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These Recipe Books and Boxes Are Great for Last-Minute Gifts That Feel Special

Start a new family tradition.
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One of my most prized possessions is a vintage recipe box that my grandmother gave to my mom, which was then passed down to me. I fill it with handwritten recipes of my own to mix in with recipes my mother wrote out for me. Every time I file through it on the search for cooking inspiration, I think of both women, who I wouldn't be here without.

If you don't already have a family heirloom like this to pass down through the generations, you can always start a new tradition of your own. The first step is buying a book or box to hold all of your special recipes, and the holiday season feels like the right time to do just that. In fact, Amazon has plenty of notebooks and containers to hold your most precious recipes, and they all would make thoughtful last-minute gifts.

You can shop everything from classic binders that come with recipe cards to designer notebooks from Kate Spade. Amazon also has vintage-inspired boxes and more modern containers to hold the secrets to your favorite meals. 

No matter which style you choose, the books and boxes are a great way to get everyone in the kitchen and talk about your family history through one of the best storytellers of them all: food. Combine recipes from generations of cooks in your family, and add new ones as you discover them. Before you know it, you'll have a family heirloom of your own to pass down. 

Many recipe books and boxes available on Amazon will still arrive before Christmas, but you'll have to place your order quickly to ensure they'll get delivered before it's time to open presents. Take a look at some of our favorite options with quick shipping times below. 

Brownlow Gifts Recipe Binder

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Buy It: $20;

Heart&Berry Recipe Box

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Buy It: $17 (orig. $20);

Kate Spade New York Lemon Recipe Book

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Buy It: $34;

Widbi Wooden Recipe Box

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Buy It: $40;

Meadowsweet Kitchens Recipe Binder

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Buy It: $20;