Christmas in a jar

A few weeks ago Becky wrote to me asking for ideas for homemade Christmas presents and I came across an idea on Dandee that I fell in love with; so easy, simple and I would love to receive one. All you have to do is add a combination of fruit and spices to a jar. When you receive your jar you pour the contents into a saucepan, add water and simmer to fill your home with the unmistakeable scent of Christmas.

So, I decided to make a few Christmas in a Jar presents for some old colleagues, instead of boring chocolates.  If you need to make some last minute gifts for neighbours, colleagues or family friends, these are the perfect inexpensive option.

Christmas in a jar | Homemade Christmas present | Apartment Apothecary

I changed the contents of the jar slightly to these ingredients:

– 10 cloves

– Two slices of dried orange (just slice them and bake them in the oven at 50 degrees for a couple of hours).

– Two dried apple rings

– Two bay leaves

– Two cinnamon sticks

– 1 tsp Ground cinnamon

– 1 tsp Ground nutmeg

– 1 tsp All spice

Christmas in a jar | Homemade Christmas present | Apartment Apothecary

Pop the contents into a jar and I used hessian to cover the top, that I tied with twine.

Christmas in a jar | Homemade Christmas present | Apartment Apothecary

Pour the contents into a saucepan, fill jar with water, add water to saucepan and bring to a simmer.

When you simmer the ingredients in a saucepan it fills your home with the scent of Christmas – perfect if you are having guests or you just want to make your home extra cosy and festive this Christmas.

Christmas in a jar | Homemade Christmas present | Apartment Apothecary

Christmas in a jar | Homemade Christmas present | Apartment Apothecary

Have you made any gifts this year? Or did you make any from the Homemade Christmas presents post I wrote? Thank you so much to Dandee for the great tutorial and the lovely labels.

We’re getting closer, people! Exciting!

Katy x

 

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8 Comments

    • katy 17th December 2014 / 8:33 am

      Isn’t it?! Wish I had thought of it myself. I think I’m going to be making these every year from now on x

  1. Sue 16th December 2014 / 11:17 pm

    LOVE this idea! Totally pinned

    • katy 17th December 2014 / 8:34 am

      So do-able too! I love to pin ideas but this one is actually achievable, which makes all the difference! x

    • katy 22nd December 2014 / 3:31 pm

      And so simple. Love it x

  2. Kate 23rd December 2014 / 12:28 pm

    Such a gorgeous idea – I totally love it and so simple to do too! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! x

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