Ideas for the ultimate welcome hamper

Ideas for the ultimate welcome hamper

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Your guide to creating a memorable welcome hamper

It’s always a great idea to impress guests, whether it’s with décor, facilities or even location.

Those little touches can leave long lasting memories with guests, and potentially create repeat bookings.

Check out our tips to creating a welcoming hamper.

welcome pack ideas

1. Include regional treats

Not being familiar to the area is a common aspect of holiday letting, so why not give them a warm welcome with a basket of local goodies? Here are some ideas for regional classics to consider for your food hamper:

  • Devonshire cream teas - Devon
  • Pork pie - Leicestershire
  • Haggis - Scotland (although an acquired taste!)
  • Bakewell tart - Derbyshire
  • Cornish pasty - Cornwall
  • Gingerbread - Lake District
  • Welsh cakes - Wales

If you enjoy baking yourself, there's nothing guests like more than a delicious freshly baked treat to tuck into on their arrival with a cup of tea. Alternatively, there's usually an independent local baker where you can buy tasty country-cottage style cakes for guests to enjoy.

2. Who are your guests?

Consider the party coming to stay. If a couple are staying for a romantic break, then chocolates may be best to include, or if it’s a family getaway, consider adding sweets for the children or colouring books to entertain.

If you know your guests are coming to celebrate a special occasion, you may wish to add a little extra treat, or a celebration card. It's these thoughtful touches which will encourage guests to leave good reviews, come back again and even recommend your property to friends.

Similarly, if your property is dog-friendly, a handful of dog treats or a special dog chew would be a lovely welcome for your four-legged guests.

3. The beverages

Tea and coffee are essential for guests after a long drive, and it's always useful to pop a fresh carton of milk in the fridge. This is part of the welcome pack which guests will expect, so be sure to stock up on each changeover day. To make your guests feel more at home, you could consider adding extra beverages such as hot chocolate, fruit teas or juices. Labelled tins of teabags etc. make it easy for guests to pick out what they want and avoiding individual sachets of coffee helps do your little bit for the environment!

welcome pack ideas

4. Your budget

Welcome baskets are not a fundamental part to their stay but they are a nice addition. Don’t break the bank with these added extras, but remember that these are all part of the holiday experience which will be talked about with their friends and family. Read our article on inexpensive welcome pack ideas for more inspiration.

5. Dietary requirements

Check your guests’ dietary requirements just in case of any gluten intolerance or vegetarian constraints.

6. Presentation

Presentation is key when putting together a welcome basket. Compile all the goodies within a lovely wicker basket or box which can be used time and time again.

welcome pack ideas

If you have any questions about holiday letting or are looking for holiday letting agents in your area, please get in touch with our friendly team.

Posted by Clare on 24 November 2016, updated in 2018.

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