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Gift Baskets For Guests

Updated on September 28, 2015
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Making Guests Comfortable And Giving Them Ideas To Make Their Stay Comfortable And Enjoyable.

When company is coming everyone cleans house and all does the things we have been putting off. We think about menus and activities, but do we think about little things that will make our guests comfortable? Taking a guest to local farmers market on Saturday or taking them to a museum is nice, but first make them comfortable. Greeting your guests with gift baskets on their beds is the perfect way to give them information about your area, snacks and comfort items that will make them feel welcome and important. Gift baskets are great ideas whether your company is a long time friend or your mother-in-law. Gift baskets are great at bridging language gaps. What you put into a basket is up to you. Some standard items are towel you expect your guest to use, some snacks, a map of the area, bottles of water. Bottles of water are always in my baskets, because that is what I want when I am traveling, water I know is safe to drink.


I love having guests and being a guest. Thinking over the many places I have stayed one thing stands out concerning how welcome I feel. When you are in a strange or unfamiliar place there are a few things that can make you feel welcome. A simple guest basket with snacks and bottled water can stave off discomfort in the middle of the night. A weary traveler, especially one with jet lag, might crave a drink of water and a snack, but not know where to get one without disturbing the hostess. A little reading material is welcomed by any guest as well. A guest gift basket can be any thing from a decorated paper bag to a nice basket filled with comfort items like snacks and bottled water. Just think of things you might want in the middle of the night, but wouldn't wake your hosts for and you have the perfect ingredients for a guest basket.

Use guest gift baskets for giving guests ideas on what there is to do in the area. Visitors might have some ideas about what they would like to see during there visits, but often they have little idea what there is to do in the area.

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Ideas To Help Your Guest Decide What's Available To Do.

Adding a local tour book to your guest basket will give your guests food for thought. Many times I have been asked by hosts "What do you want to do while you're visiting". I look like a deer in the headlights, because I don't have any idea what there is to see and do. A tour book gives your guest the information about what there is to do, so they can make a decision the visits activities.

Be prepared with ideas. Guests are a wonderful excuse for finding out what's happening in your own area.


A Maps And History Of The Area

Local maps are fun to stick into your guest basket. If you are an Automobile of America Association member pick up maps and tour books for your guests. The local Chamber of Commerce will also have free information about your town. Post cards also make a nice addition to any guest basket. You can give a guest ideas, but itineraries in the basket , to choose from, make a nice touch as well.


When visitors come to my home there are several itineraries that get tucked into the guest basket.

The Wine Itinerary Historically The Napa valley of California is considered wine country, but truth is a good deal of Northern California is wine country. The Livermore Valley boasts of more than 30 wineries within a twenty mile radius. The food network features Entwine wine, which our own Wente family vineyards produce. Entwine means pair. For $25 a person you can participate in a wine and food pairing tour at the Wente Estate winery. The history of this winery is fascinating; from German immigrant roots to modern day wine making science this family owned and operated winery is one of the gems of the Livermore valley. The Wente family also owns and operates Wente Vineyards. Carl Wente is third or four generation wine maker who grew up in his family vineyards here in Livermore. The Restaurant at the vineyards is four star. The chef creates menus daily with fresh from their garden vegetables. This is just one part of the wine itinerary.

The San Francisco Itinerary can be broken into three trips to the city. Though Livermore is 45 miles from San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is a great way to travel there. The trains run under the San Francisco Bay. A day in downtown San Francisco could include the financial district, Museum of Modern Art, City Hall, the Opera House and shopping at places like Neiman Marcus, and Macy's. During the holiday season visiting hotels to see beautiful Christmas decorations is one of my favorite activities. Another day trip would be along the bay side of San Francisco. You could eat at Fishermen's Wharf or go into the aquarium at Pier 39 then walk or take a rickshaw to the Golden Gate Bridge. This is quite a walk. The third day trip into the city would be to Golden Gate Park. The park has so much to do and see. It takes longer to get there by mass transit, but is well worth the trip. These three trips will allow you to see the high points of San Francisco. Planning the trip using maps before heading out to explore the wonders of San Francisco is half the adventure. You can decide which attractions you want to see and decide how much time to spend on museums or your favorite attractions. For all its big city feel nothing is terribly far in San Francisco.

