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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.



-ciao for now-


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