Christmas Potpourri in a Jar is like bottling up the scent of the holidays. With fresh cranberries, oranges, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg, these DIY Christmas gifts is a simple stovetop potpourri that everyone will love.

DIY Christmas Gift for Friends | Christmas Potpourri in a Jar with Free Printable Gift Tag

Looking for unique and beautiful DIY Christmas gifts? Grab the free printable below and get all the details to make a few of these Christmas Potpourri in a Jar Homemade Christmas gifts for family, friends, neighbors and teachers!

I’m really excited about this Christmas Potpourri, because it’s a great non-food gift that I can give to my kids’ teachers (I mean, they get tons of candy and cookies already!) and I LOVE how the free printable tag turned out!

I love to fill my home with amazing scents during the holidays, and there’s no better combination than citrus and cranberry mixed with cinnamon and spices. This is a simple recipe that you can simmer on your stovetop or in a crockpot to help fill your home with these delicious scents of the holidays. All of these ingredients are combined in a small pot on the stove and simmered for hours.

This Christmas Potpourri in a Jar comes with a free printable and is crazy easy to put together. It looks stunning, and it’s not just another food gift.

Potpourri Ingredients

These are the ingredients you’ll wrap up for your gifts. You can also just simply drop all of this in a pot of water and simmer it for yourself!

  1. ½ cup fresh cranberries – make sure they are really fresh. You’ll start seeing these in the produce department around early November, maybe even late October.
  2. 1 small orange – The size you purchase will determine what type of vessel you can use to assemble the gifts. Larger oranges won’t fit through the mouth of the jar, and you don’t want to slice the oranges. Clementines are great for smaller jars.
  3. 4 cinnamon sticks – These seem to come in varying lengths, but are usually about 3-inches long. You can always find a large bottle of these at Costco.
  4. Whole cloves or allspice (or both) – I’ve used both with fantastic results. But you can choose to use just one of whichever is your preference.
  5. Ground nutmeg

How to Make These DIY Christmas Gifts

For the assembly, you’ll also need:

  • Wide-Mouth, Quart Jars or cellophane gift bags – The jars are obviously more expensive, but they do have the biggest impact. As you can see in the images, I fit a small navel orange inside.
  • Kraft paper or wrapping paper – Kraft paper is stronger, wrapper paper tends to rip, so choose wisely.
  • Ribbon or twine – I like the rustic look of twine, but use whatever you have on hand.
  • Scissors
  • a Printer – if you don’t have a home printer, you can have these printed at your local office supply store for a few dollars.
  • Paper/Cardstock – I tend to prefer cardstock because it holds up better. But it’s your call.

Bag Instructions: Place the ingredients inside the jar or cellophane bag and tie a ribbon around the top, attaching the tag with the ribbon.

Jar instructions: Top the lid of the jar with brown kraft paper, wrapping paper or any other paper you like, secure with the jar lid band, then tie on the free printable gift tag with a ribbon or twine. The gift tag doubles as the instructions!

DIY Christmas Gift for Neighbors | Christmas Potpourri in a Jar with Free Printable Gift Tag

A Few Things to Note

  • You want to make sure that the vessel you choose is large enough for the oranges. If you plan to use small navel oranges, or maybe fresh oranges from your backyard tree, I suggest using cellophane gift bags that would be able to accommodate the larger pieces of fruit. There’s nothing worse than having to jam that orange through the mouth of a jar and the recipient not being able to get it out!
  • If you opt for mason jars, be sure to use the wide mouth mason jars ones, for the same reason as above.
  • You’ll note that on the recipe card it says “cloves” but in the image I used allspice. While these two spices do have different scents, they each blend nicely and one can be swapped out for the other based on what you have available. Or you can use both.
  • For the spices, it’s easiest if you place them in a small bag so they don’t just fall to the bottom. I simply cut the corner of a ziploc bag, poured the spices into that corner piece, then tied it with a small piece of twine. (See the video for the visual). You could also just pour them into the bottom of jar if you like.
  • I recommend printing on cardstock for the best results.
  • Be sure to make one of these cute Christmas gifts for yourself – trust me, these smell amazing and you’ll be glad you did. This recipe works beautifully in the slow cooker, too!

