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Easy DIY Christmas Simmer Pot Mason Jar Gifts

These easy DIY Christmas simmer pot mason jar gifts are such a gorgeous and inexpensive gift idea for teachers, coworkers, neighbors, and friends. Perfect for a small gift exchange, too! Snag the free printable labels at the bottom of the page to make some great Christmas gifts for others. 

Easy DIY Christmas Simmer Pot Recipe (Less than 1 minute prep!)

These also make great hostess gifts, guest gifts for company coming to visit, or gifts for anyone who loves to make their homes feel warm and inviting! 

The scent that a Christmas simmer pot offers in a home is absolutely unbelievable – it’s just about the coziest, comforting thing you’ll ever smell other than a delicious, piping hot meal coming out of the oven. I have a simmer pot running in my house several times a week during the fall and Christmas seasons. They’re just so easy to assemble, and the scent it puts out is so amazing. 

Easy DIY Christmas Simmer Pot Recipe (Less than 1 minute prep!)

Because this homemade Christmas stovetop potpourri really does make a house smell incredible, and because the natural ingredients are just so gorgeous all together, it makes for a wonderful Christmas gift.

And, not only does it make a great gift because it’s cozy and gorgeous, this is such a great gift to give away in bulk because they’re so inexpensive and simple to assemble. You can assemble several mason jars at one time, and with these free printable mason jar labels (that you can snag at the bottom of this page), you can make the gift feel a little more personal and customized while also having a convenient way to share the directions for how to use the simmer pot ingredients.

Let me walk you through how easy it is to assemble the simmer pot mason jar gift. Yay, friend! This is so fun! 

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Here’s what you need for mason jar gift assembly: 



The recipe below is for one jar – either quart-sized or pint-sized. You can use the same ingredient quantities for either size jar, just adjust the water you add to the size of the jar.

  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1-2 small fresh Christmas tree branches or rosemary (use the fresh tree branch if you can!) 
  • Cranberries – enough to your liking!
  • Water to fill the jar up to the lip

Tip for the tree branches if you don’t have a live tree: go to a place where they sell fresh Christmas trees and ask if you can snag a few stray branches. They’ll probably say yes! ๐Ÿ™‚

How to assemble the mason jar simmer pot gifts

Step 1: Add all ingredients & fill jar with water

Christmas Simmer Pot Mason Jar Gift

Add all of the ingredients to the mason jar(s), and then fill up the jar (just to the lip – don’t go all the way to the top of the jar) with water.

The amount of water you add won’t dilute the scent at all, so you really can prep these in pint-sized or quart-sized jars and use the exact same quantity of ingredients in both. Just adjust the water to fill the jar, and you’re good to go! 

Christmas Simmer Pot Mason Jar Gift

Tip for assembly: you can assemble these a day or so in advance, but store them in the fridge, and don’t add the water until you’re closer to taking them with you to deliver them as gifts to prevent the water from getting cloudy. 

Step 2: Print out mason jar lid labels

You can get access to the free labels sent to your inbox HERE!

I’ve created one set for wide-mouth mason jars and one size for smaller-mouth mason jars, so you really can choose either sized-jar and the labels will fit. 

Tip: You can print them on regular printer paper if you don’t have another option, but if you’re able, white durable cardstock is best. 

Christmas Simmer Pot Mason Jar Gift

Step 3: Cut out labels

This is pretty straightforward. Just cut out the labels you’re needing to use. 

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Step 4: Add labels to lid

Easy DIY Christmas Simmer Pot Recipe (Less than 1 minute prep!)

Christmas Simmer Pot Mason Jar Gift

As you can see, you can just add the label between the sealer part and the rim part of the lid. Makes for such easy assembly! Screw the lid onto the mason jar, add some ribbon or raffia, and you’ve got yourself a great gift!

Christmas Simmer Pot Mason Jar Gift

Doesn’t it just look cozy?! 

Easy DIY Christmas Simmer Pot Recipe (Less than 1 minute prep!)

Such a fun and easy DIY Christmas gift in a mason jar! I hope you enjoy making a simmer pot for your own home, as well as bringing others some warm, cozy Christmas greetings by making these as gifts!

Get your free printable labels emailed directly to you by filling out the form below!


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  1. I absolute love making these each year for people! Do you have any other simmer pot label designs – thinking like for the different seasons/holidays? Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Valentine’s Day, general, etc.?

