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Homemade holiday potpourri warms heart and home

hands wrapping a gift

When thinking about giving gifts to co-workers, friends, and party hosts this holiday season, it can be challenging to find the perfect gift and stay on a budget! One of my favorite gifts to give is Holiday potpourri because it is easy to make, looks beautiful in the jar, and smells lovely when you use it. It is a simple combination of a few favorite holiday scents. To get the PDF printable of the recipe card to attach to your jars, click here.

Holiday Potpourri Ingredients:

  • 1 /2 cup cranberries
  • 1 clementine
  • 4-5 cinnamon sticks
  • Mulling spice mix (could also use whole cloves or allspice)

Remove the clementine from your jar and slice it before adding it 2-3 cups of water in a pot. Add remaining contents of the jar to the water and bring to a simmer on stove uncovered. Continue to simmer on low to enjoy the holiday scent. Be sure to check the water periodically and add more as needed.

If you are looking for other ideas of homemade gifts, check out some of our earlier blog posts for Easy DIY holiday gifts. If you like mason jar gifts, there are other food mix in a jar recipes, as well as easy crafts you can make with your kids.

However you celebrate this holiday season, our wish for you is that you have time to connect with friends and family and that you have good health this holiday season and a happy new year.

Warm wishes!



Judy Schmidt provides leadership to 4-H metro programming in Peoria County. Schmidt joined Extension in 2001, working as a Youth Development Educator at the East Peoria Center and joined the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell unit in 2011. Her work focuses on 4-H youth development programming in the local metropolitan area, specifically leading positive youth development initiatives for after-school programs, community groups, 4-H clubs and other youth-serving organizations. Her areas of expertise include positive youth development principles, youth leadership, and work with teens as teachers.

Schmidt attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her bachelor's degree in psychology and also for her master's degrees in Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a certified facilitator of the Matrixx System/Real Colors program by the National Curriculum and Training Institute.


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