Gifts for a new, non-cooking couple out on their own

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Gifts for a new, non-cooking couple out on their own
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Mon, 12-03-2012 - 5:09pm
I have posted this on the frugal finance board also. My youngest brother who is 25 is in the process of buying a house. He and his girlfirend have modest incomes, and neither knows how to cook. They've never been out on their own before, so I want to get a thoughtful gift for them for Christmas, but we ourselves are on limited means at the moment. My mom has already gotten them a large set of pots and pans for the house. I was thinking today that since neither of them knows how to cook well, I would get them a crock pot and do several gift in a jars for them. Luckily we are driving from Texas to Michigan for christmas, so I can easily make them ahead of time and take them with us instead of worrying about the expense of shipping them. They will not be moving into teh house until January some time, so I thought this was a good idea. Any thoughts, any good websites or recipes you've used in the past for these types of gifts?? I will probably do at least one or two desserts, but I wanted to focus more on soups and simple things they don't have to put a lot of effort into. Or even other good gifts, basic cookbooks or other things? I don't want to overstep my bounds, i.e. upset my brother's girlfriend (since I did this with one of my other brother's girlfriends once who couldn't toast toast without burning it). My brother works with my dad and they leave the house around 5:30 a.m. and arrive home around 5:30 p.m., and all I know about her is that she babysits her cousin's two kids during the day, one of which is autistic. She is the youngest of 3 girls, around 21 years old, and my brother is the youngest, at 25, they aren't moving far from my parents, but I know my parents are definitely excited about having the last one of us 3 kids out of the house finally. LOL! I would love any ideas or input.
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Registered: 10-01-2002
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 5:56pm
I think your idea is great ! You can make them up and write down directions for them.. If you come across nice I don't think she will mind one bit .. She will enjoy your thoughts of being kind to her and your brother.. * really it all comes on how you spread the honey on it.. ( if you get my drift)
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Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 12-05-2012 - 12:13pm

Thanks!  I think it should be okay, but after the experience with my other brother's girlfriend, I try to be a little less "big sisterish" as to not offend.  A co-worker of mine does spaghetti sauce and I asked her if she'd trade me 2 jars worth and she is going to do that also.  My mom said my brother doesn't like spaghetti sauce (big surprise to me), but I figure I can do a gift basket for my in-laws and grandmother also with those and keep working on ones for my brother, one with pancake mix, a few soups, etc.

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