Outside the Box: 4 Ideas for Turning Family Recipes Into Gifts

updated May 24, 2019
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Treasured family recipes are priceless, which is why they can easily be transformed into special gifts with minimum expense and just a little time. From turning handwritten recipes into tea towels to making beautiful cookbooks for less than $5, here are our four favorite ideas for giving family recipes as gifts.

Turn them into a cookbook: You type up the recipes and print out your own own cookbooks, or use a service like Blurb to make professionally bound books for less than $5 each.

Turn them into tea towels: Scan handwritten recipes and use the fabric-printing service Spoonflower to print them into cotton-linen fabric, which can be sewed into beautiful tea towels.

Frame them: Highlight a favorite handwritten recipe by framing it. (Note: it’s a good idea to frame a scanned copy rather than the original recipe, as the exposure to light will cause the handwriting to eventually fade.)

Scan them and share them: Scan recipe cards and turn them into…more recipe cards! Give them out as sets or individually to be enjoyed by other family members.

Do you have any other ideas for turning family recipes into gifts?

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