When it comes to deciding what to give our couple friends or even my girlfriends for Christmas each year, I sometimes struggle to remember what I have given them in years past, and I hate the thought of accidently giving a repeat.
Several years ago, one of my oldest and dearest friends gave me a gift I have since considered to be one of the best Christmas gift ideas ever. Over lunch at Palomino, Rachel handed me a small, cellophane bag filled with an orange, a lemon, cloves, Bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. The bag was secured with a Christmas ribbon and a tag labeled Christmas Essence. It was a bag of ingredients to make the scent of Christmas.
Everything about this gift was perfect. Using a cellophane bag in order to display the natural ingredients inside made the presentation warm and lovely. The size is portable and easy to take to a party or even on a plane. And the components are inexpensive and can be purchased at a local grocery store. There are only so many Christmas platters or mugs a person needs. I love the idea of giving someone a gift that will actually be used up or consumed.
‘Tis the season to give #themostperfectgiftever
Zest of one orange
Zest of one lemon
2 TBSP whole cloves
2 Bay leaves
3 cinnamon Sticks
*Add one quart of water and let simmer thru the day. Add water as needed.