We recently received a lovely gift of Chinese art from a guest.
Our hosting experience so far has been a stream of great guests, leaving excellent reviews and five-star ratings, but this is our first gift. It was so unexpected that I wanted to share and wonder how common this is in the Airbnb hosting world? What is the best gift you have received?
Two guests have left us presents in the last 6 months. One an excellent book of wildflowers, another a pair of mugs from Canada. They both brightened up our day.
@Larry339 It's very much a Chinese 'thing', giving a present to your host..... I know this from my ethnically Chinese ex-husband & his family. Tho' most of my Chinese guests have not brought gifts (they were mainly students & UK residents.) The last Chinese visitors from China brought some Chinese spiced, dried meat - a bit like jerky.
I've received about 3 bunches of flowers, a little miniature bottle of a Czech liqueur, a walking map of our local area, & a kiwi shaped kitchen trivet from some NZ guests. I joked to another guest that the NZ guests did not give good star ratings. My guest joked "They wanted to give you a daily reminder of how dissatisfied they were!" 3 guests gave me £10 tips - 50% of my nightly rate. The dog has had more presents than me!
The best present was from my last guest, 3 nights ago, a classical pianist, who gave me 2 tickets to his concert. I was going to buy a ticket anyway, so I saved a bunch, & was able to invite a friend who would not have been able to afford her own. Wonderful!
Chinese, japanese and Koreans guests gave us small gifts, it's a cultural thing.
I've had artists who were in town for a comicon leaving me drawings <3
One of my favorite gift was a hand crafted key holder. It's still sitting in the entrance room of the apartment we rent.
I'm sure when Airbnb first started, they recommended that guests bring their hosts a small gift from their home town. In those years, I received all sorts of little gifts - the foodie ones were most appreciated. Airbnb seems to have stopped that now. Of course I love getting gifts, but I don't want my guests to feel they need to bring me anything
That's interesting, we've hosted a lot of Asians--Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, as well as Asian Americans, and none of them ever brought a gift. We have received gifts from Europeans, Indians and South Americans and New Zealanders. When we started probably about 15% or so of our guests would bring a host gift, but we probably got maybe 1 gift last year, so it seems like it is tapering off as airbnb becomes more hotel lite.
@Mark116 just when I thought I had it figured out more information makes it more interesting. You are so right id does not seem to be very widespread based on our experience and other host's comments.
I received a pretty beaded necklace with matching earrings from Chinese guests, and also a nice set of decorative chopsticks. I've had nice notes left, and one time a set of sports-team-themed towels that guests didn't want to pack and take home.
I just received my first gift from my last guest. He left a $20 tip and a book he had written. I gave the $20 to my cleaner as he had scrubbed the apartment extra before this guest arrived because the previous guest was so messy. So thoughtful!