How to make your guests feel at home

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Hosting friends or family at Christmas? Make their stay extra comfortable with these inexpensive little touches.

Make the room smell amazing

A chic reed diffuser in the corner of the room will keep the air smelling fresh throughout your guests’ stay. You can make one from scratch with essential oil, vodka and water. Embrace the festive season and opt for seasonal scents, like cinnamon, cloves and orange.

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Make a bed look cosier

Plump up the pillows, shake out the duvet and finish with a soft throw at the end of the bed. If you have multiple guests staying at different times, use a sheet as well as a duvet, so you only have to wash the sheets and pillowcases before your next guests arrive.

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Create the best finishing touches

Bottled water, an alarm clock and a box of tissues will go a long way to making your guests feel at home. Why not add a few mini toiletry bottles (you know, the ones you usually take from hotels!) and finish with some cotton pads and buds – the small things we all forget to pack. They’ll be so grateful.

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Use lighting to create atmosphere

Create a warm and cosy feeling your guests will love using softly lit table lamps or candles. These will make a nice touch if the ceiling light is a bit too bright – especially after a few Christmas tipples!

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Make your own sleep spray

Your guests are sure to sleep easy with a lavender pillow mist – and they are so easy to make at home. Add 20-30 drops of essential lavender oil to 30ml of vodka. Pour into a small spray bottle and top up with boiled or mineral water. Lightly spray the pillow just before bedtime and your guests will drop off in no time at all.

Don’t forget the guest towels

Neatly folded, fluffy towels at the end of the bed won’t go unnoticed. Better still, let your guests know in advance that you’ll be supplying them – they’ll be thankful for the extra space in their luggage.

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Help your guests to relax

Have a couple of old magazines and page-turning books stashed on a shelf or in a bedside drawer. They’ll be welcomed on those inevitable lazy evenings or unexpected early wake-ups.

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