Can you believe that Christmas is less than 2 weeks away? Where has 2018 gone??
Many companies give their employees gifts or bonuses around Christmastime. I think that should also happen in the short term rental industry.
You don’t have to go crazy. But if you have a guest in your space during or near Christmas, consider getting them a little gift just to let them know you’re thinking about them. Same thing goes for if you manage properties for other clients.
Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
Give them something unique to you
If you’re an artsy type, consider making them something that only you could make. I’ve been quilling for many years as a hobby, so I like to give my guests little quilled creations like this or this (it’s all made of paper!). Another friend of mine is an amateur beekeeper, so she gives little jars of honey from her own bees. Get creative! Nothing says “thank you” like a personalized piece of you :).
Something they’ve talked about
If your guests have mentioned something they’re interested in, consider getting that for them as a gift. For example, we play a lot of games with our guests. Every now and then, one of them really hits it off with one of the games we’ve played. So I’ll often give it to them as a parting gift. Nothing beats a pleasant surprise!
If you have a Costco membership, that’s where I’d start for this. They have a huge selection of gift baskets to suit every budget. If you don’t have a Costco membership, most any superstore will have things like these around the holidays. Or, just click on the link for inspiration and make your own!
A handwritten card
If all else fails (or money is tight), consider simply writing a heartfelt note. Letters are so rare these days, they can really make an impression on someone when they get one.
Do you have any other good suggestions for guest or client gifts this year? Let me know in the comments!