7 Little Upgrades Under $40 That Make Having Company Way Easier

published Nov 17, 2019
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The holidays are here, so bring on the turkey, gift shopping, Hallmark movies, and, oh, all of the out-of-town guests who are heading your way! Needless to say, hosting company can be stressful—especially during a time of year that’s already filled with events. However, there are a few small tweaks you can make now that will ensure your guests have an extra pleasant stay (and don’t coming knocking on your bedroom door at 8 a.m. asking for the WiFi password).

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A letter board to give guests crucial info

Letter boards are fun to keep on hand all year round to display fun quotes and sassy sayings, but they’re extra useful for displaying information such as the WiFi password or garage passcode when guests come into town. This Amazon option is just $15 on Prime and is pretty darn cute, too!

Buy: Letter Board 10×10 Inches, $14.99 at Amazon

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A carafe to keep guests hydrated

Help your guests stay nice and hydrated all night long by placing a sleek carafe on the bedside table. This one comes with a cup that fits right on top. It may also keep your noisy brother from creeping down the stairs in the middle of the night and waking up the entire household as he searches for a water glass!

Buy: Cora Carafe, $14.99 at CB2

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Luggage racks to help guests stay organized

Even your humble guest room can feel like a 5-star hotel with the addition of a fancy luggage rack. Elderly guests will particularly appreciate not having to bend over too far to unpack their suitcases. This rack clocks in at under $40 and is easy to fold up and stash in a closet during the rest of the year.

Buy: Winsome Remy Shelf Luggage Rack, Cappuccino, $36.99 at Amazon

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Little feel-better toiletries guests might have forgotten at home

If you live somewhere especially cold and your visitors aren’t used to a dry climate, they may appreciate finding a small bottle of lotion in the guest bathroom. Make your home feel a little more hotel-like by presenting Grandma with this cute set containing a travel-sized lotion and some lip balm to boot.

Buy: 2pk Hive Favorite Beeswax Gift Set, $3.99 at T.J. Maxx

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Easy-to-find storage for essentials

Guests both feel more comfortable when the must-haves are easy to find. A cute fabric bin can hold extra rolls of toilet paper so your company never has to ask you where to find them when they’re needed. Consider putting extra towels or soaps in a similar basket, too.

Buy: mDesign Soft Cotton Fabric Closet Storage, $12.99 at Amazon

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Wall-mount hooks for extra coats and scarves

This wall hook is pretty enough to keep hanging up all the time! If you don’t have a ton of space for extra coat storage in your hall closet, this guy will make a world of difference as guests show up with all of their winter layers. Hang it in the hallway outside of your guest room for easy access as visitors come and go.

Buy: Gold Dragonfly 5 Hook Wall Rack, $24.99 at World Market

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A foldable garment rack if you’re hosting a crowd

For large group affairs, set a collapsible coat rack up in your entry—or, if you’re a renter, in the hallway—to store your guests’ coats when they come over. Finally, no more piling coats on the bed! Once the holidays are over, you can fold it up and tuck it away in a closet.

Buy: Whitmor Foldable Garment Rack, $24.99 at Amazon