To back-up the effectiveness of the idea Gretchen shared in the last post: my favorite wedding gift (except the beautiful quilt my mom made us…duh.) was my Red Kitchen Aide Stand Mixer. It was a gift given to me by a group of close to 20 friends who joined efforts to buy us (me!) something that I wanted most off our list. It was such a wonderful surprise to open and I think of that group of friends every time I use it (no joke…!). :-)
One of my other favorite gifts was a little metal recipe box that looked awfully unassuming on the outside…then I opened it and saw, literally, a hundred handwritten recipes, each with a Bible verse and a cute sticker on it. Each recipe was a dish that was a tried and tested recipe from this seasoned mom’s kitchen. As their family lived on an extremely tight budget, it was the only gift they gave us and we knew that this gift was truly a labor of love. MANY of the recipes we received in this little garage find box are now part of our family’s menu. Many are popular potluck dishes and many more are made with ingredients that are friendly to a tight food budget.
Any wedding/bridal shower I’ve attended since, my gift has always included several recipies I believe that the bride will love and appriciate. I feel so lame when my hand starts cramping up at 10 recipies or so…and then I think of the amazing gift we were given and I write a few more.
I’ve even been quoted as saying it was one of the “5 Things I’d Grab if the House was on Fire.” :-)