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Simmer a batch of this Holiday Stovetop Potpourri to make your house smell like Christmas! Or package it up and gift it to a friend to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Stovetop potpourri in a glass jar with a gift tag tied to it

I don’t know what it is about this time of year that makes me want to clean and organize all the things.

Maybe it’s because I find myself spending way too much time on the cleaning side of TikTok, or maybe it’s because I pulled a jar of cinnamon sticks from my cabinet two weeks ago that expired in 2015.

Not exactly sure, but here we are.

Once I pulled the 5-year-old cinnamon sticks from my cabinet, I decided to just pull out every single jar, check the expiration dates, decant some of them and organize them a bit.

Along with 3 jars of cinnamon sticks I also some found some cloves, star anise and ginger that needed to used, so I whipped up a batch of stovetop potpourri the next day.

Let me tell you, I can’t get enough of the festive scent that it puts in the air.

Move over Bath & Body Works Hot Cocoa & Cream candle, there’s a new fave scent in town!

Overhead view of an open jar filled with stovetop potpourri on a marble counter


So what exactly is Stovetop Potpourri?

It’s a collection of fruit, spices, and/or herbs that you simmer in water on your stove or in your slow cooker. As the ingredients simmer, they fill the house with the most wonderful aroma.

Dried oranges laid out on a countertop

This holiday version is filled with all of the ingredients that make me think of Christmas the most:

  • Oranges
  • Cranberries
  • Rosemary
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Star anise pods
  • Ginger
  • Cloves

Simmering this potpourri on my stove made my whole house smell like all of the best parts of the holidays. It made me want to hunker down with a batch of popcorn balls, peppermint hot chocolate, and a cozy movie.

Close up of the open mouth of a glass jar filled with stovetop potpourri

This would be perfect to simmer on the stove or heat in the slow cooker during a holiday party, but there’s no reason you can’t use it even if you aren’t having anyone over! 

After all, we all deserve to be surrounded by our favorite nostalgic, cozy scents during the holidays.

Cinnamon sticks laid out on a countertop


If you want to make this holiday potpourri for yourself, simply add all of the ingredients to a medium pot with about 6 cups of water.

Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Let all of the ingredients simmer as long as you’d like. 

If you prefer, you could add everything to a small slow cooker instead and leave on low to medium heat. 

Stovetop potpourri simmering in a saucepan of water

Just make sure that you don’t let all of the water evaporate! Otherwise you’ll risk everything burning and ruining the bottom of your pot.

Simply add more water as needed throughout the day.

And of course, don’t leave the simmering potpourri unattended! 

Printable holiday stovetop potpourri gift tags laid out on a counter with dried oranges and spices


If you’d rather package the Stovetop Potpourri up to gift to friends, neighbors, or teachers, you can do that, too.

If you are going to gift this potpourri, make sure you use dried oranges and crystallized ginger instead of fresh oranges and ginger. 

Three open glass jars filled with stovetop potpourri

Add everything to a cute jar or bag and add a gift tag with instructions for how to use it. If you want to print the tags I used, you can get the free printable below! 

Since the cranberries and rosemary are still fresh, keep the Holiday Stovetop Potpourri refrigerated before gifting and recommend the recipient use it within 2 days.

Stovetop potpourri ready for gifting in a glass jar with a gift tag

If you’re looking for an easy gift this holiday season or simply want to fill your house with the scents of Christmas, make a batch of this Holiday Stovetop Potpourri!

For other fun DIY food gifts, try making a batch of homemade marshmallows or turtle cookie balls!

Stovetop potpourri in 3 glass jars tied with gift tags on a marble counter

Holiday Stovetop Potpourri

By: Jamie Lothridge
5 from 2 ratings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 batch of potpourri
Simmer a batch of this Holiday Stovetop Potpourri to make your house smell like Christmas! Or package it up and gift it to a friend to let them know you’re thinking of them.


  • Saucepan or small slow cooker


  • 1 fresh orange sliced or 4-5 slices dried oranges (see notes)
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 star anise pods
  • 1-2 pieces of fresh or crystalized ginger see notes
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves


  • In a medium pot, add approximately 6 cups of water along with potpourri ingredients.
  • Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and allow the ingredients to simmer on the stovetop.
  • You can also place everything in a small crockpot and simmer on low-medium heat.
  • Do not allow all of the water to evaporate; simply refill the pot with more water as needed. Do not leave unattended.


To package for gifts, you can substitute dried orange slices and crystallized ginger for the fresh oranges and ginger and package the ingredients up in a cute jar or bag. Just make sure you refrigerate the ingredients and use the potpourri within 2 days.

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  1. Jess says:

    Since I’m making these as gifts for my co workers, should I just do dried rosemary used for cooking instead of fresh rosemary?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi Jess – If you don’t plan to gift them soon after making them, then you may want to do that. The fresh sprigs will stay good for a few days though, especially if you keep the packets in the fridge. Hope this helps!

  2. Jennifer Brown says:

    If I’m packaging the potpourri in jars for gifts, shouldn’t I use dried cranberries instead of fresh? It seems like fresh cranberries would mold and rot if not used immediately.


    1. Jamie says:

      Hi! You could for sure. If you use fresh, just tell people to refrigerate the ingredients and use within 2 days as written on the printable tags.