The Nature Itinerary would include information on the numerous hikes and nature areas to visit near-by. For example we could drive four miles and hike the backside of the dam to Lake Del Valle for a picnic. That is just one of the many wonderful hikes in this area.

The Spa Package would include a trip to our gym for a workout and soak in the hot tub or steam room.. We can also offer a nice hot bath in our newly remodeled bathroom and a cozy evening in front of the fire. If you would like to go out for spa treatments there are also several day spas in town which offer massages, facials, manicures and pedicures.

If your don't have many resources don't freak. Most guests come to see you. A family with kids can have just as much fun with a BBQ in the backyard as with some complicated itinerary. Make kid size baskets out of sand buckets from the dollar store: snacks and a face cloth, silly soap and a bottle of water and the kids feel special and welcomed too. If you don't have a lot of room, put the kids in a tent in the backyard. Parents have a lovely visit and the kids enjoy camping.

Whether you make guest gift baskets with fancy trimmings, or set apples and a bottle of water on the dresser next to clean towels, the key to a good visit is to make your guests comfortable. The guest basket is the perfect touch for making guests feel expected and comfortably at home.


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    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      2 years ago from California

      ChitrangadaSharan, These baskets are so fun. I love your idea of toys for the kids. The toys would help the adults have a better visit.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub with some very useful ideas!

      I always love giving gifts to anyone who visits my home. I prefer to give useful items, sweets and their favourite clothes. Kids love chocolates, toys and games and I love to see the smile on their faces to get something of their choice.

      Thank you for suggesting some very cool ideas!

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      3 years ago from California

      chuckandus6- It is really fun to make these baskets. Guest baskets are such a simple way to make guests feel welcome.

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      Nichol marie 

      3 years ago from The Country-Side

      Such a cool idea.great hub

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you for your sweet comments Maria. I needed them today:)

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      Maria Jordan 

      3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Such a gracious, welcoming and thoughtful hub...just lovely!

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      4 years ago from California

      Anytime :)

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      4 years ago

      So pretty. And Lindt chocolate? Ill be right there. :)

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you for stopping in anglnwu.

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      4 years ago

      Good ideas for guest's gift baskets. I'll try to remember that when I next have to put together one. Thanks for sharing.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Dannette- West Thanks for stopping.

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      Danette Watt 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      great ideas here, especially for someone who lives overseas or in a part of the country their family or friends wouldn't normally travel to. The map, etc would serve as mementos, as you said.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      LOL My best friend, who watched me take the basket pictures, arrived expectantly on Saturday night and didn't get a basket. She did get a clean bed, clean towels and clean bathroom.

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      Ann Leung 

      6 years ago from San Jose, California

      Your guests are the luckiest guests in the world. What a great hub with wonderful guest basket tips. I will share them with my friends. :)

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      6 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

      the concept is new to me and it sounds amazing!!!! BTW, can I be a guest at your house :)

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      I will have my guest room back at the end of the month:)

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      Nancy Yager 

      6 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Very cool ideas. Can I come stay at your house?

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      GDiBiase, Welcome, so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for the votes. :)

    • GDiBiase profile image


      6 years ago from Portland, ME

      Hi tirelesstravler,

      So what time shall I plan to arrive? I love this hub. The idea of leaving a welcome basket for guests is awesome. I want to have company just to create one. It's a grand idea. It makes me think of a Bed and Breakfast my husband and I stayed at last year. We had a basket of goodies, and on our bedside table which I found absolutely, Ann of Green Gable-ish, was a decanter of cherry cordial, with 2 small cordial glasses, of course we had to say goodnight with a bit of the red beverage. Then in the morning at 8AM we had a tray with coffee with a newspaper at our door. I felt so pampered and at home. Great hub! voted up and awesome!

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Sherry-My son got married in San Pedro. The house we rented had all the information on dining etc. It was wonderful. You feel so at home.

      Your daughter's guests must have felt really special. Thanks for stopping for a visit:)

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      Sherry Hewins 

      6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      This is a fabulous idea. My daughter had her wedding at a lovely seaside hotel in southern California. She provided gift baskets for all of her guests who were staying at the hotel. She added a list of her own personal recommendations for places to eat, drink or visit in the immediate area, including such information as which places were kid friendly, casual, fancy, or had the best vegetarian menu, cup of coffee, fish taco, or margarita.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Perspycacious- Welcome and thanks for visiting :)

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      Demas W Jasper 

      6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Creative Hubber and creative doer. You are not a basket case, but your case for making welcome baskets sold me.

