A Tisket, A Tasket – Let’s Make a Guest Welcome Basket!


With the holidays fast approaching, many of us have family or other guests coming into town to visit. A great way to make those staying with you feel welcome is by putting together a basic guest basket for their room.

A guest basket should consist of items usually forgotten when traveling. Although a larger initial expense, it is inexpensive to maintain, since most guests will not use all the items on each visit.

The image below shows some items you might include:


1. Basket/Container (Target has a great selection of organizers.)
2. Lip Balm
3. First Aid Kit
4. Mouthwash
5. Makeup Remover Towelettes
6. Gum
7. Wrinkle Release Spray/Static Guard
8. Lint Roller (especially if you have pets who shed)
9. Toothpaste
10. Shaving Cream & Razor
11. Lotion (I like a relaxing scent like lavender)
12. Sunscreen
13. Hairspray
14. Mani/Pedi Set, Nail File, Nail Clippers
15. Baby Powder
16. Hand Sanitizer
17. Floss
18. Cotton Swabs

Some additional items that would be good to have on hand are a box of tissues and a toothbrush (this is a great way to use all those brushes your dentist gives you).

I leave my guest basket on the dresser along with a vase of flowers, a few squares of Ghirardelli chocolate, a couple of bottles of water, and either some magazines, a crossword puzzle or Sudoku book and a pen.

The holidays can be hectic, so providing your guests with a room that is comfortable, and stocked with the basics, will make their stay even more enjoyable.

If you received a guest basket while visiting someone during the holiday season, what would you like to receive? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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2 Responses to “A Tisket, A Tasket – Let’s Make a Guest Welcome Basket!”

  1. What a fantastic idea! I’ll have to keep it in mind when I have holiday guests :)

  2. Joy says:

    Some paper and pen
    Stamps, ( 2 or 3 )
    A shower cap (Dollar Tree)
    A devotional book
    A list of local attractions in your area.
    If my guest (s) are female, a choice of feminine products, ( a couple).
    A few pieces if hard candy, or cough drops.
    Safety pins, in multiple sizes.
    A scrunched, pony tail holder or headband.
    A mini sewing kit.
    Trial size toiletries.

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