Providing welcome gifts for your guests is a great idea. They do not need to be fancy or expensive but will certainly make your guests feel welcome and create a great first impression that can translate into repeat bookings, great reviews, and referrals to friends and family. A small investment in a simple welcome gift can reap large returns.
In previous years, we sold and distributed beach buckets and bags from Cape Abilities to help raise funds for their excellent work on the Cape. Unfortunately, Cape Abilities is no longer selling these items. We are sad to see that tradition come to an end.
So, we have gathered some new ideas for welcome gifts:
Wine and Cheese – Choose a nice bottle of wine, and include some cheese and crackers to go with it. Not sure what wine goes with what cheese? Stop by a local wine store such as The Cape Cod Package Store in Centerville or Ring Brothers Marketplace in Dennis, and they can help you to create a nice pairing.
Sweet treats – Who doesn’t have sweet tooth? Cookies (homemade or from a local bakery), chocolates, taffy, or other assorted candies will certainly be a welcome surprise for your guests. With a multitude of bakeries and candy shops on Cape Cod, you are bound to find various sweet items that will certainly please your guests.
Snacks, snacks, snacks – Vacationers will appreciate snack food that they can eat at home or take to the beach. So fill a basket, tote, or pail with chips, pretzels, nuts, popcorn, bottled water, or juice.
Farmers Markets – If you are local, choose a few items from a local farmers market. Who wouldn’t love to be welcomed with fresh fruit, flowers, local honey, jams or jellies?
Local Flavor – Choose a combination of any of the
items mentioned above but with items that are local to the Cape and Islands, such as chips from Cape Cod Potato Chips, wine from Truro Vineyards, or beer from the Cape Cod Beer Company, Cisco Brewers, or Bad Martha’s on the Vineyard.
Non-food item ideas include sunscreen, coupons, or gift cards to local shops or restaurants, a local guide book, or perhaps a copy of the most recent local magazine or newspaper.
Don’t forget Fido and kids – Should your vacation rental home accept pets, be sure to include some dog biscuits or a dog toy from The Cape Cod Dog or other pet store for your four legged guests. If you know there will be younger guests at your home, be sure to include some bubbles, puzzles, crayons and paper, or perhaps a few sand toys.
The presentation of your welcome gift can range from simple to elaborate. You can choose to put all the items in a basket, tote, or beach pail for their use. Or, simply arrange the gifts neatly on the kitchen counter, dining table or in the entryway, wherever your guests will be most likely to see them upon their arrival. If possible, include a handwritten note welcoming them.
Whatever you choose to welcome your guests with, it will most certainly be appreciated and make a positive and lasting impression.
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