Whether you need a last minute gift idea for a hostess or co-worker, or if just want your house to smell amazing, these stovetop simmer bags will do the trick! They’ll fill your home with an aromatic goodness bound to put everyone in a cheery Holiday mood.

Start by choosing one of each of the following:

  1. (1) Citrus scent
  2. (1) Spice element
  3. (1) Handfull of greenery (pine, fir, spruce, etc.)
  4. (1) Handfull of cranberries for color

We chose to do oranges, cinnamon sticks, evergreen and cranberries in ours and they turned out beautifully.  Be sure to use all freshly picked ingredients and keep the orange (or whatever citrus item you chose) whole in the gift package.

Place all your ingredients in a bag (as shown) or a mason jar.

Once you have filled your bag and/or mason jar, you can add a label or tag with simmering instructions as shown (simmering instructions below). You can also add some embellishments to the outside, as we did under the clothespin. We recommend storing your bags and/or jars in the refrigerator until you’re ready to gift them so your ingredients can stay as fresh as possible.

Instructions for labels/tags:

Slice orange and combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Fill the saucepan with water until 3/4 full and place over medium-high until the water just begins to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer. Continue simmering and add water as needed. Enjoy!