A Quick and Easy DIY Christmas Gift

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Earlier this week I saw someone share an easy holiday stovetop simmering potpourri used as a DIY teacher or hostess gift, and I promptly placed a Target order for mason jars to pick up the next morning.  I shared my Christmas simmer recipe on the blog back in 2014 but had never thought to package it as a gift!  This recipe from Lovely Lucky Life is better than my original recipe because it includes more aromatics, like ginger and apple cider, and it’s portioned out into 16 ounce packages- perfect for gift giving.

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I put these together with Caroline while Tate napped and it was a really fun project that I know will become a Christmas tradition.  Next year we’ll make more to share with neighbors, family and friends too.  She loved helping and other than cutting and pouring the liquid (because I’m a control freak) she did most of it herself.  Great exercise in dexterity too!  In the days of COVID where some people may not feel comfortable with homemade treats, this is a great personalized gift to show someone that you care without having to worry about germs.  Just package it with a handwritten note and a gift card or dish towel and you’re good to go!  Oh and as a quick tip, if you don’t have a live Christmas tree to snip some clippings from, just ask a place that sells them for any trimmings they may have.  I got a bunch of greenery from Whole Foods for free, simply by asking.

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I made the tags using clipart I bought on Etsy a few weeks back, and I love how it all turned out.  Next time I’ll try printing more tags to a sheet because these were a little big (and I need to invest in a paper cutter), but overall it was a great holiday project that I can’t wait to gift to the teachers that care so well for my children.  Lovely Lucky Life shares a print out sheet of tags on her site, so if you want to make it even simpler just check out her blog.  After making all of these gifts I used the remaining ingredients to create a stovetop simmer for ourselves and it smells absolutely heavenly!  Just be sure to keep adding water as needed as it evaporates.  This should last you a couple of days, so don’t throw it out after one day (just be sure to turn the stove off).

Merry Christmas, y’all!

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2 Comments

  1. Kelsey
    December 17, 2021 / 11:14 am

    Super cute! This is a great idea! Definitely going to use this in the future.

    • December 18, 2021 / 1:49 pm

      Thanks! Yes I think it’ll be a family tradition for us from here on out too!

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