    1. I don’t – I’ve tried different simmer pot recipes, but none of them have given off as vibrant of a smell as this one! So, I only do simmer pots in November/December!

  2. I give up!! Spent over 15 minutes searching for the form to fill out for labels. Never found it. Maybe make it easier to find.

    1. I have the form in a few places on the page! ๐Ÿ™‚ I just updated the post to add another one, so you should be able to find it now.

    1. Hi Candace – you can get them emailed to you by signing up on the form! If you don’t get them via that email, you can email me at mauri(at)theamericanpatriette.com

    1. Spam filters are really high and often block my emails. BOO! Send me an email – mauri(at)theamericanpatriette.com and I’ll email you a link! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Just one – you’ll want to use one orange, a small handful of cranberries, a couple of cinnamon sticks, and a small branch of rosemary or pine/Christmas tree to a jar. So, I always just get a big bag of oranges, order a bag in bulk of cinnamon sticks, and get a bag or two of cranberries when I’m assembling several of these for neighbors.

  3. A coworker gave me a beautiful jar of this. I couldnโ€™t bring myself to cook it because it is so pretty to look at! Now I realize I donโ€™t want to. But I want to make it for others and a fresh version for myself so I can really enjoy it! Thank you so much!!!

    1. Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Yes, suuuuch an easy gift! I just bought a big bag of cinnamon sticks to start making my annual batch of simmer pot jars for my neighbors. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Love this idea so much!! I am wanting to make these for Christmas for my mom, grandmas, and mother in law. If using fresh fruit, how long do these stay good for? Could I make them in early December for Christmas or do they only keep in the jar for a few days?

    1. Good question! I would only put them in the jar for a few days. I haven’t tried making them too much ahead of time, but my hunch is that the water will get cloudy with the oranges and the branches in there, and I’d be concerned about mold since there’s nothing in there like salt to preserve them.

  5. Hi! I love this mixture! Question, you said 1 whole orange sliced and one whole lemon sliced in one jar? Your pics depict a different amount, so a little confusing. But then again it all could just be to get a great pic (which they are!) maybe the jar is larger than my mind is allowing me to think, unless end result is in-fact a jar, stuffed with the ingredients. Lol! Either way, please explain! Lol

    1. I use the larger mason jars – quart-sized! But if you want to use the smaller ones, you could easily just do a peel and not the entire orange. Also, I may have been using mandarin oranges for this. The large naval oranges would definitely be trickier to fit in there!

        1. Hi Morgan, so sorry – with spam filters so high these days, many bloggers’ email service providers get blocked from sending the automatic emails that people request on sign-up! Send me an email – mauri(at)theamericanpatriette.com and I’ll email you the link! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I would like to make these now as Christmas gifts, but I am worried the cranberries will go bad. If I seal the mason jars would they last longer?

    1. Gosh, that’s a good question! I don’t know – I’ve never done that before, so I’m not sure. I’d also be concerned that the orange peel + rosemary/evergreen stem might start to mold if left in there for too long. I probably wouldn’t make them more than a couple of days ahead of time.

    1. Hi Nicola – you can get them via email! Just submit your info into the form I mention all throughout the page and they’ll get sent to your inbox.

    1. Jean – you’re going to love it!! I can’t wait to get mine up and going again right after Thanksgiving!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Megan,

      I’m so sorry I’m just now responding to this! I didn’t see it until this morning. There’s a form at the very bottom of the page where you can put in your name & email address, and you’ll get an email within just a minute or so that gives you the easy access information! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Hi Beth – you can get them via email! Just submit your info into the form I mention all throughout the page and they’ll get sent to your inbox.

    1. Hi Mary Ann – no problem! There’s a form on that page that you can fill out with just your name and email address and a link to get them will be sent right to your inbox!

  7. I made 6 of these jars this weekend during naptime. I actually already had all of the ingredients on hand! (I knew I bought that bag of cranberries for some reason when I impulse bought them the week before Thanksgiving!!) Iโ€™m planning on giving these to some co-workers and to my daughterโ€™s teachers. Thanks for the lovely printable label!!!

    1. Yay!! All of her teachers are going to love them! (I seriously cannot believe how good that simmer pot makes my house smell!)

      1. It’ll probably be 12-15lbs. A pint of water weighs about 1 lb, but then you also would need to factor in the glass. I have no problem carrying a case of 12 of these, but it probably depends on how far you have to carry them!

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