Holiday Gift Idea: Potpourri Gift Kit

Nothing says Christmas quite like the smell of a recently cut pine tree, the warm scent of cranberry sauce or the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread cookies. So imagine putting all of those scents into a jar! This sweet and easy to put together gift combines all of those delicious Christmas scents into one.

(Image: Lucy Akins)
(Image: Lucy Akins)

You can use whatever you have on hand, but some of the recommended ingredients are cinnamon, citrus, and of course a few simple clippings of pine or fir. The sense of smell is perhaps one of our most powerful as it triggers memories and these ingredients certainly remind a lot of us of the holiday season.

Things You'll Need

  • Jar

  • Cranberries

  • Cinnamon sticks

  • Cloves

  • Nutmeg

  • Orange or any citrus peel

  • Pine, fir or any fragrant evergreen clipping

  • Tag

Step 1

Gather desired ingredients and scents.

For the first scent, we used common seasonal ingredients like cranberries, cinnamon, clove and pine.

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Step 2

For scent number two, we used orange peel combined with cloves, nutmeg, whole peppercorns and fresh pine.

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Step 3

Place all of your ingredients in the jar, leaving the pine for last as it's placement on the top is more aesthetically appealing.

(Image: Lucy Akins)
(Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 4

Close the jar tightly and attach a tag.

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Step 5

The recipient of your gift jar can prepare stovetop potpourri by simply placing the ingredients in a small saucepan along with two cups of water and bringing it to a simmer.

(Image: Lucy Akins)
(Image: Lucy Akins)

Try various combinations of different ingredients to find your favorite!