Make Ahead Instructions

You can make these jar gifts about a week in advance.

Assembled jars should be refrigerated and gifted within a week to maintain freshness of ingredients. 

Simmering Stovetop Christmas Potpourri with Cranberries, oranges, cinnamon and spices

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Christmas Potpourri

Make a unique and beautiful DIY Christmas gift! Christmas Potpourri Jars are pretty and practical gifts for friends, teachers and neighbors.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Tutorial
Cuisine American
Servings 1 jar


  • Quart Size Ball Jars


  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 small orange clementines work great
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves or allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Slice the orange Into thick slices or quarters. Place all of the Ingredients In a 3-quart (or larger) pot on the stove. Pour in enough water to cover the Ingredients by at least an inch.
  • Simmer on low heat, uncovered, checking periodically and adding more water If needed.
  • Slow Cooker: Add Ingredients to the pot and cover with water. Set to low and leave uncovered.


You can simmer this all day If you like, or until the scent dissipates.
Assembled jars should be refrigerated and gifted within a week to maintain freshness of ingredients. 
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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. I found your christmas potpourri and would love to make it with my granddaughter as gifts this year. I wanted to know if you have a way to print the tag you show? I went on your site but could not find any instructions. Might you be able to help.


    1. Hi Beverly, I highly recommend to print on cardstock. You can use your home printer or have them printed at an office supply store (it’s pretty inexpensive).

  2. I am so excited to make these this christmas! I have a the allspice you use ground in place of the whole cloves? and if so do you still recommend 1 tablespoon? I do not have cloves but I have ground allspice and wanted to try that instead!

    1. Yes you can use whole allspice or whole cloves. You could put ground allspice a small bag so it doesn’t get lost.

  3. I can’t find fresh cranberries this time of the year. Would another fruit work, such as cherries? Any other suggestions?

    1. Other fruits aren’t as stable as cranberries and won’t last as long. The orange and cinnamon would still be a great scent.

  4. I love this idea – I did something similar last year but will be using yours this year to gift friends. This would also be great to gift at Thanksgiving – would love a Thanksgiving tag if you are able to include one. Thanks!

  5. Kristin, I went to a Christmas party 2 years ago where we assembled these for ourselves. I enjoyed it so much that I did it last year for neighborhood gifts. Thank you for making the tags available to us to print out. I am going to do it again this year for some new neighbors!

  6. Thanks for this great idea! I was gifted it and look forward to giving it to others. Do you have a photo of the gift with cellophane packaging all put together? I struggle with presentation 🙂 Thanks again!

  7. I received this as a gift and made it today. Now I am looking to do this next year for others and I am trying to figure out how to order the recipe cards. Christmas Potporri.

    1. Hi Marcia, no need to order – it’s a free printable that you can get by clicking the DOWNLOAD link towards the end of the post. Glad you liked it!

  8. Can I slice up the oranges before putting in the jar? Or should I leave whole? I’m gifting the next day after making them.

      1. Hi Julia, The download graphic is near the end of the post, right above the recipe. It says “click here to download” in a big yellow graphic.

  9. Thank you for sharing this great recipe. I come back to it every year. I’ve given this as gifts to teachers, neighbors, and people at church the past few years, and it is something people look forward to now. It fills homes with great fragrance without adding anything to the hips =) Thank you!

  10. Good Evening,
    Can you please tell me when you make this how long do you leave it sit. Do you leave all of this in the pot
    and reheat again the next day. How long does it last?

    1. If you’re going to want to reheat the next day, I recommend storing in the refrigerator. If you do that as soon as the liquid cools to room temperature, it should last a few days.

    1. They make very small bags like for marshmallow pops. Or what I did was just stuff the spices into the corners of a sandwich bag and snip it op and tie it.

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