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This Christmas Stovetop Potpourri recipe has become my signature gift over the past few years and it’s so easy and makes the perfect handmade gift for anyone on your list – I’ve gifted it to teachers, delivery people, hairstylists, basically anyone you want to give a little extra Christmas love to!
Basically, I order the ingredients in bulk – links below so you can do the same!) – and assemble them all in one day. I even keep a few in my car for those ‘oh-sh!t-I-forgot-a-gift’ moments ;).
You can even tie a gift card around the neck of the jars if you want to add a little extra something!
It’s super easy to make these – I shop online for my ingredients and then set out all my mason jars and make a little assembly line. The order of your ingredients doesn’t really matter, just layer them any way you like!
I used wide mouth quart sized mason jars (32 oz) – the wide mouth makes it easier to get the goodies into the jar but any type would work. The ingredients are gorgeous together and the jars make a great accessory to hold a gift card or as a pretty little standalone gift.
all the goodies ready to go into the Stovetop Potpourri mason jars – I use cloves, cinnamon sticks, fresh cranberries and fresh tangerines (entire Stovetop Potpourri recipe below)
mmm this is going to smell amazing
how gorgeous are these for the holidays?!
Christmas in a Jar Stovetop Potpourri Recipe (yields 1 jar)
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 2-3 tangerines/Cuties/citrus of some kind
- 1 inch slice of ginger
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- 1 pine sprig
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Pour the whole jar into a saucepan, add a jar or two full of water, and simmer all day on the stove. Keep adding water from the sink as the contents of the pan evaporate so that the ingredients don’t actually cook, they just stay hydrated. You can even let the mix cool for the night and then added more water and reheated it and simmered the next day as well. Voila: Christmas in a mason jar!
If you’re making more than a couple of jars, buy a bunch!
Christmas Stovetop Potpourri Ingredients
mason jars – you need the 32 oz WIDE MOUTH – regular won’t work as well
vanilla extract – this isn’t cheap but it’s because the bottle I linked is an entire pint (16oz) which is definitely bulk but good if you’re making a bunch of these
cloves – another part of the recipe you need to buy in bulk!
You’ll also need to grab fresh cranberries, apple cider, tangerines, pine sprigs (I borrowed from our Christmas tree), and fresh ginger.
I’ve been able to find fresh cranberries + tangerines (aka Cuties, clementines, etc) + fresh ginger at Costco and Sams Club.