‘Tis the season for all things gift-giving, and, I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the hunt for a unique gift that I can have on hand for teachers, neighbors, delivery drivers, Secret Santa exchanges, etc.!!
This season I’ve decided to make my own version of a stovetop simmering concoction! There’s nothing better than the tastes and smells of the holiday season, and nothing more straightforward than using many ingredients you probably already have on hand. (I’m making over 40 of these this year, so I’ve shared my Amazon affiliate links below for some of the products I purchased in bulk to save on cost if you plan to make many of them!)
Toss out those fake air fresheners and get ready for an old-fashioned olfactory treat!!
Begin by slicing the oranges into about ¼” slices. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and gently “dab” the extra juices from the oranges with a paper towel. Bake for 4-5 hours in a 200-degree oven, or until your oranges are dry but not too crispy. Once the oranges are completely cooled, begin with a small “layer” of cloves, then place 1-2 orange slices in the jar. Add a couple of cinnamon sticks and then place about a handful of cranberries around the sticks and slices, careful to space them out and add color throughout the jar. Stick a fresh sprig of rosemary in, and top with your decorative lid! Finally, print the instruction card, (you can download it for free here as my gift to you), and punch a small hole in the top of the card. Fish a piece of twine or ribbon through the card and attach it to the neck of your cute *jar!
These fun little jars are not only practical, but they make a beautiful gift with all the colors and natural ingredients! A great “generic” but thoughtful gift option to have ready to go throughout the holiday season.
*You can keep the jars for a short while in your fridge, but I recommend putting them together within a day or two of when you plan to gift them.
Happy holidays everyone!