How to Create Guest Room Baskets

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Whether your guest room is a bona-fide spare room with a bed or a pull-out sofa in the living room, a guest basket makes any space feel inviting. Fill the basket with essential toiletries, homey touches and an assortment of goodies to make any guest feel at home.

The Basket

Select a basket that complements the current decor of the guest room or guest area.

  • Opt for wicker should your style have charming country appeal.

  • Use sea grass to draw attention to a cozy cottage or coastal style.

  • Whimsical wire baskets work for a number of styles, from contemporary to French country.

Warning

  • Do not use baskets made of chicken wire or other sharp materials when creating baskets for children. The wire is sharp and a child may cut himself when reaching into the basket.

If you lack a basket, use other options you may have at home:

  • Showcase items in a large glass cracker jar.
  • Display goods on a wood or metal tray. Stash smaller items such as cotton balls or candies in mason jars on the tray.
  • A two- or three-tiered fruit basket allows you to store larger items on the bottom tiers and smaller items on the top tier.

Tip

  • Adhere felt pads to the bottom of any basket made of hard material such as metal when placing the basket on a wood surface.

All the Trimmings

Think of items a guest might have forgotten to pack:

  • Bottles of shampoo and conditioner.
  • New, still-in-the-package toothbrush, toothpaste and bar of soap.

  • A bottle of lotion.
  • A washcloth and hand towel.
  • A disposable razor and a hairdryer.

  • A new pair of earplugs, small battery-operated alarm clock and docking station for personal electronics.
  • Packaged granola and candy bars, small packages of nuts or other crunchy snacks.
  • Bottles of juice or water.<!--EndFragment-->  

Tip

  • Store gift basket items in labeled, covered bins and replenish the supplies as needed.

Ideas to Consider

Complete the guest basket with information essential to navigating your home and city:

  • Instructions on how to use the television, coffeemaker and home security system.

  • A copy of your neighborhood's or city's public-transit schedule and maps of your area.
  • Phone numbers of emergency contacts.
  • Keep in mind your guests' interests when compiling lists of activities and attractions they may enjoy. Those traveling with children will appreciate information about area playgrounds and zoos, while the traveling adult couple may appreciate tips about area restaurants with the best bars.

Tip

  • If your list of activities and area maps is too big for the basket, organize them in a binder. Keep the binder near the basket.

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