Seven Memorable and Meaningful Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

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What makes a perfect Mother's Day gift? Something fun. Perhaps practical. Maybe sentimental or nostalgic. It's always nice if it's unexpected, and always best when it's memorable and personal.

Seven Great Old Cookbook Ideas for Mother's Day

1. For mom the homemaker:

If Mom's favorite old cookbook is being held together by rubber bands and duct tape consider replacing her lost or worn classic. You can still find those cookbooks that were staples in kitchens from the 1920's through the 1980's like Betty Crocker and Better Homes and Gardens. Many of these were reprinted in new editions with new recipes but the old versions that Mom used while you were growing up often remain the family favorite. If you are unsure of the right version, the folks at can help you figure it out.

2. For mom the foodie:

Does Mom have a food she really loves? Peanuts, or eggs, or olives, or candies or cookies? Old advertising recipe booklets often concentrate on just one type of food. You can find cook booklets devoted to all types of foods, like Kiwi, Tapioca, Peanut Butter, Mushrooms, Cranberries, Garlic, Walnuts or Raisins!

3. For mom the hostess:

Creating a compelling menu or a great party requires a bit of help. Looking back to the old masters like James Beard and Helen Corbitt will reward with many new ideas for gourmet menus, clever party suggestions and creative ideas for all types of entertaining.

4. For mom the explorer:

For Mom's who like to tour the world from the comfort of their kitchens you can find an old cookbook devoted to cooking all kinds of international cuisines from Africa to Yugoslavia.

5. For mom the expert chef:

For Mom's who love to learn new techniques, there are old cookbooks covering every type of lost cooking art, from cultivating mushrooms to making plum wine. Give her something to help perfect one of her skills or introduce her to a new one.

6. For mom the do-it-yourselfer:

For Moms who love spending hours in a hot kitchen "puttin'up" homemade favorites, old canning cookbooks are the keepers of many secrets and unusual recipes; from pickling nasturtiums to making catsup and stuffing peaches.

7. For mom the collector

For Moms who just enjoy the beauty in old things and the stories they tell about a woman's life consider an antique cookbook. Cookbooks are technically considered antiques when they are 100+ years old. Along with recipes (sometimes called "receipts"), these old treasures were often the housekeeping "bible", presenting formulas for everything from ridding the home of bedbugs to making cosmetics.

Eddie Edwards

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