Holiday Hosting Magic: What's Your Special Touch?

Holiday Hosting Magic: What's Your Special Touch?

As the holiday season approaches, I'm feeling the festive spirit and wondering how all of you are planning to make your properties shine even brighter during Christmas and New Year's Eve!

 

Are you adding some special holiday decorations to create a cozy atmosphere for your guests, or any clever strategies you've got up your sleeves to welcome more guests during the holidays? Whether it's a themed welcome basket, a personalized holiday card, or a creative promotion, I'd love to hear about it!

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Lorina14
Level 10
Bellevue, WA

Hi @Calvin173,

 

I put a Seasons Greetings window cling up (trying to be mindful that some people don’t celebrate Christmas while others dislike Christmas, etc). I also have a small LED Christmas tree that changes colors, provide gluhwein tea, hot cocoa, sparkling cider, and plan to put some little stockings in the unit, and some lights with garland in one window. Nothing too much but a little festive cheer.  

I think it would be awesome to have an area of the airbnb very decked out, But that is me, I live Christmas decor.  I remember in elementary school we would decorate our doors for class, wrap them up in wrapping paper, stockings, art to bring the Christmas cheer. Perhaps a wreath in the door may be a nice touch?

This is just wonderful! How did it go? Any feedback from the guests?

Lorina14
Level 10
Bellevue, WA

@Calvin173 I had two guests who appreciated it and I was about to put up more but my gut told me our next guest didn’t like a bunch of decorations. It turns out I was right when I asked, so just a window cling, small led acrylic tree, gluhwein tea, cocoa and sparkling cider for now.

 

How did your guests like your decor? 

Oh that's nice @Lorina14 , I think we should trust our guts almost every time hehe. We know the exact context of our situation, better than anyone else.

 

About my guests... They enjoyed it without too many surprises, it looked exactly like the picture. But one of them mentioned that the smell of the freshly baked cookies reminded him of Christmases spent at his grandmother's house. That made me happy, I'm gonna repeat that next year!

Lorina14
Level 10
Bellevue, WA

@Calvin173 mmmm freshly baked cookies, yum! Sounds like a winner indeed!

Holland6
Level 4
Burin, Canada

Keep it simple, Christmas is a rough time for some people. Personal touches are best, low key style, don’t over do things with decor, keep it humble and decorate with your own creations. Not tasteless like department store. Let the spirit of your guests breath a little.

                   I’m only a few months away from being guest ready, and most likely will shut down for Christmas, unless I can figure a way for return customers to like call me and request a booking for holidays. In that case I will supply some small crafts that they can make there own decoration, and take home with them. Could be a Christmas they would want to remember, like a miracle kind of thing. 
This is just my two cents. 
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Stay safe,
Lean into the wind gently
Helen3
Level 10
Bristol, United Kingdom

Hi @Calvin173 

 

As you're not a host can I ask why the interest in how hosts prepare their homes for the festive season.

Emilia42
Level 10
Orono, ME

I have a guest this year staying over Xmas who asked me to get a tree. This will be fun and I'm excited to put up a few decorations that will be appreciated. But I try not to go overboard since decorating done well gets expensive. I don't like cheesy. Winter is my slow season and between low booking rates and paying for an extreme overuse of heat, I need to hold on to as much money as I can.

I think this is a good balance! No guest asked me to do anything, but maybe I'll get a garland or something, just to make something different for the guests.

Breanna
Community Manager
Community Manager
Pontefract, United Kingdom

It's really lovely that you're doing this for a Guest @Emilia42!

 

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Sheila762
Level 2
Albert Park, Australia

We have started to put the Christmas cheers on and lights outside. The naughty Elf has also arrived at the house, for a bit of magical fun. 

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@Sheila762 Hahaha, this is awesome! I wish I had a naughty Elf as well!

Breanna
Community Manager
Community Manager
Pontefract, United Kingdom

We'd love to see what adventures this little guy gets up to throughout the month @Sheila762

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Sarah5000
Host Advisory Board Member
Adelaide, Australia

As the holiday season is approaching, I add some Xmas decorations to my listings. 

Sarah

@Sarah5000 And did you really put your heart into it or was it just a Xmas touch? I'm afraid guests will think it's "too much" if I go all out with the decorations.

Marisa182
Level 7
University Park, MD

Happy Holidays to all Airbnb Hosts!

 

@Calvin173 

 

I have a repeat guest stay over Christmas so I do add baskets and vases with holly from my garden. I also provide special treats like home made cookies. I know this guest is coming from another state and will be wrapping gifts for her family that lives in my area, so I put together a box with wrapping paper, ribbon, tape and scissors for her use. It's so little, but very much appreciated!

@Marisa182 Oh, cookies are the best! And I don't think it's little at all, I think it's classy!

Marisa182
Level 7
University Park, MD

@Calvin173 

 

Thanks Calvin, I will have to start soon on those holiday cookies!

@Marisa182 You inspired me, maybe I'll do the same!

Joe2977
Level 1
Canyon Lake, CA

We are taking the six hour drive tomorrow to un-decorate the Fall/Thanksgiving decorations and put up the winter/Christmas decorations. Then drive back the sane day.🤪