The 10 Best guest essentials
Lisa Markwell is the editor of The Independent on Sunday. She was previously executive editor of The Independent, i and The Independent on Sunday and has edited the features pages, and both the Saturday and Sunday supplements. She writes comment pieces for the papers and restaurant reviews for the New Review. Lisa has worked across a variety of newspapers and magazines and can now tick off every publication cycle from daily to quarterly. She is an enthusiastic foodie, mother of two teenagers and drives an electric car. She is writing a book about adoption.
Tuesday 22 November 2011
1. Poilâne bread
Around £10, from selected Waitrose branches
Chewy inside, crisp crust, this is the best bread for communal breakfast. A Poilâne loaf lasts for days and toasts brilliantly.
2. Muji toothbrush
£2.50, from branches of Muji, muji.eu
In case of impromptu sleepovers after Christmas parties, it's worth having a handful of these brushes from utilitarian specialists Muji in the bathroom.
3. The Banned List; A Twitter Year
£8.99, Elliott & Thompson/£10, Bloomsbury, from good bookshops
The Banned List, a takedown of jargon by John Rentoul, and A Twitter Year, by Kate Bussmann are good bedside books.
4. Cath Kidston eiderdown
Having cosy, stylish bed linen to rustle up a comfy nest for guests makes everyone feel at home. This warm eiderdown sits atop a double bed, or hangs over a single.
5. Universal mains charger
For guests who forget their phone charger, you can offer them this gadget, which has nine attachments for everything from Nokias to iPhones.
6. Ren mini body gift set
Yes, it's an expensive way to pamper your friends, but canny homeowners could split this set (there are rose, and grapefruit, washes and creams).
7. John Lewis towels
From £3 for face-cloth, johnlewis.com
Choose a different shade of towel set for each guest/family. Good old John Lewis has a brilliant selection of funky bright colours in Egyptian cotton.
8. Aerobed SleepEasy Raised bed
I've never looked back since investing in one of these sturdy, comfortable and (most importantly) supereasy-to-inflate air-beds, which come with their own pump.
9. The White Company robe
£40 (till tomorrow, then £50), 0844 736 4222, whitecompany.com
We're not suggesting you try offering a boutique hotel experience, but a fresh bathrobe makes everyone feel special.
10. Rockett St George water carafe with four glasses
Guests will welcome a bedside carafe of water (just add ice and a slice of lemon to keep it cool and fresh all night).
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