I don’t know about you, but I struggle with finding appropriate hostess gifts around the holidays. With so many dinners to attend (and I do so gladly because a great cook I am not), I often find myself stumped with how to bring a meaningful and useful gift to those hosting. A beautiful candle was my go-to gift until I discovered that I could make something that would smell just as good (or better) than a candle, and it meant I could provide my lovely hosts with a handmade gift – the best kind, in my opinion!

The work potpourri brings back memories of foul-smelling dried flowers found collecting dust in powder rooms everywhere. Anyone else with me? But a simmering potpourri is much much different. Simply put, you add fresh ingredients to a pot of water and let it simmer so that they may fill your home with their delicious scent. I’ve tried it. It works. And I have a really simple way you can make some for all your lovely hosts (or guests) this Winter!

  • Fresh or dried cranberries 
  • Dried cloves 
  • Cinnamon sticks 
  • An orange 
  • Fresh rosemary 
  • Small jars 
  • Twine or ribbon 
  • Wrapping paper
  1. Now, you don’t necessarily need to measure these, but I’ll give you my measurements just in case you like to be precise. In a small jar I combined two tablespoons of cranberries, two tablespoons of cloves, three cinnamon sticks, two sprigs of rosemary, and piece of orange peel. It was the perfect amount to fill my jar, but you can definitely tweak that a bit!
  2. For the orange peel, I just made sure to have it nice and thin and I curled it around my finger before placing it in the jar. Once I let it go, it sat in there in a sweet little curl all on its own!
  3. You can definitely play around a bit with how you put the ingredients in, so have fun with it! I made sure the rosemary was wrapped around the inside of the jar. It almost looks like a little terrarium in there!
  4. Before closing up your jar, if there’s any writing on the top you’d like to hide, simply trace the circle onto some wrapping paper, cut out, and place on top of the jar before adding the outer ring.
  5. Now, wrap the lid in some twine or ribbon and add a little tag so that the recipients of this gift know what to do with it. And if you want to use these very tags you see here, you’re in luck because there’s a file you can download and print from home right here! We really want to make this easy for you! So go ahead and print them, then simply punch a hole, put your twine or ribbon through it, and you’re all done!

The simmering potpourri smells like the holidays should – warm and sweet, but the orange and rosemary will also add a dose of freshness in there since they work to purify the air.

If you’re worried about your potpourri mix going bad, you can dry the orange peel and rosemary first, and make sure you use dried cranberries. This way the mix can stay in the jar for a few days longer, otherwise this is a gift best given fresh!

Have you ever tried a simmering potpourri before? What are some of your favourite smells of the holidays? Let us know in the comments!

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