Cooking for people is a really intimate thing, which is why people covet old family recipes from their mother or their grandmother. They say things like, "this is just like my mom used to make it," which doesn't necessarily mean their mother made the world's best pot roast or chicken parmesan, but that the way they made it conjours up happy memories. Making a treasured family recipe keeps tradition alive and creates new memories. THE CIRCLE OF LIFE, all that stuff.
That's why the cook in your family will love this Custom Recipe-Engraved Cutting Board ($49, Damian's Wood Works), which takes any handwritten recipe and engraves it onto a beautiful wood cutting board. They'll be chopping onions on top of their grandmother's spaghetti sauce recipe and will they be crying because of the onions or crying because your gift was so THOUGHTFUL AND PERFECT? You'll never know.