One year I searched for gift ideas and did the same thing. Three ring binder, sheet protectors, etc. The title was "Gifts From The Heart And Hearth". Each page had clip art with at least one picture of one ingredient or material. It was a 3" binder. I sent seven of them to friends and it cost a small fortune in postage. They were Christmas gifts. One of the recipients got it just in time. Her finances were low that year and she made up some of the gifts for her neighbors and distance relatives. There were seven different sections of recipes and instructions on materials to use.
The idea was to put together all the dry ingredients in jars, boxes, etc. with instructions of how to put the recipe together for cooking. Every year I hear from one of the girls telling me she still uses the book year round. She shops yard sales for baskets and other containers to put the gifts together. Old mason jars are her favotie thing to look for. they make great containers for the beans in chili recipes. She even makes up baskets for the school fair each year. It took me more than a year to put the whole thing together.
Hand made gifts ar always more appreciated.
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"