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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This Christmas Stove Top Potpourri will fill your home with the aroma of the Holidays and it makes a wonderful Christmas gift for friends, family and neighbors! I’ve even got a free gift tag printable for you!
Oriental Trading Company did sent me some items for this post but all words and opinions are 100% mine as always!
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We got out first snow of the season this past weekend! The trees and ground are covered in bright white, fluffy snow but the roads are mostly clear, that’s the kind of snow that I love.
Our fire place is burning, the Christmas tree is burning brightly in the living room and we’re all snuggled up on the couch! We’ve got hot chocolate in hand and our entire place smells like the Holidays thanks to this Christmas Stove Top Potpourri.
You can make this in a little slow cooker too but I normally just toss mine into a small sauce pan on the stove. I pretty much make this almost every year but this year I thought that I’d share it with y’all and give y’all a little gift idea!
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 orange
- 1 -2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 -4 cinnamon sticks
- 2 -4 whole star anise
Slice orange. Break cinnamon sticks in half.
Add everything to a small or medium pot. Add 2-3 cups water. Simmer on stove over low. Enjoy the aroma of the Holidays! Add more water when needed.
So of course you can just make this Christmas Stove Top Potpourri to make your own home smell wonderful but it’s also a sweet little gift.
“…you can just make this Christmas Stove Top Potpourri to make your own home smell wonderful but it’s also a sweet little gift…”
So when I was thinking about how to turn this Christmas Stove Top Potpourri into a gifts for my neighbors and family I started browsing through the Christmas section of OrientalTrading.com.
I know the Vintage truck theme is super popular right now so I was super excited to see these adorable Vintage Christmas Trucks and Tree ornaments on the site! I knew that these little ornaments would be great to add a special little touch to each basket.
I grabbed these little chip-wood baskets and packed them with everything my friends and family would need to make their own Christmas Stove Top Potpourri at home.
Here’s what I included in my Christmas Stove Top Potpourri Gift Baskets:
- An Orange
- Fresh Cranberries
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Star Anise
- Whole Cloves
- Ground Nutmeg
- Fresh Rosemary
- Vanilla Extract
Here are a few little tips for you:
- If you’re looking for the whole Star Anise, look in the Mexican section of the grocery store. I normally find little bags of whole Star Anise or about 64 cents a bag. If you look in the regular spice section, you’re probably only going to find Anise seeds for like $8! No thanks!
- Second, to get the vanilla into the package, break the cinnamon sticks in half and place them into a plastic bag. Pour in the vanilla and shake it up. Let it sit while you assemble the baskets and then drop them into the bag before you tie it close.
- Third, put the basket into the bag BEFORE you start adding things too it. That way, everything stays in the the bag and when it’s time to make it all your friends and family need to do it take out the orange and dump the bag into the pot.
After you get everything packed up and tie it with a few strings if baking twine and add one of these little gift tags!
Below you can on a link, download and print out these free gift tag printables that I made for y’all!
“…I made y’all some FREE printable gift tags for these…”
I love to see what you’re cooking from the blog!
So package them up, add some gift tags and give this Christmas Stove Top Potpourri to your friends, family and neighbors! You never know who’s day your going to brighten with this little gift!
I dropped off a few of these to neighbors in the apartment building and then sent some with Thomas to work to hand out to family members! I know they added a few smiles to faces that day!
Christmas Stove Top Potpourri – Gift Package Idea and Free Printable
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 12 whole star anise
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 teaspoons whole cloves
- 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 8 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 4 oranges
- 4 chip-wood baskets
- 4 medium size clear treat bags
- Twine or Ribbon
- Ornament (optional)
- Printable Tag
- Printer to print tags
- hole punch
Break Cinnamon sticks in half and place into a small bowl or a small plastic bag. Add vanilla to bag and shake (or stir).
Divide all of the ingredients by 4.
Place chip-wood basket into clear treat bag.
(do this for all four)
Divide fresh cranberries into each basket.
Add everything else to baskets.
Add rosemary and orange last.
Tie bag closed with ribbon or twine.
Add an ornament and the free printable tag!