Christmas Scent In A Jar

Holiday Potpourri

by Alli

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The countdown to Christmas continues! It’s the time of the year when I always think back to my childhood. Mom always made sure Christmas time was purely magical.

I remember my family hiking out into the wooded part of our farm to pick out the Christmas tree.

My siblings and I would leaf through the big Sears Wish Book until the pages were worn. One of my fondest memories is what I refer to as the Christmas Scent.

The smell of the tree mingled with the smells of Christmas cookies always takes me back home. I’ve captured some of the smells of Christmas in a DIY gift in a jar. Keep reading to get a free printable direction tag and the recipe.

Christmas Scent in a Jar

I love to give this as a gift but I also like to simmer my own during the holiday season. It smells so good and it’s an all-natural way for your house to smell like Christmas.

Ingredients You’ll Need For Christmas Scent In A Jar

  • grapefruit (You can use the peelings from the fruit or you can slice the fruit and use it all) 
  • oranges
  • lemons
  • water
  • cinnamon sticks
  • cloves
  • allspice

You can also add fresh rosemary springs and whole cranberries, but it’s completely optional. 

The full recipe card is at the end of this post!

I like to simmer this Christmas scent on low on the stovetop during the day when I’m wrapping presents or cleaning the house. Make sure you watch the water level and add water as needed. 

You Can Also Simmer This Christmas Scent In A Slow Cooker

You could also put the ingredients in a small slow cooker and heat on low. Check every 4 hours and add water when needed. 

Christmas Scent In A Jar - Slow Cooker filled with lemon slices, cranberries and rosemary sprigs

How To Store Crockpot Potpourri Christmas Scent

If you’re using your slow cooker, this potpourri keeps in the slow cooker for up to three days. Cover with the lid when not in use and add water as needed. 

If you’re simmering on the stovetop, remove the pot from the stove and cover when not in use. Add water as needed. 

I Love This All-Natural Scent

Plugins and most candles cause my husband’s eyes to water and before long he’s grabbing a tissue to blow his nose. That’s another reason to make my house smell like Christmas without resorting to plugins.

Christmas Scent in a Jar

Christmas Scent in a Jar is actually three gifts in one. I include enough fruit to make the scent (plus you get to eat the fruit) and the jar is a gift as well.

If you don’t have a glass jar, you can order one here

This is the easiest gift to put together. Place all the ingredients in a large glass jar. I use a smaller jar for the spices. Or you could use a small ziplock bag for the spices. 

How to Make A DIY Gift - Christmas Scent in a Jar

The grapefruits I purchased are huge! I bought three, but couldn’t fit them all in the jar.

Print out the tag with the directions (after the recipe below), add some ribbon around the center of the jar, and glue the tag to the ribbon. You’re done!

Christmas Scent in a Jar makes a great gift!

Yield: One Batch

Christmas Scent In A Jar

Christmas Scent In A Jar - Slow Cooker filled with lemon slices, cranberries and rosemary sprigs

I love to simmer this Christmas scent during the holidays. It makes the house smell so good.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • Peelings Of:
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Tablespoons cloves
  • 1 tsp. allspice


  1. Place all ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer. Keep an eye on the simmering Christmas scent and add more water as needed.


You can also use a slow cooker to simmer this potpourri. Simmer on low. Check every few hours and add water as needed.

I use the peelings of the fruit for this potpourri. You can also use sliced fruit if desired.

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Print The Free Printable Gift Tag Below

You can grab my FREE printable gift tag by clicking here >>> Christmas-Scent

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Jenny December 5, 2018 - 5:30 am

What a cute & thoughtful idea. Yes the smell of Christmas is magical and I loved looking at the toy books as a kid. My kids have the Target toy book and love looking at it, which totally reminded me of my childhood.

candy December 5, 2018 - 7:27 am

These jar gifts would be wonderful and make the house smell so good for the holidays. Easy and fun to make which is a plus.

