There’s nothing quite like receiving a warm welcome whenever you go anywhere, and the same definitely applies when you have a holiday let to rent out. Many people who book to stay at your holiday rental will have a long journey to complete before they arrive. Being greeted by a welcome hamper is a great way to start a holiday.
Creating seasonal hampers
It’s usually best to adjust the contents of your hamper depending on the time of year. This also requires you to think about where your holiday let is situated. A hamper provided in the wilds of Scotland during winter should take into account the high chance of snow. A warming and cosy drink should be included, not to mention some mince pies to warm up (homemade perhaps?) if it happens to be near the festive season.
It also makes sense to ensure the hampers you create are packed with local produce. Some holiday let owners provide two or three basics when new guests arrive, but it’s nice to go the extra mile and add a few other things in as well. If you work out the likely cost of such a hamper you can ensure the fee you charge for renting your property takes the hamper into account too.
Essentials or luxuries?
It’s nice to provide a little of both. When you’ve had a long journey to get to your holiday destination, the last thing you feel like doing is going shopping straightaway. So provide tea, coffee, sugar and a pint or two of milk, plus some biscuits or perhaps a homemade cake to enjoy on arrival.
When it comes to luxuries it helps to think local. Perhaps some locally created sausages and bacon might go down well. Add in some eggs and your guests have a ready-made dinner or breakfast to keep them going for their first night and morning in your holiday rental property. Obviously if some things need to be kept in the fridge you can leave a note out indicating where things can be found.
Is it good to have a selection of items to choose from to personalise your welcome hampers?
This can be a good idea if you know who will be staying each time. For example if you know there are children coming, prepare a treat bag for each one. Alternatively if your property is canine friendly and the people visiting are bringing a dog, throw in some locally made doggy biscuits. Everyone will need a treat when they arrive – even the dog!
As you can see, there are plenty of things you can do to make the most of a welcome hamper. It’s easy to put a few things together and to add your own personal touch too, and people will certainly remember you if you do go to the trouble of providing some treats for them when they arrive. So… what will be in your hamper?