The Perfect Welcome Basket
WHAT MAKES THE PERFECT WELCOME BASKET?
We have a ton of guests coming to visit us this fall, which means it's time to put together one of Ian's FAVORITE things - a welcome basket for our guests! When you combine our love for hosting with our love for roundups, we've got ourselves a new blog post, y'all.
We love playing "host" and it's the small touches that make our guests feel as comfortable as they do at their own home. Rather than a guest having to ask, "Where are the towels?" Why not present all they will need and more in a basket?
We've created a list of our favorite things to include in our "Be Our Guest" basket without breaking the bank!
WHAT WE LOVE FOR YOU
Ian found this treasure - Wildsam Field Guides ($15.95) - while working at Halfmoon Outfitters. Rather than giving our guests a generic map of Charleston, we love sharing a guide that tells a story ... at least until we write our own.
This little book is filled with the Charleston essentials, and includes 145 pages of local stories, destination suggestions and more.
In both of our bathrooms, we have a small tea ball infuser ($4.25) discretely hanging in each shower. Why, y'all ask? To fill with Dr Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution with Eucalyptus Spearmint, 3 lb bag ($4.87).
We bought both of these from Walmart (GASP!) and it has completely changed our shower experience - reminding us of our trip to the Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn.
We. Love. Candles. We always have a pretty nice stock of candles, so this is something we don't necessarily have to go out and buy for a specific guest's welcome basket.
From deals and steals at T.J. Max to the boutique candles we love at Candlefish, treating a guest to a candle during their stay turns the guest room into their own room. We always select light, warm scents for our guest room so they are not overwhelmed. A candle is a lovely gift for them to remember their trip by when they burn it again at home.
Yas ... another product we don't have to buy! When we travel and fall in love with the shampoo, conditioner or soap where we stay, we make sure to ask for a couple to take with us. After quite a few trips, we have plenty of personal soaps to give.
So when guests come to visit, we give them their own and a few extras to take home if they fall in love too. If y'all don't collect your favorites from your travels, we suggested Nioxin at T.J. Max ($9.99) - it's amazing and comes in a larger bottle.
We might be 28-years-old, but we LOVE the care packages our parents still send us about twice a year when a new line is released at Target.
Each time, it is filled with a new piece of decor and updated washcloths and towels. We saved one collection for our guests so we know exactly which ones to include.
Why use a washcloth in the shower when you could use a loofah? We add an EcoTools Delicate EcoPouf ($1.77) to our guest basket for another simple touch of luxury to our guest's stay.
So while you're picking up the towels, you might as well snag a loofah and let them save the washcloth to use outside the shower.
7. A GIFT FOR THE GUEST
While living in Charleston, we have casually gathered cute little knick knacks along the way. For example, this small little piece of art our guest can take home will remind them of their trip FOREVER.
Looking for the ultimate super cute and super Charleston knick knacks for your guests? Head on over to Cannonborough Collective and you are sure to find a perfect gift.
It is important to us our guests feel as comfortable as possible when staying at our home. One way is through a welcome guest basket. Of course, y'all should include whatever items make you and your guest feel at home. Did we miss any MUSTS for a welcome guest basket? Let us know, because #ILoveThatForYou.