Make Guests Feel Extra Welcome for Less than Fifty Bucks

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Make them feel welcome, but not too welcome.

We searched Amazon for some simple ways to welcome your house guests and show some love and now we’re sharing them with you. Note: may collect a small commission or other compensation (Bezos hug) from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication.

I once visited a farmhouse in Maine in the dead of winter and the hostess offered to run me a bath in her enormous clawfoot tub. Then came the fluffy bathrobe and an extra quilt for my bed. It felt heavenly. That experience taught me that it actually takes very little to make your guests feel cared for. Just some thoughtful touches in just the right places.

To that end, I’ve gathered a few items that make any stay just a little more comfortable and convenient.

Some Smart Storage

Folding luggage rack for a little extra storage.

Winsome 92436 Luggage Rack with Shelf

Price: $34.92

Sure, there’s a chair by the bed. But what if someone wants to sit in it? Give your guests somewhere to rest their luggage and their backsides with a simple folding luggage rack. Having somewhere to plop your carry-on (that’s not the floor) goes a long way to making folks feel at home. Empty hangers in the closet don’t hurt either. If you upgrade to a cedar one, it doubles as moth repellent when stored in the closet. Get it here!

What buyers are saying: KarenLML says, “This luggage rack rocks! The size is generous and the construction is strong.”

Welcome the Extra Quiet

Sleep soundly with a white noise machine.

Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Machine

Price: $44.99

Even the closest friends and family need a break from the togetherness. Give your guests a wee bit of serenity with a simple white noise machine. We keep one of these in every bedroom to nip nighttime (or nap time) disturbances right in the bud. Everyone sleeps a little more soundly. Pick one up and welcome to a better night’s sleep!

What buyers are saying: The general consensus seems to be “Awesomesauce.” I’m actually surprised to see more recent reviews saying the newer models are inferior. This has not been my experience. Mine never disappoint. I’m with Claire who writes, “After using this for over 6 months, I can’t live without it.” I take mine everywhere I go (much to the befuddlement of TSA agents).

That Little Something

Aquis – Original Hair Turban

Price: $20.99

Add this to the top of your out-of-towner’s linen pile and no one will forget it. Like the fluffy bathrobe hanging in the closet, the dedicated hair towel says, “I want you to feel at home.” In fact, drop a few in your cart for personal use. You won’t be sorry.

What buyers are saying: Mirareviews (who takes her reviewing VERY seriously) calls hers “indispensable.” More than a thousand other folks agree, putting the average rating at 4 1/2 stars.

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Heather Hunter

In addition to a 15-year career in marketing and communications, Heather is an accomplished freelance writer and has contributed to The New York Times’ “Modern Love” column and “The United States of Dating” on National Public Radio. Her blog, This Fish Needs a Bicycle, was syndicated by NBC Universal (iVillage) for four years. As a ghostwriter, her work has appeared in publications such as WIRED and Stadia Magazine

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