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When you have Christmas visitors, what do you put in the bedrooms to make their stay nicer

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70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 22-Nov-14 22:33:52

They are family rather than 'guest' visitors so I know they will ask for anything they need without any awkwardness about being in someones house that you don't know.

My DC each have a double bed so they're going to use those rooms (DC will have inflateable beds/sofa)

I don't need things like TeasMades , my Dad is one of those early birds who puts the kettle on (wakes everyone up grin ) so I'll leave the tea-pot, teabags,sweeteners out .

The DC rooms have a TV each.
There's n room for clothes rails but I have some of those over-the-door-hangers and coathangers

Laundry hamper


Bedside lamp

Towel rail near the radiator

Bottle of water


Soap/Shower gel

They won't need extra bedding, we're warmer down south . But they'll be subjected to Christmas Bedding (DC will have sleeping bags and Christmas fleeces)

Am I missing anything?
Do you stay with family and think "I wish they had......."

Usually everyone muddles along but I want things to be nice and smooth (as possible) at Christmas


KillmeNow Sat 22-Nov-14 22:43:26

Seems like you've thought it out well. I would be very happy with that but in the spirit of you asking Ive added a couple of things

Their own towels
Is the clock non-ticking? Ive often had to out a clock outside because of the LOUD ticking.

A small lock on the inside of the door?

A radio.

beadybaby Sat 22-Nov-14 22:55:00

Gosh you sound a lovely host!

The only thing I could think of is some fresh flowers and scented candles. Unless you do a toiletries set with toothbrush, paracetamol etc but that might be overkill.

traviata Sat 22-Nov-14 22:58:04

a dressing gown/ bathrobe

ishouldcocoa Sat 22-Nov-14 23:09:22

My mum puts out Nurofen, paracetamol, tissues, Vaseline for chapped lips, ear plugs ( no I don't know why) and a eye mask.

I usually put out spare toothbrush, shampoo and conditioner. Also any little hotel freebies I pick up like a sewing kit.

RunawayReindeer Sat 22-Nov-14 23:11:49

Definitely tissues,
potentially a box of paracetamol/rennie in case they wake up in the night after some indulgence, and don't want to wake up others?

A spare pillow for comfort? Visitors here don't even get a bed would you like me to come for dinner?

Bluestocking Sat 22-Nov-14 23:14:37

You sound like a lovely host, as do Ishouldcocoa and her mum! Those are all things I've wished I had when staying away from home. The other thing I've found very comforting (I used to stay in hotels a lot for work) is something light and undemanding to read like a magazine or a frivolous novel.

Adarajames Sat 22-Nov-14 23:15:37

My mum makes lovely towel sculptures for guests since she went in a cruise and the room staff did that for them each night, you could learn from YouTube and give it a go! grin

OhMittens Sat 22-Nov-14 23:22:20

Hangers and somewhere to hang up their clothes.

Ability to open the window a bit

Mirror near a plug (for hairdrying).

Own towels - including a small hand towel for hair.

I always have a spare dressing gown clean and hanging up too smile

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 22-Nov-14 23:47:02

Oooh lots of things I haven't thought of here.

Tissues - yes (I have some festive boxed ones)
We have towels on a rack , so they can choose if they want a rough or smooth one, then either hang on the towel rack to dry or put in the aundry basket.

Basket of flannels and hair wraps (on chest of drawers in hall) , I can put paracetamol there, I know my mum always has some.

I bought a new pack of pillows last week (really nice springy ones)

They bring their own bathrobes and slippers.

I've just ordered a set of Philosophy shower gel (two bottles each nearly a litre) so they can be in the bathroom for general use, but I've got some Imperial Leather soap for my dad grin

Hangers on some of those over door hooks

Windows can open

Can't put a lock on in case my Mum isn't well but we are a 'knock and wait' family so no-on barges into rooms un-announced

Magazines - yes (I'll get some the week before)

Clock/radio is digital so not noisy ( and there's a table or shelf on either side of the beds)

I would say bedside light, mirror, clock (I like ticking!), towels and wastepaper basket are all I look for in a spare room, I carry tissues and all my toiletries. I would avoid anything scented such as flowers or candles and don't use fabric conditioner on the bedding to make it a perfect stay for me.

KiaOraOAotearoa Sat 22-Nov-14 23:54:36

blush I have a 'visitors' bedding set, I'm afraid I do iron it!!!
Hot water bottles (one of my parents, can't remember which has really cold feet).
An hour before bed time I open the window a bit.
Flowers in the room.
No clutter whatsoever.
I leave a smelly candle and matches by the bed. And fresh towels.
My mum is obsessed with having a torch by the bed.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 23-Nov-14 00:50:06

I've got a Yankee Candle reed diffuser (safer than candles) I can put on the wardrobe , Sparkling Cinnamon.

I'll be doing a declutter in December (I took a bag of DD things to the charity shop, lots of books to go but I'll need to drive them there. )

SilverStars Sun 23-Nov-14 10:21:42

A friend put a lovely chocolate on each pillow when we went to stay, such a sweet touch.

I really would dislike any sort of air freshener in the room, I like subtle reed diffusers or scented candles downstairs where there is plenty of air circulating but not in my bedroom.

AddToBasket Sun 23-Nov-14 10:34:43

Water carafe by the bed.

Painkillers somewhere they don't have to ask the host for them.

A chair.


The wifi code.

Hakluyt Sun 23-Nov-14 10:37:53

As I said on an earlier thread, I put I gigantic spider I caught in the living room into the room my brother will be occupying for Christmas. I have named him Wilson, and I think he will be lovely company for my brother.

PepsiTwirl Sun 23-Nov-14 10:58:37

On the bed:
I provide..

A bath towel, a hand towel and a flannel

A toothbrush in a packet and travel toothpaste that are sealed

Tissues would be in the room already

In bathroom there will be soaps, shampoo's etc left out and they will be told in advance where the medicine cabinet is..

I leave out breakfast, snack, drink stuff so they don't have to go looking for it in morning.

But are generally told to help themselves to whatever they want.

If they are unexpected guests, between us we will find them something to wear in bed. Even if just a tshirt or something

Bluestocking Sun 23-Nov-14 12:01:09

Hakluyt, you are too kind - I'm sure your brother will be thrilled to meet Wilson!

ishouldcocoa Sun 23-Nov-14 20:54:54

I am soooo going to look up towel sculptures.

Yy to flowers. I always forget to put any out.

clippityclop Sun 23-Nov-14 22:54:39

Pretty tin of shortbread, bottle of water and a glass, spare blanket/throw on the back of the chair, flowering plant or posy of flowers, extra pillow in the bottom of the wardrobe, pad and pen. Face cloths and bath towels for each day. No to diffusers for me, they make me sneeze!

No, really, flowers in a bedroom are so unnecessary. Unless they are totally unfragranced leave them on the landing.

Browneyesblue Sun 23-Nov-14 23:26:47

For family visitors, I always put a small framed photo of them in the room, so when MIL (for example) visits, I make sure there is a picture of her with the DSs.

It's something my Granny does when I visit her, so I do the same.

Poofus Mon 24-Nov-14 11:11:58

I think I would feel rather awkward if my hosts did all of here things for me. I like feeling like one of the family rather than like I'm staying in an expensive hotel. Sorry!

Me too if I'm honest, I really would feel a bit embarrassed by toiletries, biscuits, chocolates, flowers (although that's the fragrance thing mainly). Surely people bring their own toiletries and just ask or pop to the shop if they forget something, or need a painkiller, or whatever?

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