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An Airbnb welcome basket is a unique and thoughtful way to welcome guests and make them feel extra special. A gift basket is a welcomed surprise that can make a lasting impact on a guest’s stay. It’s a small gesture that can help to promote your Airbnb brand, establish lasting relationships with guests, and create lasting memories of your vacation rental.

Simplicity goes a long way, as it doesn’t take much to put together a guest welcome basket. Guest baskets are super easy to create and budget-friendly. Baskets can be created from locally sourced items or items from the dollar store.

So follow along as I share how to curate a simple yet affordable Airbnb Gift Basket for your guests and give them something to rave about.

Airbnb Welcome Basket Ideas

Here are some tips on how to create a memorable and unique Airbnb gift basket that guests will love:

Refreshment Gift Basket

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Consider putting together a refreshment drink gift basket. Start by selecting a variety of beverages, such as bottles of water, boxes of juice, and cans of soda. You can also include some tasty snacks that pair well with their drink of choice, such as chips and crackers.

This is an excellent basket for guests if they arrive late or those that are tired and jet-lagged. This is a great refresher for them to get settled into the house. Arrange everything in a decorative basket or box, and voila! You have a thoughtful and unique gift that is sure to be appreciated.

Souvenir Gift Basket

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Create a customized welcome basket by adding local souvenirs like postcards, tourism maps, travel guidebooks, fridge magnets, keychains, or even pamphlets about touristy must-sees.

You can even treat them to a travel book or magazine about your local city. This may be the perfect pick for your guests, giving them something to read or pass the time.

It’s a great way to give your guests ideas and inspire their overall experience! It’s sure to put a smile on their face and get their vacation off to a great start.

Airbnb Snack Gift Basket

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Create a custom snack basket. Simply gather an assortment of snacks and sweets that most people may like. You can stock this basket with many dollar store treats ranging from sweet or savory options like cookies, candy, beef jerky, nuts, pretzels, protein bars, popcorn, healthy energy bars, trail mix, and granola bars.

You can even add a box of chocolates like Ferrero Rocher chocolate, Godiva chocolates, M&Ms, or Snickers if you feel like spending more. This kind gesture is sure to be a hit with any guest.

A Local’s Gift Basket

Give visitors a taste of the city they’re visiting while enjoying their stay! Show your Airbnb guests how things are done in the local area with a sampler of treats from nearby artisanal markets.

Try to use local products from local shops that make your area stand out. Consider local jams, maple syrup, olive oil, spices, handmade soap, fresh fruit, honey, and teas or local coffee beans with regional connections.

You can even include a small gift card or e-card to local restaurants or a local coffee shop in your area. Include a handwritten note to share the stories behind each item’s origin.

Spa Gift Basket

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If you know ahead of time that it’s a couple’s getaway or girl’s weekend, then a spa gift basket is a good idea. Stock this basket with face masks, loofah, soaps, bubble baths, and bath salts for an aromatherapy spa experience.

Kid-Friendly Gift Basket

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Get kids excited about their stay with a kid-friendly gift basket! Ideal for parents traveling with children. These baskets can contain fun travel toys, small games, stickers, and coloring books. Depending on the location, you can find creative items that match the surroundings.

Kids will love it, and the parents will adore the welcomed distraction.

Fire Pit Essentials Gift Basket

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How fun would it be to surprise your guests with a Fire pit essentials gift basket? If you have a firepit as an amenity, this gift is perfect for welcoming your guests.

You can assemble a small selection of marshmallows, graham crackers, and Hershey chocolate for your guests to gather around the fire pit and make smores. This will absolutely be a hit with your guests.

Bar in a Jar

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Offer your guests a fun gift of a bar in a jar. This jar should include small bottles of wine, beer, and other alcohol. While not all of your guests may drink, it’s a great way to provide an extra special touch for those who do.

The Hangover Welcome Basket

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If you are in a popular destination for parties, bachelorettes, weddings, or other fun festive occasions that involve lots of drinking, consider a hangover gift basket.

Pack the welcome package with items to help nurse a hangover, like bottles of water, pain relievers, Emergen-C, and Throat Drops. Your guests will be able to cure their hangovers in style!

The Beach Gift Basket

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If your short-term rental property or midterm rental is in a beach town or near a beach, give your guests the perfect gift to start their stay off right! A beach gift basket is a great way to welcome visitors with everything they need for their travels.

Fill the basket with cheap flip flops, lip balm, sunglasses, a bottle of water or tumbler, and sunscreen so that they’re ready to make the most of the sunny days near the beach. Place it in a plastic tote bag or beach bag.

The Ski In, Ski Out Gift Basket

This Cozy gift basket is ideal for vacation rentals in very cold areas or near a ski slope. Give ski slope enthusiasts a welcome they won’t soon forget with a cozy and unique ski slope gift basket.

These baskets can include warm socks, hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, heat packs for gloves and boots, soup mix, and a map of the local ski trails – all perfect for combating the cold weather. This thoughtful gesture will help ease the chill on the slopes and make their day even more special.

The Hiker’s Gift Basket

The Hiker’s gift basket is great if you are near a hiking trail or in an area that attracts hikers or people who enjoy outdoor experiences. This basket could include water bottles, energy drinks, and healthy snacks like nuts, fruit, and protein bars. This would ensure guests have everything they need for a great outdoor experience!

Why offer a Gift Basket in your Airbnb or Vacation Rental?

A welcome gift basket is a thoughtful way to show your guests that you care and are happy to host them. It also adds warmth and charm to the guest experience and creates a positive first impression.

Gift Baskets are aesthetically pleasing gifts that are highly versatile and easily customizable – making them the perfect gift for your guests. A gift basket is a small yet impactful gesture that helps to promote your brand or Airbnb and establish relationships with the guests.

Any guest would be thrilled to receive your hospitality as a thoughtful welcome gift. When you provide gift baskets, they can help increase positive reviews from guests, boost the use of amenities, and boost your connection with the guests.

This can lead to repeat and return bookings and help attract new customers. It can easily become the gift that keeps on giving, just simply for going the extra mile.

Tips on Curating the Perfect Welcome Basket

  • Start with a budget in mind. A gift basket doesn’t have to cost much, and you don’t have to cut into your profitability to create a memorable basket. It could be as much as you want it to be. You can construct gift baskets based on a percentage of the nightly charge or dollar amount, like $5 – $20 per guest.
  • Consider purchasing items in bulk if you’re looking for a more economical option.
  • Include a handwritten welcome note  –  the note should express your gratitude for hosting said guest.
  • Select baskets or containers that are big enough to hold all the goodies you would like to include.
  • Think about the types of items that would be most appreciated. Simple yet thoughtful is always best.

Should all Airbnbs Offer a Welcome Basket?

Airbnb gift baskets can be a great way to make your guests feel welcome and special. It’s also a great way to add a personal touch to your Airbnb that leads to a lasting impression. However, it is not a requirement for all Airbnbs, but rather a “nice to have” amenity.

If you are still not sure about offering a gift basket for all your guests, then test it out with longer-term stays – over five days and see how it goes.

With a few simple items and a little creativity, you can put together a lovely Airbnb gift basket that can make for a great first impression. The best gift baskets are filled with the things that your guests will love and enjoy.

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Tamara White is the creator and founder of The Thrifty Apartment, a home decor and DIY blog that focuses on affordable and budget-friendly home decorating ideas and projects. Tamara documents her home improvement journey, love of thrifting, tips for space optimization, and creating beautiful spaces.

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