    • Kamalesh050 profile image


      6 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Voted Up. Excellent hub and very useful. Enjoyed reading. Thank you for sharing.

      Best Wishes, Kamalesh

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks for the vote and the follow.

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      Christabel Evans 

      6 years ago from England, UK

      I really enjoy reading your guest basket tips. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks jojokays for stopping.

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      6 years ago from USA

      Interesting hub and ideas.., voted up

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Derdriu- Always looking for late night reading, especially, when I can't sleep on a trip. :)

      Our guest room is loaded with bookcases. Years ago we stayed with an uncle who was a book salesman. The whole room was floor to ceiling books. It was a totally heavenly experience.

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      6 years ago

      TirelessTraveler, What an appealing, practical, welcoming way to help guests feel like their presence matters! In particular, I like the itineraries, maps and tour books since sometimes it's nice to have some late night reading, and that's a good time to check what there's to know and visit in the area.

      Thank you for sharing such welcoming information, voted up!

      Respectfully, Derdriu

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      MartieCoetser- Visitors always welcome.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, I would love to be your guest, tirelesstraveler :)

      Voted up!

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      zzron- Welcome, so glad you visited. Your wife will enjoy making these for your guests. Maybe even a cottage industry.

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      6 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Awesome hub. My wife has been thinking about making these kinds of gift baskets. Great article.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      machyi These ideas are too fun not to share.

      pandula77-thanks for stopping

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      Dr Pandula 

      6 years ago from Norway

      Thanks a lot for the ideas! hoping to make use of it next time around...

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      I.W. McFarlane 

      6 years ago from Philadelphia

      These are some great ideas that deserve to be shared with friends, family and associates. Thanks for sharing!

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Marcy- Thanks, Chocolate, fresh fruit and water the three food groups right?

      This is so simple and the returns so great.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      So, which weekend did you say you were expecting me? The SF itinerary sounds great, and I like the spa idea, too.

      These are really clever ways to make a guest feel pampered and special. The basket in the photo is great - I'm getting ideas for the next time I have guests, such as the chocolate bar (that's what it looks like?) and the fresh fruit. Definitely maps and tour books - that would be fun! I keep telling people, "We can go here, or we can go there . . ." but if they had a brochure on a few places, they'd see why it would be neat to visit a certain town or attraction in the area.

      Voted up, useful and awesome!

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Peggy, I never thought it was such a much it doesn't take much and I love to do the tour guide part. Coordinated exchange students in the late 80's and early 90's and this was recommended. When I was the recipient it was wonderful. Especially the bottled water and snack.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It sounds as though you give your guests the royal treatment! I have never gone to this extent, but you have given me some good ideas. Thanks! Voted useful and awesome.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Hey Simone- great to have you drop by. Here's to a larger guest-filled home.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      My goodness, your guests have it made! I love this idea. Perhaps once I have a larger place, I can make some guest gift baskets of my own!

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      vestawoolf- I surely hope so.

      tics- I agree with you completely

      Arlene- I love to hear peoples stories which explains why I like guests. Bless you.

      Sandy- Thanks for your comment so glad you stopped by.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      diogenes- Welcome,I do baskets for my house guests. We take our guests touring, but the brochures and maps make for nice souvenirs without much expense in most cases.

      sen- enjoy hearing about other cultures. Thank you so much for your comments, your writing just sparkles.

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas here, thank you!

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      Arlene V. Poma 

      6 years ago

      What a wonderful idea! I have a 960-square-foot home and have barely enough room for one guest. I could make a gift basket for anyone visiting the area--whether they were staying with us or not. Voted up and everything else.

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      Trudy Cooper 

      6 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      Great idea, nothing frills me more when I go away for a few nights than receiving a welcome pack!

    • vespawoolf profile image


      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a practical and interesting hub. I'm sure your guests feel very welcome with all your great ideas!

    • diogenes profile image


      6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      You must be speaking of commercial guests? Like in a B and B? Otherwise, if they were family, etc., you or one of your family would be going with them on trips around the area?

      Anyway, it's a nice idea.


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      6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Could not vote anything other than awesome! Though, in India guests are considered to be God, and hence given the best treatment possible, but the sweet ideas of the guest basket is just too good to resist. I am planning a completely new mode of welcoming my guests. :)


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