Old Time Holiday Gift: Oranges and Peppermints

Old Time Holiday Gift: Oranges and Peppermints

I’m so glad to have life finally settle down enough to be able to take some time and enjoy the holiday season. I find myself humming along with my favorite Christmas tunes and looking forward to the fat man’s arrival. I’m pretty sure I’ve earned a spot on the “good list” – we’ll see!


Each year, I try to come up with a fun gift that I can bring in for the co-workers. It is usually around 20 gifts which means I have to watch the price closely. I’ll be completely honest – the last two years or so have been less than inspired. This year, I’m a bit more impressed with myself. I suppose with so much life reflection going on these past few days, it is no surprise that I’ve been thinking about when I was a kid. A fun treat from those days gone by is Peppermint Orange Straws.


I did some searching on the internet for the history of the treat (I’ve always been told it was a tradition from years gone by), but discovered it isn’t mentioned as much as I would have thought. As a matter of fact, other than a few mom and recipe blogs, I didn’t see it referenced much at all. It seemed to me I had a moral responsibility to pass on the tradition to anyone brave enough to try it. Here’s what I put together –

OrangePeppermint (1)These are simple to make and come in at a cost of just over $3.00 each. If you’re on your way to a party over the next few days, they could make excellent gifts to bring along!

Shopping List:

  • 2 Oranges per gift
  • 1 Box of SOFT candy canes per gift (lower costs: buy a large box and split them up)
  • 1 Basket or container per gift (I found mine at the dollar tree, 3/$1.00)
  • Generic Gallon Bags (Name brands tend to print their brand on the bag)
  • #65 card stock paper (lower costs: buy on the number of sheets you need at a print shop)
  • Small Ornaments for decoration
  • Ribbon (lower costs: I used raffia, any ribbon will do!)
  • Tissue Paper
  • Chocolates (wait until the last minute to add chocolates, they will absorb the peppermint and change flavors if left together too long!)
  • Cards with instructions. Create your own custom cards or use mine!

Once you have your supplies, it is a quick and easy job of putting them together. I put the baskets in the bottom of the bags, followed by tissue, oranges, peppermints, and candy. The bags easily tie closed then I added the cards and ornaments.

OrangePeppermint (3)

It was a perfect project at exactly the right time. Putting them together and giving them away may have been more of a gift for me than my co-workers! Not only was it a solid distraction, it was something I started and finished in one day – impressive!

Making Christmas Final List

It’s also time to finish up with Making Christmas. I so enjoyed being part of the fun. Janine of Rainbow Hare Quilts and Rebecca of Making Rebecca Lynne are most excellent hosts. Thanks to them, I’ve made new connections and managed to hold myself accountable for a thing or two.

I’ve managed to complete several things that I haven’t even shown you yet! Worry you not, they are coming. 🙂


Janine – I’ll never be able to thank you enough for your patience kindness. I’d like to send a special thank you your way. Merry Merry Christmas to you and your family!

So, what did I miss? Are you all ready for Christmas? Have any big finishes to show off? As always – I love it when you link me!


  1. These are such a lovely colourful gift – not to mention delicious! I think you’re at the top of the good list 🙂 Thanks so much for all your contributions to Making Christmas. Happy New Year! Janine x

  2. This is really cool! That’s a lot of people to give presents too, I hope they appreciated all of your work.

    • Thanks Mara! I hope they liked them too! 🙂

  3. What a great idea, Susan!! Love it! I have to give this a try. I am glad of it too that Janine and Rebecca arranged Making Christmas. I would have never met you otherwise 🙂

    Happy Holidays!
    Soma 🙂

    • I know!! You were on my mind when I mentioned new friends. Glad we came across one another, I enjoy what you do!

    • I sure hope they did! They are messy and fun and who doesn’t love messy and fun?? 🙂

      Merry Christmas!

  4. Are the staws peppermint flavoured? I’ve never seen them here in Oz . I like the idea of sticking a straw in an orange, I’ll give it a try. They look wonderful packaged up to give to your workmates.

    • Nope, they are just plain old peppermints. They are different from candy canes because they are soft. I think they work with the oranges because they are SO sweet. I’ve heard it works with lemons too, but I’m too scared of the sour! 🙂

      Merry Christmas!

      • We have “peppy lemons” every year at the Emerson Waldorf School Holiday Faire and they are great! The sweet peppermint takes away the sourness of the lemon. I was actually hesitant at first, but now I HAVE to get one every year.

  5. Great idea. I always had an orange in my stocking as a kid but I have not heard about the peppermint straws. I might have to try one.

    • It’s fun and messy! I’ve heard of people putting the soft peppermints in coffee too. I’m not a coffee drinker so I can’t vouch for that one. 🙂

  6. What a cute gifts for your co-workers. I’ve never heard of this before (thanks for sharing instructions.) This is a fun and unique gift! 🙂

    • I haven’t tried it in years myself. I forgot how fun (and messy!) it is. I hear it works with lemons too, but I’ve never tried that myself. 🙂


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