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Create Your Own Cookbooks
A compilation of favorite recipes is a gift that keeps giving long after the snow melts. Jot down directions (and related memories, like when the oven caught fire while Grandma was making her famous roast chicken) in a notebook, or try one of these websites for professional-looking results (allow a week for processing and shipping).
  • TasteBook lets you use tested recipes from popular Internet sites, browse those uploaded by other site members, and build your own library for future use (from $20). (From $20; TasteBook.com)
  • The super-customizable program on Lulu offers several bindings and sizes (including a purse-friendly wallet option), an easy-to-fill-in template, and millions of photos. (From $15; Lulu.com)
  • Download Blurb's sophisticated (and free!) design program, or hire a pro from their directory to help you take your recipes from box to book. If the recipient has a favorite food blog, you can download entries from it for a print edition. (From $5; Blurb.com)
Bonus Web-Exclusive Holiday Recipes
Goat Cheese Flatbreads with Red Onions and Cherries
Ginger-Scented Grape Upside Down Cake
After-Dinner Cream Mints

Plus: 8 More Easy Homemade Gifts