Jeanette December 5, 2018 - 8:04 am

That sounds like it would be a wonderful smell! I LOVE the smells at Christmas. This might be a perfect smell at our next holiday party!

Amber Myers December 5, 2018 - 8:19 am

I love this idea! I’m all about my house smelling like Christmas over the holidays. I have two cats, so anything to help mask that smell 😉

Melanie December 5, 2018 - 9:09 am

This is such a neat gift idea. I would give it as a hostess gift for a few parties that we have comping up.

Terri Steffes December 5, 2018 - 9:57 am

I love your jar! How gorgeous. I also used a jar that wasn’t a mason jar and I feel good about that! 🙂 I am going to give your jar to my neighbor. She is elderly but still manages to sign for packages and generally watch the house during the day.

Marie InteriorFrugalista December 5, 2018 - 12:19 pm

Alli, I am so with you about the nostalgia of certain scents during the holidays. My Mom & Dad always made Christmastime magical in our house too. Love this idea of gifting the scent of Christmas in a jar. I’d be thrilled to receive this as a gift!

Debra December 5, 2018 - 12:43 pm

This jar is so special. Thinking back to my childhood, I remember pouring over the Sears catalog until I wore it out. Santa always brought me what I wanted and more. With your Christmas scent you have brought the magic back.

Tomi C December 5, 2018 - 4:27 pm

What a great gift idea. I remember my mom would water, sprinkled with cinnamon and vanilla during the holidays right before guests would come over to scent the home. This reminds me of that.

[email protected] December 5, 2018 - 4:40 pm

Citrus and grapefruit is one of my favorite scents. I love how crisp and refreshing it is. This is such a great gift idea and printable.

Lian Wright December 5, 2018 - 5:56 pm

This is a fabulous idea! I love all of these scents and to gift or receive this would be fabulous! The citrus and cinnamon sticks would be my favourite scents.

Pam December 5, 2018 - 7:32 pm

This sounds like such a great gift idea. I love all of the scents that Christmas brings with it.

Carlee December 5, 2018 - 9:39 pm

I can almost smell the Christmas from here and what a pretty package to put it all in!

Tasheena December 5, 2018 - 9:57 pm

This is such a great idea, and a really perfect DIY holiday gift. I love that no cooking is involved with this.

Marysa December 5, 2018 - 11:11 pm

What a fun idea. It’s so pretty and not only makes for a great display, but smells wonderful, and naturally. We try to stay away from artificial fragrances and I’d love to make my own.

Katrin December 6, 2018 - 3:13 am

Lovely idea, I just adore that Christmas scent all over, especially when it’s natural!

Kasey December 6, 2018 - 8:24 am

There is just something special about the Smells of Christmastime. I love this idea – putting it all in a jar – so we can share with others

Catalina December 6, 2018 - 8:49 am

What a wonderful idea to have all the Christmas smells in a jar! My whole family will love this idea!

Vjay Rao December 6, 2018 - 9:19 am

Christmas Scent in a Jar seems to epitomize the very spirit of Christmas. What a nice idea to bottle up nostalgia of Christmas in a jar. Would make for a great and innovative gift.

Kathy December 6, 2018 - 10:55 am

What a wonderful idea. I’m going to have to make a few of these this year for the holidays. I think guests would really love these for our holiday parties. I love ideas that are in jars.

Nancy at Whispered Inspirations December 6, 2018 - 1:53 pm

These are all such great ideas! I love homemade and personalized gifts! What a great list you have.

Super Mom - No Cape! December 6, 2018 - 2:51 pm

I love the idea of giving them the basic ingredients for them to then make it themselves!

Heather December 6, 2018 - 7:28 pm

This is absolutely adorable and all natural too. What a lovely gift!

Swathi December 7, 2018 - 9:27 pm

These are really cute homemade gift idea. I like this and wish one as my gift.

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