Giving your Airbnb guests a welcome basket is not mandatory, however, even a small inexpensive gift can make a big difference to your guests and may be worthwhile to consider. It shows guests that they have a caring host and that you pay attention to the finer details.
Providing Airbnb baskets may only make sense if you host longer stays. If guests are only booking a single-night stay, it may be too time-consuming and not worth the effort. If your Airbnb guests have booked stays for two nights or longer, providing baskets would be a smart addition to your welcoming routine. By doing so, you can foster a good reputation in vacation rental circles and also earn more positive reviews on travel sites like Airbnb as a result.
##What is an Airbnb Welcome Basket?
An Airbnb welcome basket acts as a gift that welcomes guests to your vacation rental property. It’s a small token to show your guests that you are willing to go above and beyond for them and that you care about them having an enjoyable and memorable experience at your Airbnb.
##What Should You Put in Your Airbnb Welcome Basket? While the main attraction of the baskets would be the gifts and goodies, they are also great vessels for communicating important information about your property, about the surrounding, house rules and even safety measures you have in place.
Here are some of the main aspects to include in your Airbnb welcome baskets:
You should write a personalized welcome letter addressed to your guest by name. A welcome letter is how you can communicate essential information about your property to each guest, while simultaneously adding to an exceptional welcoming experience. A good Airbnb welcome letter can make a huge difference to guest experience even before they arrive.
A Guest Welcome Book is a complete guide to your vacation rental property and includes all the information your guests may need to know about the amenities and the surrounding area. Providing a printed version is not mandatory, but including one does make it easier to find as soon as your guests walk through the door.
A gift item is the wow factor of Airbnb baskets. This is what makes a guest feel special and welcome in your home. It shows that you have gone beyond just the basic hosting duties to give them an extra special treat, and they will appreciate the extra effort. It’s important to note that this gift does not have to be pricey. Some inexpensive gift ideas you could include could be a snack, a bottle of wine, toiletries, a book, a coffee mug, etc.
##What are Some Great Welcome Basket Ideas?
####1. A Basket for Special Occasions
Draw inspiration from Airbnb guests who may be celebrating a birthday during their stay or have just gotten married and have chosen to honeymoon at your vacation rental house. You could include a cake, a bottle of champagne, and some celebratory balloons.
What’s great about both the balloons and the cake is they can be customized to the occasion. Balloons with a “congratulations” or “happy birthday” caption are very easy to find. And, if you’re ordering a cake from a bakery, they would be happy to write a message on the cake for you too. For honeymooners, you could decorate the basket with rose petals and add a “Mr. and Mrs.” mug or robe set to mark the occasion.
####2. The Budget Basket
For the host who wants to add a personal touch with the essentials, but does not want to spend a fortune, this is a perfect option. A cost-effective idea could be to include a few tasty snacks or a mug filled with cookies, chocolate, or other small treats.
Another idea would be to add things you would have included in your guests’ room anyway, but make it part of your welcome basket instead. This could be anything from toiletry essentials like shampoo, lotion, and toothpaste, to a bouquet of fresh flowers from your garden or from a local flower store.
####3. The Choco-Coffee Basket
Chocolate and coffee are a match made in heaven. It hints at luxury and indulgence without breaking the budget. It also comes in so many different flavors and varieties to keep things interesting. Having your baskets filled with luxury chocolate and coffee will invite holiday-goers to relax and indulge during their vacation.
####4. The Health-Nut’s Dream
If your Airbnb features hiking trails or activities that cater to sporty and active guests, your gift could echo this theme. You could include water bottles, energy drinks, and healthy snacks like nuts, fruit, and protein bars.
This is also a great opportunity to form relationships with local sports businesses in the area. Perhaps you could include a voucher or negotiate a discount for a sports activity, like a guided hike or a surfing lesson.
####5. The Sweet and Simple Surprise
There’s nothing wrong with keeping things simple. Including a few simple gifts still adds a thoughtful touch to your basket. This could be a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates, and a gift card to a nearby cafe.
####6. The Local Showcase
If the area of your Airbnb property is known for producing a certain product that easily doubles as a gift, it’s a good idea to include it in your basket. This adds a thoughtful touch because it allows them to experience a little bit of the culture of your area.
It could be something like honey, maple syrup, olive oil, artisanal wine or bread, or fresh local-grown fruits and vegetables. If you form a partnership with a local store that supplies these items, you may be able to get these supplies at a discount (or even for free)!
Pair the local produce with complementary items to fill out your baskets and give your guests a well-rounded experience. For example, if you are including artisanal bread, include some spreads and cheeses to go along with it. Or if you’re including honey, pair it with some fresh yogurt, fruit, and granola for them to eat as a complete breakfast dish.
####7. The Self-Care Basket You could give your guests baskets offering luxurious toiletries for the guests’ stay, to encourage them to relax and rejuvenate.
Some ideas for what to include could be:
####8. The Family Basket
With more and more holidaymakers traveling as families, a family-friendly basket is a welcome gift that has something special for every member of the family. For instance, you could include wine for the parents and then hot chocolate or juice boxes for the children.
You could also put something for the whole family to enjoy, like a tub of ice cream with a few toppings. Another smart addition is to include information about activities in the area to do as a family, like theme parks or popular beaches.
If your Airbnb is located close to a popular tourist attraction, including items relating to that activity is an excellent way to encourage them to participate.
For example, if your Airbnb is close to a nice beach, your welcome basket could be a beach bag filled with sunscreen, hats or sun visors, and an inflatable beach ball.
####9. The Extra-Extravagance Basket
For luxury Airbnbs, an extravagant welcome basket with premium gifts adds to the lavish experience. Here are some luxury items you could include: