Full of sweet and spicy aromas, these holiday stovetop simmer gift bags create a warm and cozy atmosphere for the holidays. Not only can you make these for yourself and simmer a saucepan full of aromatic goodness on the stove all day to make your house smell amazing, but you can give them out as host/hostess gifts for Thanksgiving, Christmas and holiday parties, or pass them out to your friends, family and co-workers to enjoy at home too.
To fill each gift bag, start by choosing a few elements that will make up the main scent. You can pick from any herb, spice or evergreen you want, but you want to make sure the components complement each other. Next, choose a citrus accent that pairs well with your other elements. Place the citrus fruit in the bag whole so it can stay fresh for as long as possible, but let your recipient know to slice the citrus just before adding it to the pot. Finally, add a handful of fresh cranberries to give your package a pop of color and texture.
Once you’ve filled your bags, add your personalized labels and tags. We chose to add a text label with detailed instructions, and a gift tag accented with a sprig of pine. Once your bags are packaged, store them in the refrigerator to keep all the ingredients fresh until you’re ready to gift them. Keep reading to find out which ingredients we used in our gift bags:
- 3-4 sprigs of fresh pine and/or fir
- 2-3 sticks of cinnamon
- 1 mandarin, whole
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- Small window tin-tie bags
- Small rectangle text labels
- Large oval hang tags
- Sprigs of fir for garnishing your gift bags
- Ensure your stovetop simmer is as aromatic as possible by choosing fresh (or freshly picked) ingredients. Place the pine and/or fir, cinnamon sticks, citrus fruit and cranberries in each bag, and roll down the top to close the bags.
- Place one text label on each bag. We placed ours on the bottom-front so the instructions for use would be prominent, but you could also place them on the back of the bags.
- Attach your hang tags with a clothes pin, and add an embellishment, such as a sprig of fir or rosemary.
Used In This Project:
- Large Oval Hang Tags • I chose the “Vintage Burlap” style in burlap stone.
- Small Rectangular Labels • I chose the “Vintage Burlap” style in burlap stone.
- Small Window Tin-Tie Bags
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