A Gift Basket for Guests


This weekend, we are really excited to be having guests from home, for a “Friendsgiving”! Friendsgiving is when you celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends, rather than family, the week prior.

Whenever we have folks from VA make the 8-10 hour round trip up here to PA, I like to specially prepare my guest room and add a gift of some sort to show our appreciation. It  may be something small, or sometimes a gift basket of goodies.

For this visit from our dear friends and their new baby, I put together a very simple and easy-to-do basket for them to enjoy. Since its Thanksgiving, it’s in a seasonally appropriate Fall theme & colors.


Let me show you what I used for this basket. If you have Thanksgiving overnight guests coming to your home, maybe this will give you some fresh ideas or inspiration. Keep in mind that you can certainly create one for any budget.


It will be chilly this weekend, and because I am a blanket junkie, I added a nice faux fur throw for snuggling. This is also a great item for them to use on the train trip home. I can tell you, you can find these anywhere and Restoration Hardware has an great selection of faux fur things in their catalog this year (I actually want for me) if you would like something like this for your Thanksgiving guests. And of course, always faux fur, never ever the real thing.

A little touch that I added are chalkboard name tags. I just wrote their initials on them with white chalk. One for Mom & Dad and one for baby Willa. I picked them up at the craft store (Michaels) They were very inexpensive, 2 in a package for $1. I actually wish I had bought more.



Next, I included some “smell good” bathroom items to pamper our guests. Philosophy honey buns bath gel and lotion (with a puff) and bar of handmade soap. I think it’s a nice treat when on a getaway, to take relaxing showers and unwind.

This stuff is some of my favorite, but you can use something you like, or that you know your guests prefer.


And who doesn’t love a good fragrant candle?

This is a lovely one in a nice Fall scent (keeping to the theme) that they can take home and when they use it, it will remind them of their time here with us for the holiday.


When creating these baskets, I really like to add something local. Something they maybe wouldn’t find at home. For this one, I included a big bag of purple Amish popcorn that we bought at our farmers market. Yum.

Popcorn is big in their household, so I know it’s something they will enjoy.


And of course, we can’t forget the baby!

Baby Willa gets her very own gifts….

A teddy bear for her nursery (she will be an animal lover like her mom) & a classic story time book to read with her dad. So cute.


Obviously, since my guests are traveling, I don’t include anything too bulky or large that they can’t just throw it in their bags, and I don’t add unnecessary filler or ribbons, etc…

It’s just a simple something I leave on the bed for them to enjoy, and to say “Thanks for coming, we’re so happy you’re here”.

I can’t wait to see them and to celebrate all we are thankful for together.

I hope yall have a wonderful Thanksgving too.




13 thoughts on “A Gift Basket for Guests

  1. Love you so much!!! As the receiver of this gift basket I can say it was a huge hit! I am snuggled in my faux fur blanket right now. You always make us feel so welcome and loved. Can’t wait to come visit again in the spring. Thank you again!

  2. I LOVE this idea! You put such fun things in your basket, too. Perfect. I can’t wait to have someone come stay at my house now. I”m already thinking of things I want to put in a basket…
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  3. Karen. Just lovely. I like to have keepsakes for my guests as well. I have also include candles and the like. Lately I have found small booklets with history of Delaware and some that have postcards of the top attractions. Question – does the guest take the container? I generally go to some sort of bag because a basket is generally to big to travel with. Thoughts on that?

    1. Hi Carol, I really like the post card idea, I will have to do that!
      Usually, when I make the bigger baskets like this, they don’t take them home because of the travel (just all the goodies inside).

    1. Thanks Lindi! This is the first house that we actually use our guest room, so I really have fun getting it ready for folks! Thanks for stopping by :)

    1. Thanks so much Kris! We have never had a baby in the house before, ever, so it should be interesting! And I hope they like the basket too :)
      Have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving!

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