This Holiday Potpourri is the quickest way to make your house smell like Christmas! It’s perfect for neighbor’s gifts, complete with printable gift tags

It costs approximately $2.40 to make this Holiday Potpourri Jar. The ingredient amounts listed below are enough to make one jar. 

You can also make Peanut Brittle and Peppermint Bark Candy as treats to deliver to your friends and family this holiday season. 

An overhead picture of the Holiday Potpourri in a white pot.

Holiday Potpourri

If you have ever wanted to bottle up with smells of Christmas, you are in luck! This Holiday Potpourri Jar captures the warm and inviting scents of Christmas that you love as it simmers on the stovetop.

The result is an aroma that creates a cozy atmosphere by blending citrus, cranberries, and warm spices. I love putting this potpourri on at the beginning of the Christmas season to welcome the holidays.

I also love to put it in jars to gift to friends, family, and my kids’ school teachers. Not only does it smell heavenly in your home, but it also looks beautiful in the jar, making it a fabulous gift. 

While baking lots of homemade goodies to deliver is fun, it is also time-consuming. So this Holiday Potpourri is the perfect gift!

There is no bake time, and it is easy to assemble. I even included printable gift tags for you to use as well.

Ingredients and Estimated Cost

Per Serving Cost: $2.40

Recipe Cost: $2.40

  • 1 cup cranberries – $0.73
  • 1 mandarin orange – $0.25
  • 2 rosemary sprigs – $0.24
  • 2 cinnamon sticks – $0.68
  • 1 teaspoon cloves – $0.50

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

An overhear picture of all of the materials and ingredients needed to make this Holiday Potpourri for gifting.

How To Make Holiday Potpourri

  1. First, place a quarter of a cup of cranberries in the bottom of a pint-sized jar.
  2. Next, add the mandarin orange to the jar and top it with the remaining cranberries. 
  3. Then, slide the cinnamon sticks and rosemary sprigs against the side of the jar. 
  4. Sprinkle the cloves over the top and close the lid. Attach a card with a ribbon for gifting. 
  5. To simmer the potpourri, Cut the orange into slices. 
  6. Add the orange slices along with the rest of the contents of the jar to a pot of water.
  7. Finally, turn the burner to high heat and bring the water to a boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer, adding water as needed.

***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.

A picture collage showing how to make this recipe.

Recipe Variations

Here are a few ideas for different ingredients you can use in this potpourri: 

  1. Sprigs of fresh pine
  2. Miniature apple
  3. Star anise
  4. Nutmeg
  5. Allspice

Storage Tips

SERVE: After making the holiday jar, you will need to add water to a pot along with the ingredients in the jar to simmer on the stovetop. 

STORE: The Holiday Potpourri Jar should be stored in the fridge until it is ready to be used. 

FREEZE: This recipe does not freeze well so I do not recommend freezing it.

Recipe FAQs

Can you reuse Christmas potpourri?

You can use this Holiday Potpourri multiple times for about a week. Add water as needed to the pot as you keep it simmering on your stovetop. When not using the potpourri, strain the pot and store the contents of the potpourri back in the jar in the fridge until you are ready to use the next day.

Are you supposed to boil potpourri?

Bring the water to a boil, but once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low and allow the potpourri to simmer, leaving it to enjoy the smells of Christmas.

The finished Holiday Potpourri Gift in Mason jars.

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The Holiday Stovetop Potpourri in a white pot.

Holiday Potpourri

This Holiday Potpourri is the quickest way to make your house smell like Christmas! It’s perfect for neighbor’s gifts, complete with printable gift tags!
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Course: how-to
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, potpourri
Servings: 1 jar

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 mandarin orange
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • Pint-sized jar
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Gift tag

Instructions

MAKE POTPOURRI GIFTING JAR:

  • Place about a quarter cup of cranberries in the bottom of a pint-sized jar.
  • Add the mandarin orange to the jar.
  • Top with the remaining cranberries.
  • Slide the cinnamon sticks and the rosemary sprigs against the side of the jar.
  • Sprinkle cloves over the top.
  • Attach the gift card with a ribbon.
  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to gift.

SIMMER POTPOURRI:

  • Fill a pot with several cups of water.
  • Pour the jar of holiday potpourri, except for the orange, into the water.
  • Cut the orange into slices and place it into the water.
  • Turn the burner to high heat and bring the water to a boil, then reduce to low heat and simmer.
  • Check periodically, and add additional water as needed.
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5 Comments

  1. Oh I bet this smells amazing. Perfect for Christmas time.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Just reading this I can almost smell how amazing this must be! My mom used to do oranges, cloves, and cinnamon…adding cranberries and rosemary probably makes it even better! I love the idea of giving it as a gift too.

  3. I love this gifting idea for the holidays! I’m sure everyone is going to love the smell of Christmas in their house!

  4. kushigalu says:

    I just love the smell, and The combo here is amazing. I am sure this smells fantastic.

  5. Yessssss! This potpourri smells like Christmas! Everyone loved it. So many compliments!