Every year starting in about late October, I start racking my brain about what I am going to give for neighbor gifts. Last year I had an overabundance of jalapenos in my garden and so I made a TON of jalapeno jelly. It was great because my gifts were done in September! This year the jalapeno jelly didn’t happen in mass quantities. Back to the drawing board. What to give? My parents neighbors for years have given hand dipped caramels in a white box tied with a beautiful ribbon. I love that gift – they are delicious melt in your mouth. But I was thinking a long the lines of a non-food gift. This Christmas potpourri is not only quick to assemble, but it makes your house smell amazing! The ingredients are inexpensive, especially when you can buy in bulk. And look how cute it is??
I have a sister-in-law who is very crafty, always makes things look nice, and is super fun to be around. We decided to put our forces together and make all of our gifts together. One of the ingredients we needed was cinnamon sticks. We were making A LOT of these and so we needed a bunch of cinnamon sticks. To buy them at the store in the tiny little bottles would have cost us a fortune. So thanks to Amazon, I bought this 5 pound bag of sweet cinnamon sticks for a mere $25! Score. Let’s just say I will have cinnamon around for a long time to come. I didn’t quite realize how much 5 pounds really is.
My sister-in-law made cute tags with the instructions on one side and our name on the other. We just printed on plain white paper and glued them onto decorative scrapbook paper. Then we attached them with a paperclip to the ribbon. You can also use a hole punch and tie them on with ribbon.
We both agreed that this gift was a success and we will likely do it again in the future! It is a nice break from all of the treats and candy around this time of year, plus it makes your house smell so good!
- 1 medium orange
- 1 medium lime
- 4 each cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 cup cranberries, raw
- Quarter orange and lime.
- Place in a saucepan or small crockpot with remaining ingredients.
- Cover with water.
- Simmer on stove top over low heat.
- Add water as needed.
- Will last for up to 3 days in the pot. Discard when finished.