Ah, the beauty of hospitality. Is it a lost art? I think not, but what I have found is that many either lack the understanding or have lost the art of 'giving' and surprisingly, 'receiving'. Researching the history of hospitality, it reaffirms the principle of showing guests that they are welcomed, thought of and honored. It reaffirms great stewardship. It's giving without the expectations of receiving anything. 
My mother is absolutely wonderful at showing hospitality to guests. Even when my husband and I and our 4 children visit, she strives to provide an atmosphere of comfort, giving and over an over all welcoming experience. 
For our home and our guests, we place our guest basket in plain site, positioned so our guest do not have to 'guess' if the basket is for them. Now, each guest basket may vary, depending on who may be visiting. But here's a list of the essentials that are normally included in our guests basket and sleeping area:
  • Shampoo/Conditioner (of course, we use our Natty Natural goodies so each guest can have an O'Natural experience)
  • Our ACV Hair and Scalp Mist (for moisturizing on the go)
  • Deodorant (usually the Crystal brand, since it is made of mineral salts only and no harsh chemicals)
  • Breath mints ( I love the Gingermints from Trader Joes)
  • Soap (some of my favs are Osmia Organices and Etta Billie)
  • Lip Balm (Our latest guest got a gift of our Natty Lip Balm soon to be updated on the site)
  • Snacks (for late night munchies)
  • Butter lotion stick (for on the go needs of vamping dryness)
  • Magazines (the magazine will vary depending on the guest visiting)
  • Q-Tips
  • Toothpaste and a Toothbrush
  • Mouthwash 
  • Facial wash, toner and moisturizer (these are items that I make and include for guests to enjoy)
  • Bottled Water
  • Candle (who doesn't love great scents and a Voluspa Candle!)
  • Fresh towels and wash cloths
  • TV with entertainment, such as Netflix and Amazon
  • Wine (for our guests who love to enjoy an occasional drink or two)
  • Hand Sanitzer ( I love the EO brand)
  • Wipes and tissues
  • Razors
  • Fresh flowers 
  • A 'to go' baggie so our guest can put their essentials neatly away for travel
  • Extra blankets and pillows
  • Clothes hangers or hooks for guests to hang their clothes and coats


It's always a joy to introduce a person to the art of hospitality or be exposed to the art of hospitality. The more it's done, the more creative you will become with your essentials for your guests. As always, I hope you enjoyed!