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Make a Welcome Basket of House Guest Gifts

While traveling is an absolute joy for our family, we also love to welcome friends and family into our home. Some people might find opening their home to overnight guests a chore, but we fully embrace it. Recently my sister-in-law stopped in for a stay and I decided I wanted to do something a little special for her. It all started around a box of K-cups.

She likes a darker coffee than we buy typically, so I decided I would buy some Starbucks Café Verona K-cups to help make her feel more at home in our home. Then I thought, “why not pick out some other house guest gifts too”. So, I decided to put together a welcome gift basket.

Make your own Welcome Basket of House Guest Gifts when welcoming visitors into your home | hospitality tip

I couldn’t wait to share a photo of the basket and some ideas of house guest gifts so you can put together a welcome basket for your own friends and family.

Ideas for House Guest Gifts

(be aware of possible allergies)

  • Magazine(s)
  • Beverage (bottle of water)
  • Coffee or Tea
  • Chocolate / Sweet Treat
  • Nuts / Salty Snack
  • Mints
  • Socks / Slipper Socks
  • Foot Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Lotion
  • Face Cleansing Cloths
  • Bath Products (special scent / men’s line)
  • For Kids: toothbrush/toothpaste kit, bath crayons or bubble bath, juice box, fruit snacks, nightlight

You also want to make your home space welcoming for them. Here are a few tips:

  • Make sure their sheets/blankets are freshly laundered (not stale smelling)
  • Have a nice set of towels for each guest (bath towel, hand towel, washcloth)
  • Place nightlights in hallways and bathrooms they will use at night
  • Plan & purchase foods for meals and snacking
  • Provide somewhere they can hang their towels (we have an over the door hanger in our guest room)
  • Have a table or surface available where they can set things
  • Provide a lamp or soft lighting in their room
  • Place a clock (alarm) in their room
  • Stock the toilet paper in the bathroom & provide a garbage can near the toilet

Hopefully these ideas will help you embrace welcoming your next guests into your home. Do you have any tips or ideas for how you make your home welcoming for guests? What are your favorite house guest gifts to give or receive?

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Monday 12th of November 2018

I usually put together a pretty little "ladies only" |box, which includes feminine care products and disposal bags. I've had guest say that they were embarrassed to ask for them. So either in the basket or discreetly labeled in the bathroom is a good idea.

Sunnie C

Saturday 13th of October 2018

I have a replenishable basket in my guest room. In addition to the other items, I add a spray deodorant (NOT a roll-on!), a nice body wash, shampoo & conditioner for the shower. A nice body lotion & face cream, Q-Tips, and nail clipper set (use a discount pharmacy as these should not be shared). This is especially helpful to friends/family traveling by air who have to check baggage just because of the 3.4 oz rule.

I tend to go with Burt’s Bees, Aveeno, Oil of Olay, Dove (spray on deodorant), and the Moroccan line for hair care,


Wednesday 29th of November 2017

Gorgeous Ideas here! I also like to leave a welcome card in the guest bedroom, including our Wi-Fi password, where the spare key is etc, so our guests feel like they are wanted! Its nice to have everything available for the guests as soon as they arrive so they don't have to ask for anything, it isn't a good feeling having to do this when you travel! thanks again, inspired me to welcome more people into our home ;)


Wednesday 29th of November 2017

I love the idea of an extra key and printing out the wifi code!


Thursday 13th of August 2015

Hi Kim, Do you have some gift ideas for welcoming families to their new homes/apartments?


Friday 14th of August 2015

Hi Vicki! Tea towels are always great and kitchens often can handle a towel that doesn't fit the exact color combination motif. Some nice dish soaps or cleaners and a great tea towel would make fabulous housewarming gifts. Another option is to research and discover some of the favorite local dining locations and provide a gift card.

Angela (Life in Velvet)

Friday 21st of February 2014

What a fabulous idea! I want to be a guest at your house :) Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE!


Monday 24th of February 2014

Thanks for stopping by Angela! It's fun to share a little bit of hospitality with our guests!