DIY Christmas Simmer Pot Gift Idea (Easy Recipe)

Looking for a simple and natural way to bring the holiday spirit into your home? Try making this DIY Christmas Simmer Pot Gift Idea that everyone will love. It’s an easy recipe that fills your space with the cozy scents of the holiday season.

DIY Simmer Pot Christmas Gift Idea (Easy Recipe)

What better way to say “I love you” this holiday season than with this easy DIY Christmas Simmer Pot Gift Idea. Everyone always appreciates a handmade gift, and this is also is a fun way to encourage loved ones to live a less toxic lifestyle too, by showing them how amazing natural scents can be. These Simmer Pots smell better and are way better for you than those harmful store-bought candles we see this time of year (Bath & Bodyworks, I’m looking at you…)

I’ve also included some free printable labels to add a personal touch to your simmer pot gifts. So, let’s get started on how to make these fragrant, festive jars. They’re perfect for spreading joy and the smell of Christmas!

How To Make: DIY Christmas Simmer Pot

This simmer pot is super simple and easy to make. Just put your favourite ingredients in a pot over the stove, cover with water and let it simmer away. This is an easy natural way to make your house smell like the holidays. Experiment with all the different ingredients you can use to see what smells you like best. Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Apple
  • Cranberries
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Evergreen Branches
  • Rosemary
  • Star Anise
  • Cloves

If you want to give this simmer pot as a gift that can be made later, then be sure to dry your fruit first (check out the quick tutorial below on how to do this).

DIY Christmas Simmer Pot Gift Idea (Easy Recipe)

How To Use DIY Christmas Simmer Pot

Pour the simmer pot ingredients into a pot on the stove. Cover with water, and bring to a boil. Then, lower the heat and let it simmer all day long. Remember to check it frequently and add more water if needed. For obvious safety reasons, never leave the pot unattended. When you’re done for the day, put everything in the fridge. You can re-use the same ingredients a few more times.

How To Dry Orange Slices In The Oven (Without A Dehydrator)

Drying your orange slices at home in the oven is very easy to do. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. First, slice the oranges evenly (a mandolin is helpful if you have one on hand).
  2. Place them on a parchment-lined baking tray. Make sure orange slices are not overlapping, otherwise they won’t dry evenly.
  3. Pat each slice with paper towels to soak up as much extra juice as possible.
  4. Bake at 200F for 4 hours, flipping halfway.
  5. Some slices might dry faster; remove these and bake the rest for another 30-60 minutes, watching to avoid burning.
  6. You know they’re done when they are dry to touch, but still orange in colour. They’ll also dry a little more at room temperature afterwards.
slicing the oranges to dry
blonde girl in white dress, in white kitchen, holding baking tray with orange slices
baking tray with sliced oranges laying on top

How To Make These Easy Simmer Pot Gift Jars

This is the easiest homemade festive gift and will be loved by anyone! To make, simply fill an airtight glass jar (I used these mason jars) with all of the dried fruit and other goodies you desire.

I filled mine with a few small dried orange slices, a couple sticks of cinnamon, dried cranberries, evergreen branches (freshly cut from our tree in the backyard), star anise and clove spice. Close tightly and add a ribbon if you choose for some extra holiday fun.

Filling simmer pot jar with dried orange slices, cranberries, cinnamon, cloves
Filling simmer pot jar with dried orange slices, cranberries, cinnamon, cloves

Free Simmer Pot Printable Labels

I’ve added some FREE Printable Simmer Pot Labels for your jars. They have all the instructions for easy use. You can print them on regular paper and stick them on with tape, or print them directly onto sticker paper. Click here for the free download.

Free Holiday Simmer Pot Printable Labels
Free Holiday Simmer Pot Printable Labels
Free Holiday Simmer Pot Printable Labels

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DIY Simmer Pot Christmas Gift Idea (Easy Recipe)

If you give these DIY Simmer Pots a try, I’d love to see it. Tag me on instagram @gwenthemilkmaid.

DIY Christmas Simmer Pot Gift Video Tutorial

Make these easy DIY Simmer Pots with me in my latest youtube video! Jump to 16:53.

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