So you have guests staying over. Go the extra mile to make them feel welcome and more comfortable by creating a customized welcome basket for them. It’s fun, simple and doesn’t cost a lot of money, but your houseguests will certainly appreciate the gesture.
Here are some ideas to consider when creating a welcome basket for your visitors.
- Find an appropriate container for your welcome package. Find an old fruit basket in your house. If you don’t have one, use an old hat box or even a decorative tray. Consider an unused magazine rack basket or holder. Your guests don’t need to take the basket with them, only the contents inside.
- Include items they may have forgotten to bring. Put a travel size bottle of shampoo, conditioner, a new bar of soap and toothbrush with toothpaste in your welcome basket. When you check in a hotel, it’s a good idea to collect the giveaway toiletries so you have something for your guests to use. Simply take out the box packaging or the sticker label on the bottles to give it a generic look. If you don’t have these handy, drop by the drugstore and pick these items up for less than a dollar each. Include disposable razors, cotton balls, Q-tips and even a roll of extra toilet paper.
- Include entertainment. Throw in some paperback novels or magazines that you think your guests may enjoy to pass the time or to help them fall asleep.
- Include a guide around town. A useful welcome basket filler is a map of the city. If your city has one, include a tourist brochure or guidebook of the sights in your town. Include menus and brochures of popular tourist attractions and restaurants in the city to give them ideas on where to go and what to do. Some brochures can even be used a discount coupons, an added plus to any tourist! You can pick these up at a local hotel, your district AAA office or the download it off the Internet.
- Place food items in the basket. If you like to bake, make a batch of chocolate chip cookies or your famous brownies and put it in a disposable pack. If you don’t have the time, you can also include a box of cookies from your favorite store, or a few granola bars and crackers. These make excellent snacks for your guests, especially if they’ll be up and about. For the health conscious, place some fruits, such as apples, pears and bananas, which can be enjoyed as a midnight in room snack or taken on a day trip.
- Customize items suited to the likes of your houseguest. If you know your friend loves flowers, include a few cutting from your garden. If your guest is into sweets, put a small box of Godiva chocolates or other favorites in the basket. These personal touches will let your guest know you made the basket just from him.
When you have gathered all your items together, place these in your container and include a personalized note welcoming your guests to your home. Place a nice jaunty bow on the basket to give it a festive feel. Keep in mind that if you put items in the basket, you’ll have to assume that your guests will take it with them.
These simple things will surely make your guests’ stay enjoyable and memorable.