ice cream. This opens a whole new world of coffee and snacks. The Caribou’s menu currently offers some great fall foods and beverages. Our favorites are their hot breakfast sandwiches and their seasonal pumpkin-flavored beverages like the pumpkin spice latté and pumpkin chai.

These mouth-watering and soul-warming treats will be a great addition to our community store. The Pine Cone Road Coborn’s is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The Caribou Coffee will be open seven days a week from 6:00 AM until 9:00 PM. Enjoy a cup next time you’re in the neighborhood.

Feeding Your Coffee Addiction

America’s addicted to coffee. It’s true. If you’ve ever panicked at the sight of an empty pot on your kitchen counter or rearranged your morning to make time for a Caribou stop, you know that coffee is serious business. Over 50% of Americans drink coffee everyday and of that number, 60% claim to need a cup first thing in the morning to start their day. Add to that the $4 billion dollars worth of coffee imported into our country each year and it comes as no surprise that coffee’s second only to oil as a global commodity.

Americans and our coffee go way back. Historians often point to the Boston Tea Party as our country’s early turning point away from tea and toward coffee—and we’ve never looked back. The US consumers more java than any other nation in the world, but per capita, the Scandinavian countries are way ahead of us. The average Finn/Norwegian/Swede/Dane drinks 3x the coffee as the average American.

We’ve seen plenty of trends come and go. Instant coffee made a big splash when Nescafe hit American shelves in 1939. Starbucks created one of the most ubiquitous international brands out of a shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1971. And the latte is a uniquely American drink; don’t try ordering it in Italy, or you’ll find yourself drinking a glass of milk (no caffeine kick there!).

What’s new in coffee? Variety, for one; our palates are far more sophisticated than they used to be. The availability of beans grown all around the world has helped people discover new and distinctive flavors. Another big change is in the equipment. Fifty years ago, most homes have a metal percolator on the stove; thirty years ago it was a glass Mr. Coffee on the counter. Now the sleek and futuristic Keurig has changed the industry. Single serve brewing makes personalization part of the morning routine. You like hazelnut, your spouse likes Colombian, your daughter likes hot cider? Keurig K-cups means everyone gets the cup they want. And the real beauty part? K-cups are disposable so there’s no mess.

This week Coborn’s and CobornsDelivers are pleased to offer huge savings on Keurig and K-cups.  If you’ve considered one for your home or for your office, this is the deepest discount you’ll find anywhere. When you buy the brewer you receive a $25 mail-in rebate, and you’ll get six boxes of K-cups free. (Combined retail value $182.01, Coborn’s/CobornsDelivers price $94.99.)  Combine the big savings with the convenience of CobornsDelivers bringing it right to your door, and it’s a good time to be a coffee drinker!

What to do with Eggshells

Uses for Eggshells
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Uses for Eggshells

May is National Egg Month – so we’ve been talking about this versatile food quite a bit.  And, if you’re making a frittata, a delicious Eggs Benedict or having eggs for dinner – you’ll probably have lots of eggshells leftover. But don’t just throw them away! There are many uses for your leftover eggshells.

Eggshells for the Garden

If you like to garden – eggshells can be great in your compost or to keep slugs away. TLC has five great ways to use eggshells in your garden – just make sure to wash them out first. Fill halves of eggshells with potting soil and use them as tiny pots for seedlings. Use your egg carton as a holder, set near a sunny window and watch your seedlings grow. Continue reading “What to do with Eggshells”