Christmas in a Jar Gift Idea

November 10, 2019

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Christmas in a jar makes for an easy gift to exchange with friends and family. As the name suggests this potpourri smells exactly as Christmas should. Spicy, sweet and so inviting!

With easy to find ingredients and printable instructions, this makes for a thoughtful gift from the heart that will tickle the nose of anyone lucky enough to receive it! It smells so much nicer than aerosol sprays and is made with all-natural ingredients for a safe way to freshen the air.

How to make Christmas in a jar

With ingredients like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and fresh fruits, you know this will smell wonderful as it simmers, but it also looks lovely to display. Should you be setting up at a craft fete, this Christmas in a jar is going to catch eyes and noses as they pass your display!

Christmas in a jar makes for a great neighbour or teacher gift too. The fragrance is warm and inviting and can help to melt the stresses of the holiday away. It is budget-friendly and easy to assemble. Make a few extra jars to keep on hand for unexpected holiday visitors or for an additional gift to give as needed.


  • Clear plastic or glass wide mouth jar
  • 1 Large orange or 3-4 mini ones
  • 4-5 Cinnamon sticks
  • ½ c. Cranberries
  • 1 tbsp Whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. Nutmeg
  • Small plastic Ziploc bags
  • Printable gift tag
  • Printable instructions tag
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Hole punch


  • Place 1 large or 3-4 tiny oranges in the bottom of a wide-mouthed jar. 
  • Layer ½ cup of cranberries on top of the orange/s.
  • Place 4-5 cinnamon sticks on top of the cranberries in the jar. 
  • Put 1 tbsp of cloves into a tiny Ziploc bag, and 1 tsp of nutmeg into another. Place both of the filled Ziploc bags on top of the items in the jar. 
  • Close the lid of the jar.
  • Cut out the printable tag and the printable instructions. 
  • Punch a hole in one corner of both of the tags. 
  • Run a ribbon or twine through the tags, and tie them around the top of the jar. 
  • To prepare, follow the directions labelled on the printable tag, and enjoy the smell of Christmas in the air!

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  • Nadia Josephine November 10, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Thanks for the great advice I am definitely going to try this!

  • This German Mama November 10, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    This is a great idea, my daughter would enjoy making these. I’ll have to make some for this Christmas. And what better gift to give, than a homemade one.

  • Nayna Kanabar November 11, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    These sound like a super gifting idea , I was wondering diid you add fresh orange in the jar? Does it not go bad ? The pre designed tags are great.

  • Rhian westbury November 12, 2019 at 6:59 am

    This is such a lovely idea, and something which although it’s quite cheap and easy to make is really thoughtful x

  • Charli November 12, 2019 at 8:21 am

    What a lovely idea for a homemade gift. It definitely has more of a personal touch than the usual box of chocolates or bottle of wine!
    C x

  • Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog November 12, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    We loe mulled wine and the smell of cinnamon, so this little jar of Christmas joy would be perfect for us!

  • Jenny November 12, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    I bet this smells absolutely delicious, so tempted to make one for myself!

  • Rebecca Smith November 12, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    This is such a lovely gift idea! I think my mother in law would love something like this so might make one!

  • Jenni November 13, 2019 at 6:55 am

    This is such a beautiful idea, my parents and grandparents would especially appreciate it

  • Kira November 15, 2019 at 7:23 am

    What a lovely gift idea . I love cinnamon! The girls would love making one if these for their teachers or nan and grandad

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