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.
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
Pop the contents into a jar and I used hessian to cover the top, that I tied with twine.
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.
We’re getting closer, people! Exciting!