Homemade Gift Idea – Stovetop Potpourri

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I made some holiday stovetop potpourri this week and wanted to share this simple and affordable DIY gift idea with y’all.  I heated the above ingredients in some water on my stove and the house smelled like Christmas. 🙂 It is a great alternative to giving cookies and you may even have most of the ingredients already hanging around your home!

I first gathered the ingredients from around the house and picked up a few I didn’t have at the store. I used:

  • Orange
  • Apple
  • Lemon
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Bay leaves
  • Whole cloves
  • Evergreen sprigs (trimmed from a tree in our yard)

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I found the spices for really cheap ($0.64 each!) in the Spanish foods section of our local grocery store. If you are lucky enough to have a store that carries Badia products, you can get the cinnamon and cloves for just over a dollar.

P.S. I tried some star anise and it ended up smelly too much like licorice. You could also try adding some dried ginger, cardamom, peppercorns, nutmeg, or allspice.

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The only additional prep is slicing and drying the fruit in a food dehydrator (or you can use your oven set on warm). I let our food dehydrator run overnight and the fruit was ready the next morning.

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I assembled the ingredients in plastic treat bags I had lying around and stapled it closed with a paper label. I added directions on the back (add water and simmer on stovetop) and wrote Merry Christmas on the front. Done!

I like that this is an easy gift to mail because it is so light. It would also make a great neighbor gift. Be sure and make some for yourself and enjoy the smell of Christmas!

Here are some additional homemade gift ideas on the blog:

Adapted from Dandee Designs – Neighbor Gift


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