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Get your home ready for hosting this Christmas

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14 December 2016 | Lifestyle

If you're having family or friends to stay this Christmas, make them feel completely at home in your house with these thoughtful ideas.

Unpack and unwind

Luggage racks are inexpensive and will give your visitors somewhere to place their suitcase, both while unpacking and during their stay.

Try this metal design from Tesco or invest in this wooden rack from Not On The High Street.

Something to read?

Pop some current editions of a few magazines in the spare room - you're likely to have some around the house which you've already read, and your guests will be grateful for some reading material if they're having trouble nodding off.

Get yourself connected 

Make your guests feel at home - and save their mobile data - by displaying the wifi password in your spare room.

Little touches like this add a hotel-style touch - display yours in an attractive frame, like this one from Pinterest.

In full bloom

A small vase of fresh flowers will brighten up your spare room and make your guests smile - choose blooms in deep wintery shades to make your flower arrangement seasonal.

Emergency supplies 

It's easy to forget your toothbrush when you're travelling - so provide a spare set of toiletries just in case. It's a nice gesture, so pop a flannel, a tube of toothpaste and a spare toothbrush on the side in the spare room - your guests will certainly be grateful that you've thought of them.


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