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Simmering Holiday Potpourri makes your house smell amazing. It’s also a thoughtful and easy homemade gift!

Fresh oranges, lemons, cinnamon sticks, and clover simmer on the stove to create a fantastic aroma that’s perfect for the holidays!

Collage of Simmering Holiday Potpourri

Simmering Holiday Potpourri

Have I ever given you a recipe that you couldn’t eat? I guess there’s a first time for everything!

As I mentioned in the Cookies and Cream Fudge recipe, a neighbor of mine when I was young brought Christmas treats to us every year. As well, she had this wonderful Simmering Holiday Potpourri on the stove almost every time I visited her between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

On Saturdays, we went over and picked up our eggs and visited a while since she had chickens and a lot of other farm animals. I remember her house smiled so festive. As an adult, I related that smell to the holidays and wanted my house to smell like that.

Fruit cut on cutting board with knife.


Isn’t it funny how smells remind trigger memories? Like Ralph Lauren Polo cologne for men always reminds me of my high school boyfriend! Bourbon or whiskey smells make me want to watch a good football game. Coconut anything makes me want to sun on the beach. What are some smells that conjure up memories for you?

For, this ‘recipe’ is not just the cinnamon or cloves or even the citrus. I love to smell them all independently, but it’s the combination of smells they create together that gives it the holiday twist. This is a very simple recipe for Simmering Holiday Potpourri. No, it’s a recipe you eat, but it’s worth sharing and making! If you have a small slow cooker that you can dedicate to potpourri for the season, that will be fantastic! (When the slow cooker is as cheap as that one, you may want a couple of them!)

This potpourri is easy peasy. Collect your ingredients and slice the fruit.

Simmering Potpourri on the stove.

Place Simmering Holiday Potpourri in a pot or slow cooker. Fill with water until it just covers the fruit. Simmer and enjoy the aroma!

Bag of fruit and cinnamon sticks.

Need a gift?

Simmering Holiday Potpourri makes a great gift; merely package all the ingredients with directions.

Simmering Potpourri

Simmering Holiday Potpourri

Simmering Holiday Potpourri makes your house smell amazing. It’s also a thoughtful and easy homemade gift!
Author: Paula
5 from 16 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes



  • 1 medium orange sliced
  • 1 medium lemon sliced
  • 2 standard cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves or 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups water


  • Place water into a small saucepan.
    Simmering Potpourri
  • Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange, and lemon slices. Turn simmer as long as desired. Check water level every 1/2 hour that you have simmering. Water needs to be added as needed.
    Simmering Potpourri
  • Do not let water evaporate. Use potpourri for 2 days adding water as necessary
    Simmering Potpourri gift
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  1. 5 stars
    This is such as cute gift for my husband. All his favorite flavors are there and it’s going to make my home more Christmassy with the smell! Thanks for this idea!

  2. Mmmm – so many of my favorite scents all in one! I don’t have a slow cooker at the moment, but I may have to put this on the stove on low for Christmas morning.

  3. Oh my goodness, I can imagine the wonderful aromas when simmering this up. What a wonderful gift idea Paula 🙂

  4. Paula, I love the idea of these. I especially like the potpourri. It adds great moisture to the air in this dry climate. But I have been known to leave it till I begin to smell burned cinnamon! I’d love it if your linked these great gift ideas to What’d You Do This Weekend.


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