Below are my 2020 gift recommendations for your vacation rental or your Airbnb-host friend.
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Whether it’s a service or a physical product, all of the below recommendations are designed to take your Airbnb hosting to the next level.
Airbnb is so common today that your options to improve your hosting don’t end with trying to solve a problem (easy check-in). I hope you are going to find some gift recommendations that you didn’t even realize you wanted!
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Is your Airbnb host friend complaining about the time it takes them to prepare for the next guest? The Roomba will quickly become their best friend and, in return, you will be a mainstay in their good graces.
At the very least it’s some neat and useful tech the guest will remember you by.
Cheaper (but still highly rated) alternative: Ecovacs Deebot Robotic Vacuum
Pillows are tricky. A firm pillow might be heaven for one guest, but hell for the next. A comfortable sleeping experience is just something they must get right. I recommend providing at least one soft and one firm pillow. The Pillow Pancake can accomplish this in a single pillow.
If this is too techy for you, then try the old fashion route:
Not only does potpourri create a good first impression by welcoming the guest to a fresh scent, but it also adds some color to your Airbnb rental and the photos.
To add a little kink with a fresh scent to your Airbnb, try some “poo-pouri“.
Alternative: Scented candles
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Speaking from personal experience as a guest, this would virtually guarantee my 5-star review and mention of this super cool alarm clock. If you wake up to the sunrise, you feel better. But if you’re not a morning person this creates a conflict. Now you can choose when the sunrise will be at any time of the day.
Airbnb hosts ask me all the time about my check-in process and they’re surprised when I send this low-tech recommendation.
For zero headaches, install this simple hassle-free digital lock. You can spend $450+ on a techy electronic lock, but often they’re not worth the hassle as it costs money to install them and you have to learn new software in order to properly use them. Not to mention troubleshoot when things go wrong. I’ve been using this one for years and have had zero issues with it. Whatever you do, don’t make your guest download a smartphone app to check-in.
I started managing an Airbnb where the host provided a Bluetooth speaker for the guest. It wasn’t until one of the guests broke it that I realized how valuable this piece of hardware was. I had advertised these Bluetooth speakers on the Airbnb listing page, it was a nice pair with the landscaped yard, and the next 3 of 4 guests asked where it was upon check-in.
If you’re looking for something a bit higher-end, this one is still affordable and probably the most popular Bluetooth speaker ever with over 30,000 reviews!
In-Home Noise Monitoring
Two startups have emerged that help you keep an eye on your home even while you’re away in an effort to pre-emptively quash potential parties. NoiseAware measures the decibel level in your home while Party Squasher measures the number of devices connected to your wi-fi signal.
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Ok. Fake orchids. But if your Airbnb host friend is complaining about not enough inquiries they may be in need of some better photos and an updated interior. Fake orchids give an instant and easy pop of color.
For a more full-service option, check out services like Decorilla for remote interior design services for Airbnb listings.
A brand-New Bedroom!
Your guest is going to spend the most time in the bedroom and the most important feature of the bedroom is…the bed. You’ve already got the perfect pillow (see #3) and the perfect alarm clock (see #5) now you need a mattress and a few other items to maximize the comfort of this room.
Premium mattress: Adaptive, cooling foam mattress
Affordable alternative: Hybrid innerspring and foam mattress
It’s no coincidence that virtually every hotel uses white sheets. They give off the appearance of cleanliness and they’re easier to remove stains from.
Recommendation: Quick-drying, wrinkly, fade, stain resistant sheets
Guests will eat and drink on your bed. Occasionally they’ll get sick (ie vomit). They’ll also do other, more enjoyable activities on your bed. You need something that protects your comfortable mattress from all types of bodily fluids, spilled food, and liquids.
Recommendation: Hypoallergenic, waterproof mattress protector
This is the cherry on the cake. It’s also an expensive cherry. But, it’s an investment. I have personally owned an adjustable bed frame for years and it is simply amazing. It’ll set you back a bit in terms of cost, but it’ll also set you apart from your competition. Can you remember the last time you walked into an Airbnb with this unique and convenient feature? For me, never.
Recommendation: Adjustable bed frame
What is the one gift for the Airbnb host that is a must? Tell me below, please! See you in the comments.