12 Thoughtful Ideas for Houseguests
The winter holidays are approaching, and it's the season when we host overnight houseguests more frequently than any other time of the year. I try to make our guests feel at home, while also adding thoughtful touches that make the experience a bit more like staying in a nice hotel. Here are 12 thoughtful touches to make your guests feel extra welcome and cozy this winter...
- Ring dish to store small jewelry items. This one is handmade in Maine.
- Bedside carafe filled with water. I love this beautiful cut glass carafe, made in Japan and inspired by whiskey glassware.
- Postcard from your city with a hand-written note, welcoming your guest to your home.
- Mini ikebana stoneware frog with fresh flowers from your garden.
- Tissue box and cover- this one is made with Japanese hinoki cypress.
- A comfy bathrobe adds a hotel-like touch.
- Cute shower soap designed by Tamanohada, a 120-year-old soap company in Japan
- An oak luggage rack adds another hotel-like touch. It's such a simple thing but being able to access an open suitcase at standing height is a little luxury.
- Hand cream is a necessity in the winter months. This one is made with minerals from the Dead Sea in Israel.
- A field guide to your city. This one is great bedtime reading and includes stories, an explanation of the fog, chefs' favorite restaurants and a secret bike path.
- House shoes are an essential in every Japanese household. This minimalist, made-in-Japan pair is made of breathable Japanese Sasawashi, which has antimicrobial and deodorizing properties.
- A simple little guestbook to chronicle the memories of all the family and friends who you have hosted over the years.