I know everyone probably thinks their friends are the best, but my friends literally are the best. There’s a great many reasons for this, but today I’ll be talking about an awesome gift some of my girlfriends gave me during my bachelorette party to prove the point.
I think college Charlotte would have been disappointed in the level of raging there was at my bachelorette weekend back in May. I’m okay with that though because mid-twenties Charlotte doesn’t recover from a night of drinking quite as quickly as college Charlotte. Between the candy bar, the casual afternoon of wine tasting and the private chef who whipped up a five course meal of all my favorite foods, it was the most ‘me’ weekend I could have imagined. It’s not easy to make duck confit and poutine work together but this guy did it!Despite how perfect the weekend was, it was one of my gifts that I’ll hold onto long after the weekend has past that I’ll cherish the most: a DIY cookbook of all of my friends’ favorite foods.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: food tells a story. By sharing their favorite recipes, my friends were sharing part of their story and adding it to mine! This idea of gifting someone a collection of your favorite recipes is so deeply personal. It’s like welcoming someone into your kitchen to watch you make a meal, but without actually having to dirty your dishes.
This kind of gifts works well as a group or singular gift, as long as you’re diversifying your selections and being honest with yourself and the giftee about why you chose a recipe over another.
Personalize your design
My MOH is an amazingly creative person with lots design skills. That’s one of the many reasons we get along so well! Not great at inDesign? That’s okay! This gift works just well when made in word or something with a little more creative freedom like Canva.com. I use Canva for almost everything I design because a) I’m not the best at photoshop and b) it is soo easy! Did I mention it’s free?
Assembling your cookbook
My friends are pretty amazing boss babes so of course one of them had a printer contact. Don’t have one of those? Don’t worry! There are lots of other ways to assemble your diy cookbook gift!
On the more expensive end is finding a printing vendor like Stapes to help you assemble it. They have a number of binding and paper options sure to fit your vision (and budget). On the completely diy side, you’ve got options that range from printing it out to scrapbooking old school. A quick trip to Michaels will set you up for hours of crafting and assembling.
So, if you’ve got a friend who loves recipes and collects cookbooks, treat them to a DIY Recipe Book! Include notes to let them know why you picked each recipe and then plan an evening to try some of them out together.