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Let guests know how happy you are to have them with a few simple yet thoughtful touches. Whether it's purchasing their favorite coffee for the morning or filling their bedside table with a few of their favorite reads, these gestures are sure to win you a 4-star review.
Keep a drawer filled with essentials -- lotions, lip balm, bandages, and more -- to save guests from making an extra trip to the store. Stroll through your drugstore's travel aisle before they arrive for mini versions of essential toiletries.
Our free design is perfect for the guest door: Just fill in your wifi password, house rules, and other helpful hints for a happy holiday stay, then hang it from your guest bedroom's doorknob.
Welcome guests with personalized notes as a thoughtful way to say hello. Be sure to nestle them around the space, preferably in places where you've set things out.
Add personality and pop to your guest room with a few simple tips for bedding.
Creating a menu is a thoughtful way to cater to guests. Impress them by whipping up a handful of your favorite dishes. Just be sure to get the details on any allergies or dietary restrictions prior to their arrival.
Fill a small basket with snacks in case your guests get the craving to munch.
Great snacks for guests: granola bars. dried fruit, trail mix, small chocolates
Make space in the closet to keep guests from having to rearrange. Provide extra hangers for guests in case they packed dresses, coats, and other items they'd like to hang.
Pamper your winter-ridden guests with a pair of warm, cozy slippers. Look for washable, one-size-fits-all slippers for cheap at your local retail store then stock up on a few pairs.
Have a stack of assorted books and magazines on hand for your guests to read in case they're looking for a quiet escape.
Find out what your guests' favorite coffee and tea flavors are so you can have them brewing first thing in the morning.
Spoil your guests with delicious baked goods. A simple batch of cookies or brownies are a sweet way to show you care.
Nothing wrong about an impromptu movie night! Have a collection of DVDs (and popcorn) on hand in case your guests opt going out for a comfy night in.
Have kids coming to stay? Not to worry. Keep them entertained with fun board games, puzzles, coloring books, and more.
If you're comfortable with it, leave a note for your guests with the Internet password in case they need to work or access anything online during their stay.