The Holiday Season in a Jar - A Homemade Gift for the Kitchen

DSC_09561 I know that giving gifts is a thoughtful way to show people you care, but at the same time, I find it SO hard to find just the right gift for all of the people in my life. It's hard to find that perfect gift to give to your coworkers, mailman and other people you appreciate, but who aren't family. I decided this year I'm just going to MAKE something that would be a great gift for anyone in your life. Allow me to introduce you luvvs to "Holiday in a Jar." This is a simmer that any person can plop into some water, and then have their house smell like the magic of the season. Who doesn't like to have their house smell amazing?


INGREDIENTS 2 teaspoons Nutmeg 2 cups of Cranberries 3 Cinnamon Sticks 1 Pine Sprig 2 tablespoons of Peppermint Oil DIRECTIONS This is probably one of the easiest gifts you can ever make! All you need is a jar and the ingredients listed above. Before you actually put everything together, take the cranberries and soak them in peppermint for one day to absorb the extract. DSC_08781 DSC_09451 Once you have the jar, dump in the nutmeg and then the cranberries. Shake. Next, put in your cinnamon sticks and sprig. I cut my pine a little longer than the cinnamon sticks to look nicer. DSC_08831 DSC_09831 I'm sure you're thinking, where am I going to get pine?! You have some options. Go to your local tree farm, or even one set up in a parking lot, and just ask if you can have any extra limbs that have fallen off. Or, go scavenging in the woods for pine or fir, or any local tree that smells nice to you. Natural smells really add a crisp freshness to your house, so I definitely encourage bringing the outdoors inside when you can. After everything is layered, top it off and make a direction card for your gift. I took the easy route for a quick tag by using a gold pipe cleaner and some paper. I have gold pipe cleaners all over my house helping me to DIY the Christmas spirit. DSC_09291 DSC_09911 List the measurements above and then write something like the following: "This is your holiday season in a jar, when you're ready to have your house smell like the Winter spirit, you can pour out this holiday magic into a pot filled with 5 cups of water. Let this simmer on the stove for as long as you want, just add water when it gets low. " DSC_09071 Don't forget to make one for yourself! I wish there was smellagram so I could smell just how wonderful each of your houses will be after making this mixture. Happy gift-giving luvvs! Happy Smells My Sweets, melinda-sig

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