Preparing the home for Christmas | A welcome basket for visitors

I love having friends and family come to stay and, throughout the year, our house can be so busy — and full of people — it sometimes resembles a B&B.

We have two little guest bedrooms and there’s always fresh bedlinen and towels — plus a little hairdryer and also a hot-water bottle (for those that feel the cold) — but with Christmas fast approaching, I thought it might be nice to do something a little more special and prepare a welcome basket for visitors.

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I put together a little basketful of items that — if I was staying away from home — I’d be really grateful to receive. Most of these things are pretty inexpensive but will go a long way to make your overnight guests feel really comfortable and at ease.

The gorgeous basket is from Loaf.

It’s called Marché and is reminiscent of a vintage wire shopping pannier. Whilst it’s being sold as bathroom storage — on the Loaf website — and looks fab when filled with loo rolls, it’s also the perfect size for a stack of freshly washed towels and other bits and bobs, to create the perfect little welcome basket for visitors.

Sometimes (particularly when you have small children) it’s really easy to overlook certain items when you’re packing.

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Had lovely meal at a friend’s house — or at a restaurant — then wished we had some Rennie or Gaviscon to wash it all down with, when the night is over and we realise we’ve eaten far too much.

Ditto pain killers for that banging hangover the next morning!

These little extras in a guest room will be a welcome relief to any visitor who’s failed to pack them in their wash-bag.

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Taking the lead from various swanky hotels, asides from lovely fluffy towels, the addition of some chocolates would also put a big smile on my face.

And whilst I draw the line at a kettle — or Teasmaid — a couple of bottles of water will go down a treat with thirsty houseguests.

Other little essentials that I included were tissues, antacids, pain relief tablets and a tiny anti-perspirant spray — plus Vaseline and a mini toothpaste and mouthwash.

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All these mini items were picked up in Superdrug from their fab pick and mix display. I usually make a beeline for it when I’m going on holiday but these dinky little essentials are also the perfect addition to a guest bedroom.

I’m SO looking forward to welcoming our house-guests over the Christmas period.

Happy in the knowledge that they’ll have a relaxing stay, the only thing that’s troubling me is, they’ll be so comfortable that they may not actually want to leave ;)

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Preparing the home for Christmas | A welcome basket for visitors

Thanks so much to those lovely Loafers for providing me with the fabulous Marché basket. Pop along to their website to see more of their lovely ranges and products.

All photos, thoughts and words, as ever, are my own.

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About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

33 thoughts on “Preparing the home for Christmas | A welcome basket for visitors

  1. I want to come stay at your house! Love this and I wish we had a spare room to be able to do the same. My friend always does this when we stay at hers and it is always much appreciated. You are just a doll you know that? x

  2. That’s so thoughtful! I’m not sure I will ever be organised to get round to something like this. I love the basket, very cute xx #HomeEtc

  3. I do this too! Just without the gorgeous basket! My dad came to visit from Kent a few years ago and when he arrived he realised he had left his suitcase in his front porch back home (Doh!), so I put a little kit of essentials together (aside from clothes, he had to go and buy more!) and have continued to do so for guests ever since. Xxx #HomeEtc

  4. You are lush you are! I want to stay :).

    We stayed over at our friends the weekend just gone, as we have the last few years when we’ve done our annual Christmas together and she always puts a little spread out of fresh towels with a little bit of chocolate for us! One year she added a little sponge and rubber duck for Zach which was so thoughtful. It’s so nice walking in and seeing it, that little thought that you are being taken care of.

    I do love that basket!

    Thanks for hosting #HomeEtc

    1. The basket’s lush isn’t it? So useful — especially for a guestroom :) And I agree — when I stay at a friends house and they remember little extras — magazines by the bed or a hairdryer — I always LOVE my stay!

  5. This is such a sweet idea, Caro. And I love the basket. I like having people round but I’m not best at them still being there in the morning. I need the quiet and breathing space to gather my thoughts for the day. Maybe I just need a bigger house ;)

  6. Ha, just noticed all the comments are what I was going to write! You are just tempting people to come and stay with you! It is such a lovely touch if you have guests staying over and a really nice way of presenting it too, they might never want to leave! xx

  7. Great idea! A few years ago I changed over to having a special guest set of towels and guest bedclothes that live in the guest room. It makes life so much easier. Everything is already half organised.
    Nice touch with the toiletries, etc.
    #homeetc

    1. Yep — I have that too! They’re a different colour from the rest of the bathrooms too, so I know they’re from the guest rooms!! Nice for guests to know they don’t have to bring any stuff with them!! Although I draw the line at sharing my clothes ;)

  8. I love this basket, it pops up all the time when I do my ocado shop! I wanted to do something similar in my guest room that I started to put together in my old house, before we moved in the summer, now we have downsized we have no guest room, but it’s a lovely idea and your right your guests won’t want to go home xx

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