I wanted to do something special this year for Mother’s Day to celebrate some of the moms in my life, so I looked at two of my go-to brands (Rifle Paper Co. and Anthropologie) to come up with this extra personalized Mother’s Day gift idea. When you grow up in the South, most special events are anchored by a big meal. We have seafood gumbo every Christmas Eve, fish frys and crawfish boils on Fridays during Lent and always picked out our favorite meal for my mom to cook on each of our birthdays.
All of these meals are special to me, and I wanted to think of a way to keep these recipes together. Here are my personalized recipe tins that are perfect for your next Mother’s Day gift – and a great keepsake for yourself!
I know most people look on their phone, online or in cookbooks when it comes to figuring out what to make for dinner, but like most Southern women, the ladies in my family have their tried and true recipes stored in their head. You know, add a lil’ bit of this and a pinch of that, and Voila! – dinner is served!
As I get older and think about having children, I want to be able to pass these recipes and traditions down to my own family. I’m not a mother yet, but I wanted to treat the ones that I look up to each day.
I wanted a way to collect all of these family recipes, so I bought this recipe tin and this recipe tin, and sent the blank pack of recipe cards they came with to my mom, grandma, sister and sister-in-law. I asked them to each write down a few of their favorite recipes and send them back to me. Once I received the cards from each of them, I took all of the originals to my local Kinko’s and had them copy each card four times. I categorized them into each tin to send out for Mother’s Day!
I could have asked them to e-mail these to me, but there’s something special about looking up a recipe and seeing your mom’s or grandma’s handwriting on it. I am a sentimental and sappy person, so a project like this is right up my alley…and the DIY part is not very strenuous! Remember, I’m DI-Try!
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My brothers used to make fun of me while we were growing up (and still do), because I was always the one who made homemade gifts for Christmas and birthdays. As the youngest of five, my income stream was pretty stagnant, so I had to get creative. Now, I still do that, but have taken it up a few notches. I like to put a lot of personal thought into gifts.
YOU CAN READ HERE ABOUT ANOTHER ONE OF MY FAVORITE WAYS TO TREAT THE MOMS IN YOUR LIFE!
I think this gift is perfect for Mother’s Day, but it would also be great gift for any special occasion – birthday, anniversary, etc. I hope this little DIY project gives you some inspiration when it comes figuring out the next gift to get that special mama in your life!