Gifting isn’t always easy. More times than not, I find myself turning to Google to ask “what to give a college graduate” or “best hostess gifts.” One of my favorite things to do is to put together a few small gifts that make a complete gift basket or set (coordinated gifts). Lately, I’ve been using cookbooks as my inspiration for gifts (I like to give a cookbook with a whisk or spatula, or I like to give a cookbook with a pyrex baking dish with a lid and then wrap it together so the recipient is surprised when they open two gifts wrapped as one), so without further adieu, 5 occasions to give a cookbook as a gift.
- EASTER BASKET – Easter is just around the corner and, I don’t know about you, but I love to put together cute little baskets for my family members; not just my kids. Or, if your partner loves to cook, this is a great idea for them as well! Give everyone in the family the gift of cooking. I’m hoping to get this cookbook in my basket (ANY IDEAS OF A BOOK YOU MIGHT WANT?). And for the kids, I love any reason to get them into the kitchen and help out. While the twins are a bit too young to help in the kitchen, Ben loves it! Put together a kids cooking themed basket for your kids with these kid-safe knives and this apron with chef hat set.
- MOTHER’S DAY – For years, my Mom always says “I don’t want anything. I just want to spend time together.” So, I’ve come up with the perfect gift! Give you mom this cookbook for fast and easy meals, then spend the afternoon cooking together. Since Mother’s Day is on a Sunday, it’s a great way to prep meals together and use them for the week ahead. Another fabulous gift idea is for any new Mother’s out there. Maybe a friend is celebrating her first Mother’s Day. If so, this cookbook is the perfect gift!
- WEDDING GIFT – Wedding season is upon us! One year, we had 11 weddings to go to, yes 11! It was crazy. And I always like to get a thing or two off the registry, but make it even sweeter with a personal touch. So, I would put a gift basket together that features one of my favorite cookbooks and then pick a few cooking items off of the couple’s registry to round it out.
- GRADUATION – Going off on your own for the first time in your life can be daunting! Whether it be off to college or your first home away from your parents, you’ll have to know how to cook your own meals! Give a cookbook as a gift, along with a few kitchen stapes. Depending on how much you’re looking to spend, I would pair the cookbook with a slow cooker or Instant Pot to help encourage easy recipes!
- HOSTESS GIFT – This seems like an obvious one, but I often forget to think of cookbooks when I’m racking my mind for hostess gifts. A bottle of wine and a good cookbook; you can’t go wrong!
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FAVORITE COOKBOOKS TO GIVE AS GIFTS
In case you’re wondering what are the best cookbooks to give as gifts, here are some of my favorite ones to gift:
- Fast and Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook For Busy People (best cookbook for new parents, busy people, newlyweds and new cooks)
- Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs (good for a variety of recipes and great for easy entertaining)
- Love Real Food- More than 100 Feel-Good Vegetarian Favorites to Delight the Senses and Nourish the Body (best vegetarian cookbook to give veggie lovers)
- Food Swings: 125+ Recipes to Enjoy Your Life of Virtue & Vice: A Cookbook (so many good recipes, some decadent, some healthy, just a really fun book)
- Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes: A Cookbook
(best cookbook for healthy families and healthy eating)
Have you ever given a cookbook as a gift? These are my favorite, but I’d love to hear yours in the comments below.